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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.


 

Charlie DeMangin remembered

Fort Bend County commissioners recently took a few minutes to remember reporter Charles DeMangin, a Houston Chronicle This Week reporter, who was somewhat of a fixture at all area city, county and school board meetings for many years.

“Charlie” DeMangin passed away on June 6 at the age of 88. He worked for the Chronicle from 1989 through 2005. Charlie was a life-long journalist and had quite an impressive career prior to his lengthy Chronicle stint.

He was respected by officials and competing journalists, including yours truly. And, if you look at the dates above, you will realize he was cranking out stories at the age of 84.

His daughter Nancy McCourt was quoted as saying she put his press pass in his suit pocket “just in case he needs it.”

And, knowing Charlie, he most likely will.

The CAD

The plan to build a $6.4 million facility to house the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District is probably the hottest topic around locally.

Needless to say, most residents think this is a huge waste of money. Apparently, a growing number city officials and school board members are listening to those taxpayers.

How it plays out in the end will be quite interesting.

On one hand, the CAD says it needs the new facility to serve the public. Yet, in the same voice, officials there say the huge number of tax protestors have increased the need for more space and more parking.

That argument is hard to swallow for the property owners who were among those protesting.

Andy Meyers said he found a developer willing to donate 10 acres of land for the facility to be built on.

The CAD says the east end of the county isn’t going to stay the “county’s population center” and the west end is going to grow leaps and bounds over the next few years. So, they say, Rosenberg is the place to be when that happens.

And, we wonder why the economy has gone to hell in a hand basket?

 

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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