Friday, February 15, 2008

"We've got a bunch of political prostitutes in Austin and Washington playing this game at y'alls expense."

Landowners pack Trans-Texas Corridor meeting

Feb 15, 2008

KETK-TV (Jacksonville / Tyler / Longview)
Copyright 2008

NACOGDOCHES - Thursday night at the Fredonia Hotel in downtown Nacogdoches, concerned East Texans showed up at a hearing about the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor.

If built, this would mean 4,000 miles of change on the East Texas landscape including six toll lanes for passenger vehicles and four lanes for trucks.

East Texans packed the historic Fredonia Hotel downtown to hear State Representative Wayne Christian fire the first volley at the Texas Department of Transportation.

"I can tell you unequivocally-- I and my constituents am opposed to the Trans-Texas Corridor," Christian said.

The speakers we saw were all opposed to the plan TxDOT tells us would carve a strip from South Texas to Northeast Texas allowing vehicle and rail travel.

Some had a hard time holding back emotions about possibly losing family land.

" This land has been in my husbands family since 1925," one woman said in tears.

Others were not so timid and certainly were more defiant.

"I suppose it seemed it would be cheaper and easier to run over a bunch of rural small land owners and farmers...but you can see that's not what's going to happen," one farmer said.

One man thinks the plan goes beyond Governor Perry and TxDOT.

"It's driven by multi-national corporations such as Wal-mart. It's driven by the Chinese. It's a bureaucratic play ball. We've got a bunch of political prostitutes in Austin and Washington playing this game at y'alls expense," says Hank Gilbert, leader of the Texas Turf group against the corridor.

On a lighter note, one man wrote a Valentine's Day poem for lawmakers who vote for the corridor.

" For our elected officials I have this final note -- if you fool around with the TTC... we'll delete you with our vote."

© 2008 KETK-TV:

To search TTC News Archives click HERE

To view the Trans-Texas Corridor Blog click HERE