A PIcouncil members wish that Austin h4d never signed on to the troubled project, which costs the city $2 million a week about 15% of the weekly total electric bill for city residents. The report was due in October, but, in the tradition of STNP, suffered delays and came out this month. Although the report didn’t conclude that STNP should be canceled, it had little that was good to say about the project and suggested that an independent body, like the state Public Utility Commission, study the question of cancellation. PUC chair Al Erwin says that the PUC will study canceling STNP in an audit of Houston Lighting and Power, managing partner of the nuclear project, that the PUC is conducting. “It could be” that the audit will recommend cancellation, Erwin said. The audit is due toward the end of this year. Lanny Sinkin, longtime opponent of STNP, says of the Austin report: “They want the PUC to do yet another study; we think the evidence is already available to conclude the project should be canceled. vi When John Glenn held a December 14 press conference in the Old Supreme Court Room in the Capitol, he was met by a group of enthusiastic supporters, who had gathered for a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser later that evening. Introducing Glenn, Lt. Governor Bill Hobby said that the candidate had raised more money in Texas than any of the other Democratic presidential candidates. Among the Glenn supporters was Bozo Davis of Llano, who said he supported Glenn because “I think he’s a good man. I think he’s the only one who could beat Reagan.” When asked if Glenn could beat Reagan in Llano, Davis replied, “I wouldn’t say that, but I think he’s the only possible one that could.” vt At a December 15 press conference, Governor Mark White voiced his displeasure with current federal economic aid for South Texas. “If we get as much [in South Texas] as Grenada does,” he mused, “I’ll be satisfied.” White went on to talk about the U.S. forces still in Grenada. “They told us they’d withdraw the troops from Grenada,” he said. “[Instead,] they don’t call them troops. They call them police.” v’ The editorial page editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kyle Thompson, recently chided State Treasurer Ann Richards for her support of presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Thompson wrote in his January 1 column: “Richards seems to be totally incapable of differentiating between a ‘leader’ and a hole in the ground.” Editor Thompson explained: “Let’s compare how Mondale and Carter solved the Iranian hostage crisis with the way Ronald Reagan solved the Grenadian crisis. . . . [The Iran rescue attempt] was so illplanned .. . that it literally never got off’ the ground. . . . On the other hand, the affair in Grenada was well planned, well carried out, and was highly successful. The difference, you see, Richards, was that there was a leader involved.” Editor Thompson also accused Richards of announcing her Mondale endorsement on stationery “bought; printed, and mailed with state tax funds.” “None of that was done at state expense,” Richards told the Observer. At the bottom of the announcement from Richards that came to the Observer office is the line “Not printed at state expense.” THE TEXAS OBSERVER 21
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