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Any current subscriber who finds the price a burden sahould say so at renewal time: no one tied forgo reading the Observer simply because of the cost. . Oblished bissetkly except for a three-week interval betwaen issues in ,Second class postage paid at Austin, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE TEXAS OBSERVER, P.O. Box 49019. Austin, Texas 78765. Mad As Hell I am only one of many extreme/} upset possibility that Texas Water Commission and Texas Air Control Board may grant the LaFarge Company a permit to burn hazardous wastes in its Balcones Cement Plant. There are many reasons why such a permit should not be granted, not the least of which is the plant’s proximity to the Edwards Underground Aquifer, our only source of water: The two regulatory agencies do not now and never will have enough resources, money, and personnel, to adequately monitor this and like operations. I implore you to get involved in putting a stop to this insidious encroachment upon our public health and possibly our very survival. Frederick A. Lamprecht New Braunfels More Populism, Less Liberalism The Observer has improved 100 percent in the last year. More populism and less liberalism. That’s the way to go. Kellman is learning to write. Keep letting him practice. Fred Sinclair Boerne Williams Story Not Quite Correct Your story on Comanche Springs and Clayton Williams, Jr. is not quite correct. It is not a recent depletion of the aquifer that has stopped the flow from that famous spring. It was over 30 yearsago, when others were drawing waters from their wells for irrigation, that the well-known spring quit flowing at Fort Stockton. As for that, several of the big -farmers of that era were Liberal Democrats, friends of Billie Sol Estes. Such political alliance of the Kennedy-Johnson period was good for business with the Department of Agriculture in Washington in those days. Perhaps Williams has acquired some of their farms. I do not know. I have not discussed this with him. Marshall E. Surratt Midland Praise For Ellen Hosmer I would like to congratulate the Observer on a fine article in the May edition “Not In Fort Hancock.” Ms. Hosmer did an . excellent job! Our long drawn-out battle with the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority \(and indeed concisely, with a depth of research and understanding no other journalist has even come close to. \(Needless to say, I’m close/v involved in the matter, and I could think of virtually nothing she omitted. In fact, she discovered a few facts .1 was . real asset to your publication. Mary Alcorn Fort Hancock Rhetorical And Arrogant You can read James McCarty Yeager \(July and useless invective that the intellectlial establishment has engaged in for the last 20 or 30 years. … I think you see at least one symptom of why we have lost every given our country Nixon, Reagan, andBush, and our states Tower, Gramm, and Clements. With friends like us, who needs. enemies? M. Julian Crockett I Just Wonder Why In your July 27 issue the article by James McCarty Yeager was incredible. I read it three times to make sure I had it right it was all one sentence! I don’t know whether he shOuld be praised or criticized. I just wonder why??? Virginia M. Whiddon Austin Write: Dialogue: The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th St. Austin, Texas 78701 DIALOGUE 2 SEPTEMBER 16, 1990