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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.


 



If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.

Over the past few weeks, the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District officials have begun lobbying local governments for approval to build a whole brand new facility.



Well, according to their way of reasoning, the CAD has run out of space. They noticed the crunching sound of too many bodies inside the building when all the people showed up to protest high tax valuations.

So, let me get this straight. The CAD needs a new building to handle the protests from the citizens, business people and landowners in Fort Bend County who are outraged about high tax evaluations in a depressed economy.

The CAD wants to spend about $6.4 million, buy a 13-acre tract of land and put up a brand, spanking new 33,000 square foot building.

I have a better idea.

The taxing entities that are being asked to approve this expenditure can say “no” and the CAD can go back out and evaluate property in Fort Bend County at a lower rate.

People won’t line up for miles to protest. The offices won’t be crowded. The taxpayers can save over $6 million and everyone lives happily ever after.



Every year I, without fail, ask our readers to join me in saying a heartfelt thank you to our veterans in honor of Memorial Day.

Except this year, it slipped through the cracks because Memorial weekend didn’t fall on my birthday as it has in the past. It was early and I am late.

To the men and women who served our country and kept us safe through the generations ... thank you. To those still in the service of our country in faraway places ... God bless and come home safe.

I am still one of those people who get seriously teary-eyed at the playing of our National Anthem, so it is important for me to say thanks to all who have served in the military and to the families who have lost a loved one due to this service.

Let’s not forget those who have come back from the war and are still fighting to live or regain a normal life after horrendous injuries.



It isn’t often I get a break from hard news reporting but this one was of those weeks. What fun to interview a 12-year-old who braved an underground tunnel to rescue a teeny little kitten.

Heath Hunnicutt is quite proud of being a hero and I’m sure the kitten is pretty glad too.

Now, the family wants to find a home for the little fur baby. If anyone wants to adopt this little kitten, please let us know.

It only has eight lives left, but that should be enough to give a loving family a lot of love and joy.

 

 

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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