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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."


The other white meat.....I’ve decided to rejoin the C Club again this year. First, the price has dropped. Second, Dianne Wilson, probably the best county official, will head the group, and I have long agreed with most of her ideas, and thirdly, I have supported the Democratic party for a like amount. Lastly, I would like to encourage a Fort Bend Republican group who makes decisions based on ideas and good government, not on religious beliefs.

Although Fort Bend County continued to vote Republican in this past election, surely most have seen the handwriting on the wall. People are sick of the latest Republican regime and I think will move away from the so-called “base.”

When I first started the newspaper in Fort Bend County 30 years ago, there were no Republican elected officials. But as the suburbs grew, so did the Republican party and it wasn’t long before most elected officials were Republican. Before this past election, there were only two Democrat county officials. This year, they were joined by another one, County Commissioner Richard Morrison.

I am reminded of the biblical verses: Ecclesiastes III (King James Version):

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. “

Pete Seeger set this to music for a song called “Turn, Turn, Turn.

So I think the pendulum has swung and it is the Democrats turn.

I guess Sarah Palin epitomized everything that came to be wrong with the Republican party.

She is a right wing conservative, Bible thumper--one of those that doesn’t want to spend money on sex education unless it is spent on teaching abstinence which every study has said is a failure. Then her daughter gets pregnant out of wedlock and suddenly there’s nothing wrong with that.

She preached conservative spending, then spent over $150,000 on clothes for herself and her children which she dragged from pillar to post on stage with her at all hours of the night.

She complained that the media was there to play gotcha, then sat down for some softball interviews with the likes of sweet little Katie Couric and came off as completely unprepared for the office for which she was running.

She even WINKED at the audience. Really winked! I couldn’t believe it at first, but it happened more than once.

I have always been a real libber when it comes to women in politics. I often thought that women could run things better because they have been accustomed to doing what it takes, even mopping the floor.

But Sarah Palin? I felt she set women in politics back at least a generation.

I don’t believe we have seen the last of that moose killer and I believe she will continue to hurt the Republican party except for that small group that values empty words.

What is he thinking of?.....George H.W. Bush was beat after one term by Bill Clinton because the electorate felt he had lost touch with what average people thought. One memorable incident involved him visiting a grocery story and being surprised by the use of scanners.

George H.W. Bush is still out of touch with the average person. This week he stated in an interview he would like to see his other son become president. I don’t think any of us older generation, including Bush 41, will live to see the day that the American people will forget what a bad president his other son was, Bush 43.

Does he think we live in a country that elects people because of their relatives? Let’s see....the Bushes, the Clintons, the Kennedys. Well, maybe we do, much to our detriment.

Names in the news...The January edition of Texas Monthly publishes its “Bum Steer” lists and of course someone from Fort Bend made it. Former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek, (whose picture doesn’t appear in the Star because he sued me for making fun of him. I thought that came with the political job.) made the list because he obviously superimposed his head on a slimmer body in a political mail out he did while running his failing campaign for Congress. To quote TM, “Unfortunately, his head was the voters’ biggest concern.”

But he was not alone on the list. Rosenberg resident Ashley Todd, who reported that a black man saw her McCain sticker and robbed her and carved a B on her cheek. The jig was up as the B was backward, like someone looking in a mirror. The police weren’t happy.

2009 is gonna be a better year.


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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