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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.


Letters, we get letters

This past week we received a letter from a lady who said: “It has been called to my attention today that Ft. Bend Co. Commissioners Court will not be accepting any public comments until they develop a policy on such. They do not know when the county attorneys will be able to come up with a policy dealing with public comments.” Not so—say county officials. See the whole story in this issue for full details.

Same writer wants paper ballots

The same writer mentioned the need to return to paper ballots. While a great many people apparently would agree with this, it is doubtful that is going to happen any time in the near future, barring some type of state legislation or a federal mandate that undoes the electronic voting the commissioners opted for last year.

Now we get to the New World Order and why there must be rules!

This same writer finishes discussing the county issues and the need to allow citizens to speak and then launches into a fear-ridden frenzy about the Homeland Security Act; the Internal Revenue Service; the elite and secretive Bilderberg Group (who she claims our very own Gov. Rick Perry attended) and finally the threat of a New World Order. While I am not dismissing the obvious fear this lady has that prompted the letter, I am making note of the fact that she started out with viable issues pertaining to Fort Bend County and ended up with federal issues and conspiracy theories.

The same thing often happens in commissioner’s court. And, that is exactly why the commissioners think about setting up stringent rules. Judge Bob Hebert has cut off citizens at the pass for going into state and federal issues during that 3 minute segment and he has received some harsh words from those who were silenced.

This lady asked the newspaper to watch DVD’s on the various federal and world issue and even offered to supply the DVDs, so we could play a role in stopping the various atrocities. We can’t and we, like county officials, focus only on local issues. Oh, we comment on some of the actions of politicians in the White House, but that is usually in response to a local problem or controversy and it is not beneath any of us to rant about an elected official who professes to represent Fort Bend County at the state or federal level, but to do an investigation on the IRS or the Homeland Security officials or to try to infiltrate the invitation only, deep pockets Bilderberg Group is way beyond our scope as a newspaper presenting local issues—just like it is way beyond the scope of the commissioners to do anything about what a state agency or federal level group is doing.


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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