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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.


Christmas and government

The holiday season is always interesting to observe from a political perspective. The various city and county agendas are shorter and the meetings are much shorter. In other words, it appears that public officials, like the rest of us, just don’t exhibit the same enthusiasm over rules, regulations, and ordinances that they do at other times of the year.

And that is understandable. Every city and county entity is busy raising funds or holding food and clothing drives to help the less fortunate face the holidays with a smile on their face. And, the planners and shakers in government are also in the midst of organizing and hosting various holiday galas and events.

If it appears that news is short this time of the year, it is generally a very good observation. Oh, we have plenty of “fluff” news on all the worthwhile events and activities, so the pages of the paper do get filled up.

Once the New Year begins, things will revert back to the way they were. It is a yearly process that we have come to anticipate.

Tips and tales

Not a week goes by where someone in the community doesn’t send a “secret” e-mail or make and anonymous call alerting us of some atrocity the writer or caller feels is certain to garner front page headlines.

And, they might be correct if enough information was available to pursue the issue at hand. Last week, I received an e-mail from a reader who claimed to be close to the Fort Bend Independent School District’s investigation of the missing funds from a recent fund raising event.

The writer claimed that an employee was terminated because this employee reported the missing money. Now that sounds a little ridiculous but things like that happen every day, so it is not as farfetched as some would have you believe.

There was not a lot of information to follow up on and attempts to reach the person who contacted us, have thus far been unsuccessful.

If anyone out there has information on this incident, I would really love to hear the whole story.

Right and wrong

The possibility that an innocent employee was called on the carpet and eventually fired for making a wrong-doing public is unnerving at best. It reminds me of an incident that happened when our oldest daughter was in kindergarten 34 years ago.

I received a call from the school she was attending saying she was in the office and highly upset. Of course, I rushed right down to the school where I found one petite little girl with tears streaming down her face.

What had she done? Absolutely nothing. She had reported a theft of school supplies to her kindergarten teacher. So, how did she end up in the office under pressure and interrogation?

It seems the little boy that our daughter observed taking her supplies was the son of a very prominent farmer whose family was held in high esteem in the community. Therefore, in the eyes of the school, this child was exempt for any possible wrongdoing that may have occurred. Our daughter, on the other hand, was going to be taught a lesson about “snitching.”

Or so they thought.

My husband and I raised our children to stand up for what was right and fight against things that were wrong. And, this was a prime example of how topsy turvy the system can become.

Before I left the school office that day, the administration and teacher had profoundly apologized to our daughter and the little culprit had been marched into the office where he was ordered to return the stolen items and apologize.

And, our daughter walked out of there with her head held high and a big smile on her face.

Right is right and wrong is wrong. I always hoped that that day taught a particular lesson to all of the so-called adults who should have known it in the first place.

Still gets my dander up today.

So, if you think something is wrong and can provide enough information to follow up on, do not hesitate to call, write or e-mail us.

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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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