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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.

Includes television reporting, 
what people watch, lawyers, payoffs,

Of the hours and hours of television coverage of someone that murdered their spouse IN INDIANA. Why does this warrant such coverage and why do people watch this? These networks would not be reporting on these cases if people were not watching.

Okay, coverage of the girl that disappeared without a trace in Aruba I understand. There are numerous reason we should take note of this case... a school trip, foreign travel in general, etc., etc.

Even a mass murderer on a college campus should be well publicized, but PLEASE dispense with the Ďwhy did he do ití because I already know why. He was a sick, twisted, evil individual and that is it.

Now, I hear that the University has settled with all the families of those killed. Did Lubyís payoff the families when that shooter walked into the Lubyís in Killeen and shot all those people?

I am sick and tired of payoffs and lawsuits when some sicko murders and then victimís families (lawyers) get money from someone other than the perpetrator. Oh yeah, the perpetrators usually kill themselves and therefore canít pay. I donít expect the local hamburger joint to have metal detectors and/or armed guards at the door to ensure that I am safe in their business.

Isnít that the most basic function of local, state and federal governments? I think that it is strange that you canít even make a threatening statement about the President of the United States without being questioned or arrested, but for some reason local police canít seem to keep an estranged husband/boyfriend from slaughtering his wife/ex wife/girlfriend. I hear frequently that a violent, abusive, woman beater who has an actual history of abuse canít be prevented from killing someone.

Maybe we should accept the fact that no person, government, agency, etc. is more responsible than you are for your own protection. That includes dark alleys or hurricanes.


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

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