Fool’s paradise.....Here I’ve been
going around bragging about the caliber of city, county,
school elected officials. I’ve told many groups that recent
elected officials have great aptitude and how lucky we are
that so many people want to serve.
Well, after attending a Sugar Land City
Council meeting last week, I realized that some of our
council members are either very dense or don’t do their
homework. City Attorney Joe Morris said more than once
during the meeting I was attending that it could have only
two outcomes, either David Wallace would be allowed to clear
his name, or he wouldn’t.
Yet, Daniel Wong declared more than once
that there could be a third outcome.
Michael Schiff said he thought no one
ever accused Wallace of a conflict of interest and there was
no need to proceed. I guess Schiff can’t read anything
because one of Jones’ letters clearly did accuse Wallace of
that when Jones said, “My own discussions with members of
the public at the time convinced me that there was
substantial concern about Wallace’s apparent conflict of
So I guess I will have to make surprise
inspections of all the open meetings in Fort Bend County in
the next few months to see if their leaders can follow an
agenda, if they can listen to their paid, professional
staff, and if they can study their informational packet they
receive before the meeting.
I didn’t want it to come to this, but it
will be necessary before I speak to a group about the talent
currently serving on our various elected boards.
Blame Sugar Land.
Driving his geese to a poor market....Some
guy from California called me this week to tell me it was
his life’s work to close down the various county clerks’
offices all around the country that publish social security
My response to him was that first, he
needed to know that I am a firm believer in a free and open
government and as such, I think the power of the internet
allows individuals who might otherwise not be able to take
the time off to navigate courthouse records to research
material they might need.
Second, he needed to take it up with the
Texas legislature who legislated that social security
numbers were not sacrosanct.
Third, he needed to take it up with
judges, lawyers, and title companies who put social security
numbers on documents that are filed at the courthouse and
eventually get on the internet.
Fourth, he needed to talk to Fort Bend
County Clerk Dianne Wilson about the half million dollars of
software in her budget and the extraordinary lengths her
staff is already making in redacting ssn.
In the course of all this, I found that
if you find your ssn on some document in Fort Bend County,
you can email the county clerk to have it removed and in
moments it will be taken care of. Of course, you have to
give them the document where this occurs.
And fifth, this whole brouhaha was
started by a private eye in Midland/Odessa who was mad
because his livelihood had been threatened by internet users
being able to do what he charged for. He called around until
he found a newspaper mad at the current county clerk, and
they stirred up a hornet’s nest that went all the way to the
attorney general. What I then wanted to know is how this
financially impacted him.
Blame the Herald Coaster.
B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort
Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.