Vote, vote, vote ...... If you haven't
already voted early, please remember that local city and school
district elections are Saturday. These elections are where your
vote really counts because so few people vote in these elections
that one vote can make a difference. I remember many years ago
when one of our employees was running for city council. She
exhorted all of us to vote and we promised her we would and even
eventually told her we had voted. She lost by one vote. Of course,
she asked for a recount and as luck would have it, in the process
noticed that we had not voted at all.
"Funny, but I didn't see your name on the
voting list," she said.
"Oh, I'm so sorry. We got into such a hurry to
go out of town that in the rush, we forgot to vote, " I replied.
"Then I was too ashamed to tell you," I admitted.
Also, I noted that several people who are
running for election this time have neglected to vote in previous
school district, city, and school bond election. Don't think that
didn't influence my determination of who to support. I can't
believe someone would run for office who has consistently
neglected to vote in election after election in the past.
So, be sure and vote. You never know when the
fact that you didn't vote will haunt you in the future.
Don't know who to vote for? Well, I've been
watching local politics for over 25 years so I just happen to have
a few opinions about who should get your vote.
Public office in a city is largely an unpaid
job. The school board is, by law, unpaid, so I'm not going to say
anything tacky individually about those running for these offices.
However, I know who has a personal agenda instead of concern for
the common good. I know who is simply a candidate looking for any
election. I know who is fun to party with but has no business
being on the school board or city council. I know who is fine with
a drink in one hand and a golf club in the other, but who has no
clue about city business.
I know who was pretty much an "empty suit"
while serving. I know who hasn't felt enough community spirit to
have voted in past elections.
This doesn't mean that everyone I didn't
support was guilty of any of the above sins. Some people were
running who I didn't know at all. But the people I supported are
people I know and people who are not guilty of any of those
things. Please see my editorial on page 3 which can help you make
your decision about voting.
She's baaaack ..... Star columnist Susan
DeQuesnay called me last week to ask me if she had to split with
me all the candy and things she got after I revealed that she was
hospitalized. I told her that she didn't have to split it with me,
because someone also sent me a gift after reading my column that
week. Charles Court of Court's Hardware read of my plight with
snails and feeling sorry for me, sent me some snail poison. Wait a
minute! What's wrong with this picture? Susan gets candy and teddy
bears and frilly things and I get snail bait?
What nice people ..... When Star Furniture
opened its new store in Fort Bend, they had uber investor Warren
Buffett to cut the ribbon. Buffett, who is famous in financial
circles, owns the company that owns Star Furniture although Star
Furniture is still being run by family members who have been at
the helm for years, even before Buffett invested in it.
But what made their grand opening so special
was that many people in the community were invited to a preview on
Thursday and if you attended, the company would donate $25 to your
choice of one of three Fort Bend charities--CASA, Literacy, or
Sugar Land Cultural Arts which is trying to redo Lakeview
Auditorium. On Friday, the company donated $5,000 to each of those
local charities, probably far more than $25 per person.
Buffett has been quoted as saying that being
rich just makes you more than you were before. If you were mean,
you become meaner. If you were impatient, you become more so, etc.
If that is indeed the case, then Warren Buffett must have been a
very affable man before he became rich. It seems the only way
money has changed Buffett is that he has become even more affable
as he patiently posed with people for picture taking and chatted
all afternoon at the Star ribbon-cutting. What a nice man.