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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


q-u-a-n-d-a-r-y......That’s not the situation of some politician who might suddenly find himself the subject of “Bev’s Burner.”

No, that’s a spelling word from the list of the “Great Grown Up Spelling Bee” being presented by the Fort Bend Literacy Council on Sept. 18. Challenge your co-workers or your competition to field a team and take you on.

“The Fort Bend Star,” which has the worst possible reputation of spelling and proof-reading, has entered a team. And whether we win or lose, it will be loads of fun to try.

We’ve all been spoiled by Spell Check on our computers. Do any of us have the ability to spell anymore? We’ll find out.

To enter call the Fort Bend Literacy Council at 281-240-8181 or visit their web site at

Hurry and get your teams together. The Literacy Council will send you out a list of words so you can practice.

Quandary....what you are in since school has started and all the charities have cranked up. It’s as if they have been saving all their invitations and solicitations all summer long to wait until the first week of school to unleash on you. It’s the Fort Bend Fair at the end of the month and the ShrimpFest and the Missouri City Methodist Church golf tournament and the Grown Up Spelling Bee. Whew! All that and getting the kids to school on time, with lunches, and then picking them up. No matter. Get on your big girl drawers and meet the challenge.

My son and daughter-in-law have a teenager who drives (thank goodness) and two little boys in kindergarten and first grade. They all go to school at opposite ends of the city but at the same time. Who thought of that?

The little ones love school and the teen probably does also but wouldn’t admit it.

I took the little ones to the grocery store with me the other day. Big mistake as my bill was twice as high but what a trip. We had Slurpees and the boys helped “BeBe” with her cart.

We were standing in front of the fruit and vegetables bins when the 1st grader, surrounded by the bounty of all the wonderful food, turned to me and, eyes sparkling, out of the blue said, “Do you think God knew what a wonderful world he was making?’ I nearly cried right there.

Okay, I can only be nice so long....I made a promise to myself that I would not write anything about Obama anymore because I heard from some really mean people I had never heard from before. One man said he would even pray for me.

I may need prayers, but I don’t need his prayers for what he wants to pray for.

After I had decided I would never say another word, I heard on the news today that crazy old John McCain asked aloud if Obama in his speech tonight (Tuesday) was going to thank George Bush for the success in Iraq.

Okay! That does it! I’m taking back all my promises to myself. To John McCain: I don’t think Obama is going to thank George Bush, you ninny. If anything he ought to remind us that we would not have even been in Iraq and spent trillions of dollars if not for George Bush, et al. Al Qaeda was not even in Iraq until we came there. There were never any weapons of mass destruction. It was a completely made up war to take our minds off the utter failure of finding Osama bin Laden.

Now all you old wart hogs out there, excoriate me for telling you the truth. Write me obscure letters that make no sense whatsoever, and call me names. I love it when your heads start to explode.

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