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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.


Did Hebert bend?

A few people have indicated they think County Judge Bob Hebert bent to pressure from Sheriff Milton Wright after he was outspoken about his concern on the legality of the donated $1,000 checks.

I don’t think so. At first when the Judge came out and said it was indeed legal for the deputies to take the funds, I admit I was concerned that I had heard him wrong and misquoted him or something of that nature.

I immediately called him and he reassured me that what he said the previous Monday and what I quoted him as saying were identical. “I told you it was complex and warranted checking. When it was checked out, some things were not as we thought they were. On the civil end our part is over and the deputies can keep the checks,” he said during our follow up interview.

He didn’t fold, bend or mutilate as some think.

It may have been the snotty quote attributed to Sheriff Wright that made folks think that. When he was interviewed by another reporter, he reportedly said Judge Hebert “was misled by the media in the questions they asked.”

Come on—get real! I’ve worked with Bob Hebert since he was elected to office and if there is one thing I have never seen it is that man being misled by anyone. He generally has all his ducks in a row, says what he has to say and stands behind it 100% unless someone can prove him wrong.

Some people say he is bull-headed and that might be closer to the truth... but timid or misled—not!

In fact, when I asked him about the apparent about face on the issue, he was right up front with what was found and how the determination was made. He was also quick to point out that the only person who knew the donor was the sheriff and if there was any law broken by the sheriff it was up to John Healey, our District Attorney, to make the call and take action.

I don’t really see that happening.

And, Hebert was just as staunch in his belief that some in the courthouse and citizens on the street will always have a question on the donation—one that most likely will never be answered.

Good news from the marathon

Cheryl Suter, the mother of Kelly Suter, says Andrea and Emily Rod successfully completed the half-marathon in honor of Kelly.

“I just wanted to let you know that Andrea and Emily successfully finished the (Houston) half-marathon. The last couple of miles were a challenge, but they persisted and finished! We are so proud of all they accomplished. Thank you again for the beautiful article. It means so much to our family.” Cheryl Suter said.

Kelly Suter, a Clements High School student, died at age 17 two years ago of an undiagnosed blood ailment that struck without warning or prior symptoms. If you remember, her cousins, Andrea and Emily, decided to run the marathon in her memory and to raise funds for Bo’s Place, a non-profit organization that provides counseling to siblings devastated by the loss of their brother or sister. The group also helps the other family members.

Congratulations to these young women on a job well done. And thank you to our many readers who were touched by the story and made donations to help them achieve their goal.

 You are all great.


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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