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COMMENTARY: Develop the economy, but don’t discriminate…

Michael Sudhalter

Dana Fontaine “Rick” Miller is a good person. In less than two full terms, the District 26 State Representative from Sugar Land has been a tireless advocate for his fellow military veterans and a staunch supporter of limited government. On this very editorial page – two months ago – we lauded his efforts to grant […]

Apartments bring opportunity, concern to Stafford project

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Stafford could have nearly double the amount of apartments if the Street Level Investments (SLI) project comes to fruition. SLI has planned for 2,400 multi-family units that will attract an upscale demographic with disposable income. Originally, SLI had planned for fewer apartments, but according to SLI principal Dan Watson, the developer […]

Mixed Use Development will impact the City of Stafford in many ways

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com To say the City of Stafford has been fiscally conservative for most of the past half-century would be an understatement. The city is extremely rare in the fact that doesn’t have any debt. That’s why city leaders, instead of glowing over a potential shiny new toy (a 192-acre mixed-use development project), […]

Marshall to emphasize HCC campus in council campaign

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Former Missouri City District A council member Bobby Marshall declared last Thursday to challenge District A incumbent Yolanda Ford in a city council election on May 9. Early voting is April 27-May 5. Ford, a 41-year-old urban planner, defeated Marshall, a 53-year-old small business owner, 44 percent to 39 percent in […]

COMMENTARY: The case for vaccinating your kids

Subhrata Barot
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I’ll say this from the get go: I am “pro-vaccinations” and encourage others to get vaccinated and get booster shots when needed – because the statistics say it all. The World Health Organization estimates that 2-3 million deaths are prevented every year in all age groups from diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and measles. In addition, the […]

Civil Servant of the Week: FBSO’s Cheryl Hillegeist

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Cheryl Hillegeist of the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office made history last month when she became its first ever female employee to achieve the rank of Captain. “I’ve not put a lot of emphasis on the female part of it,” Hillegeist said. “I’m the same as everybody else. I came in and […]

Fort Bend ISD reforming Special Education policy

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Fort Bend ISD has established a Developmental Review Process and is working with Stetson & Associates, a nationally-recognize special education consulting firm, to improve Special Education programs in the district. FBISD has approximately 4,600 students enrolled in Special Education programs. The district has created two advisory committees of parent groups – one elementary and one secondary […]

Proposed development could “transform Stafford”

The Stafford City Council approved Street Level Investment’s application to build a $500 million mixed use development on the Texas Instruments property, which the company is completely leaving by early next year. It’s the largest piece of land on the Southwest Freeway in either direction. Later this month, the Stafford city council and SLI will negotiate incentives on the project, which will ultimately determine if the project will move forward.
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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The absence of property tax is a large benefit for most businesses, but the City of Stafford is going to have to present additional incentives if it wants a $500 million mixed-use project to come to fruition. Stafford city officials have done their due diligence, as evidence by the seven-hour meeting […]

COMMENTARY: Development would put Stafford on the fast track

Michael Sudhalter

If you don’t visit north Fort Bend County often, the City of Stafford is just an exit on the Southwest Freeway or the Sam Houston Tollway. When I first moved to Houston in 2008, I thought All-Pro quarterback Andrew Luck had played prep football in Stafford, only to find out it was Stratford in the […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Clements High’s Mike Madden

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Editor’s Note: This story is the second of three in a series about local efforts to “Never Forget” about the atrocities of the Holocaust, in which six million Jewish people were brutally murdered in Europe. By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Mike Madden’s life changed when he took a trip to Israel in the late 1990s. The […]

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