now officially County Attorney
Roy Cordes Jr., is now officially Fort Bend County County
Attorney after a swearing in ceremony last week. Cordes, a
former county judge, Sugar Land city council member and
first assistant county attorney under now retired County
Attorney Bud Childers is now able to assume his duties. He
does not face an opponent in the Nov. election.
Assistant County Attorney Mary Reveles,
who appears to have done quite a good job serving as the
interim county attorney after Childers’ resignation, is back
to doing her regular duties. She resigned from the appointed
position after Cordes won the primary election. She could
have served until Childers’ term expired but felt that the
people’s choice should take over the reigns.
The Energizer Bunny of Richmond
Mayor Hilmer Moore is running for
re-election but you will note that he is not listed on the
Richmond candidates’ stories. Why? Because he, as is the
norm, didn’t draw an opponent. Mayor Moore, who has served
the city for so many years most have lost count of the exact
number, is sort of like the Energizer Bunny—he just keeps
going and going and going.
Impressions of candidates
I just couldn’t help but get a few
personal impressions of the city and water district
candidates who are asking voters to put them back in office
or unseat an incumbent and allow them to represent the
voters of that particular municipality or subdivision. Some
are true politicians, instinctively knowing that free
advertising is a big plus and responding to the media is a
good idea. Others, through either arrogance, complacency or
blatant stupidity had to be coerced into providing the
information. After all, this is a public service provided by
this newspaper and its’ publisher Bev Carter. It certainly
isn’t bringing in the big bucks to dedicate the front page
to the candidates.
So, those who were less than cooperative
kind of raised my blood pressure just a tad. If I were
running for office and someone offered me a chance to get
the word out for free, I would fall all over myself trying
to get a prime slot in the paper. At least one didn’t and a
couple were somewhat ill-prepared, making me wonder if they
are prepared to hold the office they are seeking.
Most of the candidates were really
excited and responded wonderfully to the request for
information and a photo. For an old-timer like me it was
also fun to talk to politicians that I once covered so many
years ago that it took way too much time to do the interview
as we recalled countless “war stories” of that era.
Let’s just say that it is a really good
thing I don’t live in Missouri City—because I would vote
against at least one person based on my experiences this
Every year I write at least one large
article on hurricane preparedness and this year I plan to do
the same. This year I have a feeling that even those who
felt this preparedness copy was redundant, might have a
different attitude and read a little more closely
considering the fiasco last year during the Hurricane Rita
threat and the resulting traffic pile up that lasted days.
The one thing that struck me as I, like
everyone else, watched the horror stories unfold for those
living in the probability zone and those fleeing the local
area is how ill-prepared some people were when they got on
the road to evacuate. In areas hit by the hurricanes another
thing was very obvious: nowadays many people (myself
included) consider their pet or pets vital members of the
family. They aren’t just dogs are cats—they are kids. It is
a reaction not anticipated by emergency workers trying to
evacuate stranded residents atop roofs and inside attics who
simply refused to leave because they didn’t want to leave a
dog or cat behind.
Locally, many people loaded up dogs,
cats, fish, birds, horses and yeah, pot bellied pigs—and
headed for the high country, only to find that many, if not
most, shelters could not or would not accept pets. That
changed somewhat, according to local Emergency Management
officials, as the progression of evacuees made their way to
far away shelters—many of which made last minute
arrangements to accept pets or to house them in nearby “pet
shelters” that were hastily prepared as the need became
The focus of one article will be
exclusively what to do in preparation for protecting your
pets and what to do and what to have in advance if another
call to evacuate the area is called.
With at least nine hurricanes predicted
again this year, we had all pay attention to the
recommendations put out by officials. We have already seen,
graphically, what happens when people are ill-prepared or
are caught in situations that could not be predicted, but
now can be anticipated.
Stay tuned for more information in the near future.