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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.


We had a call from one reader who wanted to know if the cell phone restriction on use in school crossing zones had any specific hours.

I just assumed the hours were when the school crossing zones were being used, during school hours or when those lights are flashing telling you that the lower speed limits are in effect.

None of the agencies that sent out press releases indicated any specified hours. So, from what I’ve been able to determine is that if you are driving through a school crossing zone at midnight you can talk on your cell phone without fear of being cited for violating the law.

I am eagerly looking forward to Dancing with the Stars this season.

Actually, I’m not a fan of that particular show, but I will be watching because of Tom DeLay’s appearance. There are going to be a lot of blogs and commentaries on his dancing ability and I want to see for myself rather than trusting the opinions of others.

The thing that sincerely dismayed me was the few obvious “Tom haters” who so viciously scorned him as a guest star on the show. Some even dubbed him a convict.

The last I heard, being accused of a crime does not constitute being labeled a convict unless you are tried in a court of law, convicted of the crime and sent to jail. None of this has happened to date.

Now you see why I want to watch it first hand. You just can’t trust everything you read on the blogs or comments page of the internet or newspaper.

Heck, it’s getting to where you can’t believe most of what you read or hear on the bona fide news stations either.

You can please some of the people

The old saying “you can please some of the people some of the time” is not always true. Some people are just never happy ... period.

Take for instance, the settlement discussions with the Waste Management folks who own the Blue Ridge Landfill and want to build a multi-story bunch of trash.

The people who live in the shadow of the landfill got so upset with former Precinct 1 Commissioner Tom Stavinoha; they booted him out of office.

Richard Morrison was the champion of rights for many of Stavinoha’s constituents. He was appointed to represent the grassroots group of people fighting the landfill’s expansion plans.

Richard Morrison ultimately ran for Stavinoha’s office and was overwhelmingly elected.

The people were happy, for a week.

Now, as the landfill eliminates those who filed a complaint and asked for a court hearing on the permit process, are none to happy with Morrison.

Morrison tried unsuccessfully to find a legal eagle to replace him as the official lawyer for the group. He couldn’t find anybody, so he dutifully continued to serve.

There is a settlement offer on the table for those in the group. A settlement has already been made, according to close sources, with the TV stations and the City of Pearland. All were fighting the expansion plans together.

So, it stands to reason that with the big players out of the way, the little grassroots group is really up against a formidable giant and would do best to settle for the best possible terms.

Most agree but those few who are among the “can’t please all of the people anytime” bunch, are hacked off because all the settlement agreements are listed in a “confidential” manner and disclosure is prohibited.

Poor Commissioner Morrison is being hung out to dry by those who are writing in saying he isn’t doing his job if he agrees to hold the terms of the agreement in confidence.

How much you want to bet that Stavinoha is feeding the cows and chuckling just a little?

And, so it goes.

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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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