Whatís a Democrat to do?......Nick
Lampson, who is our representative in the U.S. House, is
being blasted by local Democrats for being a ďblue dogĒ
Democrat. They are even planning to protest on the steps of
Sugar Land City Hall about his recent votes on wire-tapping
Now you know why the local Democrats, who
havenít had a successful election year in Fort Bend in 10
years, havenít had a successful election year in Fort Bend
in 10 years. They eat their own.
However, since Lampsonís district is
unabashedly conservative, I think his membership in the
ďblue dogĒ Democrats will give him street cred in local
Other wannabes....Someone told me
Dean Hrbacek, the former mayor of Sugar Land, who was
defeated in his last mayoral race several years ago, had
conducted a poll which showed that over 50% of the people
would vote for him for Congress. He shouldíve asked more
than his three friends.
And Shelley Sekula Gibbs. That silly
woman turned a two week Christmas holiday in Washington into
a rout in which she was abandoned by her left-over staff and
avoided by most of the other Republican legislators.
If either she or Dean Hrbacek are the
Republican standard-bearers in November, 2008, weíll all
have to vote for Lampson.
As I told a dear friend of mine the other
day, if you vote for a Democrat, I promise that none of your
body parts will fall off. I think my language was a little
more colorful than I can use in this family newspaper.
Iíve even had friends who have said, ďif
Lampson will just switch to a Republican.....Ē
I have to wonder what they donít get. We
have a Republican administration which has turned the entire
oil-producing Arab world against us, has appointed every
nincompoop that was carrying a Bible to an important
department which he/she immediately messed up, (Youíre doing
a good job, Brownie.) and has produced the highest national
debt EVER. I donít have room to list all the other things
this Republican administration has done.
This is not a decade to turn Republican.
Trumors.....Yes it is true that a
group of people are looking for a candidate to replace State
Representative Charlie Howard.
Do you know why so many taxing entities
in Fort Bend have to pay big bucks to lobbyists to represent
us in Austin during each legislative session? BECAUSE WE
DONíT HAVE ANYONE ELSE!!!!
This situation has been eased somewhat by
the election of Dr. John Zerwas and Glenn Hegar.
It seems to me that over the years the
only things Charlie Howard has been really interested in
have been something to do with either religion or home
I thought that since 56.2 percent of our
state budget is about public education and we have few
former public educators in the legislature, now might be a
good time to get somebody like former FBISD Superintendent
Betty Baitland on board with representing us. But alas,
Betty did not hear that same clarion call. I guess she got
so beat up during the last school board debacle that she
doesnít want to live in the public eye again.
So if you can live on $600 per month, but
with a real good retirement, let me know. Iíll pass your
name along to some people I know.
No, donít ask me who. You know what Iíd
have to do if I told you.
Bordering on the absurd.....Gov. Rick
(Good Hair) Perry came to town Tuesday to sign a bill at
Clements High School. He was accompanied by State Rep.
The bill was sponsored by Howard, and
true to his wont, it is called the anti-discrimination
religious freedom bill which purports to allow students to
express their religious expression in all schools.
They signed the bill in the Clements High
School Library accompanied by Kelly Shackelford, a
conservative Republican attorney, who wrote the bill, and
Dawn Pounds and Cynthia Gualy, two parents who sued the Katy
ISD for not allowing their children religious expression.
Now, excuse me, but the school district
is allowing its facilities to be used for this
religious/political purpose. I donít think that is right.
Many attorneys across the state say the
bill will run into
trouble when students who want to express
their Islamic or Wiccan beliefs run afoul of the
Judo-Christian beliefs of a majority of other students.
They say that once the effects of this statute are in
force, an enormous amount of First Amendment litigation will
occur. They contend that students will be forced to hear the
expressions of religious beliefs that they and their
families may not believe, and that students will be able to
promote their own religious views over everybody elseís.
Once again, our own Charlie Howard is
standing with a Bible in one hand and a $10,000 contribution
from Dr. James Leninger in the other. Dr. Leninger is the
stateís richest proponent of school vouchers.
Granted, Howard got the money in 2002 and
has not received anything since from him that I can find.
Perhaps school vouchers do not translate to home schooling.
Since I am on the subject of Charlie, I
must tell you a story about Charlie when he was first
elected. First, he said he would run but two terms, then he
changed that to three terms. Then he forgot that promise.
Then, when first elected, he went around
to all the land developers in Fort Bend and asked them to
give him a ďretainerĒ to represent them in Austin. One
admittedly did. Maybe more, but only one would fess up. And
because they were honest enough to tell me, I wonít reveal
When I confronted Charlie about his
retainer and told him I thought we ELECTED him to represent
us in Austin and didnít need additional monetary rewards to
do the job he was elected to do, Charlie told me he was
greedy and just couldnít help himself. He said he prayed
about it every day because he knew it was a sin.
Now, mind you, when he was running he
told me he was independently wealthy as he had sold his
company and he didnít need money and could accept the $600
per month he would be paid as state representative.
Please someone run against him!
A woman for Sugar Land... I got a
note from Jacquie Chaumette that she is definitely running
for the Sugar Land City Council. Since Cyril Hosley retired,
there has been no female on that council (except long-time
city secretary Glenda Gundermann). Now Gundermann is not
elected, but she has been a stalwart supporter of the city
for 24 years...the one constant through many mayors and
councilmen and women. Heck, Gundermann is so necessary, she
has her own secretaries. I know what she is going to say,
ďItís not me, itís my position.Ē
But I digress (a sign of age). Chaumette
has so much experience, she would be a real asset to the
city. Plus, Iíve already learned how to pronounce and spell
her name. Itís pronounced ďJackie Shaw met.Ē
I guess this means Daniel Wong is
definitely running for mayor.
Bank account....Carolyn Reed is back
at the Fort Bend Business Journal full time now. She was
away for a few weeks as her family was gravely injured in a
car accident near Austin. Her daughter, son-in-law, and
grandson were all hospitalized for some time.
Grandson Preston, who was moved back to a
rehab hospital in Houston after another operation Friday, is
back recuperating at home with home therapy.
Since his father couldnít work for days,
and his mother is only barely well enough to care for him, a
bank account has been established for the family. If you
would like to donate, it is: the McBrides, Comerica Bank,
Attn: Mc6782, P.O. Box 4168, Houston, TX 77210-9623.
And speaking of hospitals....I tried
to get an appointment at one local hospital for a mammogram
and discovered it was going to be two months before they
could fit me in. TWO MONTHS!
So I called Oak Bend in
Richmond/Rosenberg and had an appointment within days. I
didnít mind driving over there as it was easy to park, I
didnít have to wait, and their personnel and machinery were
Another hospital story....County
Clerk Dianne Wilson has a granddaughter. She is darling. She
was born in Australia on August 12 to Chris and Kim Wilson
and named Jade Lily.
Hereís what Dianne sent out: 2.93 kilos
(6.45 lbs), 51 cm long (20.1 inches) long and skinny like
her daddy, strawberry blonde hair like her daddy, cute lips
like her mommy.
They will take her home from the hospital
Now Dianne can breathe a sigh of relief.
She never thought she was going to get one (a grandchild).
The only problem is, sheís in Australia!
Dianne had earlier told me about visiting
Australia. She said she asked local attorney Lynne Humphries
about travelling there as Lynne is married to an Aussie.
Lynne said when you think you canít stand flying another
minute, you are halfway there!
Dianne said this was so true when she and
husband Bob visited there this summer. However, weíll always
know where Dianne will spend her vacations, long plane trip
Disclaimer.... I still own a house in
Quail Valley, but I would write the following even if I
I think Mayor Allen Owen bottom-lined it
for the residents of Missouri City last night when a meeting
to discuss the future of Quail Valley County Club was held.
The mayor told the audience that the city
buying the country club might mean that the tax rate would
go up in order to purchase and upgrade the golf course so
that it would eventually be profitable.
But he said if the city didnít buy the
country club, a resulting decrease in home values in the
city would also mean an increase in the tax rate.
In other words, although the mayor didnít
use these words, ďYouíre damned if you do, and damned if you
Additionally, my thoughts is that
citizens are very willing to pay $20 million to build a
civic center which may be used once a week with little
revenue coming from it. So why wouldnít they be equally as
willing to pay $20 million to purchase a product that would
return some revenue to the city?
We maintain parks all the time with no
revenue as a result; why not a park which will produce
I certainly donít believe it is as
simplistic as that, but the underpinnings of all the
arguments are contained herein.