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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.


Words I hate

It has been a very slow news week—always is when there is a holiday. So, as I wondered aloud what I was going to discuss this week, I couldn’t help but think about the weekend political pundits who hash and rehash everything said and done by this political candidate, that political candidate and former political office holders.

The one thing that struck me is the fact that some words make me cringe. So, I got to thinking about a few of the newly fashionable terms that have caught on recently.

Dialogue—let’s talk about it. I don’t want to have a dialogue with you. I despise this word. It suggests that the person using the word is immediately talking down to the person or persons he or she is preparing to talk to.

Misstated and misspoke—pleeeeze—I lied and I got caught or how about I really didn’t research it one bit but gave out that information as fact based on what I had heard at the local coffee shop or I have a blog and I can say what I want to because I had good “misinformation” to go on!

There is even the term “misheard” which most likely suggests the person wasn’t listening but still misspoke based on the misinformation they misheard.

Expired—tell them I died; I passed away or whatever but I refuse to expire. The last time I looked I didn’t have a bar-code on my butt and, thus far, I can’t find an expiration date anywhere on my body.

I have every intention of going down kicking and fighting the whole way—so expired, a passive term to say the least—is not acceptable in my personal vocabulary.

Conspiracy—the word conjures up all kinds of CIA-FBI-DEA-and other top initial work. Today, the word means more than that. There are people who use it to describe every government program, operation or deal. Just because a person doesn’t understand the “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” operating mode for most private and government entities, doesn’t actually mean there is a sinister operative pulling a mass conspiracy on the voting masses.

It could mean that a public official was really looking out for the good of the overall voters and agreed to give a little to get a lot.

It really could!

The jail artist

There has been a lot of attention given to an inmate at the Fort Bend County jail who is apparently very talented and is using that talent to paint the entire building. He is painting murals and from what I hear they are sensational.

The one that he painted in the jail chapel has some concerned about future civil rights actions by non-Christian inmates.

Probably doesn’t apply to criminals, because they always seem to find religion while they are behind bars. My only concern on that one is the image of Jesus looks sinister and could be a villain on an R-rated video game.

Now back to the murals. This guy is an outstanding artist and hopefully he will find a path to a brighter future by getting all this publicity.

Hope the next sheriff shares the likes of this one because it will cost a fortune to paint over these ceiling to floors works of art.

Should the county ever decide to replace the current jail facility, there is always e-Bay. One of these 20 foot high works of art could bring a pretty penny and the buyer would have to have them removed.

Look at the tax dollars the county will save in demolition costs.


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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