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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.


Those Mighty, Mighty Mustangs

Anyone who knows me well realizes I have absolutely no business writing a word about football. I don’t like the game (yes, I am a native Texan, a real American and I am really crazy about Chevrolets and apple pie) but I have to hand it to the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District’s mighty, mighty Mustangs—they did us all proud. And, I found myself checking in from time to time Saturday with interest to see how they were doing in the District 4-A Championship game. Needless to say, they just couldn’t have done any better! This was the first time the Mustang’s took the title and you can bet it is an honor they are not likely to forget.

I don’t have to know a touchdown from a homerun (don’t like baseball either) to know that these young men are reveling in the championship, the school officials, teachers and coaches are on cloud number 10, parents and students are riding high and the community is in a—PROUD!

The media frenzy that LCISD said preceded Saturday’s game will not be as intense but there will still be a lot of coverage of this team and it will be well-deserved.

Hooray for the very mighty Mustangs!

Healey and Bankston and Bev

Richmond attorney Don Bankston wants District Attorney John Healey to give up an internal memo that he believes will show cases filed against a group of seven men, and recently dismissed due to the finding in that memo, and should not have been filed in the first place. Don is thoroughly convinced the charges were politically motivated and the real bad guy in this whole controversial issue, better known as the infamous Holden Roofing case, is none other than Assistant District Attorney Mike Elliott. Healey is refusing to give up the document, claiming it is a work product of the DA’s office and is exempt from public access.

My boss, Bev Carter, is leaning toward Bankston’s hypothesis. In fact, she is firmly convinced the memo has incriminating evidence proving something or Healey wouldn’t be trying to keep it under wraps. “They use that excuse (work product) to cover up the mouthpieces in that office. I’ve seen things like this time and time again,” Bev said about the standoff. She also thinks the memo will show “that the assistant DA lied.” She was referring to Elliott, of course.

Now, I once got along well with Elliott and all was fine and hunky dory dandy until I tried to get him to return a telephone call on a story recently. He didn’t and still hasn’t. After several calls to his office, one of his staff members called me to tell me he was tied up in court and would get back with me when he was able to do so.

Since he still hasn’t had the courtesy to call, I am assuming that is one heck of a trial or he is actually tied up somewhere—for real.

After that kind of incident, I always have the feeling that that type of “public” official is only public when they have something of benefit to their own backside to talk about.

I don’t mind this backside stuff. It is part of the game. But I also expect an equal amount of up front honesty. Most of the time I get it, sometimes I don’t. When I don’t, I have to wonder how much else is being hidden or ignored.

And, a very Merry Christmas to all!

Never have I been known as one to stick by the latest politically correct phase, so to all I work with and the community who we serve, I will take the time to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. If the word Christmas is offensive to you, then have happy holidays.

Either way, take the time to enjoy the season and all that it means: family, friends, food, fun and perhaps even a few days or moments, if you are the cook, of leisure time.

Most of all, on Dec. 25 remember whose birthday it is.


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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