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
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
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
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.