Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Opposition mounts against NAFTA Superhighway

Despite some exceptions, one can count on the majority of citizens in Ellis County, Texas (just south of Dallas) to take traditional conservative positions on a subject.

Thankfully, most are against this absurd, sovereignty-destroying Trans-Texas Corridor/NAFTA Superhighway that is expected to be built through Ellis County. Of course, after the Superconducting Super Collidor fiasco of 15 years ago, many are rightfully cautious about government boondoggles.

In the latest issue of The Ellis County Press, one of the nation's best weekly papers, Press reporter Sherry Long writes about a public meeting about the TTC.

Writes Long: No matter how state transportation officials present it, Ellis County residents said they are opposed to the Trans-Texas Corridor.
Almost 400 residents were present during a public hearing at Waxahachie’s Civic Center Wednesday, July 12 to learn more about the corridor being proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The 600-mile corridor stretching from Mexico to Oklahoma, paralleling most of the eastern portion of Interstate 35, could eventually include separate lanes for commuter trains, commercial trains, tractor-trailers, passenger traffic and utility easements.

This is going to spilt the United States in two and erase the borders eventually,” Waxahachie resident Jimmie Simmons said. (Simmons is a good friend and former landlord of mine).

Continuing, Long writes: Fighting against the proposed toll road for several years, Ennis resident David Hunnicutt said the government should use the resources it already had instead of trying to force Texans to accept this superhighway.
Worried about people losing their property rights, Hunnicutt said he began speaking out after discovering the bill gave TxDOT officials the ability to condemn property if home-owners refused to sell or could not agree on a price with transportation officials. The bill stated, “a property owner or tenant who refuses to vacate the property or yield possession is subject to forcible entry.”
“This bill sets a precedent, if followed, will change the United States,” he said noting property owners could lose their homes while trying to fight the state in court to save their homesteads.

Good reporting, as usual, from the Ellis County Press.

And then there is the reporting of Jerome Corsi of Human Events. Linked through a story compiled by Prison Planet's Paul Joseph Watson, there is now talk of all motorists being made to take some RFID tag to travel the highways, not unlike a Pike Pass here in Oklahoma. Worth noting.

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