Monday, October 4, 2010

It’s not political!


The proposed Central Texas Airport is NOT a political issue. It is a quality of life, environmental and land use blunder of gigantic proportions that cuts across all ‘party’ lines.

There’s no denying that our elected officials who are supposed to be protecting us are aiding and abetting this ill-advised plan. But newsflash . . . that’s the way the system works. ‘Politics’ seems to be in the throes of an institutionalized stupidity from which no ‘party’ is immune.

In this case, Carpenter & Associates corporate attorneys penned the infamous 381 Agreement. In all fairness to the County Commissioners, they did send it back and forth a few times to address points undisclosed to the public. But all too readily and without ANY public input, they unanimously agreed to sign it.

Considering that the Court had legal counsel, we are baffled that they seem to have missed including any restriction on the length of runway, the size of aircraft allowed or possible use of the facility as a cargo hub. If those issues are addressed in the 381 Agreement, we haven’t been able to find it.

A request to the County to clarify those points was answered with a non-responsive letter from the County’s attorneys, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP. We are still waiting for clarification.

The lesson of this sad tale is an old one that collectively we just can’t seem to learn . . .

When corporations and big money call the shots, 99 chances out of 100, we’ll get screwed in the process.

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