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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.


It’s over ... the candidates get final verdict from voters

For months those who follow local, state and national pundits for the candidates have heard charges, counter charges, goals, and probably more than we would like to admit of downright lies.

Fort Bend County has seen a huge rise in registered Democrats, striking fear in those who think the Republican stronghold, that began nearly 30 years ago, is now weakening if not totally obliterated.

More than one public official has said they were relieved, in this tumultuous election year, that they were not running for another term in office and hoped the current climate of “fed up voters” would change before it was time for them to run again.

Early voting has surpassed all previous records and as this article was prepared for this week’s deadline, long lines were forming at various polling locations.

I have some really strong feelings about the Presidential candidates. I also have some serious concerns about the way the mainstream media has dealt with the two candidates for President and their respective running mates.

Luckily, since we don’t cover those races, except to reveal the winners, none of you have to hear my opinion.

Of course the election is the subject dominating the mind of locals as well and they have opinions just as strong as I do.

Every where you go and everyone you talk to say they are either excited about the direction our country is about to go or dubious and disgusted with the whole process.

It is going to be a very interesting four years. Can the chosen candidate really deliver the goods? Probably won’t happen.

Did the chosen candidate ever really intend to deliver all that was promised? I think that is extremely doubtful.

If our officials are really serious about election reform, I would love to see a “contract with America” as part of the reform deal.

When I have mentioned this to members of the Fort Bend County general populous, I have heard a resounding “yes, it should be done” response.

Wouldn’t it be ever so neat to have each and every candidate draw up a contract that commits them to carrying through with promised programs, taxation and the like?

There should be penalties assessed for various levels of violations to the contract, including removal from office for the most serious breach of contract.

Will that happen? Are you seriously kidding me ... not in our lifetime!


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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