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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.


The Governor

One of the things aggravating about a weekly paper is the chance that “late breaking news” will change by the time the paper hits the streets. That said, whatever happens between the time I pen this column and the time the newspaper reaches our readers will not change my opinion. So, here it is. I think Governor Rick Perry is a weenie.

The fact that the LAST Texas Legislature created a brand spanking new State District Court for Fort Bend County that was scheduled to start full operation on Jan. 1 is no secret at least not to everyone but the Governor.

Fort Bend County officials managed to shuffle county office space around and make room for a new courtroom; add the needed office equipment and support staff and even went so far as to assign cases to the court. (They are a positive bunch.)

Anyhow, come Jan. 1, the court was ready for full operation but the Governor had not yet made a decision on just who he was going to appoint to the bench. So, naturally things went awry.

Some say the Governor can’t make a decision because he wants to appoint one candidate to the judgeship while the commission he appointed suggested another person for that slot.

Pardon me, if that is the case and unless someone knows differently Rick Perry is the Governor, for heaven’s sake. That makes him, for all intents and purposes, the boss. Somebody needs to teach this guy a basic lesson in Gov. 101.

Now I don’t know about you but in my line of work, the boss will accept suggestions, will support recommendations from the staff and will beat her head against the wall standing behind her employees. However, if she firmly disagrees with something, she makes it perfectly clear who is the boss. Now, depending on which side of the fence you are on, that is called guts, firmness or bull-headedness. But no matter what you call it, standing firm at the top is a quality all bosses should have.

Not the Governor. He seems to be hell-bent on helping to create another legal quagmire that promises to be as costly and time consuming as the Tom DeLay debacle. The Governor contributed to that one by failing to take a stance and make a decision on a special election.

My grandmother used to stress that you can’t please all of the people, all of the time—everyone knows the saying. Sadly for the taxpayers of Texas, the Governor apparently is one of the few who doesn’t.

With that said, you can bet that the Governor will make the appointment about 9 a.m. on Wednesday and you will receive your Fort Bend Star with me calling him a weenie about 15 minutes after the appointment is announced. Doesn’t matter—the opinion stands.


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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