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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.

Signs of the times—LCISD unknowingly shares wooden stakes

Perhaps you could call it the signs of the times—after all it is an election year—just before press time we starting getting reports that Lamar Consolidated Independent School District was connected with District Clerk candidate (Democrat) Veronica Torres. Well, they are not in any way connected, but the signs are. It seems some of our astute readers, most likely Republican in political affiliation, questioned why LCISD would be sharing sign stakes with another candidate, namely Torres.

LCISD is not affiliated with any candidate. Christy Willman, spokesperson for LCISD, said the school district cannot promote a bond issue and therefore they are depending on volunteers and the Citizen’s Bond Committee to see the word gets out.

Lonnie Meadows, a member of the bond committee, says he has also received calls on the sharing of the signs. “I saw one this morning sharing a post with Ken Cannata, who is a Republican.” Well, at least they are being fair.

Meadows said the volunteer group purchased an ample number of sign-posts, so he couldn’t explain exactly why some of the bond signs are sharing space with Republican and Democrats running for office. “Obviously we need to fix this since we are getting calls. But, at least we know people are reading them,” Meadows noted. He also said that with as many volunteers as they have out putting out signs and informing the public it may be a while before he can figure out why this is happening.

President is-a-coming

Next week, if all goes as planned, President George Bush will appear in Fort Bend County in an apparent effort to spur Republican voters to go to the polls and vote Republican. Of course the emphasis will most likely be the District 22 race where Shelly Sekula (no longer hyphenated) Gibbs is trying to win a write-in campaign against her Democratic and Independent opposition (both of whom are on the regular ballot) as well as a handful of other Republicans who will appear as write-in candidates too.

I really don’t know if having the President here is a boon or a bust for any of the candidates. After all, Bush is experiencing the lowest popularity rating he has ever had since being elected. So, having an unpopular President touting the cause may not be a big plus in an already uphill battle for Sekula Gibbs or any one else in the party.

Sekula Gibbs is trying to tell the voters, via television commercials, how to vote a write-in on the somewhat complex dial-a-candidate electronic ballots now used by District 22 voters. For some reason when she appears on TV, I personally get the impression that she is a soccer mom. I know she is a Houston City Council member and a physician, but commercials just don’t seem professional.

Maybe it is the nonsensical grin, I don’t know, but I do know I think Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace should have just stuck in the race since the big bucks that were supposedly going to follow his withdrawal have not yet materialized for Sekula Gibbs. There are only a couple weeks to go before voters go the polls and the money has been trickling in and not pouring like promised.

David would just have been a lot more photogenic and his presentation, prior to withdrawing from the race, was pretty darn good. At least he didn’t come across as a cheerleader. He seemed more like a political candidate with a serious commitment and an overall platform. Sekula Gibbs platform seems to be centered on voting for her and not much else.

Kinky is Kool

Speaking of commercials, Kinky Friedman has some doozies.

Not many people will say it in out loud, but I am running across an increasing number of folks who think Kinky Friedman is “kool.” A lot of people may be underestimating this somewhat unusual candidate. After all Rick Perry has not done an exemplary job for the state of Texas even if his commercials claim he did and Carol Keeton Strayhorn spends most of her time trying to convince us of her qualifications as a grandmother.

Kinky is refreshing and entertaining to say the least. Everyone knows that once a candidate is elected and takes the oath of office, all the shallow promises made on TV commercials are put on the shelf for the next election anyhow, so having someone in Austin that could at least give us a genuine laugh or two might be a good idea. Some people, who aren’t Kinky fans, point to the numerous snafus Kinky has made while on the campaign trail. Sure he has angered a few special interest groups, but look at the resulting publicity he has garnered. With a limited budget, any publicity, even negative, is a plus for the candidate.

What I really don’t understand is the commercial where he makes reference to wild hogs in a mating mode! But, then again, those strange things do stick out in your mind and there is no doubt you remember who made the comment. So could it be that Kinky may not be as kinky as some folks think!


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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