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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.

Noise of Life Flight could mean life to some

A story appeared in the Houston Chronicle last week that alleged a few folks in the River Park subdivision were a little less than happy about the noise generated by Life Flight coming and going from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, which is located at 17500 W. Grand Parkway South.

The hospital opened December 2006 and Life Flight started serving the area from that location in April 2007. A hospital spokesperson reportedly said the helicopter made an average of three flights from the local hospital a day.

While anyone who has ever been in the vicinity of the copters know they do make noise when flying, landing or departing, what that noise means that should be taken into consideration. Those helicopters, and the experienced medical staff that come with them, have saved countless lives in Fort Bend County.

One resident was quoted as saying operating the helicopters was a “selfish act” on the part of hospital officials.

I suggest this person pack up the boxes and leave. When I hear Life Flight going over the house, and I have dozens of times through the years, I feel hope for those injured in auto accidents, critically ill patients needing immediate specialized treatment, and people hurt seriously as the result of a multitude of other situations, including crime victims. I think it would be selfish to ask that these people be denied that chance at life.

Goodbye Marvin

As most everyone knows, Sunday, Channel 13’s Marvin Zindler, lost his brief battle against pancreatic cancer. While Marvin was not a resident of Fort Bend County, his colorful nightly newscasts were. And, he made a few trips into this county to cover events or to chastise local officials on behalf of the downtrodden through the many, many years he was on the air.

He was an icon in the media and he died the way many of us in the business hope to do .. still reporting. Despite his weakened condition, Marvin broadcast his last report the day before he passed away. Channel 13 officials said Marvin, in full makeup and with his trademark white wig, insisted on continuing the newscasts from his hospital bed.

Goodbye Marvin—we will miss you! Hillary’s cleavage

I normally don’t venture into the political scene unless it is in our backyard, but the news coverage of Hillary Clinton’s attire and cleavage warrants a comment.

She is a woman who has been criticized for dressing too manly in the past. She is a woman who has been chastised for acting too masculine. Her image needed to be softened, critics said. So, what happens when she dresses like a woman? She makes national and international headlines for showing her cleavage.

Give me a break! The woman is a woman and her cleavage wasn’t showing anyhow. Her breastbone was barely evident in a V-neck shell under a regular suit jacket. There was no cleavage and anyone who says there was has a terrific imagination.

I would so much like to see people stick to the issues facing this country and Hillary Clinton’s personal endowment isn’t one of them.

The writer of this nonsense gets a booby prize in my book.


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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