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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."


 

Bah, Humbug got sidetracked.....I finally got in the Christmas spirit, and got so involved in it that I forgot to find anything to rant about. I forgot we were going to press about four days early and was happily goofing around at home when News Editor Jean Sandlin called me and asked if I was coming to work.

So, to get out of doing any real work, I decided to look in my mailbag for some letters we’ve received recently.

Boy are they mad.....We received three letters (considered a bunch in the newspaper business) about why we didn’t cover the fact that Hightower football team is in the state playoff. We have been accused of not doing anything about it because it was not Clements or Dulles. And we’ve been accused of being a lousy newspaper.

To answer those charges, first let me say that we’ve never been into sports at The Star. We’re mostly a bunch of women who probably even resent the time our husbands spend watching football.

We are weekly and would find it impossible to cover nine high schools in the Fort Bend area. We don’t have the staff or the room to run the results.

Also, we are one newspaper. We are not a chain who can afford a sports editor who covers sports in several areas. We covered Lamar this year because a talented writer who is also a father volunteered to cover it.

And lastly, in the past when we’ve tried to cover sports, we have been unable to get the advertisers to support it. Their feeling seems to be that the only people interested in high school sports are the small group of players themselves and their parents who want to read their names in the newspaper.

Hence, we’ve chosen to focus on other things.

Suffice it to say that Hightower is playing for state this weekend and the results of the game will be over before this paper is printed or delivered.

Congratulations to the Hightower team who have worked hard to reach this honor.

But some people like us......I get letters every week from people who are so appreciative of our coverage. This is a sample of what we get often:

“Bev

Just a note to let you know you “touch my life and heart” every week. I’m a long time avid reader of your paper, and I have never taken the time to let you know how much I appreciate your column and The Star . Please convey my warmest regards to your staff for their hard work.”

Randy Edwards, Sugar Land, Texas

OR

“Beverly,

Just a quick note to let you know I enjoyed your 12/3 Bev’s Burner. All things are indeed cyclical and this too shall pass...I didn’t mean to get side tracked. Bev’s Burner was excellent this week.”

Nicki Black

AND

“Hello,

I am writing to you because I need your help. Please lead me in the right direction and let me know who I can contact regarding this most unpleasant situation. I read the article written by Barbara Fulenwider.....”

Plus, we get so many announcements each week wanting our help in letting the community know about upcoming events. And calls for help in solving some community problem.

But I guess the strangest thing I’ve heard all week was the following written by a person who sent a donation to “Bo’s Place” because of an article in the Star. It said:

“On November 13, 2008, I boarded a flight from Hartford, CT to visit my mom and dad back in Iowa. As I do on most flights, I had brought a book to read for the plane ride. As soon as the plane was airborne, I reached into the seat back pocket, and by accident, I grabbed a newspaper that had been left behind instead of the book I was looking for. As it turns out, the paper was the Fort Bend Star, and on the front page I read of Kelly’s tragic story, and about the efforts that her family and friends are making to keep her memory alive. After the flight, I made a quick internet search, and it was immediately clear that Kelly touched many lives. Thank you for sharing her story, and I wish you all the best for Emily and Andrea’s run/campaign. Even at 35,000 feet in the air and thousands of miles away, her story and life found a way to continue to inspire and touch the lives of others..

Good luck with the run and God bless!”

The letter was accompanied by a $100 donation to Bo’s Place by Jason Becker.

So all in all, I think the people we help far outnumber the people we anger. It’s a good week.

 

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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