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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."


Glory Be! Prayers Answered.....When I awoke this morning I was feeling pretty punky. Pretty punky indeed.

I ambled to my computer, yawning and scratching all the way, powered it up, and what to my wondering eyes did appear?

No, it was not that little red-suited man with the long, white beard. Not Santa Claus but pretty near, pretty near. It was a press release from Paula Stansell announcing that she was running against public school enemy Number One, Charlie Howard!

You remember Charlie Howard, the seven term incumbent who swore he would serve no more than two terms, changed to three after his second term, then not mentioned any more.

But enough about Charlie. And enough of Charlie.

Paula Stansell currently works for Houston Community College. She has a masters degree, husband, kids, etc. She is a Republican precinct chair and serves on the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission. But most importantly, Paula has unimpeachable and unassailable personal integrity. She is always going to do what is right.

I’ve always known she was all those things; I just didn’t know she was as brave as she is. It takes guts to take on a well-funded incumbent (Charlie has over a quarter million dollars in his campaign war chest). Nobody else will take on that challenge for a job that pays $600 per month. You can read all about her in other sections of this paper.

Another gift..... Then I opened a press release about the Fort Bend “C” Club. I became excited when I read it was for fiscal conservatives, not social conservatives.

Social conservatives have given the term “conservative” a bad reputation. They have also just about ruined the infrastructure of the local Republican party. Party meetings have become so contentious that many precinct chairs have quit coming, which gives the social conservatives even more power.

Former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek has teamed up with them, rewritten the local Republican party by-laws, and spread his hate Dave Wallace campaign. (Wallace beat Hrbacek in his last bid for mayor).

Now the Fort Bend “C” club, modeled after the one is Houston, has been organized and I’ve heard that it already has over 50 members, even though it started less than a month ago. It seems there are a lot of disgruntled folks out there who are fiscally (read money) conservative, but not homophobic, anti-stem cell research, anti-abortion, anti-evolution, and anti-RU-486.

They think the state and nation’s lawmakers should be intent on running our state and country, not totally focused on our morality.

In any event, good luck to them. It’s an idea whose time is overdue.

A local wag..... Commented to me that we lost two doctors over the weekend. I imagined a terrible car wreck or even a terrorist attack and was shocked I had not heard about it.

Then I realized he was talking about the fact that both County Clerk Dianne Wilson and County Judge Bob Hebert had to quit using their honorary “Doctor” titles due to some obscure state law.

Both Dianne and Bob got their doctor degrees in the nontraditional, distance-learning way. Now the state of Texas says their particular universities haven’t been accredited by the proper authorities so it is illegal for them to use their titles.

I don’t know about Bob, but I personally know that Dianne worked hard for her degree. Every time I called her on weekends for a year, her husband Bob told me she was at the library. I have no doubt that Bob Hebert did the same.

Both elected officials are too high-profile to participate in anything like a “diploma mill.” I feel confident they checked out the various schools before they signed up.

Doctor’s degrees are usually a matter of individual study and the publishing of a dissertation of their original research. I believe Dianne’s dissertation is on file at the Fort Bend County Library, if you would care to check on her research.


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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