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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.


While Fort Bend County has managed to maintain a high standard of living during a time of national economic hardships, there are still many, many families who are facing a bleak holiday season due to job downsizing, layoffs and other challenges.

A large number of charitable organizations, community groups, churches and city and county projects are being planned to make life easier and more pleasant for those in need during the normally festive holiday season.

Police in Missouri City will host a “Stuff the Squad Car” event this week.

The Missouri City Police Department is asking for help to stuff a squad car with canned food and non-perishable food items. All of the donations will be used locally and will be distributed to local food pantries.

The event will be held from 6 a.m.-noon Nov. 20 in the parking lot of the Missouri City Police Department at 3849 Cartwright Rd in Missouri City.

The city says police will also offer fingerprinting for children and car seat safety inspections/ installations for those stopping by the department during the event.

Go out and help while getting to know your police officers.

Fort Bend County Commissioners approved a streamlined travel policy that should take the excess out of this line item spending in the future. And, it also promises to reduce the manpower needed to research travel reimbursement expenses and repayment.

Both will ultimately save taxpayers money and provide employees with a more rapid repayment program. Not a bad deal, for sure.

Before a person attending an out of county or out of state convention or seminar would keep actual expense receipts and would ask for reimbursement. Now they will be allocated a certain amount for meals, lodging, and other expenses at a flat rate.

So, it is likely that someone having lunch while out and about will think twice about ordering that succulent rib-eye. They might just head to the cafeteria for a full plate at less than half what the rib-eye would cost.

In these days of save where you can, it was a good move on the part of the commissioners.

Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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