Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

General Comments and New Stuff

I’ve been busy.  Apologies for the delay in posting.

First up, a comment on this KJAC news article (http://setxhomepage.com/content/fulltext/?cid=8028).  I guess there’s nothing ethically wrong with working for the guy you would like to replace.  I mean, Alma Cantu ran for his seat.  Personally, I wouldn’t want to work there prior to being elected.  I have nothing against Mr. Hallmark or his staff.  I think that being an executive assistant to Mr. Hallmark before he leaves, would cause one to begin to think like him.  That may not be a bad thing, but I think it’s time for a different attitude about county affairs.

There is some question in my mind about how he got the job in the first place.  Did he apply and was he the best candidate for the job or was it ‘given’ to him because of his campaign and political affiliation?

Next up, my comments about the Veolia project (from this http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/veolia_wants_to_import_banned_chemical_06-30-2008_13_31_17.html).  I just want to reiterate that I think importing these chemicals to be destroyed in our local facility is a good thing.  It keeps people here working.  It keeps truck drivers working.  It keeps everyone they spend money on working.  The Southeast Texas economy is in better shape than most of the rest of the country.  Let’s keep it that way.

For the environmentalists who don’t want the chemicals here.  First let me remind you that I have a Bachelor of Science degree in actual science.  I’ve taught Chemistry and Biology.  I’m even qualified to teach Advanced Placement Environmental Science, so I know a little bit about how this works.

First PCBs are very dangerous, that’s true.  So it makes sense to me to allow the closest company to Mexico that is EPA certified to deal with PCBs the job of destroying them.  Transportation of toxic chemicals should be something we’re all used to.  Jefferson County is about to have the largest refinery in the US.  Let’s face it, we’re a chemical and hydrocarbon refinery area.  That’s what Port Arthur and Beaumont are built around.

Finally, I’m beginning to print materials for campaigning.  If anyone would like a yard sign or is willing to help me by distributing information in your neighborhood, please let me know.  That way I’ll have a good idea of how many to order.  If anyone is willing to give me a hand designing these things, that would be great too.

Thanks

References

http://www.epa.gov/pcb/pubs/stordisp.htm

http://www.ehso.com/pcbs.htm

Click to access pcb.pdf

July 3, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign, Jefferson County, Libertarian, Politics, Port Arthur, Texas

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