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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.


Carreon doesnít like restrictions

Last week during the public speaking segment of the regular meeting of Fort Bend County commissioners, a distraught Mission Bend woman beseeched the court to get help for her neighborhood because of the crime there.

The discussion didnít get past Fresno resident Rodrigo Carreon, who said the commissioners allowed this woman to speak even though the topic was not on the court agenda. Carreon has been threatened on more than one occasion, with expulsion for the courtroom because he previously would protest actions done by the state and other taxing entities. County Judge Bob Hebert said Carreon would have to limit his protests and discussions to what was on the agenda or something that the court had jurisdiction on.

In an e-mail to the Fort Bend Star, Carreon challenged the decision of the court to let the off-agenda item to be discussed.

I think the Mission Bend lady had every right to discuss the crime situation with the court. She said it had been a year and she had been unable to get cooperation from Sheriff Milton Wright. What a mess. Perhaps court members will take her seriously.

Weather challenges

For a while it seemed that our already saturated county was going to take a hit this week from Hurricane Dean .. at press time it appeared we might be spared that hit. But never, never discount a hurricane. I donít know how male hurricanes handle their business but back in the old days when all hurricanes were named after the female gender, they would do the most unpredictable things despite the best equipment and meteorologistsí predictions and calculations. Hurricane Carla was supposed to go one direction and she did, but then veered another; she was supposed to hit the coast line on a certain day as well. Instead she decided to just flat stop and grow in the warm waters of the Gulf. When it was all over, she went where she wanted to go and not where she was anticipated to go; she chose the day and the time and she did devastating things to the immediate Gulf Coast and the inland areas of Texas.

So, please take all warnings seriously. Even when we think we are in the clear, which is sometimes just not the case.

What price progress?

The residents on 5th Street, in no-manís land between Stafford and Missouri City, are up in arms about the way the new road expansion is being conducted. Some say the construction crews have annihilated their personal driveways to the point that people cannot get in or out and this is causing concerns for everyone, especially those with elderly family members who might need an ambulance. I will be checking into what is being done out there. Seems like someone could provide some relief for these folks. Getting stuck in your own driveway is not a good thing.


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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