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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."


Hrbacek campaign is toast....Unless you’ve been in a coma or on an island for the past few days then I’m sure you and the rest of the free world have heard that Congressional candidate and former Sugar Land mayor Dean Hrbacek sent out a campaign brochure with his head on someone else’s body.

From Tulsa to Timbuktu, newspapers and television stations have covered the incident. First broken by the Houston Chronicle, it’s been on CNN, Fox News, and even Keith Olbermann in addition to about 84 blogs and the infamous Drudge Report.

Comments have ranged from-- “If you lie about the small things, you’ll lie about the big things.” And along the same idea, “If this guy will doctor his photo to appeal to voters, what else will he do when people aren’t watching him...”

One of my favorites is “Apparently heart and head don’t go hand in hand, and “You can tell it’s a fake at first glance. Have you ever seen a politician with his hand in HIS OWN pockets?”

Indeed the incidents would be funny except for the fact that I spent an entire column not long ago asking just how smart is Dean Hrbacek, and came to the conclusion, “Not very.” This is the man who wants to represent us in Congress.

This was a situation where the questions was not IF he is going to crash and burn, but WHEN he is going to crash and burn.

Hrbacek is so mean spirited and revenge filled that this was something that was bound to happen. After all, as payback for a perceived support of his political opponent four years before and to capture support of certain aspects of the party, he practically single-handedly ruined the local Republican party by a last minute change in party by-laws before the new chairman took over.

And the 300 pound gorilla sitting in the middle of the living room has always been his unfortunate speech impediment which is exacerbated by stress. Many people might even vote for him because of his bravery in tackling the job in spite of the fact of the speech impediment.

In all my years in Fort Bend, I have never heard anyone make fun of or criticize him on the basis of it. But his channeling his anger on others and dirty political tricks takes the bet off the table. He would not make a good orator for Fort Bend County in Washington.

Included in this issue is a picture of current Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace, who whipped Hrbacek for the job several years ago. Wallace is in an undated picture taken at Sugar Land City Hall. Hrbacek’s picture is from his brochure with the sloppy head cut. The clothing almost identical to that shown on the “doctored” photo of Hrbacek. Neither Wallace or Hrbacek will comment on the identical tie so I’m just saying....

Travelling made easy....I recently got a passport because of the new requirement beginning for travel out of the country. I dreaded it because of the bad press lately about lines and wait times.

I discovered that the Missouri City Post Office does passports.

What a breeze! I called for an appointment, sashayed in the almost empty office at the back of the post office. After having my photo taken and filling out some forms I made out my check, went home, and practically got my passport before I got home. Or at least in a couple of weeks. It was so easy. I recommend you get your passport renewed or get a new one there because it was a pleasure.

What’s not a pleasure.....The Sugar Land post office has a whole different attitude. It takes them forever to deliver my mail, particularly the Fort Bend Business Journal and Fort Bend Focus. I didn’t get them this month until the second week of the month.

And what is so hard to understand about forwarding? I tried to forward two important pieces of mail the former owners of my house received. They were first class mail, the new address was clearly written on the front and “Please Forward” was also clear.

I get them back in my mailbox. What’s so hard to understand about “Please Forward.”

Unfortunately nobody will run....Pct. 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers is up for re-election and, again, no one will run against him. Andy is so bad that he has set his son up in a political consulting company in order to funnel money to his kid. That’s some creative bookkeeping.

The company was incorporated by an attorney in Dean Hrbacek’s office. Don’t you just want to wash the slime off?

Susan DuQuesnay, who has a local web site developed to local politics details this at http://www.kissmybigbluebutt.com/#jan18andymeyers

I’ve heard that Susan is filing another complaint with the Ethics Commission.

Andy ought to run for State Representative. He would get lots more campaign funds to misspend.


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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