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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.


By Cheryl Skinner

Morrison victory

Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison has lived up to his campaign promises, thus far, in the fact that he is dead-set and determined to speak out against projects he feels are wasteful or unneeded.

He launched one his grass-roots style oppositions to the planned construction of a new facility for the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District and apparently can now claim a victory on that effort.

FBISD gave a resounding no to the plan last week and the FBCAD heard the message loud and clear. In fact, the agenda item on the commissioner’s docket was pulled by Glenn Whitehead, the Chief Appraiser, and now it is back to square one for the CAD.

A few weeks ago, I jokingly said the CAD should lower the tax rate or review the assessments and then they wouldn’t have a need for a bigger building with increased parking. This was said after Whitehead indicated the need for more space and more parking was, in part, the result of so many taxpayers showing up to protest the tax evaluations on their property.

So, a very simplistic approach would be to lower taxes, make the protestors comfortable with the taxes assessed and live happily ever after in the space available.

Of course, that isn’t going to happen, but it was a simple suggestion.

A clarification on the age thing

After mentioning that my husband and I had just celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on June 6, I got some e-mails saying congratulations (thank you) and a few wanting to know how old I was when I got married, for heaven’s sake, because they were trying to add it all up to find out exactly how old “older than dirt” is.

Well, it is pretty darn old but to answer those really curious folks--I was two years old--it was an arranged marriage-- and that means, with good addition, I am still quite young!

And, if you really, seriously take that statement as a fact, I have a lake front lot in the midst of the Sierra dessert that I will sell cheap.

Nosey people!

Enjoying the 4th of July

In less than two weeks we will enjoy the 4th of July and all the celebrations that are a traditional part of the annual event.

Sugar Land is promising a bigger and better fireworks display. In fact, they are boasting that the display this year will be the largest in Fort Bend County.

Sugar Land always does things up real BIG, so it is no surprise they are planning to top everyone in that category. And, they are also celebrating 50 great years of being a city, so the plan to light up the sky in celebration of the two events is cause to celebrate.

Of course, Missouri City is having one great big 4th of July celebration as well and, naturally, there will be an impressive fireworks display.

No matter where you live in the county, fireworks will be lighting up the night-sky and personally, I can’t imagine the 4th without it.

When our children were young, it was a family event to load up snacks, soft drinks and go out to look at the fantastic fireworks. Nothing was more fun than that! For some reason the stifling heat and the dastardly mosquitoes were tolerable as long as the fireworks were flashing and cascading around us.

When Sugar Land used to hold their big fireworks event adjacent to First Colony Mall, we would go early, find a great up close parking spot near the display origin and wait while listening to the radio and drinking soft drinks. And, we would wait until the parking lot had cleared to make that short jaunt back to our house as we enthusiastically discussed which blast had been the prettiest.

In these challenging times, enjoying community sponsored events is a great way for families to have a night out without breaking their budget.

Our kids are grown and we will most likely watch the various displays on television while remembering all the cute things our kids did during various outings on the 4th.

Without the fog of gun powder odor that follows any in person display, it won’t quite be the same but there won’t be any mosquitoes and that is a good thing.

So, go out, enjoy, and make memories. And may each of you have a happy and safe 4th of July.


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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