Who’s your daddy?.....A story on the
front page of the Star last week detailed how Tarah
Hamilton, who was a 17-years-old at the time, was found
guilty of intoxicated manslaughter and received a 10 year
probated sentence. Her second chance carried several
conditions and after she violated her probation several
times, it was revoked and she was finally sentenced to six
years in prison in May.
After the daughter of the woman killed by
Hamilton, Paula Craig, started complaining about Hamilton’s
continuing lack of punishment after being given a second
chance, she started questioning Hamilton’s treatment. She
discovered that Hamilton’s father had contributed more than
$9,000 to Sheriff Milton Wright, $4,800 of it in April, 2006
immediately before his daughter’s prison sentence, and that
Mr. Hamilton has police security 24/7 at his Fort Bend house
for which he pays $20 per hour to off duty policemen. This
arrangement is supposedly handled by the local Texas Ranger
Jeff Cook, and employs many of the sheriff’s employees
including some of his ranking command staff.
Even after a letter from State District
Judge Tom Culver, the sheriff refused to send Hamilton to
prison, claiming she was a “trusty” although he didn’t seem
to know what her job was. Hamilton also gets meetings with
her family in the sheriff’s administrative offices, a
privilege not allowed most prisoners.
If this is not a blatant example of quid
pro quo, then I don’t know what is. In my opinion, Milton
Wright has turned out to be the worst sheriff Fort Bend has
ever had. He doesn’t know how to run the sheriff’s
department, and doesn’t even spend much time there. From all
reports, he can usually be found on the golf course. And
from other reports, the morale around the department is the
worst it has ever been. They can’t seem to hire anyone
except family members, and some of those family members are
fired by other hard-working department heads, then are
rehired by others. Milton Wright should be ashamed of
Other police gripes.....I was eating
at a local restaurant last week. When I pulled in, I noticed
three Missouri City police cars in the parking lot with
their motors running. After placing my order, I approached a
table of uniformed police people and asked them if they knew
their motors were running. (I thought they just didn’t want
to get into a hot car after lunch. I could hear my tax money
being burned up in idling cars.)
They told me their cars were equipped
with some very expensive equipment, like computers that had
to be kept cool.
Since I always try to check “street”
information, I called Missouri City Police Chief Ron Eckols.
He backed up the patrolmen’s reasons and told me the cameras
and computers were not “dockable, “ (capable of being easily
removed then plugged back in). I told the chief that the
patrolmen “skedaddled” shortly after I questioned then.
So if you see an idling police car, don’t
think they are just wasting gas. They are protecting
And then there’s Sugar Land.....My
gripe about my new home of Sugar Land is my water bill. I
used to complain all the time in Missouri City about the
fact that I didn’t get a self-addressed envelope for my
water bill. I would have to search around for a blank
envelope, then copy the address onto the envelope before I
paid the bill.
I know it’s a minor thing, but I told
them many times (and even wrote notes on my bill) that they
would get their money faster if they included an envelope. I
knew that from my business experience when I started
enclosing an envelope with our advertising bills. We got
paid a lot faster.
The Quail Valley Utility District finally
started putting an envelope in their bill and I was happy. I
don’t knew if it was the result of my lobbying, or they just
woke up, but I like to take credit for it, at least to
Then I moved to Sugar Land. The first
rattle out of the box, I called and complained about the
lack of an envelope in my water bill. In Sugar Land, you
simply get a post card.
I thought, “Here I go again. The great
envelope hunt!” I also noticed that the water was much
higher than in Missouri City. You see, in Quail Valley, you
pay for your garbage in your maintenance fees so your water
bill doesn’t seem so high.
Once a year, most Quail Valley residents
pay about $230 to the Quail Valley Fund. It covers garbage
and the maintenance of common areas. From the cost of
garbage pick-up in Sugar Land, QV needs to increase their
Anyway, when I called the Sugar Land
water department, they were sympathetic but showed no
inclination to change their ways. They did agree to send me
enough envelopes to last a year. That helps a little, but
now if I can just remember when I put the darn thing every
And if I can just get my CPA to do the
I guess she was right.....On a trip
to the Cayman Islands several years ago, we took a side trip
while there to engage in a very popular thing for tourists
in the Caymans. We went swimming with the String rays!
Except Sugar Creeker Margot Taylor, who refused to jump in
the sea with a bunch of circling String rays. Not me. I
jumped right in with my sister-in -law Joyce Carter and
Pecan Grove resident Judy Maciver, who talked us into the
Stingray adventure in the first place. One kind of nipped me
as I was trying to feed him/her, but it was supposedly an
But after hearing about Alligator Hunter
Steve Irwin’s death, I guess Margot was right all along.
I’ve already got an “I told you so” phone call.
Can you believe it?.....Fort Bend
County Commissioners are trying to tie their salaries to
that of State District Judges. This is a scam used all over
the country and a way to get a raise without the populace
knowing it. County Commissioners have even tried to have a
bill passed in the state legislature to make it mandatory.
(It has always failed.) But this year, Fort Bend
Commissioners floated it and gave all the other department
heads huge raises so no outcry would result.
Sure enough. Only lame duck District
Clerk Glory Hopkins has been the only elected official to
raise her voice.
Most of the Fort Bend County
Commissioners and the County Judge ran for their offices
only after they retired from other jobs (except Grady
Prestage who was very young when first elected and was
formerly an engineer). So since this is a second job for the
vast majority of them, you wouldn’t think they would be so
greedy would you? You’re wrong. They voted themselves a
$15,000 (plus or minus a couple of hundred $$s) increase a
year and nobody said a word. Okay, we deserve what we get.
First mistake I ever made (not).....I
was wrong when I said a special election could be won by a
simple plurality. I didn’t know until the upcoming one
called by Governor Good Hair that a majority must win. With
all the candidates, it’s probably a forgone conclusion there
will be run-off, making the winner take office sometime in
Now IF Tom DeLay would have left office
when he first announced he was “moving,” and IF Gov. Good
Hair had put party politics aside and done what was right
for the residents of Fort Bend County, we would have had a
representative long before now.