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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."


Foreign exchange students....As many of you know, I hosted a foreign student last year. It was a wonderful experience for me and I was afraid that the next student wouldn’t measure up. I was afraid I would compare her/him to Katherina all the time.

However, this year the foreign exchange group has contacted me and asked me to plead with you to host a student. They have about 30 students who need host families for the second semester. This means a student will come to you for half the school year. It is not as big a commitment as for a whole year. If you are interested, please call the people at CASE in the person of Stan Wolenski who lives in Pecan Grove and can be reached at

Have mouth, will give bad advice....Someone needs to tell the chief deputy “wannabe sheriff” that a Bar Card is issued to lawyers - not folks who frequent and fight in old beer joints like the Mustang Lounge. Last week was a rough and tumble one for Fort Bend in the news. It appeared that the chief deputy who wants to be sheriff was not getting his way by having Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers strong arm local government to force constables to do what he wanted, so he took to the airways with his favorite Houston reporter. Wonder if chief deputy “wannabe sheriff” was surprised when he was called out for playing politics, right there on the TV. Humm?

In broadcasts across the metropolitan area, the chief deputy said that Precinct 4 Constables writing tickets on the Toll Road was possibly illegal. He went on to say that defense attorneys might have a heyday with those tickets. Speaking of attorneys - not one legal eagle interviewed for the story agreed with the chief deputy. The Fort Bend County Attorney, the Texas Attorney General and even the legal analyst for the TV station all say he is wrong. As if that was not enough, he participated in a radio interview the following morning, again being called out for playing politics. All this boils down to the fact that three plus years ago, the Precinct 4 Constable got the Toll Road contract away from the Sheriff’s Office. They won it because the Toll Road Authority was so dissatisfied with the Sheriff’s service, they changed providers. Now, three plus years later, the constable who won the contract away from them has formed an exploratory committee to determine if he might want to run for Sheriff.

By the way, what ever happened to the guy we reelected to be Sheriff until 2012? Has he just ditched his constituents and handed it over to the village idiot? This year’s Sheriff’s budget is over $50 million dollars. Is all this silliness necessary?

Is the chief deputy really that scared of a constable? Reckon so.

My new motto: Keep fear alive--vote Republican.....I’m not talking about the local folks. On the main, they are pretty good guys and girls. But when you move on up to the state and national level, things start to stink. I’m particularly incensed about Gov. Good Hair Rick Perry’s old bait and switch that he pulled last year when he took stimulus money that was supposed to be earmarked for education and used it to balance the state budget. Then he bragged while running primary ads that Texas had all this money in its rainy day fund. Guess what? That Rainy Day fund was mostly federal stimulus money that Perry withheld from his constituents that would have helped them.

Then this year when federal money was being passed out, he tried to stiff arm again except a state legislator passed a law that any education money accepted could not be used to decrease the amount the state would spend on education. Perry refused that amid big headlines. What a jerk. If you vote for him, you have a hole in your head and your heart.

Rick Perry is from Paint Creek, Texas, my neck of the woods. The only thing he has ever done except be a cheerleader at Texas A & M is to be in the legislature. Yet he is a rich man. How did he get so rich working for the government? I think you know.

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