Picnics and beach outings are traditional
to Memorial Day weekend, however let us all take time to
honor the thousands upon thousands of men and women in the
Armed Services who have given their lives to defend the
freedom we take for granted.
On another sad note, yet another local
soldier has been killed while serving in Afghanistan. Pfc.
Joseph Graham Harris was serving a tour of duty with the
U.S. Army when he was killed. He was only 19 years old and
was listed on the Department of Defense website as a
resident of Sugar Land
Last week I mentioned Spc. Dan H. Nguyen,
24, who was killed in an attack in Iraq. He was also a
resident of Sugar Land.
And there was the recent death of John
Waterbury, the 25-year-old Army specialist, who served as a
crewman on an M1A1 tank, died in action March 14 in Iraq. He
was from Richmond.
The list could go on and on. The one
thing we need to do is pause this holiday weekend and say a
prayer for these brave soldiers who have given the ultimate
sacrifice and for their grieving families who lost sons,
daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers or sisters. Nothing
can replace them and there is nothing that can be said that
will heal the void such a loss has left behind.
I say thank you—for the military men and
women who have defended our freedom and lost their lives; to
the families who grieve; and to those who continue to serve
our country both here and in war torn countries.
Regardless of how we feel about the war,
there is a common theme among most Americans—support of our
troops—and that should continue, without question.
Hebert and his crime spree
Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert may
sound flippant when he discusses the recent fine he received
from the Texas Ethics Commission. The fine was paid after he
entered into an agreed judgment with the commission after it
was determined that Hebert’s decision to pay his wife for
keeping the campaign books was indeed a no-no. But he is
totally and completely embarrassed and probably has the fear
that he will end up on the Star’s “dumbest crooks” column.
He readily admits it was a call from our
own B.K. Carter that prompted him to go to an attorney and
find out if what he did was OK. Needless to say both Bev and
the attorney agreed that Bob just couldn’t and shouldn’t do
what he’d already done.
Now, if he were a bank robber, paying the
money back wouldn’t be tantamount to being absolved from
charges, but luckily for Bob he is a politician and the
rules, in most cases, are somewhat different.
Intent to violate a law often plays a big
part in prosecution and punishment. And, if Bob really did
intend to break the election code laws, he is a “stupid”
crook as he laughingly claims to be. After all, he put it
all down in writing and reported it—now how dumb would that
Bev has been policing the county for more
years than any of us want anyone to know. Good job, boss—you
got your man!