Con­nect the dots

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

As I read the June 28 ar­ti­cle “Nu­clear dump faces ci­ta­tion,” my thoughts turned to Gov. Rick Perry. His name is not men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle, so why did I think of him?

A few days be­fore, the Amer­i­can-States­man printed an ar­ti­cle about the fund set up to pay for the gover­nor’s travel ex­penses to such places as his re­cent trip to China (June 26, “Perry taps cor­po­rate fund to mar­ket Texas”). Among the lead­ing donors to that fund was Con­tran Corp. Con­tran is con­trolled by the same man that con­trols Waste Con­trol Spe­cial­ists, Harold Sim­mons of Dal­las.

Waste Con­trol Spe­cial­ists has con­sis­tently re­ceived kid glove treat­ment from the Texas Com­mis­sion on En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity, whose com­mis­sion­ers all are ap­pointees of Perry.

With Perry, the dots nearly al­ways con­nect if we take the time to fol­low the money and in­flu­ence. john wat­son

John­son City

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