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today... Bill Kurtis (Cold Case
Files, American Justice, 30 years with CBS) joins me to
talk about two death penalty cases which helped convince him
to question and then reject his lifelong support of capital
hour in studio with mayoral candidate Phil
Hardberger, a personal-injury trial lawyer,
ex-Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals, long-distance sailor,
solo transAtlantic pilot, and enough other admirable, macho
and intellectual qualifications to make you hate him almost
moves toward huge toll road to supplement Interstate 35 from near
San Antonio to near Dallas
Wear - AMERICAN-STATESMAN
makes TTC-35 toll road plan a reality
I-35 alternative estimated to cost $6 billion.
Long-term partnership with
consortium led by Spanish toll road operator Cintra and San Antonio-based
Zachry Construction Corp.
on road to new highway era The Texas Transportation
Commission selected a construction consortium that includes a San
Antonio firm Thursday to build the first leg of the Trans Texas
Corridor ó launching what officials called the nation's most
important highway project since the 1950s.
Trans Texas Corridor is huge and costly. The $184 billion endeavor
is eventually supposed to crisscross the state with 4,000 miles
of 10-lane highways and rail lines in swaths up to a quarter-mile
Officials will have to charge tolls to finance bonds and pay for
operations and maintenance. They'll also have to confiscate farmlands
and wildlife areas.
In last night's San Antonio City Council session, Julian Castro
correctly pointed out that the PGA Village proposal, now dead, inspired
the largest petition drive in the city's history, conducted by citizens
who believed the public should have an opportunity to vote on aspects
of commercial development over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.
Council slicked past that and avoided a public vote, leaving a very
bad feeling among a great number of San Antonio voters.
The first project eventually died from a lack of hotel financing
and other factors.
Now the replacement project, the PGA Tour plan, seems to be a slam
dunk at City Hall, but there has been very little public input and
only last night's virtually unpublicized public hearing so far.
Mayor Ed Garza made the point that the appearance of doing business
behind closed doors detracts from the council's reputation.
The PGA Tour development in northeast Bexar County, with its proposed
25-year non-annexation scheme, deserves a good deal of public input
in place of a hurried approval by City Hall.
gets shot at PGA Tour project A controversial proposal to
build a PGA Tour golf course over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone
got its first public airing Thursday, after weeks of what some opponents
call "closed-door negotiations."
I am sorry that, because of the actions of a few, you have turned
off the comments section of your website. I always enjoyed putting
my two cents in and really enjoyed it when my comments were read
on the air. I always found humor, common sense and passion in the
remarks of "some" of the contributors.
It seems that your comment section has followed the path of a lot
of other fun and interesting activities in that a few have ruined
it for the many. That seems to be the way for a lot of things these
days, the few spoiling it for the many. Sad, sad, sad...
As a postscript, the TTC is an extremely bad idea that is a thinly
veiled conspiracy for a money and land grab that, regardless of
what Govemnor Blow Dry and his ilk are telling the public, WILL
cost the taxpayers for generations to come in a lot more ways than
Thanks for what you do.