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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

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 phone number.

Coffee shop clatter doesn’t mean it is the truth

There seems to be this nasty little rumor going around that Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert is busy negotiating the sale of a building to the county. Well, it just ain’t so, folks. Hebert says he hasn’t a clue as to how these “coffee shop rumors” get started, but he is sure unless one judge wants to office in his barn and hold court in his kitchen, there isn’t much hope he can sell his property to the county.

In other words, the only property he owns in Fort Bend County is the six acres he has in Foster Creek Estates near Richmond. “My financial records are public and anyone can go to the courthouse and see what I own. I don’t know how these rumors get started but there are people out there who will lie about you in a heartbeat,” Hebert said in response to the query on the latest tidbit of information circulating on him.

With that said, Hebert also noted that one of his detractors has been accusing him of hiring his cronies and personal friends. He says this particular blogger, apparently failed to mention that the five people named as cronies were all employed prior to the time Hebert was elected to the position of county judge. Heck, one of them, Hebert noted, will be receiving a 15 year plaque when the county next hands out the recognition to long-time employees.

Having apparently pulled Hebert’s string, he also requested that his detractors learn to spell and properly pronounce his Cajun name.

So, there you have it—tell it like it really is and if you have to start rumors at least get the name right!

What if they held an election and no one came?

That is what would happen if any of the west end school districts had an election, at least this year, as none of the candidates drew any opposition.

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District trustee Position 1 school board member Kathy Hynson and Position 3 board member Jesse Torres both filed for reelection but no one filed to challenge their incumbency.

Needville Independent School District trustee, Jim Kocian, Position 3; Position 4 trustee Mark Wendt and Position 5 trustee Joseph Anderson all filed to seek reelection but garnered no opposition.

Kendleton ISD Position 5 trustee Hubert Walker and Position 6 trustee Koecadee Melton will both seek reelection and are also unopposed.

So, it appears there will be smooth sailing for all the incumbents in the west end school districts. Apparently they are doing something right or they would have sparked at least a flame of interest.


Contact skinnerc1@ev1.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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