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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Last week Bev expressed her dismay with the overall looks of the new Fort Bend County jail tower that is soon to be open for business.

Shortly thereafter the county sent out a press release announcing an open house, which is scheduled for September 15 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Go take a look and see for yourself what this facility looks like. Hey, they are going to give tours and provide refreshments, so what do you have to lose?

“I am delighted that this expansion is complete. With the county’s growing population, shortages in jail bed space have resulted in a strong need to expand the current Fort Bend County Jail. With the additional space the once overpopulated jail can be used to house inmates from other agencies and reduce the cost of operating the expanded jail for some time.” This expansion has added an additional 1,008 beds to the existing facility, resulting in an overall housing capacity of over 1,700 inmates,” County Judge Bob Hebert said.

So, the official “Milton Hilton” – as the High Sheriff dubbed the jail shortly after taking office, expansion is going to allow the county to bring in inmates and rent a room.

We’ve spent millions taking our inmates to other facilities in the state and in Louisiana, so I guess that’s fair.

School districts throughout Fort Bend County are treating the message from President Barack Obama much as those across the nation are.

I’ve heard a few people criticize Fort Bend Independent School District for giving parents and students an option as to whether they will watch this message or not.

While Obama supporters feel the address to the nation’s student population is a way to spur the youngsters to achieve and excel, those who resent having government intervention into their child’s education feel the speech should be optional and only with parental consent.

I think the school districts are doing the right thing by allowing parents to be given the option of allowing their child to view the speech. Parents who choose not to let their child view the message, may change their minds after they themselves see the video or read the transcript, which went out to the public yesterday.

And, if there is any doubt that they will have ample opportunity to see the President’s message, I doubt there will be any television station that won’t air it repeatedly.

If these parents feel the message is acceptable, then they will certainly have the option to record it and play it for their children.

I read it and as parent I would have no objections to our children viewing the message. However, as with any curriculum, the parent should review it and possibly use the information as an opportunity for a good old-fashioned round-table discussion.

I did this often when our children were young and in their college years. And in the process I learned a lot about my children’s take on education and focus on life. I’m pretty sure the talk sessions were far more educational for me than for them.

Parents are there to guide their youngsters and young adults but not to force opinions on them. Today, because of the Internet and 24 hour news channels, we have exposure to many things those of us, from a different era and time, never dreamed of seeing or experiencing.

Keeping the doors of communications open and allowing them to express their viewpoints while sharing your opinion on the issues can be very rewarding. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear from one of our adult children on various issues. Sometimes it is to vent a frustration but more often it is to seek my opinion on an issue they feel strongly about.

The foundation we built when they were growing up has been very strong.
On the current issue of the Obama speech, I believe freedom of choice is still allowed and the school districts are correct in allowing parents to exercise this right.

Should a parent decide to show the video or allow their child to view it at school, it might behoove them to read the transcript or watch the video and then welcome discussion on the event at home.

Friday is the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.
I, like the majority of Americans, will never forget witnessing this horror on our television screen. It was surreal and my first thought was “This can’t be real.”
As we all know, it was and our lives changed from that day forward.

This week as we pay homage to those who died in the three attacks, let us not forget the brave young men and women who have since made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.

Nor should we forget those valiant firefighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, ambulance personnel and other volunteers who rushed toward the crumbling towers in an effort to save those trapped inside and later to recover survivors and victims.

I also remember the heightened sense of patriotism that permeated the country for months after the attacks.
One more time: God Bless America!

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