Same police I mentioned that were there in Johnson County the night before, so they must be assigned to TXDOT to protect them from being shot by angry landowners. We keep going to meetings, we're going to end up knowing their shirt sizes.
The Parker County TTC DnP show (Dog N Pony) was held in Weatherford at the college. Over 100 people turned out and quite a few people spoke up. I counted only two people who were FOR the TTC. Everyone else was against and it was an informed group that seemed to know so many good points about why the TCC is a bad idea. I'll be putting up video tomorrow on this, in a separate post, a little tired tonight.
For example, one woman who was with a group called NARO (National Association of Royalty Owners) was upset with the idea that her land could be taken by the state, including mineral rights. We noticed on the way to Weatherford, coming up 51 from Granbury, that there were lots of oil and gas rigs on people's property, so I have to assume this is a huge issue, not just from the eminent domain issue that takes private land for a PRIVATE company, but because of the compensation problems.
David Van Os showed up at the end, a bit too late to get on the speaker's list, but he plans to be in Fort Worth on Monday and in Clifton on Wednesday night. We are too, going to record it, and hope to see as many energetic and informed comments as we heard tonight.
Couple of trivia points.
I was told by one of the TXDOT people that people that live in Texas counties other than the ones being affected are NOT hearing of the public meetings;ie, there's no notice going into local papers to inform them. But they need to know, too, because of the overall Nafta Superhighway issue. (One woman speaker very selfishly said she liked the corridor being on the east side of I-35-oh, she wants the road, but sure doesn't want the state taking her land, on the west side, to do it. I'm sure she must not have been a Christian.).
One of the people I was speaking to when I first walked in told me he was a Bircher. I laughed and told him that now I had heard everything, that here was an issue that was bringing EVERYBODY together-the Republicans, the Democrats, and Independents.. and the John Bircher Society. Seems like the only people that like the deal are the ones that will profit from it, or politicians who are too scared to speak up against it.
Someone told me, but I don't have the paper to verify, that an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today quoted Perry as saying, when asked about the TTC, that it was George Bush's idea and he went along with it because... I s'pose that's a nicer way than saying "I'm a wuss and a toady".
AND here's an article on Carole Four-Names and her anti-TTC position.
Rural Texans fearing a 10-lane tollway are now connecting with a fringe anti-immigration crowd that fears a superhighway from Mexico. The cross-pollination of criticism can only hurt Perry, an incumbent easily leading the polls although 62 percent of Texas voters favor one of his three major opponents.
For that matter, for ANYONE running in Texas, not only being against it but being honest that he or she will STOP the TTC from continuing is a winning issue.