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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

Where are your kids?.....A member of our staff had her car broken into and her laptop stolen, among other things. It was parked outside her daughter’s home in First Colony from midnight to 6 a.m. She left it there because she had taken her grandson to the hospital in an emergency.

From the items taken from the car (and the items left behind) it seemed obvious that teen-agers had broken into the vehicle.

It was a surprise to me to learn that Sugar Land does not have a curfew. Most of its neighbors have curfews so kids looking to get in trouble can leave their city with a curfew and slip into Sugar Land with no curfew looking for trouble after midnight.

I tried to talk to the chief of police or his two assistants but they were all out of the office. The chief and one assistant chief were gone till the end of the week, and the other wouldn’t be in until later. They were all at a meeting or in training.

So I called the City Manager Alan Bogard. He, too, was in a meeting.

Finally, someone who had been there several years told me that the feeling of the city was that it would punish the good kids too much, many of whom had after school activities or work that kept them out after midnight.

However, they said it only took two councilpersons to bring it up again.

I don’t know about you, but there are very few things one can do after midnight that aren’t related to trouble. I know. I’ve been there.

Those tax and spend Republicans.....Some of our local Republican officials are as prone to spend your money as they accuse the Democrats of being.

County Commissioner Andy Meyers, who is notorious for spending so much campaign money on vehicles that he would have to drive day and night to rack up that many miles, is one such Republican.

In the last six months, Andy collected $69,650 in campaign funds, mostly from non-bid vendors and PACS. He spent $39,657 mostly in vehicle expenses, although there were a few funny things.

For one thing, he bought a whole pickup (3/4 ton) for his campaign. Now who needs a pickup strictly for their campaign which only occurs every four years? He then spent several hundred dollars at the auto parts store, either repairing it or tricking it out. He also spent campaign funds on insurance, gas, and even several hundred on toll road tolls. I don’t know where Andy drives to use so much toll money, but the man gets around.

He also paid his son from his campaign account as a “campaign manager” and paid the Sugar Creek Country Club for “exclusive use as a campaign office.” La tee da.

Andy, the former CPA, also claimed a few hundred for bank charges for research on campaign account and for a lost check.

A lot more hundreds went out to credit card interest charges. What, he doesn’t pay his bills on time? How do we know these were all campaign related. I guess we will just have to take his word for it.

Somebody should run against Commissioner Andy, (it pays over $100,000 per year) except that Teresa Raia would run up and down every street in Sugar Creek, beating the bottom of a frying pan with a big spoon, and hollering for Andy.

But wait, there’s more. Next week, I’ll discuss Commissioner Andy’s vehicle expense for which you pay.

Our thanks to Juanita Jean for scanning the reports and putting them on her website http://www.kissmybigbluebutt.com.

 

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.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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