"The Big Stall" by Jim Schutze, November 13
Inland Port Foolishness
The only thing worse than a carpetbagger is a convening or collaboration of the same. Apparently, Jim Schutze has resorted to the pandering and positioning ways of his past. To make matters worse, his alliance with the Allen Group and allegations against the Perot Alliance are baseless, condescending and unwarranted.
If you were to ever drive by the Galleria mall area and all of the ancillary businesses within close proximity, it stands to reason that there was at some point a comprehensive plan. Even residential neighborhoods need some sort of forward-looking schematic or template in order that the proposed development thrives and grows.
So why isn't Dallas County's southern sector and my constituency worthy of something more than a night-vision flyby?
I have had no conversations or contact with the Perot family or their representatives regarding Southern Dallas. In fact, as the longest-standing and arguably most controversial member of the court, I would be shocked to have anyone approach me about killing a worthwhile project in my district. Only a carpetbagger who was not privileged to Dallas history over the past 25 years would make that pitch.
No one wants to see the inland port become successful anymore than me. However, when you look at the blighted areas of the southern sector it becomes obvious that due diligence and prudent preparation were lacking. We don't need another eyesore with limited growth potential. We need to eye a plan that will become the economic engine that we have been deprived of for far too long.
I was under the impression that Jim was getting counseling for that carpetbagger syndrome. A native of Detroit who was freed from its press (no pun intended) should have acquired some level of respect for those of us who study these issues daily by now. But if a Gertrude Stein's "rose is a rose," then I guess a carpetbagger will always be a carpetbagger, and it's hell to pay when a few of them get together!
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price
Protection of a transportation entity through legislation? Why, we are the home of it. Dallas-Fort Worth is to transportation market manipulation what waste management is to New Jersey. B-I-G F-R-A-U-D. What am I talking about? Oh this little thing called the Wright Amendment. Thought that was settled? Try flying to LAX out of Love Field. Or Chicago. Or Denver or...you get the picture. What's that old saying? Only in Dallas.
Don Abbott, via dallasobserver.com
"Ye of Little Faith," by Margaret Downing, November 13
When companies pay insurance carriers hundreds of thousands of dollars to insure that their injured employees will be brought back to health and returned to employment, it is done in good faith. A worker can be in severe pain [and too] disabled to return to work and their career but forced to go to one hearing after another and in front of a judge to get the treatment they are entitled to under TWCC rules, yet the insurance companies pay doctors to rule in their favor.
The injured workers lose their homes, cars, credit and income and are still injured. Yet, Texas Mutual and other companies like them do not want to be held accountable and pay for basically ruining lives and financial futures of the injured? If the courts banish bad-faith cases, then there are virtually no repercussions for insurance companies who pocket corporations' funds and lose them their injured workers.
Sue Stinson, Spring, via dallasobserver.com
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