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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.


Sometimes it’s the little things

Week after week I cover various events—from regular meetings to issues that some consider a crisis that needs media intervention to get something done. I say this because it becomes somewhat routine and as a general rule once the interviews are done and the story is turned in, I move forward to the next meeting, the next crisis and the next deadline. In other words, unless there are some extenuating circumstances, it is basically over and I don’t think about it any more.

So, last week I was doing the routine follow-up with a lady who had reported an incident which resulted in a story. Routine follow up—no additional story needed. Then just a short time after I talked to this lady, a member of a local board of directors called to see if the lady had given me problems. Nope, I said, not a one. Well, the caller said the lady had slammed the door and was screaming” and she was concerned.

NOT! There was no slamming door and most certainly no loud voice, no screaming, no outburst. The red flag went off. It was obviously a fishing expedition by the second caller and I smelled rotten fish.

It would have been better had the woman simply asked what was said and possibly agreed or disputed the conversation.

Now I will keep my eye on this particular issue in the community. It was over until I got that call—now it is something that will spark my interest. Isn’t it funny how things work?

Sometimes it is the little things.......

District 22 saga continues

By now everyone knows that Shelly Sekula Gibbs has made waves about running for Congressional District 22 again. I guess she is hoping to have a full term instead of the 50 or so days she officially served in congress. Now, remember that tenure included Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays—and we all know the government takes looooong holidays. Anyhow, I never thought she quit running for the office since she conjured up every photo op she could and sent out political announcements by e-mail on a regular basis. I just hope the Republicans have the wherewithal to find a good candidate and support him or her instead of Wonder Woman who addresses all major issues in less than three weeks and “makes a difference.” I have to say that late night TV did get more interesting because between Shelly and Tom (DeLay) the comedians and political pundits had a heyday.

Now with Shelly running for the office and Tom back in the news because the courts have said that he really can’t be charged with an offense that didn’t exist, you can bet when the Astros are losing and the movie channels are running the same blockbuster movie for the umpteenth day in a row, we will all still have some entertainment anyhow.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.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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