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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."


 

History being made.....Iím writing this Tuesday morning before we know the final results of the elections. Iíve heard so many people say they can hardly wait until itís over.

Thatís malarkey! Unless you have been brain-dead since August, you canít help but get involved in this battle, even if only as a television viewer.

Itís like the O.J. trial several years ago. You watch it until you are sick and tired. Then you turn off the TV but soon you just canít stand it and turn it on again.

Either way, we are seeing history being made. We are either going to elect the first black man as president or the first woman as vice-president.

And we are going to see a historical return of Democrats to Fort Bend County. I predict there will be many more Democratic candidates in the next election.

I donít know what I will do after tonight to occupy my time. It will seem dull.

Sure, weíve heard the same sound bites over and over. Sure, weíve heard how biased the media is over and over. But itís been fun. Itís been exciting. Now what are we going to do?

Picture this, or donít.....One thing I will not be doing is running a photo of a certain former mayor in the pages of the Star. After losing his bid for re-election, this mayor filed a frivolous lawsuit against me and the newspaper. Although a judge eventually threw it out, it still costs me to hire an attorney and to worry about it for a year.

After the judge threw it out, the mayor, who is a lawyer himself, tried to appeal but super lawyer that he is, it was too late!

He has never apologized or offered any rationale for the lawsuit.

Because I edited out the former mayorís picture, my journalistic ethics are being questioned by a newspaper publisher who was fired last year after a tape recording of him plotting with Brian Gaston to entrap then-Mayor David Wallace. Pot meet kettle.

This is the same man who as a reporter became the lap dog of various local politicians and became the laughing stock of the political community. Now he bills his newspaper as ďfair and balanced.Ē I guess he got this catch phrase from Faux (Fox) News who also claims the same thing and is neither.

Itís kind of like money--when you have to brag about it, you usually donít have it.

To any organizations reading this column, if you send me a picture of this former mayor, I will not run it even if your cause is just. Or you can send me one with his picture eliminated. Because as long as I am head of this newspaper, his picture will not appear.

Would you give publicity to someone who just might sue you? I think not.

P.S. The voting results you see on the front page MAY be only partial as our deadline is not long after the polls close. But we will wait as long as we can until the races are pretty much decided.

 

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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