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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.

about wimpy whining

...of OTHER people complaining about elected officials and/or their post-Ike ďdecisionsĒ (I still reserve the right to complain about them). If you donít like their decisions, run for office as I think some of these offices are up for re-election about every other year. I read in this newspaper last week that some thought school district and county officials should have announced that we should cancel this local holiday to work on Ike problems. Iím glad the county and school districts didnít disrupt the Fort Bend County Fair Day holiday.

County officials and employees are not connecting electrical power grids and I donít think they are picking up the debris either. I think the cities and/or county have contracted that out to a company that did not take the FBC Fair Day holiday.

I am so glad that the schools and/or county did not use Ike as another excuse to disrupt planned events. In fact, Iíll bet that some county employees were working that day - either at home or taking care of some piddle thing at their county office, such as taking care of ďbacked-upĒ work that they canít get done when their county office is open for business. And the rest of the business world was open that day, so some things could get done that maybe couldnít get done on the weekend.

After three or four days without electricity at my home, I was still ready to ďget back to normal.Ē After seven days, we still had the Shrimp Fest (and I bet the debris-contractors were still picking up debris that day). I bet that school holiday may have been used by some in those districts to work on something on their campuses (or have contractors that only work weekdays).

Thank God for ALL the elected officials doing their job. I didnít have to worry about much because they were making decisions and trying to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

You know, I think our county leaders took this occasion to LEAD. They didnít go crying to students, parents, county employees, etc. They said Ďwhatís the problemí itís a planned holiday, and itís been TWO weeks since Ike.í

In fact, I think some of the people I heard complaining on the radio and TV about PODs and response times had a lot of nerve. Arenít you suppose to take care of yourself for the first 72 hours? Iím still mad at MYSELF for not freezing as many one gallon jugs of water to use for ice.

Stop complaining and pick up the debris in your neighborhood and haul it off yourself if you want to.


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

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