So much to write, so little space....I
complained last week about school board candidates who
didnít have the intelligence or integrity to turn in their
required financial reports on time. Another report was due
eight days before the election, making it due by April 4.
Iím happy to report that most of them
turned their reports in on time, with the exception of Ann
Hopkins and Ken Bryant, who didnít turn them in at all.
Even Noel Pinnock, who has had trouble
getting his financial reports in on time and filled out
correctly, turned his in on May 2. However, he sure has
bought a lot of signs with the $1500 a union has given him,
That is his only contribution this go round, he claims, The
cover sheet summary lists the $1500 expenditure, but
Schedule F where it should also be entered along with an
explanation of how, where and for what it was spent, is
So even though it was on time, and
although this is his third campaign, he still doesnít know
how to fill it out. Or doesnít care. Or doesnít want to
reveal the true nature of his contributions and
expenditures. However, Iíd sure like to have the name of his
sign company because if he has only collected as much as he
says he has, he got a heckav deal!
Now Ken Bryant, who claimed in his first
report that he had neither received nor spent a red cent,
has done three mail-outs with no money, even a loan from
himself (which also has to be reported). This time, he
didnít even bother filling out a report. I know you think
Iím probably angsting on this too much, but I think how
candidates treat their campaign funds is a future indicator
of their honesty and integrity.
Rickert did report some contributions and
expenditures this time. (Last time she reported, late, that
she had none).This time she said she collected $6,600
contributions, and spent $8,561. Now this would be a typical
way that Rickert claims to be a fiscal conservative
--spending more than collecting. But she loaned herself
$10,000 so her reports shows that she has $9,383 left over.
What a way to keep books---all perfectly legal.
The biggest taxes you pay.....After
the IRS, the biggest taxes you pay are your school taxes. So
whether you have children in school or not, you should keep
up with what is going on in your local school district. This
is so you can make an informed vote to elect a school board
member. The board of trustees is about the only voice you
have in school policy. You saw what happened when we let
unqualified people run and win a spot on the school board.
They put our district back about three years.
Both Lisa Rickert and Ken Bryant are
running for re-election. They and some of their cohorts (who
we can take care of next year), are directly responsible for
the chaos that ensued in the past three years. We MUST pay
attention to whom we elect to the school board. Please vote.
And if you donít know who to vote for, ask a teacher. Or
read the front page editorials of this paper.
Pandering to the left, pandering to the
right.....But the worst example of campaigning has got
to be the way Rickert and Bryant, and Bryantís stalking
horse Stan Magee, have contacted every dissent group that
ever came before the board in FBISD and promised to support
them in the future.
It started with the Chinese student who
was sent to alternative school for changing a shoot-em-up
computer game to reflect Clements High School topography.
The school district hired two special
teachers to teach him the last few weeks in alternative
school. His mother, who appeared before the board to protest
long before going through the disciplinary rungs to have his
punishment rescinded, was told the student would graduate,
but could not walk across the stage with his class.
Rickert, Bryant, and Magee tried to have
the discipline levels aborted by calling a special board
meeting, although the student and his parents had been told
they could accomplish all the levels before graduation.
However, the other board members did not show up for the
special meeting, which then lacked a quorum. Then, lo and
behold, I received an email from an ice hockey mom saying
she had received a phone call from Lisa Rickert stating that
she was in favor of granting the group club status. This mom
reported further meeting with Bryant and Magee and included
a plea to vote for Ken Bryant and Lisa Rickert with her
email, which I assume went out to all the ice hockey
This pandering became so flagrant that I
was laughing about it with a friend and jokingly said Iíll
bet they try to enlist the votes of those Colony Bend
parents protesting the demotion of their principal who
My friend said to hold on; he was
emailing me just such a pander.
Sure enough, it was an email from Stan
Magee telling the recipient of the email what the community
could do about reinstating Principal Tammie Carpenter. It
ended with a plea to vote for Ken Bryant as Ken felt,
according to Magee, just like the parents.
For Missouri City residents.....Iím
sorry for running on so. I always tell my writers that
nobody will read something as long as this is getting to be,
but I have one more topic to cover before I close.
I have checked with numerous sources and
it appears there is indeed some question about Cynthia
Lenton-Garyís residency. Lenton-Gary listed a home in
Hunters Glen as her residency but many people claim she
lives in Plantation Colony on the west side of FM1092. That
would put her legal residency as District C, instead of the
District B she is running for.
As Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella can
tell us from his dealings with a school board member in
Stafford MSD, proving someoneís legal residency is hard when
they claim they live some place else. Most court rulings
have come to say that it is the personís ďintentĒ which is
important. Or where they plan to ďreturn.Ē
Here are the facts: Cynthia Lenton-Gary
has a 2002 Ford auto registered as of July 14, 2006 at 4003
Royal Plantation--Dist. C.
Cynthia Lenton-Gary has a homestead
exemption on a house at 4003 Royal Plantation as of May 7,
C.E. Lenton Sr. owns a house at 1311
Mossridge Dr. in Hunters Glen at of May 7, 2007--Dist. B He
has an over-65 exemption and homestead exemption for this
Cynthia Lenton Gary was born in 1958,
making her 49 years old. Either her 66-year-old father or
her 66-year-old ex-husband owns the house in Hunters Glen
Dist. B which she uses to run for office. Her voters
register is for the Mossridge address--Dist. B and her
drivers license is for Mossridge--Dist. B.
Since even the Supreme Court has not
dealt decisively with the residency issue (remember that
Dick Cheney really lived in Texas yet he ran for
Vice-President from Wyoming), it would seem that even if
Lenton-Gary is not living in the district for which she is
running, thereís not a whole lot anyone can do about it.
It just doesnít seem right for her to be
running to represent single-member District B, when there is
some question about her living in District C. Thatís what
single-member districts are for. They are to enable those
who live in the area to represent the area. The
embarrassment of perpetrating a hoax on the electorate
should be enough to dissuade her from running. Evidently she
feels justified in continuing to run.