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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 29 years."


 

Whoís your daddy?.....My kids claim I went home 10 years ago to watch the O.J. trial and just never came back to work. I think they exaggerate because I have been working....a little.

But with our move to new offices and the publications of several magazines by the company, Iíve been compelled to return to work on a more or less full-time basis.

However, last week as part of the move, I dropped a file cabinet on my big toe and had to take a day off lying in bed with my foot elevated. During my enforced day off, I started watching the Anna Nicole saga and felt myself being sucked into some court drama again.

But not to worry. The next day, I shook myself off and returned to the grind. Seems we can always find an excuse not to work, but I was strong this time and didnít let myself get out of the habit of working again. Arenít you glad?

What kind of shoddy work is this anyway?.....Last month I had a $200 water bill because some valve broke between my house and the water meter and in only a day or two, enough water ran out to drive up my bill. After an additional $150 plumbing bill, I found out the faulty valve was installed originally by Eco Resources, formerly owned by our current county judge, Bob Hebert.

I was a little miffed but thought, ďOh well, things happen.Ē

The very next week, my daughter experienced the same problem at her house in the Meadows and her valve was originally installed by guess who? Eco Resources.

Both our houses are over 10 years old, but it leads me to wonder how many other people have had failing valves in their plumbing connecting to the water meter. Iíd like to hear if there are any others or if these just happen to be two isolated cases.

Call or email.

And speaking of other shoddy works....Other cable, telephone, and internet services ought to offer me free service for as much as Iíve written about the poor service Iíve received from Warner Cable and the frequent outages. Last week, my cable, internet, and telephone service, all supplied by Warner Cable, was out more often than it was on. It has been out so much that Iíve memorized their service number.

Not only has it been out so much, one has to punch about four different menus to get the correct department, then hold on for about five minutes, thereby running up your cell phone bill.

The first thing they ask is to input your telephone number connected with your service, then when someone live finally comes on the line, they want your number again, plus your name and address. I guess their computers canít bring all that information up from the first input of information.

Finally, after you get the correct department, they claim it is not an area wide problem and ask you to unplug all your equipment and wait one minute before, hopefully, repluging it in correctly. To do this, I have to move a 500 pound entertainment center without rollers. After you do all that and it doesnít work, they want to schedule a service call in about a week sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

At this point Iím being positively mean to the person on the other end of the call. (I wouldnít have their job for anything. Itís not their fault, but they have to bear the brunt of so much anger and frustration.)

Then, about four hours later it comes back on of its own accord because it was an area-wide problem after all that has been finally fixed.

I used to ask all the time how we could expect a company which couldnít keep the cable on consistently to then run a telephone company. But in a moment of weakness and budget cutting, I signed up for the triple service, telling myself Iíd give them six months.

Six months has passed and Iím looking to change everything again because itís not working. I hate myself.

His time in the barrel..... Iíve covered the campaign reports of three other Republican elected officials in other columns--County Judge Bob Hebert, Commissioners James Patterson and Andy Meyers--and now itís time to take a look at the third Republican county commissioner, Tom Stavinoha. Commissioner Stavinoha represents Precinct 1 which includes most of Richmond, Rosenberg, and Needville. This most recent report was for the last half of 2006. It was duly signed and notarized. He collected $1300, spent $9,672.42, and had $15,409.99 on the last day of the reporting period.

He collected $800 from PBSJ Pac, the Florida company whose principals were indicted for several nasty campaign shennigans, and $500 from the Greater Houston Home Builders Assn.

He gave $200 to the Fort Bend County Sheriffís Deputy Assn. and $439 for barbecue for 40 people to the Chili Fest (donít ask me why he is buying barbecue at a chili fest).

He gave $185 to the Needville Fire Department and $100 to the Casa De Esperanza foster home.

He gave $200 to the Needville Baseball Assn to aid the Girls World Series expenses, and $170 to the Holy Rosary Church.

He gave $250 to Miracle on Morton Street, and $225 to the Fort Bend County Boot Camp.

The Luekemia-Lymphoma Society got $250, while St. Michaelís Church received $250. He paid $100 for his Rose-Rich Chamber gala ticket while the Fort Bend County Fair was the big winner with a $5180 donation.

The Fort Bend County Boot Camp got another $185 and the Needville Harvest Fest received $300. He spent $261.49 for the Fort Bend County Fair cowboy camp, and we know he didnít cook in the ďMen Who CookĒ fund-raiser because he spent $100 buying pastry for the event.

He gave another $115 to the Fort Bend County Boot Camp and the Lamar Education Society received a $200 donation from him. Muscular Dystrophy received a $200 donation and the Fort Bend Museum golf tournament received $300. Maybe he played in the tournament? He doesnít seem like the type.

He made smaller donations to such groups as the Fresno Senior Citizens and the Kendleton Heritage Society.

Again, thanks to the web site http://www.kissmybigbluebutt.com for scanning the campaign reports and making them readily available to the public.

 

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.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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