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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.


Enthusiasm abounds

By Cheryl Skinner

Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup has more enthusiasm than anyone else I ran into last week. He is totally excited about taking out the unsightly stop signs along Kirkwood in his city and replacing them with roundabouts.

I hadnít a clue as to what a roundabout was until I talked to Jessup. He said he was pretty much in the dark when the topic first arose as well. After explaining extensively about the roundabout concept, he also expressed excitement about the ďbring it to the peopleĒ town hall meeting the city will host during the popular Splash Night.

His enthusiasm was actually fun to hear. It isnít often a public officials gets that into a public project. I hope the people of Meadows Place take kindly to the city making a change such as this.

If roundabout construction will actually reduce emissions, provide a safer commute, enhance the beauty of the city, and save on gasoline for the motorists, what is not to like?

You can find out all about it while munching on a hot dog and enjoying the many activities of Splash Night.

Do help by participating.

Sugar Land police and members of the Sugar Land business community have formed a partnership in the latest fund raising event. A golf tournament is now planned for later this month and all the proceeds will go to help Officer Marcus Zaruba cope with escalating medical bills related to his cancer treatment.

Some people may wonder if the City of Sugar Land has adequate medical insurance why there is a need to raise money for the stricken officer. Those people have never had cancer.

Not only does a cancer patient face the emotional trauma of a life threatening disease and the often debilitating (and demoralizing) treatment needed to beat the disease, there are dozens of daily costs that are not covered by the best of the best medical insurance.

The drive to the hospital, parking, meals for caregivers and incidentals can run into hundreds of dollars in short order. Over the counter medicine or special foods are not covered and are often needed.

So, if you are a golfer think seriously about playing in this very special tournament. If you arenít a golfer but would like to help Officer Zaruba and his wife, Jessica, donate to the fund that has been established by the Sugar Land Police Officerís Association in his name. Any Providence Bank will accept the donation.

As an 18-year cancer survivor, I know the challenges that Officer Zaruba is facing and my prayers are with him. I am proud of the officers at SLPD and the businesses in the community that are rallying to his aid at a time when he needs it most.

On a personal note

Thanks to everyone who read last weekís column about our granddaughterís high school graduation and took time to send congratulations and comments.

And, to those who took time to chide me about how old I am, well, thatís a whole different story.

Yep, Iím just older than dirt ... I admit it. However, my almost 83-year-old mother keeps telling me Iím just a kid.

Last Saturday my age really hit home, when my husband and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. Imagine being married on June 6, 1964 on the 20th anniversary of D-Day.

So, this year as all the television programs geared up for events honoring those heroes, we just joined in.

Everyone said our marriage wouldnít last because we only knew each other a total of two weeks when we married.

Just goes to show you that the naysayers are not always on the money.

And, Iím glad they arenít.


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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