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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

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


Volunteers save thousands

Everyone knows community volunteers make things happen and keep taxes lower because of their dedicated efforts to improve the area they live in. That was brought home last week when Fort Bend County Commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of the 4-H Club’s 100th birthday. It was a mutual admiration society type event with the court praising the club and the club, in turn, saying thank you to the commissioners for their support.

Then, the club representatives gave the court a mock check for over $400,000 that signified the amount of money saved by the thousands of hours the volunteers, over 700 of them, gave to the community. That really brought home the actual value of this free service to the community. Multiply that ten-fold for all the other volunteers who take their time to donate to the poor, provide clothing and food for families in need; plant trees, clean waterways and host all kinds of fundraisers for a multitude of charitable events.

So, I wanted to say congratulations to the 4-H club and a big thank you to all the great people of Fort Bend County who unselfishly donate time, energy, money and goods to enhance the community in which they live.

Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson quickly reminded Precinct 1 Commissioner Tom Stavinoha that the nearly $5 million dollar check could not be cashed and spent in his precinct for improvements.

The circus is staying

Fort Bend County is going to be the home of the Arabia Shrine Circus for at least three more years. “They love Fort Bend County and have extended their contract for 3 more years,” commissioners noted during the pre-court comment session last week.

Well, visitors to the circus should be happy it is now in a location that is easy to get to and provides ample parking and a somewhat rural atmosphere but is quickly reached by several major highways. Sure beats that trip to downtown Houston. I think all of the various venues should take a look at Fort Bend County instead of the central center of Houston.

I don’t have any bad feelings toward our sister-city, don’t get me wrong—it’s just that I am one of those strange people who has developed a serious “freeway phobia” and will go miles out of the way (or just rent a movie and stay home) to get to a destination that requires extensive freeway travel. There are a lot of people like me, so having the circus and other events right in our own back yard is somewhat akin to a slice of heaven!


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.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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