Everybody and his DOG.....Most
politicians have huge egos. They would have to and also have
the skin of a rhino. Think about it. We (the media) hound
them unmercifully, but they tell themselves, “It’s okay. The
thousands of people who voted for me know how good and brave
and how honest I really am. I’m the man! (or woman).”
So it comes to pass that every politician
in Fort Bend, Harris, Brazoria and Galveston counties are
now thinking, “Hummmm. I probably should run for Tom DeLay’s
soon-to-be former job. After all, what do those other guys
(or gals) have that I don’t?”
I’ve even heard that Sheriff Milton
Wright told someone that he had been encouraged to run.
Pleeeeze. With his big hat and cowboy boots, Wright is an
anachronism even in Fort Bend. Sending him to Washington is
akin to sending Senator Beauregard Claghorn.
Commissioner Andy Meyers was heard
commenting about his try for the office, “Why not? I
consider it a free shot. What do I have to lose?” How about
your dignity, Andy?
Don’t worry... You didn’t think I was
going to give up writing about the school board since we
have two new members, did you? Heck, no. Now’s the time to
give them all something to think about.
Think about what the voters indicated
they felt about the current majority on the board--Lisa
Rickert, Laurie Caldwell, Ken Bryant and Stan Magee. I think
they pretty well spelled that out at the polls when they
overwhelmingly (for a school election) chose new people not
associated with any of the above mentioned trustees--a
misnomer if ever there was one).
Think about this being the seventh
largest school district in the state and they try to get all
their business conducted on one night a month. Course it
could be like the Texas Legislature when we’re glad they
only meet every other year. They can do less harm with less
But, Rickert made one of the twice
monthly board meetings a “workshop,” whereby business could
not be conducted unless it was an emergency. Many people in
the district thought she just wanted to silence the public
as the y cannot speak during “workshop” meeting. Well, that
bites as 49 people signed up to speak at the last meeting.
It was 10:30 p.m. before the agenda was even addressed.
Now it’s summertime, and the school
district goes on a summer schedule where they are only open
four days a week and only have one board meeting a month. I
think the seventh largest school district in Texas (which
they are fond of touting) needs to be doing a little more
managing than the current schedule allows.
Think about the fact that a current
internal audit found 21 areas where the human resource
department needed remedy. It was the worst internal audit
done to date. And think about this, the board majority took
the head of the Human Resource department and made her the
acting superintendent, even though they had Betty Baitland
continuing on salary and they also had a credentialed and
highly regarded applicant who agreed to work as Acting
Think about the fact that the district
finally went out for bids for a law firm to handle school
business and the current firm, hired by Rickert, et. al.,
Bracewell & Giulliani, didn’t even apply.
Think about Bracewell & Giulliani billing
the district a total of $38,337 for part of January and all
of February and March, after the board fired long-time
attorney David Feldman. All of these charges were for issues
dealing with the board and did not include any other type of
litigation, and included items such as “extended telephone
call from Lisa Rickert, extended attendance at board meeting
and extended answering numerous e-mails from Lisa Rickert.”
Oh, no. I’m not going to forget about all
this for a long time. And I’m going to make sure you don’t
Will DeLay continue to delay.......Although
Tom DeLay has announced his official resignation, it sure is
taking him a long time to leave. (I think there could be a
good country-western title in there somewhere). I was
particularly incensed when he was asked to speak at the
county-wide Memorial Day Salute to Veterans at the Sugar
Land Town Square. I am mad because I remember that DeLay
said he and Dan Quail didn’t serve in the armed forces
because they wanted to give other less fortunate boys a job.
I am mad because Tom DeLay has thrown the
entire Republican Party in Fort Bend, Harris, Brazoria and
Galveston counties into disarray.
I am mad because he knew full well that
he was not going to run in November, but he wanted to
continue to raise money for himself.
I am mad because in the 20 years he was
in Congress, he didn’t do great things for Fort Bend, like
all the other politicians say--he did great things for Tom
I am mad because not only did he usher in
a regime of hate in Washington, he brought it back to Texas
and as a result, the Texas legislature is just a messed up
When I called Constable Troy Nehls who
organized the event and asked him why DeLay was on the
program, Nehls replied, “Because he’s our Congressman,”
pointing out that it was not a political event and he had
asked Dora Olivio, a Democrat, to lead the pledge of
allegiance. (Nah, not political.) He also said that if
Lampson is elected, he will be speaking next year. Nehls
said everybody was invited and politics was not what it was
about, but honoring our veterans was.
I had one thought that I didn’t want to
argue with the Constable about. If this was not a political
event, then why was Houston City Councilwoman and Tom DeLay
wannabe Shelley Sekula-Gibbs in an outfit you couldn’t miss
up there on the stage?