Sugar Land’s new red-light cameras not properly justified

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Dear Editor, The traffic engineering study used by the City of Sugar Land to justify two new red light cameras (westbound Hwy. 90 at Eldridge and westbound University at Elkins) was found to be deficient. This study dated Feb. 16, 2016, was performed by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for the city and reviewed by professional […]

Ticket fees, parking raise costs of shows at Smart Financial Centre

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Dear Editor, I just had the displeasure of trying to purchase tickets for the new Smart Financial Centre. It appears that the only options for purchasing tickets are through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster adds a $13.50 fee to each ticket purchased plus another $5 service charge. If you wish to purchase a parking ticket, there is another […]

A-F accountability ratings don’t make the grade

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Dear Editor, During the 83rd Legislative session in 2013, parents, teachers and students made it clear to state legislators that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) needed to reduce the number of high-stakes tests that were being given to high school students. The STAAR assessments went too far and overburdened students and teachers in public schools. […]

Democrats not supporting each other

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Dear Editor, The Fort Bend Democratic Chair says, the county “turned blue” because the Democratic top of the ticket won. The Houston Chronicle says, turned “purple because the Dems won the top race and lost the down ballot races. Others argue the county turned “redder” because an incumbent Democratic county commissioner lost. Whatever your take, […]

Letter to the Editor 11/09/16

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Why is news negative? Dear Editor: My name is Alex Carothers and I am part of Scout Troop 38. I am writing to ask why is our news filled with primarily sad and violent stories? I know that these kinds of stories are the thing that grabs readers attention and keeps viewers, but in a […]

Letters to the Editor 10/26/16

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DWI convict got off too easy Dear Editor, A competitor weekly reported that on Oct. 10, 2016, Fort Bend County Court #4 Judge R.H. “Sandy” Bielstein sentenced a convicted DWI-offender to “three days in jail,” this in spite of the jury returning a conviction for DWI. No previous DWIs reported, however this should at least […]

Is there life before death?

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Dear Editor, It seems like there is always some special observance around the corner. There is even a World Day for Farmed Animals. It’s observed fittingly on Oct. 2 (Gandhi’s birthday). It’s intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food around the world. My first instinct was to dismiss […]

Letters to the Editor 08/31/16

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How to outsmart red light cameras in Sugar Land Dear Editor, Here are the ways that drivers who are disadvantaged by not being clairvoyant can reliably avoid red light camera tickets. One way is to avoid the RLC enforced intersection. Another is to comply with the following five rules: 1. Approach every RLC as though a […]

Letters to the Editor 08/17/16

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We love ’em to death Dear Editor, Today’s 10 highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two thirds of us view them as […]

Truth no defense in red light camera case

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Dear Editor: After two hearings it seems apparent that when it comes to red light camera cases, the City of Sugar Land is not first and foremost interested in truth, but fines; revenues, not justice; money, not safety. A few months ago, I received a $75 ticket in the mail after my vehicle was photographed […]

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