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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.


As Fort Bend Turns

It seems this past week has put Fort Bend County in an ideal spot for the next award winning soap opera ... As Fort Bend Turns. And, if judicial filings and complaints are any indication of the script, this drama will be a doozy.

We have a Missouri City resident who sent a ethics complaint in on Judge Jim Shoemake.

And, a College Station man who, through his attorney, is claiming that Assistant DA Mike Elliott has railroaded his arrest and the case against him. The case involves this fellow taking a loan or a gift from Karen Pearson, the well-known political consultant, and not paying back about $200,000.

Wow, he must have been a really good friend to get this much money out of Karen. One local blogger said the two met at a Louisiana casino. So the case itself may well attract a lot of court watchers if it comes to trial.

Kind of sounds like “As Fort Bend Turns,” a soap opera drama based on real facts.

How much fun is that?

County works while others play

After letters from people upset about the county government (and schools) taking off for “fair day” after all of the missed time from Hurricane Ike appeared in print, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert was quick to point out he and everyone else in the county was hard at work on Monday, a federal holiday.

So, I’m happy to report that while the rest of the country was celebrating President’s Day, Fort Bend County was hard at work.

The letter writers can’t take credit, though. The county voted to trade the holiday for fair day—before Hurricane Ike and before the criticism was aimed at them. Not only that but I think I made it pretty clear that the county judge, commissioners, emergency personnel at all levels and the road and bridge department put in a gazillion hours of overtime before, during, and after the storm.


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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