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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."


Bang the gong....That sound you hear reverberating in the background is not thunder, it’s the election express and the closer it gets, the bigger the frenzy.

Just last week TXDOT, the government agency everyone loves to hate, found themselves smack-dab in the middle of the political sign war. Every year during the election cycle, political signs are planted. As the hours and days pass, many signs are plucked up and thrown on the ground, kicked over, defaced and some flat just disappear like folks in foreign countries.

Last week the TXDOT maintenance crew had the audacity to go out and do their job, picking up signs in the right-of way-that is. They snagged a plethora, many belonging to political candidates and the regular boatload of home builders. As is customary TXDOT contacts the violators and tells them they have their signs and if they would like them back, a fee and possibly a fine is involved.

According to sources who are afraid to be identified for fear of retaliation when Sheriff Milton Wright was notified that several of his signs had been seized, his Chief Deputy Craig Brady contacted TXDOT and created quite the stir.

According to insiders, insults and yo mommas were hurled from the Rosenberg office, to Houston all the way to Austin. Reportedly because of the flying fur, TXDOT crews now have to photograph and log every sign they remove from the right-of-way in order to hold the planter’s of illegal signs accountable - your tax dollars at work. Every political sign is required by law to have the statute prohibiting placement in right-of-way printed on the sign itself. What kind of sheriff ignores the law for the placement of his signs?

And finally, you just have to wonder, do they never watch the news? For the last several months Houston politicians have just been hammered by the media about emails on their taxpayer provided government computers. Imagine our surprise when we received political emails sent from Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department computers supporting their boss Milton Wright. With all the driveway robberies, burglaries and homicides that are currently unsolved, you’d think they’d be busy. Guess not.

A clarification....In an earlier column I popped off with a line like “Well, you would have thought someone was dating the sheriff’s girlfriend.” That was written in jest and I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.

Sheriff Milton Wright does not have a girlfriend. He most certainly does not. He has been happily married to his wife for many, many years and rumors of a girlfriend are totally untrue.

The fact that Mary Ward shows up at so many of the same functions is strictly a coincidence. They are old friends. They are in the same sort of profession so would naturally be at the same places.

Nope, the sheriff does not have a girlfriend. I just want to make it real clear that I was simply using humor to effect when I made that off-hand remark.

Heads up......Remember that city and school elections are right around the corner. The deadline for filing is March 10. Yeah, that March 10. Bet you didn’t remember that. (Somebody had to remind me.) So sharpen up you pencils and put on your thinking caps. We need some good candidates. More about what positions are open next week.


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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