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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.


The bright side of the picture

In this doom and gloom environment that we are all living daily as TV commentators and others inundate us with all the bad things going on financially and otherwise, it was nice to see the countyís financial report last week.

Oh, just like other areas, Fort Bend County has taken a hit, but the report showed that the county has really just sustained minor bruising and not a serious fracture.

The countyís unemployment rates are still better than average; housing sales are down but not stagnant; businesses continue to choose towns in Fort Bend County as their home base, and overall things just arenít as bad as they could be.

For that we should all be thankful. Of course if your home is in danger of foreclosure or if your company just had layoffs or downsizing of hours, you may not feel like celebrating.

But if you are one of the many people who are still enjoying a healthy lifestyle these reports donít surprise you.

A lot of people are downsizing their lifestyle even if their economic situation is currently healthy.

And, from what Iím hearing, they are actually enjoying the process. They are spending more time with family; more creative ways to enjoy time together; less spending on non-essential items, and putting more funds into savings or paying off debt.

No place better

Actually, there is no place better to do all of the above, then right here in Fort Bend County. Brazos Bend State Park just celebrated 25 years as a major getaway for people across the nation and it is right here in our own back yard.

Easter is this weekend and almost every city in Fort Bend County is offering celebrations geared to the entire family.

Various festivals and fund raising events are an inexpensive and fun way to stretch that dollar and add quality time with family and friends.



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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