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Until recently, I’d never thought of Valentine’s Day as a particularly family-oriented holiday. Nor, frankly, had I given it much consideration at all beyond the sugar-high I received after exchanging boxes of “conversation hearts” in elementary school. 

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By Jonathan McElvy jonathan@mcelvypartners.com The refrain from every person – every creature – with a smart phone and social feed was simple: “So long 2020.” Come to think of it, that’s rather tame language for how most of us sent the past year packing. In the four corners of your home (assuming you followed government […]

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By Elsa Maxey Yes, the pandemic did dominate the headlines this past year. So, what do you think will do it in 2021? We started the first day with a new lineup of elected officials in Fort Bend County. “A first-ever virtual installation ceremony for our new elected officials,” said Fort Bend County Judge KP […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com There exists in our collective psyche an idea that we somehow can shed the baggage of the previous year when heading into the next one. It seems to function as an easy way of reassuring ourselves that a fresh start will fix everything. Understandably, 2020 is a year many would like […]

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By Elsa Maxey Just the other day, I heard that someone’s work position had reached its expiration date. In this case, it was being suggested that the person needed to step down from a particular job because of his long-term tenure in that role. It had nothing to do with his accomplishments or even age. […]

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by Elsa Maxey  Even before we entered the Christmas season, we were collectively undergoing what was called holiday fever because we began it much earlier this year, as it did in other parts of the country starting in September. If you drove around Fort Bend County’s neighborhoods shortly after Halloween, you probably saw Christmas outdoor […]

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    Mila Anez has learned a lot in her 7 years, including how to read the reactions of her older relatives while they are engaged in phone conversations. So when her grandma received a call on the evening of Thanksgiving, during a small family gathering in Fort Bend County, Anez did not need an […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com As someone who has oscillated between a pessimist and an optimist over the years, I find myself obligated to express my gratitude for just how many things I am fortunate to have going my way in this life. I am gainfully employed, doing work I enjoy and appreciate, and receiving unprompted […]

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by Elsa Maxey  In Fort Bend County as in many other places, gatherings during the holidays is a time to reconnect with family and friends. This week’s sacred American tradition, Thanksgiving, will have been non-traditional for many.  But we’ll still be connecting. Ever had a Zoom Thanksgiving? I’m not sure how we’ll handle passing the […]

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By Elsa Maxey  We celebrate American veterans like former Sugar Land City Council member Don Smithers, who retired as a Texas Air National Guard State Command Chief, and Patrick A. Houck, also a Sugar Lander and a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps. Both are honorably discharged x-men, that is ex-military men, […]

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By Elsa Maxey   The local outcomes of Election 2020 came literally to light last Wednesday morning on a beautiful fall, sunny day in Fort Bend County. We knew there would be changes in Sugar Land, Missouri City and the county among other jurisdictions in part due to vacated offices or because an office holder opted […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend County saw record voter turnout through the close of early voting. Regardless of the results of Tuesday’s election, which were not complete by press time (please visit fortbendstar.com for local election results), there are a few things we should all remind ourselves for the coming weeks and months ahead. […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham is credited for being the first to describe journalism as “the first rough draft of history.” Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author and journalist, has a podcast called “Revisionist History” which attempts to explain things that have been overlooked or misunderstood. And there is, in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com I know you’re sick of the never-ending news cycles of our election season. They seem to blend together, don’t they? Rinse, repeat. We have something of an antidote for you today in the form of a pair of stories of exemplary work being done in the community. The first comes from […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com As you’ve likely already read, our editor Adam Zuvanich first reported the news that Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced he was going to opt-in to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that establishes a pathway for bars, brewpubs and wineries within George’s jurisdiction to reopen for on-site consumption today. […]

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Of all the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped every waking minute of our lives, the most pressing concern of the moment is a fundamental one for the continued functioning of our democratic republic — voting and all that comes with it. Everything from knocking on doors and distributing flyers to phone-banking has been altered […]

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by Elsa Maxey  A historic ballot listing with a large number of candidates for Fort Bend County communities will generate a long ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. The number of candidates on the ballot will depend on where you live. There will be propositions, too. So the ballot will be long for some […]

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By Elsa Maxey As fall kicks off this week, it’s time to greet the smells of pumpkin spice and cooler temperatures in part affected by the rains of tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean making their way into the Gulf of Mexico. They don’t stop there. They also make it inland into places like Fort […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH Last week, I wrote about how your neighbors have been helping out people across the state and further up the Gulf Coast in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. I want to share with you now how you can make a difference right here in Fort Bend County. It’s as simple […]

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Each morning, I start my day with The Daily Stoic podcast, a short sound bite of wisdom from Ryan Holiday, an Austin-based author and scholar of the school of Stoic philosophy. In a recent email newsletter, Holiday writes about the elusive “them,” or the “other,” and how Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, […]

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Who guards our rights guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the United States? That’s what some locals have been asking themselves these days, when they hear about more protests in cities across the U.S. that turn into riots with violence and looting. This is bad already, but the public confrontations in the midst of […]

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Like our response to the storm projection cones of uncertainty in the Gulf of Mexico relating to preparedness during hurricane season, many areas across the U.S., including ours in Fort Bend County, continue to make cautious and vigilant adjustments for COVID-19, the pandemic of uncertainty. Here’s what is certain: There will be no Fort Bend […]

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Positivity is progress for sure. That was one of the comments posted on our website by Amy Morgan, an area reader of the Fort Bend Star. It serves as a reminder about how it’s good take a step back from some of the gloom and doom we have endured for a good part of 2020, […]

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  Conventional wisdom, for whatever it’s worth, tends to lean toward a consensus that there’s a time and a place for everything. And I’m very grateful to finally be able to call Houston home and to be covering your local communities here in Fort Bend County. You’ve no doubt been wanting to put a face […]

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By Jonathan McElvy jonathan@mcelvymedia.com Over the course of any given week, the media companies we own and manage speak to about 750 small business owners. And if you’re looking for some good news about this pandemic and our future, it’s about time you heard an honest take on how these women and men are fighting […]