How you know you're loved ..... Around the
Fort Bend Star, we are so busy putting out the next edition of the
paper that we sometimes don't have time to read all of the paper
ourselves once it has been printed. In other words, we don't get
to see people reading a whole, complete, printed edition around
our office. We know we have great readership because people tell
us every day. We have advertisers that tell us they have
advertised everywhere and we are the only newspaper from which
they have pulled customers. We notice that the one time a year
that residents advertise, which is for their annual garage sale,
they advertise in the Star and usually no where else.
But it was with joy that we had so many people
call us about the "Prayer List" on our front page. Not a joy from
having so many young people from Fort Bend affected by the
impending war, but joy from so many people caring enough to call.
And a ongoing contest has wiped away any doubts
of mine that nobody has time to read anymore. We have had hundreds
So we thank you for reading each week. Our
advertisers thank you for reading each week (and hopefully buying
their wares or using their expertise).
And while I'm on the topic of reading the Star,
I have to tell you about a call I had a couple of weeks ago. It
was from a lady that says she has read (and loved) the Star for 25
years, and "I don't see how you get away with some of the things
Since the message was on my voice mail, I
didn't get to talk to her then, but I will tell her now if she is
reading this, that we get away with what we print because....we
tell the TRUTH! And the people we write about it know it.
Someone told me not long ago that you had not
arrived in Fort Bend politics unless you were eventually in Bev's
Burner. I don't think it's that good (or bad, according to your
prospective), but I love it that at least one person believes
Their hands in my pockets .... As a
taxpayer in Missouri City, I am highly incensed by a municipal
court case that is wending its way through the labyrinth of
justice. It seems that some of our over active code enforcement
officers gave a ticket to a man standing in the right of way
holding up a political sign on election day. The fine can be as
much as $2,000 and the man with the sign took it as an attempt to
violate his freedom of speech. So refused to pay the fine and
hired a lawyer to defend him.
At this point in time, the first jury trial has
been declared a "mistrial" and the city will try him again.
The thing that hacks me off is that my taxpayer
money is being wasted by pursuing this silly case. And now, they
are going to waste some more of it.
Missouri City has always been accused of being
"anti-business" and one of the reasons cited is their sign
ordinance. Last year, some business people appeared before the
city council because they had been told by the code officers that
they had too much of their store windows covered by signs. Now
here is Missouri City spending lots of money each year on business
development, including even hiring a person to be their economic
development person. Yet they persist in the chilling effect of
their repressive sign ordinance. Does any body over there have a
lick of sense. Why, they are acting like the county government!
And another thing to get on my last nerve .....
The airwaves are being bombarded with ads for, of all things, a
picture cell phone. Now let me get this straight. I have never had
a mobile phone that didn't cut out, would call from any location,
had buttons big enough for my fat fingers, and had a menu system
that I could understand. And now these ads claim they have a cell
phone that will send a picture over the cell phone. Of course, I
guess I would have to have a cell phone that could RECEIVE these
Or I would have to know if the person I'm
sending the photos to could receive them.
I have only recently learned how to take a
picture with a regular camera that isn't blurry and I still
occasionally have that problem. Now they want to sell me a
telephone that will take pictures. A thing whose time has NOT
Just this week, I spent over an hour on the
regular telephone trying to get this same company to adjust $7.50
on my phone bill. (It's not the money; it's the principle!) They
had not only erroneously charged me for long-distance directory
assistance to Sugar Land and Richmond, they had also charged me
long distance rates for connecting to those numbers, even though
the recorded message said there would be no additional charges.
I've written about this before and Verizon is still conducting
this scam. Make sure you check your bill.