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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."


 

The Sugar Land gulag....I’ve said before that Sugar Land is the city with too much money to spend.

A case in point: An Early Voting site that previously was always at the Meadows City Hall was moved this year to the clubhouse at Lost Creek Park. Now Lost Creek Park is located off Settlers Way at the end of Lost Creek Blvd. in Sugar Land.

Because it is a new polling site that few people know how to find, the ladies who worked the polls in early voting posted a couple of small signs saying “Vote Here” with an arrow pointing toward the clubhouse at Lost Creek Park.

They put the signs on Settlers Way pointing toward the park. Everyday they would put out the signs; every day the signs would disappear. The ladies thought the signs were being stolen by kids.

Imagine their surprise when they were told by a lady from the city’s enforcement department that she had been taking the signs because they were in the right-of-way.

Now this is when enforcement gets silly and shows the city is hiring people who either have no common sense or people who don’t have enough to do.

Now if the city were poor, they wouldn’t care so much about hiring someone to make sure a small “Vote Here” sign doesn’t get seen by the voting public.

Other silliness.....It seems the Fort Bend Republican Party imploded this past week when all the officers resigned en masse. I should have had a betting pool on when it would occur because many of us could see this coming and sort of like we ask our friends who are in an untenable relationship, “What took you so long?”

The Christian Right, which is neither, along with several other malcontents and fellow travellers, have been snipping at the heels of all other Republicans who were not of their ilk from the Eric Thode leadership to present day.

When Thode was chairman, he wielded his gavel with a powerful stroke. At the first meeting in which Gary Gillen presided, his gavel was virtually taken away in the form of new by-laws which rendered him powerless.

In order to carry on the Party’s business and hold the Lincoln dinner which makes most of the party’s money for the year, Gillen formed a pact. This triggered a lawsuit against Gillen from some of the precinct chairs and the spending of fund-raiser proceeds to pay Gillen’s legal fees.

They were so angry that their puppet Linda Howell had not won the chairmanship that they threw an absolute wall-eyed hissy fit. Norm Mason walked the aisles during the executive committee meeting whipping up votes for the new by-laws with the ferocity of a bond trader. Precinct chairs on the other side did not act that unseemly.

The troubles continued with continual roadblocks and games of “gotcha” from newsletters that were supposed to be sent out unapproved to a 21-member finance committee that assured monetary decisions came to a standstill with some members of the committee wanting to hire help to indict Thode after he had been gone 18 months.

I think the tipping point was when precinct chair Dave Stone sent out a blanket e-mail claiming that the current leadership was breaking TEC, FEC, and IRS rules that would, as Stone’s email claimed, result in the party’s insolvency. Seems as if, for one thing, the party newsletter was sent out in October, 2006 with some endorsements of Republican candidates running in the November election, and that should have been counted as “in kind” contributions. Stone implied he would turn them in and sue them.

They’ve thrown a fit about the audit of the party’s financial records taking so long, yet they have been the very cause of the audit taking so long.

Yes, for some time I’ve been embarrassed to say I am a Republican, both on the national level and the local level.

This is the party that called for my resignation as precinct chair because I supported that rascal Tom DeLay’s opponent. This is the party that has continued Dean Hrbacek’s vendetta against David Wallace to the detriment of the Republicans keeping the 22nd Congressional District.

Somebody should wash their mouths out with soap.

I’m not sure the Fort Bend Democrats are any better organized than the Republicans as they also have intramural feuds in abundance, but if they will get their act together, this is their best chance in many years to take over some additional Fort Bend elected positions.

You know, I want my elected officials to be religious. I just don’t want it to be their only agenda. This current crop of Republicans, both nationally and locally, seem to be concerned only with God, guns, and gays. Yet their actions are the most unholy and uncharitable. Have you noticed how many people have been killed down through the ages in the name of religion? They are doing it in Iraq and Afghanistan in the present day. And we are helping them. Idiots!

 

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