Yeah, I thought I'd knock that
blog out and pick up the peices later. Well, here we with the
First of all, I used an old TxDOT map. You'll see that is now adjusted
to show the Trans-Texas Corridor's current proposed distance from Alamo
Second: Just as the march will go on, public comments will keep being
received, TxDOT officials say. And private-property-rights-ruffling TTC
is same as it ever was, apparently.
Hall updated her press release on her website to make clear strange
doings that DO NOT foretell the end of TTC... At least hers was not an
intentional April Fools item... like that NPR
report on the IRS sending out consumer goods rather
than promised rebates to those taxpayers determined more likely to pay
down their debt than go shopping.
I passed that one on twice already. Sheesh!
Here's Hall's amendment:
Senator Ogden's office is
now saying the Senator said: "TTC-69 is dead in
and that we "misinterpreted" his comments. Commissioner Gaines was very
clear with TURF that Ogden told him the TTC-69 is dead (the whole
enchilada, not just Walker County), and that news was spreading in East
Texas enough to panic our supporters who were encountering people who
said they were no longer going to the rally because the TTC-69 project
had been scrapped.
Then, in another
incident, we have a witness who was in the room when the Mayor of
Kendleton, Carolyn Jones, also said the TTC-69 project is dead and
over, and then went on to say "so
there's no need to attend that rally in Austin Saturday." She directly tried to
suppress attendance at the rally and deliberately gave out false
information to the public. Kendleton and Huntsville aren't even near
one another, yet this news hit the same day and we heard about it in
two different regions. Jones indicated she had attended a meeting
Monday morning, March 31, where she was assured the TTC-69 project was
dead. Yet TxDOT's official statement to a CNN reporter yesterday was
this: "We just extended the public hearing process on the project. No,
the project is not dead."
responsible for holding that meeting Mayor Jones referred to, and why
would anybody want to tell all these elected officials that TTC-69 is
dead (the same week as our rally, conveniently not during the public
hearings) when all the official documents and public information say
otherwise? The conclusion is clear: this misinformation is being spread
to suppress turnout at the rally and minimize the embarrassment of the
politicians in the path of these corridors.