Republicans in District 22 are now between the proverbial
rock and a hard place. The Texas Democrats have filed a
lawsuit that seeks to keep last week's retired Congressman
Tom DeLay on the ballot in the November General Election.
Even if the Dems are successful, any delay on the DeLay
issue is going to hurt the Republican candidate who, once
chosen by the panel of four executive District 22
representatives, has to raise money, shake hands and kiss
babies before the primary if there is any hope of success at
I would say the Democrats have done a great job of
squelching the efforts to get another Republican in
Washington, when in actuality Tom DeLay has actually done
the job and the Democrats have walked through the door he
left wide open.
Shame on Tom. He ran for office, won the primary and then
slithered out of the mess on his belly, leaving behind the
skin he shed and a big mess for his constituents and party
members to deal with.
Despite all the problems he had in recent years, I liked
the guy. And, I would have thought he would have gone out in
style if he ever went out.
I was wrong.
That lighting ordinance thing
After over a year of controversy, conversation, chaos and
confusion, in 2004 Fort Bend County Commissioners passed a
lighting ordinance that was aimed primarily at protecting
the George Observatory from ďlight pollution.Ē The ordinance
was also supposed to reduce the risk of accidents, protect
owls and other nocturnal creatures (burglars not included)
and clean up the skies of Fort Bend County so future
generations could gaze at skies and wish upon a star. Yeah
Instead, the ordinance has been back on the drawing board
several times and it has prompted countless agenda items
focusing on granting a variance and now, once again, the
legal department is looking at whether the county
overstepped its bounds and the whole thing might have to be
Letís hope that this trip we get it right, pass the thing
with amendments that are fair to all involved, protect the
sky and allow Wal-Mart to shine brightly forever more.
Not always scoundrels
The Fort Bend Bar Association members have done a
valuable service to the community by establishing the Legal
Line after forming Fort Bend Lawyers Care, a non-profit
organization made up of local attorneys willing to give up
their free time and some money to provide legal help to
people in the county who simply canít afford to pay an
attorney for simple procedures.
Hats off to them. One of my friends, who happens to be an
attorney, said attorneys try to help the community despite
the reputation they have, generally speaking, of being
somewhat less than nice people.
In other words, despite all the prevailing lawyer jokes
and the stigma attached to the profession, they arenít all
scoundrels and are pretty good folks to associate with. Now,
did I tell you the one about...I think I need help, no, I
know I need help.
I need a person that is computer literate. No, I need a
person who is more than just literate. I have a computer
that randomly decided, on its own, that I cannot read the
Fort Bend Star.
I can look at every other paper in the universe on my
computer, but not the Star. Go figure! Since we have archive
files that I really need to do background on some of my
stories, this has become somewhat of a source of
aggravation, to say the least.
I have tried everything recommended by professionals who
ultimately scratch their head and say, ďIíve never seen
anything like this before.Ē So, if there is someone out
there that knows how a computer can rule and all commands
are ignored, please e-mail me.
Of course, this computer will probably delete your mail
so I canít see how to undo the anti-Star demon that lives in
the center of this hard drive---but give it a try. Iím open
to any and all suggestions at this point in time.