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Let's end tongue-in-cheek criticism

July 18, 2011 at 2:18 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

While I personally admire Larry Robinson for his inquiry for Formosa on why they are not following through on promises made, I also am a realist. Any educated person in the county knows of the safety concerns at that plant, as well as the daily, perhaps hourly, pollution that is poisoning our air and bays.

Formosa has bought off Calhoun County - with their bribes of support for education, and walkways and light house beaches. Yes, I know that Alcoa and Carbide had their hands in that as well, but it is Formosa that is continuously dumping outrageous amounts of pollution steaming into the air and oozing into our rivers, bays and local farms and ranches. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to read the statistics on the cancer rates for our area. They have risen three fold since the early '70s. It is incredibly naive of any of us to actually expect these for-profit companies to care about citizens or employee safety. All that matters is the rich get richer, and the rest of us, can go to ____.

If we do not start demanding that the EPA, OSHA and other government regulators really shut them down, or fine them appropriately, then we can kiss Calhoun County, Matagorda Bay, and small, quaint towns like Point Comfort goodbye. It is sad. But we have allowed them to lure us with money. Then they walk away, and leave us standing in our own muck.

I hate seeing so many sick women, men and children going for cancer, allergy and asthma treatments, because of the greed of these companies. Not only are they raping our health, they are ravaging our land and homes.

When is enough going to really be enough. The time for tongue-in-cheek criticism is over. It is time for us to take a stand. If not, be prepared for a heck of a fall.

Beckey Boyd Gooden, Seadrift

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