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by Carol Eguia

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 and phone number.

Several years ago when Alton Pressley finally got elected County Commissioner in Pct. 3 in Fort Bend County, in the days when Republican office holders were few and far between, one of the first things that he did was remove the super-elevation from the curve on Ave. E in Stafford, right about where Brand Lane dead ends into Ave. E. Between FM 1092 and Dulles, Ave. E was used a great deal in those days by high school students from Stafford and Missouri City (especially Quail Valley students) to get to and from Dulles High School. I had great concern for those new, young drivers making that curve at too great a speed, on rainy days, with slick tires, and things that inexperienced drivers had not yet mastered.

Since I know a little bit about super-elevation, and since I had been Altonís campaign chairman, and since Alton had asked my husband to swear him in to office so that he could be sworn in by a Republican Judge instead of a Democratic Judge, I thought I could ask him why he would do such a thing. I got a blank look for my effort and not much else, and I always wondered if he even knew what super-elevation was, or was just peeved that I should ask. At any rate, itís still there, or rather not there, and although I have seen many skid marks, many car tracks into the ditches from both directions and almost been run off that road a couple of times by drivers going too fast around that curve, I never saw a car actually in either ditch Ďtil last Tuesday morning on my way to work. I didnít stop because the driver was standing outside of the car in the ditch surveying his situation and using his cell phone (could have been that cell phone that put him in the ditch).

Strangely enough, I had spoken to Commissioner Meyers at a Republican meeting in February about the fact that there is still no super-elevation in that curve on Ave. E. I also mentioned it in a letter to the county judge. Commis-sioner Meyersí response was that they were going to straighten that road. I hope that they hurry, because as far as I know, no one has had a fatal mishap there -- yet, but the construction is getting close to the road on the north side and, of course, the water canal is on the south side of Ave. E. So far I havenít seen anyone in Fort Bend County walk on water, let alone drive.

By the way, Alton did go ahead and let a Democratic Judge swear him in again at the courthouse on New Yearís Day and told me to tear up the pictures I took of my husband swearing him and Constable Bob Parker into office. I didnít, and now that my husband is gone, every picture I have of him is precious, regardless of what heís doing in the picture.


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