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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 27 years."


Tracked down.....I found another office for Lloyd Kelley, the attorney Fort Bend ISD has hired to justify the firing, oops, excuse me, the running off of several administrators. Contrary to previously published reports in other media, the office was not in Katy but is located, instead, at 2915 Fannin. Photos accompanying this column show both the outside and the inside of the building.

I received the address via a couple of threatening faxes from Mr. Kelley. I still donít understand why in communication with the school board, Kelley didnít use his physical address. Nor does the state bar list his physical address, only the private postal box with a phone number that reverse lookup lists in Katy.

When pigs fly......Much has been made about District Attorney John Healey asking the school board to retain all its papers about the investigation Kelley was hired to conduct. I predict right now that DA John Healey isnít going to be bringing any action before the primary. He learned his lesson when then-DA Sam Dick was summarily defeated after getting an indictment against a popular elected official right before a primary.

And I am equally as sure that Healey will ascertain that any action will rise to the level of a criminal offense before he clogs up the courts any more than they already are with some silly action. Asking that all papers be retained is a placating move that may satisfy some people and allow them to make some headlines. Yeah, like the school district, awash in papers, is going to destroy one sheet of a document.

Just look out the window........When the State of the Union is televised is the only time of the year that I am glad I have cable television and can watch something else. As I write this on Monday night before Tuesday press time, all the talking heads can talk about is what the State of the Union speech will be about.

I donít know why they donít just call it the ďHour-of-free-political-advertising-that-we-have-to-give-the-president-every-year-to-justify-our-use-of-the-publicís-airwaves.Ē Not to take anything away from President Bush, but I can look out the window, and all around, and see the state of the union. I donít need Karl Rove or Dick Chaney to put a favorable spin on it for me.

Who are they kidding?.....The Democrat have refused to have a combined primary because they are worried that the Republican will ďcontrolĒ the new voting machines. The reason for the combined primaries is because the county does not have enough of the new electronic voting machines to have a double primary in each precinct.

Actually, it is not even the countyís responsibility to have the primaries. So why should it go to the expense of having double voting machines to be used only at primary time and sit around gathering dust the rest of the time?

Republican Chairman Eric Thode has even gone so far as to offer to let the Democrats control all the machines, but that would not satisfy them. They continued to complain about the new electronic voting machines and their lack of a paper trail, perhaps forgetting that the Democrats donít have to use them at all. According to state law, they could conduct their own primary.

Most years the Democrats canít come up with enough workers to man their voting precincts and have to depend on the Republicans to help them out.

Now remember, early voting, which goes on for two weeks before primary day, is a combined deal. So we are only talking about one day, 12 hours, that Democrats would have to combine their precincts with the Republicans.

I think they are afraid of losing even more voters than they already have.

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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