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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."


Thank kew, thank kew, thank kew......Several weeks ago at the end of a long rant about our elected officials, I declared that I was thoroughly disgusted and I opined that I had been in the newspaper business too long.

Not long after that I got a signed-with-a-fake-signature letter from someone who said that was the only thing I had ever written that he had agreed with (that I had been in the newspaper business too long).

The letter writer went on to excoriate me for all of my beliefs. He stopped just short of telling me my feet stink.

I loved it! If my detractors knew how much joy I get from hate mail, they would never ever send me any. Hate mail tells me I am getting under somebody’s skin. I love it!

Confidential to the letter writer: you made my day!

My next favorite thing.....My second favorite thing is when I see elected officials flip-flopping like fish out of water in public votes, thereby publicly showing what you have privately thought all along.

Back during the Lisa Rickert and her sycophants regime, when it became painfully obvious during open records requests that the group was spending THOUSANDS of dollars on legal fees because Rickert couldn’t get her act together without constant legal advice (which, rumor has it, she ignored). She spent many billable HOURS keeping the district’s then-current legal eagle, David Feldman of Feldman and Rodgers, the district’s attorneys for years, cooling his heels at open and closed board meetings.

To counter the criticism and many suspect because he wouldn’t give Rickert the legal stamp of approval she wanted, Feldman was fired.

Although many begged him to speak up, Feldman held his counsel. The whole point of this story is the gasping-for-air, open-mouth public flip-flopping going on by two of the remaining Rickert cabal, Stan Magee and Laurie Caldwell.

Last night, the board voted to rehire Feldman 6-0-1. Spineless wonder Laurie Caldwell didn’t say one word and abstained on the vote.

Stan Magee voted FOR hiring him.

To Stan Magee (who won’t speak to me): What changed? Why would you fire him a year and a half ago and then vote to rehire him at this time?

And what happened to Caldwell’s convictions? She voted ‘no’ last time. She didn’t think he was doing the job? How come she wouldn’t vote her convictions now?

What changed?

Oh, now I remember why I like this job so much. I get to show you the dark underbelly (okay, an exaggeration) of local politics.

FYI to elected officials. Just know--any kind of stupid vote you make one year will come back to haunt you the next year. Questions will be asked.

Life as we know it.....Any business on the other side of the river (Richmond/Rosenberg) will come to a screeching halt for the next week due to that annual autumn rite of passage--the Fort Bend County Fair. It happens from this coming Friday (Sept. 28) to next Saturday night, Oct. 6.

If you really want to help the youth of Fort Bend and contribute to their educational funds, you can get yourself over to the Fairgrounds on Thursday night Oct. 4 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. for the Auction Buyers’ Reception. Then after you’ve been wined and dined, go to Building “B” at 7:00 p.m. for the Junior Livestock Auction. You have to have an invitation to get into the Auction Buyers’ reception and if you haven’t received yours yet and are interested in the good work the fair does, or even want to buy yourself a cow, or chicken, or pig, call them at 281-342-6171.

Even Alan Greenspan.....If you have been under a rock for the past few days, you might not know that even this unrepentant Republican has complained about the direction of the Republican party. In his book, Greenspan commented that everyone knows that the war in Iraq is about oil.

I have to compare it to Hitler. If Hitler had spent half of Germany’s resources on beating the Allies that he spent on murdering the Jews, we would all be speaking German right now.

If we would spend the money that we have spent on the war in Iraq on developing alternate sources of fuel, or other forms of fuel, we wouldn’t be losing lives daily in that hell hole.

Don’t you just feel like hitting some of these people upside the head?


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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