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I'm Sick and Tired
of being Sick and Tired
By Michael Fredrickson

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

Of being asked to give in someone elseís name

Of these huge national companies that ask me to donate my change, etc. to some blah, blah, blah, really great charity (really). They act like they are doing you a favor by making it so simple for you to donate some small change and they will aggregate them into some really big check and make a tax deductable donation IN THEIR NAME because of their really great customers.

Now, I realize this may be a very nice charity/organization, but why are they asking ME to help them look good making a charitable donation.

At least they tell us to whom they are donating the money.

Take a look at your local politicians. They go to these charity galas all the time, and they spend impressive amounts of money on silent and live auction items WITH YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATION. And you donít even get to claim a charitable contribution.

Is that really why you gave them the campaign money? Iím sure if they werenít your candidate/elected official they would still be at that same event ponyingup their own money. Yeah, sure, and Iíve got a bridge to sell you.

These local politicians are only donating to local, deserving charities which is fine, but shouldnít you be able to contribute to them yourself. I will list a couple local charities and their phone numbers and you can call them TODAY and donate with your credit card!

Donít wait! Just walk to your check book and write it out and mail it off. If they take credit cards you could probably give them the donation right over the phone. Then, the next time a local politician asks for a hand-out, tell them you already gave to the charity of YOUR choice in YOUR name.

Here is just a fraction of local charities that you can make a donation to right now (during business hours) and a live person will actually answer the phone.

The ARC of Fort Bend County is at 281-494-5959.

The American Red Cross (in Fort Bend) can be reached at 281-342-9480.

The Fort Bend County Womenís Center 281-494-4545.

There are numerous other LOCAL Fort Bend charities as well as service organizations that turn around and donate to various causes but these go directly to the charity. Go ahead, make the call. Right now! Iím serious.

Now when the pinhead politician calls, just tell him you gave to XYZ charity their intended contribution in the form of a donation.


Michael Fredrickson is the General Manager of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. He can be reached at michael@fortbendstar.com.

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