Uranium conflict shows importance of voting
Feb. 20, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:20 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
I attended the public hearing Feb. 11 that the Environmental Protection Agency held concerning the permit to allow uranium mining in Goliad County. As I heard speaker after speaker argue against the permit to allow the mining, I began to wonder how many of the speakers that night - activists and parties to the lawsuits against the permit - were Republicans or voted Republican in the past election or two. After all, Gov. Perry brags on the business-friendly atmosphere he and his party have developed in Texas. Surely, granting the permit would be business-friendly. Denying the permit would be just another example of the job-killing overregulation by big government that Republican Party leaders (and Tea Party leaders) frequently rail against.
Gov. Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott have been waging a protracted battle against the EPA basically to get the EPA to "butt out" and let the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality be in charge in the state of Texas. Now, the citizens of Goliad County want the EPA to overrule the TCEQ. Did these people vote for Perry and Abbott?
This is another illustration that whom you vote for matters. Not only does it matter what you think of the person as an individual or what he/she says during the campaign, it is also very important to look into the party platform to become aware of the general governing philosophy of the party to see how it might affect your life. The philosophies might seem abstract, but when they are put into play, they become very real, as we see in Goliad County.
Maybe some of these "job-killing" regulations aren't so bad after all? Your votes do have consequences.
Robert C. Egg, Cuero