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  • Texas Farm Bureau praises TTC report

    12/03/2008 3:43:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 329+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | December 1, 2008 | Southwest Farm Press
    A citizens’ advisory committee appointed to advise the Texas Transportation Commission agrees with Texas Farm Bureau that the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) concept needs to be scrapped and new avenues explored to meet the Lone Star State's transportation needs, according to TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “This advisory committee does not support the TTC concept,” A Citizens’ Report on the Current and Future Needs of the I-35 Corridor, issued Nov. 12, stated. “Instead we recommend a more inclusive solution that respects local communities and private property rights while addressing statewide and local transportation needs.” Dierschke said the state’s largest farm organization agrees...
  • Texas Farm Bureau praises I-69 decision

    06/14/2008 2:42:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 554+ views
    The Liberty Vindicator ^ | June 14, 2008 | The Liberty Vindicator
    Texas farmers and ranchers are hoping that the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) recent announcement to make use of existing roadways in its plan for Interstate 69 is a positive sign when it comes to the ongoing battles with the Trans-Texas Corridor. “We are glad to see that TxDOT is beginning to listen to what so many members of our organization have said for the past four years,” said Kenneth Dierschke, president of the Texas Farm Bureau. Some 28,000 Texans — many of whom are members of the state’s largest farm organization — aired grievances during public meetings held at...
  • Texas Farm Bureau supports transportation alternatives

    04/26/2008 5:32:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 224+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | April 25, 2008 | Southwest Farm Press
    Texas Farm Bureau offered several viable transportation and funding alternatives to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in meeting Texas’ future transportation needs during testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee. “Let me assure you, as an industry we absolutely support and recognize the need for building and maintaining roads in Texas,” said Texas Farm Bureau State Director Tom Paben. “We feel this can be accomplished within the current framework of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).” “However, there is a need for redirection, as well as a review of the current priorities of the agency,” Paben added, noting several concerns about...
  • Texas Farm Bureau: “TxDOT’s Draft Environmental Impact Study will not withstand judicial scrutiny”

    03/19/2008 6:06:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | March 19, 2008 | Southwest Farm Press
    In comments filed with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Texas Farm Bureau said the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed I-69 corridor “would not withstand judicial scrutiny.” Under the terms of the National Environmental Policy Act, these detailed environmental studies are conducted under rules developed by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). According to the farm organization’s comments, the failure of the DEIS to consider the environmental impact of using existing rights-of-way–rather than a single minded focus on building a completely new route–means the study could not hold up in...
  • Corridor: All in favor? None

    02/26/2008 1:49:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | February 26, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    A handful of Kendleton residents were among several dozen to speak out against the Trans-Texas Corridor at a public hearing Monday night in Rosenberg. “I personally think it's a slap in the face for Texas to take the land for pennies on the dollar, to put a road on it and to make you pay a toll for it,” said Jeremy West, one of the speakers from Kendleton. The Trans-Texas Corridor is a proposal for a network of highways, rail lines and utilities throughout Texas that would be financed by private interests who would seek to profit through tolls and...
  • TxDOT traveling bumpy road

    02/18/2008 1:33:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 421+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock Online) ^ | February 18, 2008 | Enrique Rangel
    AUSTIN - When it comes to road improvement and maintenance, by most accounts, the South Plains and Panhandle are fortunate. Despite a $1.1 billion accounting error, the Texas Department of Transportation recently reported no projects in the region have been canceled or delayed while cities like Dallas, Houston and Laredo had at least a half dozen highway projects delayed. But the $1.1 billion-error, which occurred because TxDOT inadvertently counted some bond money twice and consequently allocated more funding than it had, is just the latest problem plaguing the beleaguered agency. For months, TxDOT executive director Amadeo Saenz and other transportation...
  • Public meetings begin in gigantic Texas toll road project

    01/14/2008 6:08:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 453+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2008 | Michael Graczyk (Associated Press)
    TEXARKANA, Texas — The biggest construction project ever attempted in Texas comes under public debate beginning Tuesday in the first of a series of town hall meetings about a proposed 4,000-mile network of superhighway toll roads. The Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC, as it's become known, was initiated six years ago by Gov. Rick Perry. It's rankled opponents who characterize it as the largest government grab of private property in the state's history and an unneeded and improper expansion of toll roads. Texas Department of Transportation officials, and Perry, have defended the project as necessary to address future traffic concerns in...
  • In search of the NAFTA highway to hell

    10/08/2007 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 1,205+ views
    Macleans ^ | October 8, 2007 | Luiza Ch. Savage
    Road plans in Texas have conspiracy theorists in an uproar I am driving along a mostly empty road in rural Fayette County, Texas, about an hour east of Austin, looking for the NAFTA superhighway -- the one that Stephen Harper, George W. Bush and Felipe Calderón mocked as a conspiracy theory when they were asked about it at their trilateral meeting in Montebello, Que., in August. Critics, who say that behind the leaders' denials lurks a larger, nefarious plan to unite North America, fear that such a roadway will eventually be a four-football-stadium-wide artery connecting Mexico, the U.S. and Canada,...
  • Glasgow attack suspect 'dying'

    07/10/2007 8:48:00 PM PDT · by Rhinoceros · 94 replies · 2,258+ views
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2007 | AP
    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- A suspect in the failed terror attack on Scotland's busiest airport was unlikely to survive his severe burn injuries, a doctor who treated him said Tuesday. An off-duty officer uses a fire extinguisher on s an occupant of the Glasgow attack car. Khalid Ahmed, 27, is in a Scottish hospital with burns suffered after allegedly crashing a Jeep Cherokee into the Glasgow airport a day after police found two unexploded car bombs in central London. "The prognosis is not good and he is not likely to survive," a member of the medical team that treated him...
  • Farmers upset over Perry veto of eminent domain bill

    06/18/2007 5:18:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 984+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 18, 2007 | Betsy Blaney (Associated Press)
    LUBBOCK, Texas — One Central Texas farmer said Monday he was "dumbfounded" by Gov. Rick Perry's veto of an eminent domain bill designed to protect landowners when the state wants to take their property. Robert Fleming is not alone in an area worried about the massive Trans Texas Corridor proposal. The planned route cuts through Fleming's Bell County farms. He's bewildered by Perry's veto. "We were so close to getting something done," Fleming said. "We've worked hard trying to get private property rights." Perry vetoed the bill, and 48 others, Friday. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kelo...
  • Farm Bureau urges governor support of TTC Funding Moratorium

    05/07/2007 6:06:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | May 7, 2007 | Southwest Farm Press
    Waco - Governor Rick Perry should sign a bill that would establish a two-year moratorium on the controversial Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), according to the board of directors of the state's largest farm organization. A letter requesting the governor's approval of House Bill 1892, signed by the 14 members of the Texas Farm Bureau board, including TFB President Kenneth Dierschke, urges a moratorium on the use of private equity comprehensive development agreements, including the TTC. The letter was delivered to Governor Perry today. It said in part, "We believe the moratorium envisioned in HB 1892 will give all Texans the...
  • Texas Farm Bureau speaks out against Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/30/2007 2:55:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 231+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | March 30, 2007 | Southwest Farm Press
    While many strides were made in the previous legislative session in regards to Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), farmers and ranchers feel there are still concerns to address, a Texas Farm Bureau representative told state senators in a transportation committee meeting recently. “We believe the impact of the TTC will be devastating to the agriculture industry and to rural communities,” McLennan County Farm Bureau President Marc Scott said at the Austin hearing. The lack of access due to the division of family farms and ranches, the massive condemnation proceedings that would trail in the wake of corridor approval and the usage of...
  • Farm Bureau steps up opposition to the Trans Texas Corridor

    03/27/2007 2:32:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 697+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | March 27, 2007 | Southwest Farm Press
    Texas’ largest farm organization is once again describing the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) as a disaster for farming and ranching operations that lie in the potential path of the TTC and a major mistake for Texas itself. The Texas Farm Bureau is also discovering that there are many allies in opposing the massive highway project, some of them members of the Texas Legislature. “Our members are overwhelmingly opposed to the Trans Texas Corridor,” says TFB President Kenneth Dierschke, a grain and cotton farmer from San Angelo. “There’s never been any doubt that the impact on agriculture would be negative, but...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor opposition grows, Legislature considers limits

    03/25/2007 3:19:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 558+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 24, 2007 | WorldNetDaily
    ? 2007 Texas farmers are stepping up their opposition to the Trans-Texas Corridor, a massive highway project that ultimately could take about half a million acres of the state out of agricultural production ? and according to opponents possibly hasten the advent of a North American Union. "Our members are overwhelmingly opposed to the Trans-Texas Corridor," said Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke, a grain and cotton farmer from San Angelo. "There's never been any doubt that the impact on agriculture would be negative, but now we see a growing number of people who believe the TTC would be bad...
  • Farm Bureau Describes TTC Project As A Disaster For Farms And Ranches

    03/24/2007 11:13:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 607+ views
    KWTX ^ | March 23, 2007 | KWTX
    The massive Trans-Texas Corridor project is a disaster for farms and ranches that lie in its proposed path, the Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau says. The Farm Bureau has been steadfast in its opposition to the project and says its encouraged by efforts in Austin to derail or at least delay the $184 billion plan, which ultimately calls for a 4,000-mile network of transportation corridors that would crisscross the state with separate highway lanes for passenger vehicles and trucks, passenger rail, freight rain, commuter rail and dedicated utility zones. ?Our members are overwhelmingly opposed to the Trans Texas Corridor,? says TFB...
  • Bill: Kill the TTC

    02/04/2007 2:25:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 1,006+ views
    Waxahachie Daily Light ^ | February 4, 2007 | Joann Livingston
    A San Antonio-area lawmaker has filed a bill to kill the Trans-Texas Corridor. State Rep. David Leibowitz, D-Helotes, told Waco-based KWTX that the massive toll road project would “destroy rural Texas as we know it.” State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, whose district includes Ellis and Hill counties, both of which would be impacted by the proposed toll road, said he would be supportive of the measure. “I support efforts to get more control over TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) and the Trans-Texas Corridor,” Pitts said. “The Trans-Texas Corridor will have enormous effects on this area and the people who live...
  • US Muslims plagued by discrimination after 9/11 attacks [Aaaaaaaarrrrgh!]

    09/03/2006 8:23:21 PM PDT · by Alouette · 99 replies · 1,657+ views
    Yahoo News & AFP ^ | September 3, 2006 | Mira Oberman
    DEARBORN, United States (AFP) - Discrimination and harassment by law enforcement have come to plague American Muslims in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11. There have been suspicious looks, slurs, physical attacks, extra screening at airports and arrests on groundless charges. And it seems to be getting worse. A recent Gallup poll showed that 39 percent of Americans admit to being prejudiced against Muslims and that nearly a quarter say they would not want a Muslim for a neighbor. "Most Americans don't know Muslims except for those they work with in an urban environment so all the...
  • Muslim leaders bemoan "Islamophobia" since 9/11 [Poor Babies!]

    09/01/2006 2:31:00 PM PDT · by Alouette · 50 replies · 941+ views
    Al-Reuters ^ | Sept. 1, 2006 | Michael Conlon
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - American Muslims still face high levels of hatred and suspicion nearly five years after the September 11 attacks and political leaders and the news media are mostly to blame, Muslim leaders said on Friday. "During the last five years the Muslim community has been scrutinized by almost all branches of the government and the media to the extent that more than half a million Muslims have been directly touched by this process," said Abdul Malik Mujahid, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. "They continue to face dehumanization and a great trend of Islamophobia,"...
  • Gays not represented well on TV, study finds

    08/22/2006 8:58:58 AM PDT · by Dubya · 123 replies · 3,066+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Aug. 22, 2006 | GREG HERNANDEZ
    LOS ANGELES - If not for scheming teen Andrew Van De Camp on ABC's megahit Desperate Housewives and Dr. Kerry Weaver on the long-running ER on NBC, the only regular gay or lesbian character on a returning broadcast network show this fall would be a closeted accountant named Oscar on NBC's The Office.
  • Palestinians: Soldiers more violent due to war [Whine! Snivel! Puke!]

    08/21/2006 4:13:59 AM PDT · by Alouette · 14 replies · 468+ views
    YNet ^ | Aug. 21, 2006 | Ali Waked
    More and more Palestinian civilians turning to human rights organizations with complaints of growing violence of IDF soldiers at checkpoints in territories after war in Lebanon. 'I felt that all pressure from war is released in meeting with them,' told taxi driver who claimed he needed to be hospitalized after he was hit by soldiers In the past few days, more and more Palestinian testimonies have amassed that claim that IDF soldiers humiliated them at checkpoints in Judea and Samaria. The same Palestinians say that the soldiers are taking the frustration created by the war in Lebanon out on them....