Several papers weighed in last week on the sorry state of the state parks system. Here’s what Art Chapman of the Star-Telegram had to say: “Texans are repulsed by the decline in our state parks system and enraged by a Legislature that has turned a blind eye to its plight.” No, no, no. It’s not the Legislature’s fault. It’s the governor’s. The governor appoints the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Most of the people who want to be on the commission are interested in hunting and fishing, not parks. The only way parks are going to get a fair shake is if the governor appoints a strong and politically influential parks advocate to the commission — someone who can rouse his fellow commissioners to action and who can go to the Legislature and button-hole budget writers to lobby for parks. Needless to say, the governor hasn’t done it.
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