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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."


Okay, Iím going to live..... I thought I could jump off the operating table and scamper on over to the office. In fact, my doctors lead me to believe that. I may sue them. Itís not my fault it takes me longer to get over something. But Iím back and feeling great.

The election.....One of my mean kids pointed out to me that I had not written about the primary elections held earlier this month. There are several reason for this.

First, Iíve been benched with illness, and second, I wasnít happy with every race, although it restored my faith in the voters when they gave Dean Hrbacek fifth place in the CD 22 election.

And lastly, I remember an election many years ago to join Lamar school district with Wharton County Junior College. The voters in Lamar rejected that initiative the first time, rightly or wrongly so, and a local newspaper editorialized more than once about how stupid the voters were. It taught me a lesson that sour grapes are a dish best served privately. It was several years before the idea came up again and then it passed only narrowly. I canít help but believe voters still resented being called ďstupid.Ē

So it is hard for me to write about the election because two of my favorite candidates lost.

Rather than castigating the voters, I can only say that the candidate that got his or her name out more and connected with the voters was the candidate who won.

My two favorite highly qualified candidates were challenging incumbents whom people had complained about for years. Yet, when it came down to the vote, the incumbents had decisive wins. To me, this seems to be that the power of the incumbency is almighty. It seems almost impossible to dislodge an incumbent. Yet, if citizens give up and refrain from running against incumbents, then very poor government can be the result. In other words, a challenge keeps an office holder on his toes and reminds them at least once an election cycle that the voters are important. Remember that about the challengers. They usually put up their own money and work like dogs. We owe them a big ďthank youĒ also. They make the system work.

The run-offs......Precinct 1 Commissioner, both on the Republican and Democratic ticket, have run-offs. Incumbent Commissioner Tom Stavinoha and Greg Ordeneaux are on the Republican ballot; and lawyer Richard Morrison and author Sharon Wallingford are on the Democratic ballot.

Also, U.S. Representative CD 22 has a run-off in the Republican primary between Shelley Sukula Gibbs and Pete Olson.

I heard a radio ad for Shelley Sekula Gibbs by Norm Mason. He talked about SSG saving lives as a doctor (sheís a dermatologist, for gosh sakes), then he said how dare Olson attack ďourĒ conservative SSG. (I seem to remember SSG flip flopping on both abortion and immigrants when she was on Houston city council. )

Then Mason urged us to vote for a ďlocalĒ SSG. As long as Iíve lived in Fort Bend County, I never met SSG until she decided to run for office, although I did hear she came to a couple of Exchange Club meetings with her second husband, Sylvan Rodriguez, who died in 2000 of pancreatic cancer. She then married Gibbs, an executive at Reliant.

As far as Iím concerned, Olson, who has received the endorsement of both County Judge Bob Hebert and Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace, is the more ďlocalĒ candidate. At least he lives in Fort Bend County.

Shelley embarrassed us when she was in Washington for those few days. We canít have someone representing us who will embarrass us again.

Remember, you can vote in the run-off, even if you didnít vote in the primary, but if you voted in the Republican primary, then you can only vote in the Republican run-off. Or if you voted in the Democratic primary, you can only vote in the Democratic run-off.

The next election.....City and school board elections are right around the corner and you should try to acquaint yourselves with the candidates who are running.

At Fort Bend ISD, incumbents Laurie Caldwell and Stan Magee have big targets painted on their backs as they were part of the Lisa Rickert and Ken Bryant group that got rid of a popular and effective superintendent, replaced her with someone they fired the first chance they got, and spent money like crazy while claiming to be saving money. It is my hope that the incumbency does not make their positions impossible to win by challengers.

A rare endorsement.....Iím not particularly a student of history. Itís been too long since I studied the beginnings of our nation and if I remember correctly, our teachers intentionally tried to make it dry and dull.

But a new HBO series about ďJohn Adams,Ē our second president, is just absolutely fabulous. You feel you are on the front row at the Continental Congress and can enjoy the intelligent discourse that established our country.

Iím sure HBO will issue the series in a DVD eventually.

Iím telling you, I donít usually like stuff like this, but this is wonderful. I can hardly wait until the next episode.


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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