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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.


One more thing

I think Iíve said all Iím going to say about the rule for providing Spanish language in the voting booths and on a can of corn - except for one more thing.

The countyís election administrator John Oldham jotted a quick e-mail to me last week pointing out that aside from the Spanish language Advisory Committee, the staff Coordinator & setting up a Spanish language version the countyís website, the federal Consent Decree did not mandate anything that ďwas not already required of us by Federal or State law. Nor, did it require anything that was not already a goal of our department.Ē

I think I mentioned that previously but just in case, thatís what John said and there you have it.

To those who called and asked that I do more on this issue, sorry but we stick to local issues (with a few interesting exceptions) and that is all there is on local issues and Spanish. Iím not going to investigate the federal governmentóit is totally out of my jurisdiction.

The storm season

Itís been a rather slow news week, at least locally, so Iím going to use this space to get a jump on the seasonal hurricane watchers and the warnings that come with it.

After Hurricane Ike, I think more local people will take those precautions and not look at it as something to ignore.

Get ready now. Buy the batteries, fix up the little emergency medical kits, buy an extra gallon of distilled water and a can of tuna each time you go grocery shopping and then when everyone is focused on a threatening weather condition, you will be ready without any hassles.

Spring has sprung

The cold weather is over, flowers are blooming, farmers are planting, the drought is apparently over and kids are graduating from high school and college.

The cities around Fort Bend are planning and hosting summer festivals and concerts. The parks and pools will soon be brimming with youngsters and the young at heart.

Join them and have fun. Even in the doomsday atmosphere we are experiencing, there is something to enjoy and always something to do.

It is a beautiful and exciting time of the year. Donít forget to smell the flowers. I know that sounds corny, but it really works to relieve daily stress.


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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