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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."


 

This just in.....Alan Steinberg, the twenty-something candidate for Congress in District 22, has withdrawn from the nine-man race and endorsed Pete Olson. Steinberg, a Dulles graduate, said he was running to get more young people involved in the political process. He acquainted himself well on the campaign trail and actually stood out from the other candidates if only because of his age.

However, this month the rubber meets the road as candidates have to pony up the filing fee which is 1% of their congressional salary. For the U.S. Congress, the candidate filing fee is $1,652 because their salary is $165,200. Although thatís not excessive, it is enough to keep non-serious candidates from shelling out over $1,000 bucks.

The thing that continues to amaze me is the hypocrisy that exists in politics. Frank Hester, the new treasurer of the Republican party, has established a political action committee (PAC) called the Fort Bend GOP Conservatives. It was formed scant days before former county chair Gary Gillen et al resigned en masse but shortly after another PAC called the Fort Bend Conservative Club was formed by associates of Sugar Land Mayor Dave Wallace.

When Gillen formed a PAC last year as an instrument that would allow him to throw the Lincoln Reagan fund-raiser, he was sued, hauled into court, and made to negotiate who would even give the Pledge of Allegiance at the dinner.

Now these new officers of the Republicans, who have pledged openness, transparency, and inclusiveness, have refused to detail what their new PAC will do. Weíve asked Mr. Paragon-of-Transparency Frank Hester several times and received no definitive answer. Now I know what their ďtransparencyĒ means. It means ďI am a transparent hypocrite.Ē

But thatís okay. The new ďCĒ club is throwing a major fund-raiser a few days after the Lincoln Reagan Dinner and has booked Tony Snow, conservative Fox news analyst and White House Press Secretary, as its guest speaker. Billed as the Presidentís Day Gala, the event will take place on March 7. To reserve a table, call 281-341-5078. Iíll tell you again after Christmas because Iím sure the event will sell out.

Whatís the deal......I read in my own newspaper that Sugar Land is increasing everyoneís water bill. I donít know why it costs them more money to supply water to its residents that Missouri City. My water bill in Sugar Land, and I live alone, wash about four loads of laundry a week and run about three loads of dishes, is $70. That includes an $11.57 trash pickup charge, making the cost of water and waste water discharge $57.89.

In Missouri City, with a swimming pool, I paid about $35 and that was with a house and garage apartment.

I just donít understand why Missouri City can supply water so much cheaper than Sugar Land. Does Sugar Land put some gold flecks in my water?

When I try to pay my bill by phone, they ask me some very confusing questions. Like what is my route number. Nowhere on that bill does it say the route number although after pushing a series of buttons, the recording tells you it is the second set of numbers on your bill in your account number. For the life of me, itís taken me one year to remember what the route number is without having to go through the series of prompts.

I hate technology.

No, wait, technology is my friend. It helps me get this newspaper out timely.

P.S. the city has the wrong Zip code on my bill.

Some good news....I went to St. Lukeís hospital for a procedure a couple of weeks ago, and I canít tell you how nice and caring they were to me. One canít hardly say one had a good time when needles and blood pressure are involved, but as much as I can, I had a good time. They have a really great staff.

And they are building a St. Lukeís hospital in Sugar Land. In fact, all the hospitals seem to have built or are building hospitals in Fort Bend. Oak Bend is expanding and now St. Lukeís. Either we are a bunch of really sick people or we all have good insurance.

But since I am getting older, I like it. I know I have several excellent places to go if I need them.

 

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