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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."


Why canít we......have more elected officials like James Patterson? After retiring from an educational career which encompassed everything from teacher to coach to assistant principal to principal, James Patterson either decided to run for commissioner or was recruited to run for commissioner.

Although I suspect Patterson had previously voted Democrat before, he is now the embodiment of what I used to think the Republican party stood for.

He is such a good elected official, tending his precinct and the countyís business so well that he doesnít even have to raise much money to run. Iíve always said that if you are a good elected official, you donít need much money to stay in office; you just need to do your job. The power of the incumbency is such that come election time, your name is already well-known.

Patterson seems to have political fund-raisers only during the year when he is running. I think he gets contributions from those pesky vendors, but he doesnít solicit them like so many of his commissioner cohorts. Why, he even turned in a Campaign Finance report where he had raised ZERO money from January to July.

He also spends little money. He spent around $5,000, mostly for small contributions and tickets to various political things. Patterson contributes his time to so many charities by handling auctions at their fund-raisers. Heís told me he sometimes has two to three a WEEK. Thatís his contribution and it is welcomed by the charities. It also gets his name recognized, but at the same time he is soliciting money for the various charities so it is a double-edged sword.

Patterson and I do not see eye to eye on certain things. He thinks I should print a much kinder newspaper with good news and no bad news. Iíve said to him, ďJames, this is not a school newspaper. You donít get to censure it before it gets printed.Ē He laughs good-naturedly. I donít think James realizes that some of our elected officials would run hog wild if they didnít always imagine a newspaper headline in the back of their little bitty minds.

I donít usually indulge in such ringing endorsements of local politicos, but in eight years, I havenít found much wrong with James Patterson. He may not walk on water, but he sure doesnít have to wade much.


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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