Bringing in 07 with
When I wrote this column on Sunday, I
said “there are going to be more legal eagles with job
guarantees considering that newly elected District Clerk
Annie Elliott is now going to have to fill out all kinds of
paperwork to prove that she didn’t violate election laws;
Fort Bend GOP Chairman Gary Gillen is being sued and is
responding in kind; the residents out around Fresno way are
talking about getting some litigation going to halt progress
(?) at the large Fort Bend county-based trash dump; The
Texas Ethics Committee has also sent a “prove it” letter to
not so successful County Court at Law # 2 Judge hopeful
(Republican) Rick Forlano; and the guy from Sugar Land who
is making all of these ethics complaints has challenged
District Attorney John Healey to investigate and possibly
prosecute local government officials when the need is
Well, how fast things change. Now I’m not
saying there won’t be plenty of legal work to go around, but
some of it will be reduced thanks to a positive hearing in
the courtroom of State District Judge Thomas Culver III on
Monday. You will have to read elsewhere in the paper for all
the good stuff that came out of that court hearing.
It still looks like a very interesting
year and you can bet there will be still be plenty of fodder
for the local coffee shops; lots of interesting headlines
and more than a few controversies in the forthcoming year.
In other words, 2007 will provide plenty of those moments
and I’m sure that the legal folks won’t be scurrying for
business—it will come to them.
On a bright side
But on the bright side, speaking of
upstanding taxpayers and concerned citizens are the ladies
who decided that the kids at Williams Elementary in Richmond
really needed a morale boost and spent the holidays
brightening up the campus with landscaping, art, murals etc.
I’m not going to say a lot here because these dedicated
volunteers really did a bang up job and deserve a feature
story, but they are what this community is made of in the
core that is not always under public scrutiny like a public
official is or should be.
And, the residents who live behind the
jail are promising to keep on top of the issues they have
brought forth on safety, security and serenity they feel is
threatened by the expansion plans for the jail. Now (so far)
you don’t hear any of these people hollering about lawsuits.
They have been very calm and articulate,
as a matter of fact. They understand that even inmates need
to let off steam by banging a basketball and yelling some
They support the local police and
sheriff’s deputies. They worry about firefighters and the
dangers they may be facing if the county gets too big for
their proverbial britches.
Heck, they don’t even seriously dislike
any of the politicians who hold these individuals future in
their hands. In other words, they are also typical of the
so-called silent majority. Although I admit they are getting
somewhat beyond a whisper as time goes on, they are still
trying to make the system work by working in the system.
It’s good to know all of these people
call Fort Bend County home.
Looks like the Fort Bend County
Commissioners and the County Judge have their wee little
knives out. The anticipated $300 million bond referendum
that is sure to come in May is shrinking and that is a good
thing. Of course, we can expect the wish list to vary
between now and then but it looks like it may be smaller
than previously thought. This bond referendum will be for
mobility and anyone who travels the major roadways here in
the county knows improvements are needed.
So, it is not a surprise that more roads,
bigger roads and safer roads are on the minds of public
officials. The cost is not cheap and we will be asked to
foot the bill for progress and for growth.
At least it appears officials are making an effort to
keep the wish list down and the “need list” the priority.