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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

I stand corrected

In a recent column, I called for sensitivity training for some of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office personnel who have been less than sensitive to the plight of residents and have so much as told them so. Well, one Canyon Gate resident called to say there is one who was understanding and responsive to his call to stop the unrelenting music from nearby Z Bar Lounge.

The young lady was professional and even went so far as to assign him a case number and it wasn’t until she returned to the SO that she realized there was no case to investigate because there is no county noise ordinance.

But that proves my point. She tried, she had a good attitude and despite this resident’s escalating frustration with the dilemma of those Canyon Gate residents living near the lounge, he was pleased enough with the female deputy to take the time and effort to call this reporter.

Like I said before, there are good deputies working over at the SO but those, and hopefully it is only a few, who don’t take the time to be responsive to the public cast an unfair shadow over them all.

To the female deputy who responded to one of the recent calls about this noise disturbance, I applaud your professionalism. While we always expect that of our public servants in law enforcement, as I said last week, it can be a challenge to be responsive because of all the strange reports, crackpots and out and out creeps they have to deal with on a daily basis. It is nice to know that some can overcome this and put on the “good-guy” hat when dealing with respectable, law abiding and tax paying citizens.

I still maintain that those who respond so negatively that citizens are compelled to go to Fort Bend County Commissioners for help, need sensitivity training or a good old fashioned butt chewing.

Kim Kirby is not alone

When Canyon Gate resident Kim Kirby implored commissioners to help in getting some relief from the Z-Bar Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights, there were some who believe that she had some kind of super-sensitive hearing and was the only one who had lodged a complaint against the long-time nightclub.

Well, that’s just not so, there are dozens of families in both Canyon Gate and Greatwood that are concerned, disturbed, and becoming quite vocal about their plight. Several avenues are being pursued to stop the noise or at least reduce it to what residents consider a healthy level. I won’t go in to what some have said is going on at a local and state level because I do not want to put a kink in anything they do. What I have been told by several people who are “in the know” is that they are upset too and Mrs. Kirby does not stand alone.

Last week another Canyon Gate resident told the court something needs to be done about the noise that is disrupting the normally quiet subdivision. I expect, unless there is some resolution to the issue in short order, that we will see more and more approaching the court for help.

Rest in peace

Let’s hope now that Gary Gillen has resigned as Chairman of the Fort Bend Republican Party, those who were hell bent on destroying him will let the poor guy rest in peace. Even after he and the remainder of the his board tenured their resignations, some in the party were discussing calling the district attorney’s office to report the theft of newsletters after Gillen removed them from the mail dock.

Now Gillen may have already allowed them to pick them up by the time this issue of the paper comes out, I hope so. He says they are welcome to the newsletters and he took them from the mail house to keep them from being thrown out.

Of course, none of his detractors will believe that.

I got a call last week in response to Gary saying he had paid the printer two weeks ago. I was told he paid the bill that week. I was somewhat miffed so I called Gary and asked why he would mislead me and the public on the issue. Turns out, he didn’t pay the printer two weeks prior to the publication of the story. But he didn’t pay him the week the story was published either. It was actually about a week before he called this reporter. The main thing is that the printer got paid, which he should have. Splitting hairs over when he got paid is something people with far more time than I have must do.

I just wonder if now everyone is going to live happily ever after since mean old Gary is no longer there to pick on.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.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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