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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."


The Debate......The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce has been able to do what few other entities have been able to accomplish. It brought CD 22 candidates Pete Olson and Shelley Sekula Gibbs face to face in a live debate in front of a live audience (at least most of us were--alive that is).

Itís a good thing that Sekula-Gibbs brought a table of supporters as the room clearly was loudest for Olson, applauding and cheering loudly for him several times.

From my perspective (moderate and proud of it), both candidates differ little on the issues. They both are for continuing the war on terror, securing our borders, breaking our dependence on foreign oil and, lest we forget, support our troops. Oh, and too much government expense has lead to too much government tax. But my guess is each person in the room knew that.

Although they may have differed little on issues, that is not to say they didnít take a few swipes at each other. Shelley opened that discourse when she said Olson was born in Washington and characterized him as a ďWashington insider.Ē

Olson pointed out that he was born in Washington....Washington state, that is. One has to wonder if Shelley thought he was going to let that pass.

Olson pointed out that he has spent the last 18 years serving the country and public sector; first in the Navy as a pilot and staff, then serving on the staffs of Senator Phil Graham and Senator John Cornyn.

When Sekula-Gibbs pointed out that she had been running a small business for the last 20 years while Olson had been drawing a government paycheck, Olson snapped back that she was demeaning his government service, and it was ironic since she was running to draw a government paycheck herself.

Apropos of immigration, Sekula-Gibbs accused Olson of supporting the I-69 corridor. Olson said that was totally false as he had never supported the I-69 corridor and never would. Then he accused Sekula Gibbs of voting to support day labor sites four times when she was on the Houston City Council. Sekula-Gibbs said she eventually voted against the sites when her constituents complained.

And most egregious, Olson pointed out that she spent over $78,000 for a mail piece, more that many other Republican congressmen, for the short time she had served in Congress.

Finally, Olson complained that Sekula Gibbs spent $7,000 of tax money to tout what she had done in those four weeks.

Gibbs pointed out that her support is grass roots, and that she was not hand-picked six months ago to run for this office.

Olson said he is endorsed by 12 current Republican Congressmen and many former and current elected officials in all the counties the district serves.

Now bear in mind that they did discuss their positions on many issues, but since they were so much alike, they were pretty boring. The sniping was more fun. However, it did stay civilized.

Iím amazed....I asked Sekula-Gibbs if it was really true that she would try to get a policy changed that prohibits tax-exempt churches from endorsing candidates from office. She told me this was true and justified it by commenting that the IRS was effectively suppressing freedom of speech.

Tax exemptions is one of the most fundamental issues concerning the separation of church and state. Churches were granted tax exemption originally because of the help they give to the community.

Actually churches can support candidates, but they lose their tax exempt status when they do. This keeps churches from endorsing candidates who might run on the platform that certain churches are the only churches allowed tax exemption or anything else!

This is the scariest idea that Sekula-Gibbs has come up with so far. The woman is a menace and I hope it is clear how I feel about electing her.

The school board.....Stan Magee, who is running for re-election to the FBISD school board, missed his third board meeting in a row Monday night. He was supposedly in Orlando at a National School Board Conference. Magee goes to every conference he can. Maybe he meets people who can help him in his consulting business?

And another thing....Every day when I get home I have at least one message waiting for me telling me my warranty is up on my automobile and I should call to renew.

I canít tell you how many calls I have had about this--at least 100. Iíve had my car about three years.

The next car I buy, the dealership will have to sign an iron-clad agreement to NOT turn my name over to these warranty people.

Oh, by the way, I bought this car at Bill Heard. I might buy a car there again, but I would want the written agreement. Iím sick of it, I tell you, sick of it!


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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