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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."


And my father does too.......Will Perry, a local wannabe political kingmaker/newspaper publisher, has filed for personal Chapter 11 last week, citing personal debts of $7,419,315. Perry is the son of builder Bob Perry, uber political contributor, who scuttled John Kerry’s presidential campaign by financing the “Swift Boat” book and its surrounding publicity.

Will Perry is also the local builder/developer who accused Sugar Land Mayor Dave Wallace of “fraud,” a charge he later told, according to court records, that he made up in order to ruin Wallace’s political reputation. According to him, Perry got the idea of doing this from his father.

The real mystery is how Will Perry, who has emailed businesses that he is a principal in a newspaper called “The Fort Bend Independent.” had to file for Chapter 11 protection when he receives a trust fund income of $350,000 per year, according to the court filings.

In the Chapter 11 filings, Perry lists an art collection worth $1.2 million, $31,000 in stuffed trophies, and $3,000 in four guns, among other personal property listings.

In another exchange in exhibits in the summary judgment, Will Perry sent an e-mail to someone with whom he had financial dealings that said, in part: “I truly believe your (sic) not a good person and so does my father.

Father and son must have a close relationship since Bob Perry has shelled out $30,000 for Will Perry’s personal Chapter 11 attorneys.

What took them so long?.....In a previous column I said I often feel like Forrest Gump because it seems my life has touched so many newsmakers.

Another story: When my first husband and I decided to elope, we had to get our marriage license first. Since West Texas is just one small town and we knew so many people at so many county seats, we decided to slip off to Eldorado one day to get our license since we couldn’t remember a soul we knew there.

When I got home at 5 p.m. that afternoon, my Dad asked me what I was doing in Eldorado. I asked him why he thought that, and he told me Booger Red Hendrix saw me there. My dad ran into Booger Red at the cattle auction sale later that day.

Soooo, if Booger Red were still alive, that situation in Eldorado would have been resolved much earlier. Booger Red and his eagle eye would be circling the Yearning for Zion Ranch and probably crashed through the gates.

Me? I used a technique that has stood me in good stead for many decades. I denied, denied, denied.

Mayor, council people, and school boards.......At this point I think I am going to stay out of Sugar Land’s business (maybe), but I certainly have opinions about Missouri City candidates after attending a candidate’s forum last week.

I know those challenging incumbents in Missouri City aren’t stupid, but they sure need to sharpen up their pencils. Not a one of them want the city to invest in the golf course.

Are they crazy or do they just want something to gripe about? No other entity in Missouri City, including the Quail Valley Fund, has the money for the long-term commitment needed to make Quail Valley Country Club the city’s newest park.

Here’s the deal: If the value of real estate falls, taxes will have to be raised to continue the level of service the city provides and believe me, real estate prices will go even lower if the club is allowed to grow up in weeks.

So do you want to pay increased taxes because of low property values, or are you willing to pay a few more cents in taxes to have a wonderful amenity, an asset, that the city owns? Let’s see: higher taxes for nothing; higher taxes for several golf courses and a fabulous park.

The ongoing golf course purchase leads me to believe that we shouldn’t change horses in the middle of the stream. Many thanks for all the challengers because they make democracy happen. But...all the incumbents, Allen Owen, Buddy Jimmerson, Jerry Wyatt, should continue to serve the citizens of Missouri City.

Oh what a......Stan Magee announced at the FBISD board meeting Monday night that he wouldn’t be seriously campaigning for re-election to the FBISD board.

I suspect that Stan got the lay of the land when he asked for support.

I received six e-mails before I got up this morning saying if only Laurie Caldwell would see the same light.

I wrote in a previous column that Magee has missed several board meetings in a row and he left this one before it was over.

However, he recently went to Orlando to a national school board convention, at taxpayers expense. Typical Stan who has not met a school district paid trip he didn’t like.

I am so happy about the people who are running for the school board this year. Remember that Stan Magee will stay on the ballot, but he is being challenged by Susan Hohnbaum, a former teacher (not in FBISD) who now works for a family owned construction company.

Challenging Laurie Caldwell is Jonita Reynolds, who has a doctor’s degree and is chief executive of a non-profit group that employs 400 people. What knowledge!

If you remember, Caldwell was led by the nose by Lisa Rickert and voted with that “gang of four” most of the time. She’s now working as a teacher on an emergency certificate in Alief ISD. She may be a better teacher than a board member.

The third candidate that impresses me is Daniel Menendez, who is a West Point graduate that works for his family’s engineering firm. He would be an asset to the current board. Don’t forget to vote.

The older we get, the more friends we lose.....Joe Jaramillo led a brave battle against pancreatic cancer for the past 31/2 years. His positive outlook no doubt gave him extra years of life. Joe ran for J.P several years ago, and his losing the race always made him interested in politics. He then turned his attention and energy to raising money for the women’s shelter.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held April 17 at 5:00 pm with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall First United Methodist Church, Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd, Missouri City, 281-499-3502.

Those wishing to make memorial donations in Joe’s name can make them to: Ft. Bend Women’s Center, P.O. Box 183, Richmond, Texas 77406 or MD Anderson Pacreatic Research, Joy B. Dowell, 2299 Lone Star Dr., # 436, Sugar Land, Texas 77479, 281-844-4982.


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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