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I'm Sick and Tired...
By Michael Fredrickson

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. You email comments to Michael@fortbendstar.com.


...of those pinheads in Washington talking about the United States “crumbling” infrastructure needing to be fixed or repaired. Stimulus this, stimulus that, improve infrastructure, blah, blah, blah. It is not just the President either. It is all the politicians. I have yet to hear one politician correct the President or point out the fact that our infrastructure is just fine and the envy of the world. They won’t do that because they ALL see more dollars they can spend to reward their buddies and punish their enemies.

Please bring back the PART-TIME congress (we don’t need term limits, just half the pay, no retirement other than social security and they can pay for half of their health insurance premium).

As I have stated before in this column, we have enough laws. We don’t need any more. All they do is spend our money when they are there. If they are there half the time or less, say June through September, maybe the public will pay much closer attention to the money they are spending while they are there. I conclude that the liberal news media would vehemently oppose this since they need 24-hour news coverage of Washington to justify their existence.

The last time I checked, the federal government has NO AUTHORITY to build, fix, rebuild, upgrade or in any way pay for infrastructure in Fort Bend County or anywhere else for that matter. Oh, we get MATCHING funds for transportation supposedly under interstate commerce.

In Sugar Land, where I live, every inch of infrastructure is paid for by our local tax dollars. We don’t need any new or rebuilt infrastructure. I realize that most of Sugar Land is relatively new, but when they want to “curb and gutter” Mayfair Park I think the city is responsible for that and not the federal government.

My grandparents’ hometown is probably 100 years old and when they needed a new water source, they rebuilt their town lake as the old/original lake had “silted-in” too much.

Let’s see, maybe the infrastructure is power and transmission lines??? I think the power companies pay for that. Oh yeah, all those bridges on our county roads need upgrades from the feds. No, that bridge fee that USED TO BE indicated on our auto registration as $5 now just says “local fee” and is NOW $11.50!!!! I’m starting to hear myself sound like Andy Rooney.

So what infrastructure is the President talking about and why is our local congressman not putting out a press release insisting that our infrastructure is perfectly fine? And don’t bring up that collapsed Minnesota bridge. That had nothing to do with infrastructure maintenance but instead was a design flaw from the get go. I wonder if that contract went to the lowest bidder?



Contact michael@fortbendstar.com, 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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