To the Editor:

In regard to fracking waste, Sam Callaway, in his on-target letter to the editor, sensibly asks why elected officials would consider accepting toxic waste in Connecticut.

Could the answer be too many elected legislators, here and elsewhere, accept donations into their campaign funds from the fracking industry, as they might from Big Pharma or Wall Street?

Quoting from Ken Dixon's article published in The Spectrum -- a bill in the state house would create a two-year moratorium on fracking waste while environmental officials study the issue.

Beware of the word "study." Who are the officials? A Danbury state senator says we should wait for a report from the EPA. Really? Our friends and neighbors in the EPA?

Consider a history of revolving doors between industry and regulative agencies.

The director of Monsanto had been the head of the EPA. Another official of the EPA became Monsanto's Washington lobbying office.

A vice president of government affairs at Monsanto became the EPA's assistant administrator for pesticides and toxic substances.

The EPA and FDA have been accused of suppressing content damaging to business.

Another state senator in Mr. Dixon's article says the "science" on fracking waste has become "strong" that it's toxic, instead of directly stating adults and children have become terribly sick from the stuff.

One doesn't need a study or a moratorium; one has merely to see a farmer flaming his drinking water with a match, or the rashes on his wife's skin, or his kid struggling for breath; or to see others forced to move from generational homes in order to survive.

These are study-free facts. No consideration is necessary. Let the waste be dumped near the homes of the frackers and their political shills. Better yet, stop voting for politicians who refuse to represent us, and stop the fracking.

Martin J. Ryan

New Milford