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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."


It’s our birthday, not our funeral.......More than one person has expressed to me that they were afraid while reading my column in mid-June, that I was saying “farewell” to Fort Bend. By the time the third person asked me if we were closing, quitting, or selling out, I realized that my column may have started untrue rumors.

As Mark Twain once said after reading his obituary, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” However, unlike Mark Twain, I wrote the dang thing myself.

So let me take this opportunity to emphasize that I was celebrating the Star’s birthday by giving a little of its history.

In going back and re-reading the column, I realized one thing. I didn’t have the space to tell you about the first city council meeting I ever attended in Fort Bend. Before we had even published our first newspaper, I went to a city council meeting in Missouri City.

At that time the city council of Missouri City met in the city hall which was located in what is now a Fort Bend County annex tax office on FM 2234.

At that first meeting, I pulled up in front of the building and parked right in front. I loved that and asked myself if I would be able to do that in Houston. I silently congratulated myself on having the foresight to start a newspaper in Fort Bend.

I went in and took a seat behind two ladies who elbowed and whispered to each other throughout the meeting. Evidently, they knew something was up as they discussed their dress and how they were working in their yards when they decided they had to attend this meeting.

As the meeting wore on, I was as interested in their antics and reactions to the events unfolding in the meeting as I was in the agenda of the meeting.

I later found out their names were Betty Duncan and Maureen Goddard and that I was sitting directly behind two vocal activists in Missouri City.

Both ladies became fast friends and helped me greatly in the early days of the newspaper.

At the beginning of the meeting, the mayor, Jerry Mottley, started talking about his tenure and the events that shaped it. Since I was so new to the city, I had no idea what he was talking about.

He related a story about how a man he knew needed to get rid of a florescent lighting tube. Mottley related how the man got on a bus and held up the tube as if it was a handrail. More people got on the bus and grabbed the tube because all the seats were full. At the next stop, the man got off and left the other passengers holding the tube.

At that point in the meeting, Jerry Mottley got up, ducked into the other room and came out holding a long florescent light tube. He held up the tube and said, “City council, I give you the tube,” whereupon, his resignation complete, dramatic and amidst the gasps of the council members and the audience, Mottley walked out of the council chambers. “My goodness,” I thought (or something like that), “I’m so glad I’ve started a newspaper here. I will never be bereft of stories!”

Our first issue carried the text of Mottley’s resignation speech. It was delicious fun and few weeks since then have been without interesting events in Fort Bend County.

Stupid is as stupid does.....I know I don’t spend much space discussing national politics but I just can’t let Sarah Palin’s resignation pass without comment. I think I’ve expressed it with my headline above. And the fact that she is proud of her lack of knowledge defies belief.

Doesn’t Sarah know that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That doesn’t mean that the tough goes away.

And blaming the media is ridiculous because Sarah Palin has chased the media since Day 1. She trotted out her children on stage late at night when they should have been in bed. She accepted the nomination with little regard for her young unmarried and pregnant daughter. What kind of headlines did she and her religious right expect.

Sarah Palin was a star. She was young, good-looking, and the governor of a state. However, she just couldn’t stand up on the national stage for long and it had to be the fault of others .. the media, McCain’s staffers, Democrats, you name it.

Sarah Palin is a quitter. And she can’t even quit with grace. She’s toast as a political figure. But we are fascinated with her. Just like we are fascinated and have to look at a car wreck when we pass by.

She gives a lie to the belief by some of us that woman can run this country better than men. She has set women in politics back about 20 years.

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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