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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."


 

Leader of the pack......Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert has agreed to start posting his campaign finance report on a county web site to give the site publicity. On the Fort Bend County Web site, one only has to click on an icon that says, ďPublic Information CenterĒ on the right side of the site and you will be able to receive instant communication about local events and updates.

Iím getting to the point that I wonder why we even have newspapers any more. Of course, you donít get our editorial opinion which is priceless!

Iíve often wondered why I have a newspaper. Why, I can go over to that courthouse in Richmond and before I even leave the snack bar and make my way to the 7th floor, every elected official in the courthouse knows Iím there, and in some cases are already ducking and covering.

But I digress. Judge Bob also said the Public Information site would be available to any other elected official who wanted to post his/her own campaign and finance reports on line.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced the other day that he was going to address this very question in the next legislature and try to pass a state law to require the reports to be posted, much like state reps and senators have to post them now.

Judge Bob jumped out there and took the lead in this. Since he volunteered to post the other elected officials, I called the commissioners. Commissioner Patterson, Stavinoha, and Meyers all agreed.

Commissioner Grady Prestage said he was doing well to get his filled out in pencil, much less get them posted.

A local website has been scanning the reports for several years now, all except Prestageís. I guess now we know why. Either Prestage doesnít have his ready to post, or the web site owner, a Democrat, doesnít post Democrats on her site.

Iím rather disappointed in Grady Prestage. In recent years, Iíve come to believe he is a good official, but Iím having my doubts about his refusal to post his campaign reports. Does he have something to hide? Hey, Grady, call me. Tell me why it is exactly that you canít do this.

Sometimes you just ride the wrong horse.....Or sometimes that horse changes and gets mean or slows down or starts sucking eggs.

Such is the case with Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright. I just picked the wrong horse in that race many years ago. Now the other guy may have started acting up when he had been in office as long as Milton, but all I know for sure is that Sheriff Wright is bad for Fort Bend law enforcement. I will delinate the reasons for you.

1. His department has too many take home cars. We are not talking about patrol cars here, folks. I wouldnít mind if the deputies took those home.

No, we are talking about the myriad of cars taken home by such personnel as assistant jailers. We also furnish the gas and many of those cars are even driven to other counties.

2. He doesnít know how to be a sheriff so he appoints an arrogant chief deputy. Nuff said.

3. He overcrowds the jail because he wonít send prisioners to TDC and has to be ordered by a judge to send the daughter of a large campaign contributor to prison. Now he claims we need a new, larger jail.

4. He recruits his own deputies to run against every constable in Fort Bend so he can own Fort Bend law enforcement. Wonder why?

He leaves Ruben Davis alone (wouldnít you?) because he doesnít want to have anything to do with that side of town, including patroling and providing law enforcement.

5. He gets rid of the mental health officers and refuses to jail those arrested for a Class 3 misdeamor, UNTIL ELECTION TIME. Then he has a luncheon for all the surrounding police chiefs (paid for by taxes?) to announce they had simply misunderstood.

Iíll probably have more on this topic before the primary, but Iíve simply run out of room for his misdeeds this week.

Do ďblessedĒ men nuzzle their secretaries?....I donít ususlly weigh in about Harris County politics but I just canít keep my pen still about Harris County DA Chuck Rosenthal.

My only experience with him is when I emailed him and threw a hissy fit because he wouldnít write a letter saying that Josiah Sutton, who had already spent 4 1/2 years in prison for a rape he didnít committ and was exonerated by DNA testing, should be pardoned. I pointed out to him that he was an officer of the court and, as such, should look for justice, not notches on his gun. I told him if we found our DA in Fort Bend County doing that, we would turn him out of office.

The next day, Rosenthal, who indeed must be handy with the email becasue that eventaully got him in trouble, emailed me back that he was standing with the witness, and that DNA could not be present for other reasons.

However, the NEXT day, he wrote the letter to the governor that resulted in the pardon. I guess old Chuck heard from a lot of people besides me.

I canít help but think the DA knew about the mess in the Houston crime labs for a long time and turned a blind eye because mistakes were usually to their (the prosecutionís) benefit. Remember how he didnít want an outside analysis of the cases?

Then we also have the example of a man who held himself up as holy. When greeted and asked how he was, his reply was ďIím blessed.Ē

Doesnít that make you want to just slap the old hypocrite? Not only for his peccadilloes, but for the fact heís given that word a bad connotation. Donít even used ďblessedĒ with me again or Iíll tell you to go straight to hell!

 

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.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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