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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


Concerning the firing of Assistant District Attorney Mike Elliott..... by District Attorney John Healey, as more than one of my friends has so aptly opined, “Mike Elliott didn’t do anything, try any case, that John Healey didn’t have his hands all over it. He blessed everything Elliott did.” So Healey firing Elliott when the kitchen got too hot won’t save him now. He approved everything Elliott did, and if he didn’t--then he was not running his office very well.

How many times......have you or one of your friends remarked, “We were poor and didn’t know it.”

I’ve been thinking about all that in relation to our recent economic well-being...excesses that many economists say we may never have again. My thought is that we weren’t “poor,” we just didn’t have all the luxuries we have now, nor did we even know we were missing them. We didn’t know because we lived like all our friends. We didn’t know there was a, not better, life, but different life.

And how did we find out about this “better” life? Why did we start desiring all these “things” in our lives that we thought was not complete without them?

I think it was television.

Sure, we saw different lifestyles in movies, but we always knew that movies were a fantasy world. However, television brought it into our living rooms, day in and day out, until we thought that was the way we were supposed to live.

Companies advertised products by painting a picture that our lives were incomplete or somehow “wanting” if we didn’t have a certain dishwasher or perfume or deodorant. Madison Avenue never used average people to demonstrate products. It used perfectly coiffed, immaculately dressed models who lived ideal lives to convince us that if we had that product our lives would be like what we saw on television.

Simplistically, we started desiring more and more and buying more and more. So more and more “stuff” was manufactured and we got jobs making the “stuff,” selling the “stuff,” and making “stuff” that went into the making of other “stuff.” Mothers went to work so the family could have all the “stuff.” Then every family had to have two cars so Mom could work. More “stuff.”

When we say “we were so poor we didn’t even know we were poor,” we weren’t poor. We just lived like everybody else and used less “stuff.”

Weighing in on the Global Science Center.....I learned a long time ago not to get between a superintendent and his pet project, whether it be a bond issue or natatorium. After all, they have the “bully pulpit.” (And I mean that literally). That’s why I’ve personally sort of stayed on the fence about the Center.

However, I concur with the group who are trying to get the district to release the comments, which they (the district) said were all favorable, to the group currently asking for them. They should be available under the Texas Open Records, etc. etc.

When a group gets a project in its craw, it doesn’t matter whether kids are going to school in shacks or there aren’t enough books to go around. It seems they are hell bent on achieving their goals.

Remember, this is the organization (the school district) that schedules kids’ Christmas programs when early voting starts for a bond election. The district figures: if they get the parents to school for a program, it’s just a short step to vote for the issue.

Okay, I don’t stay out of the way, but frankly, I’m ambivalent about the Global Center. It has a high faluin’ name but we are promised it won’t cost us a penny. Well, when I see that in writing, then I’ll weigh in on its side.

If it is going to cost us some tax money, then I am not in favor of it. That several million dollars would be better spent at each campus on real educational programs rather than some PR program.

Why I’m ashamed that I used to be a Republican.....We’ve had a week when the Koreans blasted off a rocket (I pray we don’t keep buying that horse, but we probably will. You know, pay them to not do it again. But they will.); a doctor was murdered in his church in front of his wife and daughter by a deranged anti-abortionist; one of our iconic businesses, GM, filed for bankruptcy; 25 military deaths were recorded for May; we have put our nation in debt for trillions of dollars; yet Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich spent the past week criticizing and calling racist one small, highly qualified, Latino woman who said that she felt she could be a better judge because of her experience and background than some white guy who grew up privileged.

I’m sure in the next week or two, the Democrats will do something to embarrass me also, but I haven’t spent the better part of my adult life working for that party as I have for the Republicans.

I wonder how I could have been so wrong. But then, the Republicans didn’t used to act like that goofy bunch does now.

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.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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