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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."


Correction....In my column last week, I said that Pete Olson had never supported the I-69 corridor and never would. I was in error.

It is the Trans Texas Corridor that he said he had never supported and never would.

I, like many others, mixed up the two roadways. The day my column came out I saw an article in the Houston Chronicle about how they were two different things. “Uh Oh,” I thought. Then I also got an e-mail from former Sugar Land City Councilwoman Cyril Hosley who informed me, oh so sweetly (and I really mean that), of my error.

It seems that I-69 was an initiative to upgrade and widen Hwy. 59 to interstate standards and is part of a very long interstate running through many states. It is widely praised as a project.

The Trans Texas Corridor was invented by Gov. Rick Perry and is seen by many as a massive land grab.

Pete Olson did help with I-69 but has had nothing to do with the TTC, although Shelly Sekula Gibbs has tried to distort his position. Evidently, she has mixed up the two roadways also. I can’t criticize her for something I did, but then, I’m not running for Congress.

First he said he would, then he wouldn’t.....When G.P. Hardy, a personal injury attorney who lives in Sugar Land, was picked up for a DWI which caused bodily injury, the assistant district attorney handling the case recommended he receive at least 30 days jail time. The victim testified that as a result of the accident, cancer was found in her body and she believed it was divine intervention. She didn’t want Hardy to be punished. She admitted on the stand that she had been in contact with Hardy’s fiancee and had been helped to find an attorney to represent her in a suit against the insurance company.

Hardy and his attorneys agreed to the jail time.

Then 10 days later, they returned to court and asked that the jail time be removed as “it would not be productive for Mr. Hardy to serve time in jail.”

Head assistant District Attorney Fred Felcman threw such a fit about the motion to modify that Judge Cliff Vacek threatened him with jail.

The judge agreed to modify the jail time but ordered Hardy to wear an ankle monitoring device that constantly tests for alcohol. Hardy was ordered to wear it for two years.

Twelve hours later, the attorneys returned to Judge Vacek’s court and asked that the original plea bargain be reinstated--the 30 days in jail served on the weekends. It seems that Hardy didn’t like the box either.

My question is whether you or I would receive the same treatment in the court?

FYI: Vacek has a Democratic opponent in November.

He said, he said...At a board of judges meeting a couple of months ago called to resolve some judicial issues floating around the Fort Bend County courthouses, County-court-at-law Judge Ben “Bud” Childers was so angry he looked apoplectic. Several assistant district attorneys had complained that they weren’t getting a fair shake in Childers court as he was too lenient on defendants.

Childers and later Judge Walter McMeans complained that ADAs asked for too many resets, didn’t have the authority to make immediate minor plea deals, and were coming to court unprepared. The District Attorneys said defense attorneys should not be allowed to run the courts.

The CCL judges said they were not able to deal with the number of cases they are expected to deal with unless some resourceful ideas came about.

Nothing was resolved. Sounds like a certain judge I know--Jim Shoemake. The last time I visited his court he took a young lady out of class to interview her on Friday, promised a decision by Monday, and we have yet to hear his decision.

Shoemake also has a Democratic opponent in November.

I don’t know about you, but I had a good time......Dianne Wilson was feted for her birthday and 25 years in office as Fort Bend County Clerk a couple of weeks ago.

It was such fun. Sheriff Milton Wright roasted everyone. Sugar Land Mayor Dave Wallace made fun of Dianne and her release of records so he used her own (he claimed) records against her.

Lynne Humphries told about Dianne’s last trip to Australia to see her granddaughter. Lynne happened to be there at the same time and met up with her.

I had my hair done and dressed like Hillary Clinton and tried to impersonate her in my roast of Dianne. I wasn’t really so wonderful as Hillary, but I had to nerve to do it so I got my share of laughs.

Of course, Dianne got us all at the end. Photos and more lines will be in my “People” column in the May edition of “Fort Bend Focus.”

Our dear friend......Ursula Coates was a Fort Bend businesswomen who was a mainstay of the Fort Bend Chamber and the Fort Bend business community. She supported everything we ever did. Her logical mind and counsel were always appreciated. We always thought she would be around. After all, her mother lived to be 100.

Her passing this week is a sad time for all of us here.


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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