14 August 2006 at 10:42:01 AM
I have a cousin that is a rancher in Floresville, and the land belonged to my uncle before him, so, although I don't live there, I'm interested to see what the reaction of people was at the TTC meeting held last week. Gee. Seems people do NOT like having their land taken
Judge Quinney, first at the microphone, presented a map, that highlighted parts of Wilson County and subdivisions that will be impacted by the project.
Thunderous applause from the crowd greeted the statement that Quinney and the commisioners court oppose “any part of the Trans-Texas Corridor through Wilson County,” the closing statement of a resolution signed July 24 by the judge and all four county commissioners.
Many speakers voiced support for TxDOT’s “no action alternative.”
“Government is no longer of the people, by the people, or for the people anymore,” said Hank Gilbert. “It’s now of the money, by the money, and for the money!” His comments were also greeted with loud applause.
An emotional plea came from transplanted New Yorker Michael Aurora, who owns property on Roddy Road in southeastern Bexar County near Loop 1604, right in the path of the proposed corridor. The disabled veteran of both Gulf Wars told the crowd, “I’m distraught. I’ve found my piece of heaven, where I’ve got cows and hummingbirds. The TTC shatters my dreams.”
“The whole state should be voting on something like this,” said Edward Hauschild of Seguin, “not just the counties involved.”
“Make your vote count,” said Ray Littlejohn. “Vote to put somebody else in Austin.”
David Wahl, a lifelong resident of Wilson County, echoed Hauschild’s comments, adding, “Start with the governor and work your way down. Vote ’em out!”
Charlotte Tabor was struck by “the tone of inevitability in this room. The issue is: We’re Americans! We decide what happens to us — not our politicians! No vote, no road.”
David Van Os, Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, told the listeners, “We can’t let it happen! They’re banking on the people thinking it’s a done deal — feeling powerless and hopeless.”
That's right. WE decide. FIGHT THIS. And let people KNOW about it, email your friends, your neighbors, all over the state. People STILL DO NOT REALIZE WHAT IS HAPPENING, although more and more are hearing.. and they don't like it when they find out. Do something NOW before people's homes are taken.
Incidentally, notice the disingenous shuffle about who takes people's land, in order to throw people off.
Addressing the concern of landowners fearing their property will be condemned to further the project, TxDOT releases state that “No developer for the corridor will be condemning anyone’s land.”
That's right, just through eminent domain will that private land be taken.
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