Hey, Mike Rawlings, Pick Up a Damn Paper, Will You?

Because in it, you'll find everything you need to say no to the Trinity River toll road.

Aw, nuts: Exactly what information is mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings waiting to hear before he passes judgment on whether Dallas should continue its futile effort to build a toll road between the Trinity River levees near downtown?

Give us a hint, Mike, about what it's gonna take, 'cause between this paper, The Dallas Morning News and local television stations, reporters have produced approximately 19 kabillion words on the road, including a doozy of an article in Sunday's Morning News that delivered another slice in the project's death by a thousand cuts.

After the paper's two-year battle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gain access to public records, reporter Michael A. Lindenberger wrote that toll road supporters, chief among them then-Mayor Tom Leppert, withheld vital information from voters before the second referendum on the project in 2007. Leppert and others routinely claimed the Corps and the North Texas Tollway Authority said the project was good to go, ready to fly. They neglected to mention the Corps was far less than certain that putting the road between the levees, out where it floods, was feasible.

Supporters "told only part of the story," the News' headline said. Sure. Look at it this way: You rob a bank. The cops catch you and ask, "Did you rob the bank?" You reply, "No, I entered the bank and made a transaction," neglecting to mention your sawed-off shotgun and the pantyhose on your head. In News speak, this is telling "only part of the story." Others might conclude that Leppert LIED, LIED, LIED. But that's just several thousand people's opinion.

The deception wasn't the really newsy part of Lindenberger's story, because we all know that road supporters have fudged the truth since the first time Dallasites voted on the project in 1998. To live here for more than 10 minutes and not know that, you'd have to be either woefully ignorant or a candidate for mayor. No, the best part of Lindenberger's story was the quote from a U.S. Department of Transportation official in Washington, D.C., who described the tollway as "a squirrelly project."

Right. After 13 years—nearly twice as long as it took to build the Transcontinental Railroad—we're a billion dollars short and not one minute closer to building a road that no one can honestly demonstrate we need. It's "squirrelly," like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon. Maybe some rascally critter should bonk Rawlings atop the head with a big cartoon hammer labeled "the facts."

 
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Likeicare
Likeicare

Pertinent information on the Trinity River Plan: IN THE FLOOD PLAIN!!!

Whoever thought putting a road of any kind inside the levees, is a complete idiot.

Scott
Scott

So, the DMN stepped up to the plate and fought for the public records while the DO sat back and made snide comments on the subject? This road has been on the agenda for 13 years and nobody at the DO was able to get any of this info from the Army CoE? You had to wait for the DMN to do it for you? Don't you find that kind of embarrasing? I mean, since you all hate the DMN and everything?

bornfreeamerican
bornfreeamerican

If you like John Wiley Price and the SEIU then vote Mike Rawlings!

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

Rawlings is an ex-CEO and is doing what CEOs normally do when asked a question they don't want to answer - they claim that there is not enough information so they can avoid the question. Rawlings doesn't want to take a stand to avoid controversy before an election. Sorry - not exactly the strong, dynamic leader Dallas needs is he? Just another Dallas big business, cover his ass, bureaucrat who will screw the taxpayers (see his rather unethical handling of the issue when no bid Dallas Park Board contracts went to the firm of his crony).

bornfreeamerican
bornfreeamerican

He's not the nice guy he's fooled everyone into thinking that he is.

Goat
Goat

He's not an ex-CEO because he was never held that position at Pizza Hut contrary to the DMN. He was president of the Pizza Hut business unit and reported to the CEO of Yum! Brands.

He is the current CEO of a mid-sized business.

G_David
G_David

Your last paragraph brings up the point that seems to be lost in the arguments over the feasability of this entire mess - why the hell do we even need this stupid-ass road?

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

So that freight trucks may flow more easily between the rail terminal in SE Dallas and Perot's Alliance Airport in Tarrant County. Anyway that's why they want it; whether that equals anyone else needing it is another matter.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

I'm a lil hammered right now so i'll try to make this short...you know how Mr.Rawlings is a supposed Democrat? Well, I think the dude just forgot to switch parties when the "Southern Dems" morphed into the "Tea Party" or "Repubs" or "Neo-Cons"...pick your adjective, but yeah. Back to my 40ozer now:)

 
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