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Some's Hot, Some's Not 

by B.K. Carter
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.

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 of entries.

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 you print!"

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 that.

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 so-called photos.

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 come.

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.

B. K. Carter is publisher of the Fort Bend Star. You can e-mail her at

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