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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.


Enter this site at your own risk!

I canít figure this one out. I recently had some computer issues (again) and had to have my computer hard drive reformatted (again). Now, when I went to save all my favorite sites, which actually arenít my favorites but are listed as such for easier daily work, I clicked on Fort Bend Countyís website. The next time I went to click on the favorites, here is something that popped up ďThis link is not authorized by Yahoo!

If you would like to continue to this linkís intended destination at your own risk, click here. ď

Wowóhow scary. Does Yahoo know something we donít know? Is there some demon virus lurking on those pages that wipes out notes? Is there something on the site that is offensive to folks under the age of 18? The list goes on....

At any rate, I entered ďat my own riskĒ found the information I was looking for and went on about my business. But every time I click on favorites, Yahoo reminds me that I am treading on dangerous territory by snooping on the Fort Bend County website.

Heck, I knew thatódidnít need the warning.

Disappearing documents

Precinct 3 Constable Rob Cook is facing quite a challenge in his quest to find out why files are missing from the county elections office and his own office. He says files can most likely be removed from the electionís office because of a lack of security there.

Electionís Administrator J. R. Perez isnít so sure about that. The policy, which he said he inherited and supports, is for all incoming files to be copied and then put in a locked file cabinet. The copies are also put in a locked file cabinet and can be viewed by the public during regular business hours. But Perez says if a copy of the original was stolen, the original document would still be safely locked in a file cabinet and a new copy would simply be made and put in the public consumption copy of the document file cabinet.

So, I guess the conspiracy theory is kind of lame on this one.

Speaking of Constables

Wes Martin, of Simonton, is one of two candidates challenging Constable Cook in the primary election. I talked to Wes this weekend and he seems like a real nice guy. The only thing that I found interesting was his lack of qualifications for the slot. He has a high school education and no law enforcement training. Donít get me wrong, some of the best cops Iíve ever known have jumped into the job with a high school education and no training. Those guys and gals learned by experience, so I donít think a college degree is needed to catch a crook. But the state of Texas kind of feels differently. In fact, the law reads that a Constable must have a host of things, including an Associateís Degree or military experience etc.

From all outward appearances it does not seem that Wes is qualified to be a constable. That is not saying he couldnít be elected. Sure could. Iíve been told that if he doesnít meet the minimum standards set for by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and the state of Texas, then he could be duly elected but couldnít be sworn in. Now that would be a real predicament. So, I hope he has some folks of the legal ilk checking this outóreal quick like.


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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