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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."


 

Don’t forget Thursday night.....If you live in a subdivision serviced by First Colony Community Assn. remember the election for the board is Thursday night at the Marriott in Town Square. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Sugar Land Marriott. You can bring your numbered ballot there and vote that night or you can fax your ballot to 832-645-7514 which is the CPA firm working the election. If you fax, you are asked to please e-mail the reform group that you did. Their e-mail is commonpetition@yahoo.com

Or you can drop off your ballot at the FCCA offices, 4350 Austin Parkway (at the Aquatic Center).

The reform group is asking that you vote for Eleanor Blain and write in Myatt Hancock and Howard Paul.

The Reform group in FCCA has three simple proposals. They want (1) a top to bottom review in order to reduce expenses and staff, (2) hold all future assessment increases to the previous year’s inflation rate, and (3) keep a minimum of reserves for future maintenance of infrastructure and amenities. They are against the current board proposal to raid the reserves of $11 million to build water parks.

There is a longer guest editorial on the Sugar Land zone page to answer many questions.

To quote from that editorial because it needs to be said more than once: “All members of the FCCA agree that a strong BoD at the FCCA benefits all members of this association. Strength is not measured in a BoD’s single-mindedness to take a path to which their own constituency is opposed. Strength is measured in the ability to listen to and reasonably adjust to the circumstances at hand, which in this case may include amending the FCCA BoD’s “master plan” to be more in harmony with the legitimate concerns of their members. The FCCA BoD has been tone deaf to their dues paying members and that is what has created the current controversy.”

As a newspaper columnist (award-winning, by the way) I do not need an excuse for writing about various community issues, but in the interest of full disclosure, I belong to FCCA and pay annual dues for them to ignore me and ignore many of my neighbors’ wishes.

Sugar Land city councilman Russell Jones recently published an article where he spewed all sorts of allegations against the people complaining about FCCA. I find that interesting since Mr. Jones makes his living from suing homeowners who may have fallen on bad times and can’t pay their homeowner dues.

But I certainly wasn’t surprised that he is in favor of no one raising questions about anything since he is the council member you can blame if you can’t even look up crime in your neighbourhood now. Mr. Jones has never believed in the First Amendment and he’s not going to start now.

The First Amendment in case you’ve forgotten, prohibits the making of any law which infringes on the freedom of speech, infringes on the freedom of the press, interferes with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibits the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. I don’t know about that last part about “governmental redress” but I’ve known him a long time and I’ve seen him over the years try to block all the other parts. I’ll bet if we tried a little “governmental redress” in the form of recalling him from office, he wouldn’t be in favor of that either.

And if that isn’t bad enough....If the board of directors of FCCA is unresponsive to its members, I think the board of trustees of FBISD can teach them a thing or two. Parents at Colony Bend Elementary were shocked to hear last week a proposal to close that school and ship the students to surrounding elementary schools.

Low enrollment was cited as the reason. Parents are claiming that schools in the surrounding neighborhoods are overcrowded and sending their students to those schools will only exacerbate the situation. If this is true, that surrounding schools are overcrowded already, then why aren’t some of those schools being rezoned to Colony Bend with its low enrollment.

One thing you have to remember. We are dealing with a group of people who want to persist in building a “global science center” in the face of a severe shortage of funds, a layoff of staff and closing of schools. God, I wish we had Betty Baitland back as superintendent. She had a lick of sense.

I did an Open Records request for the architect’s plans for the “global science center” more than the required 10 days ago and I have yet to receive them. I guess I’m going to have to sic the Attorney General on them. Oh, wait! That’s been done before.

On another subject....One of these days I’ll have room to rant about the current national policies. Not today. But I’ve finally decided that what all you Republicans have been saying about our President is true. He is either stupid or has bad advice. He runs off to Afghanistan, where we don’t even want to be, on the very day that bad reports come about unemployment. I give up.

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