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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."


 

California dreaming..... I was in San Diego, CA. this weekend and I noticed two things: (1) you are asked to show a driver’s license when you use any charge card for any amount, and (2) regular gas is $4.86 a gallon there. That will clear some freeways.

But I also noticed that groceries are at least one third higher than here.

And, why do other golfers even sign up when Tiger Woods is playing?

We weren’t in San Diego for the US. Open. We were there to attend Lisa Fredrickson’s (my daughter-in-law) grandparents 67th wedding anniversary.

Jane and Harry Goldman are both in their early nineties and while they have to be wheeled most places, they still go out a lot. They eat out almost every day. One of their caregivers told me, “Mr. Goldman doesn’t like kitchen food.” Isn’t that cute?

It’s a good thing I live about midway between California, New York, and Miami. Three hours is about the limit of time I can spend on an airplane. Unfortunately, this means I’ll never see Australia or even Hawaii unless I can take a tramp steamer. Wouldn’t that be fun? If anyone gets up a trip like that, call me.

I told you he was a doofus....I heard that Sheriff Milton Wright is putting the 50 detectives that work for the sheriff’s department on 4 day, 10 hour day work weeks in order to save gas.

Someone needs to draw me a Ross Perot chart to show me how that works. First, the 50 detectives have unmarked take home cars with gas, oil, repairs, tires, insurance, etc supplied by the taxpayers of Fort Bend County. Simply because they are not at work one extra day a week means they can take their unmarked take home car tooling around on personal business one day extra.

You see, most days the majority of those expensive take home cars are parked at the sheriff’s department unless some real crime (besides cheating the taxpayer) takes place.

To really save some gas money, and a lot of other automobile expense, the detectives could be assigned to shifts and drive their personal cars back and forth to work. Pool cars could be at the sheriff’s department to take the detectives back and forth to crime scenes or to their investigative duties.

If Fort Bend County has 50 detectives on duty, it is becoming big time. It’s time to start running the department like a big time police department.

But it is hard to do that when leading the department is Sheriff Milton Wright who has a high school education and has only ever worked for one other department--the DPS.

And the chief deputy, Craig Brady, has only worked short snippets of service at other small town agencies. Poor guys. They just don’t know any better.

And don’t give me that claptrap about the FBI academy. Every cop worth his salt, (and some who aren’t) has been there. It’s almost on par with the Citizens Police Academy, a public relations vehicle to impress you about how wonderful your local police (and the FBI) are.

I always remember what John Nance Garner, Roosevelt’s vice president from Texas, said about the vice-presidency as he boarded a train back to Texas. He compared it to a bucket of warm spit.

Have you noticed......The clamp down in news coming from Fort Bend ISD. Before this new superintendent, (I believe his name is Jenny, although I have never spoken over three words to him--”Hello, how are you?” Nor he to me.) the school district was pretty open with its news. If there were problems, they told you and they told you they were working on them.

Now, there are no problems. Problems? What problems? Oh, you mean that concussion one of our police officers has? Oh, you mean the ambulances hauling students out? Oh, you mean the county-wide “officer assist” call that went out at Marshall high school with news copters hovering overhead? Oh, the three policemen attacked three days in a row? Oh, the computers stolen and the grades hacked were not connected?

Here’s the way it is. FBISD’s paid liar is Mary Ann Simpson. She’s the head of community relations and any news the district issues. She works for the superintendent. If the superintendent tells her to lock down, she locks down.

When Betty Baitland was superintendent, I think she believed that honesty was the best policy and that by being forthcoming, she could depend on the community to help. You see where that got her.

So this Dr. Jenny gets hired and he wants a good face put on FBISD, even if it involves shading the truth.

Since the school police force, and the school news team depend on Dr. Jenny for their jobs, you can see how we can be manipulated.

Oh, there are so many problems in running a large school district. Maybe we don’t need to watch them make sausage.

 

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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