Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Took A Meat-axe To Federal Law To Get The Mayor His Toll Road. But Did She Even Think About The Consequences?

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That is precisely why Hutchison's riders are so wildly irresponsible. This is not a moment for us to reduce our caution or take shortcuts.

Conrad pointed out that science is providing new reasons every day for us to take more precautions, not fewer.

"In the U.S. climate report in 2008, they made the statement, at least for the upper Midwest, that events they thought had a return frequency of once in 100 years were, in the not very distant future, going to be more like 20-to-30-year events.

"In other words, they would be four to five times as common."

I believe somebody wants that road and doesn't care. I don't think there is anything unintended about the meat-axe approach. Quite the contrary. What these riders really demonstrate is that somebody somewhere in this city will use any kind of meat-axe, chainsaw or grenade—whatever it takes—to get this road built and built between the levees.

Damn the floods. Damn the people.

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Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
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