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BEV'S BURNER
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.

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.


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


 
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