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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."


I’m worried now....I was really surprised about the number of people who have called me or commented to me when I’ve run into them about my last week’s “Bah, Humbug” column. It seems a lot of folks out there agree with me.

This worries me. I don’t really want people to get down on Christmas. I just thought I was about the only one.

It seems I have unleashed a groundswell of resentment of Christmas. Sorry about that.

I have a dirty little secret. While I mourn my brother and will miss him this Christmas, as he and his wife always drove from Memphis to celebrate Christmas with us, I had secretly noticed how stress free Christmas was shaping up to be. I realized I didn’t have to decorate lavishly, plan, shop, and wag home stuff for 15 meals, and buy presents for people whom I loved dearly but saw only maybe one other time during the year. I was unfamiliar with their likes and dislikes. My lovely sister-in-law bought Christmas gifts all year so it was a big deal with her.

And, Joyce’s gifts are not just random. She always gave things the grandchildren love, I love, my kids love. She puts a lot of thought into her gifts, making me feel twice as guilty about trying to buy for her.

She was certainly invited here this year, but I didn’t think she would want to make the long trip from Memphis when she had her own family there and had always acceded to my brother’s wish for Christmas in Texas.

“Home free,” I thought. How stress free.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear when I opened the door the other morning, but a huge box from Memphis stuffed with Christmas gifts for the entire family.

“That witch,” I thought, in my best dog in the manger style.

I quickly gave my mean daughter, who likes to shop for Christmas but works on a budget, my credit card and told her to not come back until she bought at least seven presents.

Okay, I’m back to worrying about Christmas again.

I hope nobody knows anyone in Memphis and Joyce hears about this. Hey, stranger things have happened.

More on the auto bailout.....Don’t you wonder why the oil companies don’t bail out the auto companies? Haven’t the oil companies profited most from Detroit’s love affair with gas guzzling road hogs? I’ve noticed the oil companies have been very quiet about this whole thing even as their profits have plummeted. In fact, our investment club has joked about asking for a bailout.

Politicians ducking and running.....Weren’t you surprised about the Harris County clerk, Paul Bettencourt quitting even before he was sworn in for a job he just won? I’ve heard our sheriff might be planning the same thing? I have no idea if that is true; it is simply the rumor on the street.

I think quitting like this is a complete betrayal of the voters and taxpayers. It means the county commissioners can appoint whomever they please and while that person will eventually have to run for office, it gives them a leg up and they can run from the more powerful position as an incumbent. And if a special election is held, the taxpayer will be out many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In case you missed it.....I don’t know if you noticed a particularly nasty story on the front page a couple of week ago. It was about the unfortunate case of a local, well-known political consultant, Karen Pearson. Pearson met a man over the high stakes gambling table to whom she eventually “loaned” half a million dollars. Actually, the question was whether she loaned him the money, or she gave it to him to invest for her. In any event, he dumped her and she wanted her money back.

What would have normally been a civil case was quickly turned into a criminal case (the jurors found him guilty). I believe she was able to bring the guy to the bar of justice without having to hire a lawyer because she has handled the political campaign of the sheriff, the district attorney, many judges, and the assistant district attorney’s wife who is the district clerk, proving once again that it’s not what you know, but who.


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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