"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams

9.18.2007

Dallas Tolls and Politics: The eye can be decieved!

Toll roads are becoming more frequent sight in Texas. Austin now has its own toll road, and it seems like everyone else wants one now! In actuality, the "fact" of the matter is that tolls roads are a very controversial issue in Texas. Some want to do anything to ease traffic, while others insist that their taxes should be able to cover roadways and don't want the inconvenience. Hyperbolic statements, rather than statements of fact, can be found on both sides of the ally.

This article from the Dallas Morning News is about a fight over a specific toll road in Dallas called Trinity River. This article is important because it is a good representation of why the people of Texas need to do serious investigation into stories before believing everything they see. To quote the story:

"This is just one more example of gross misrepresentations by the proponents of this project," Ms. Hunt [the toll road's leading opponent] said. "Their pretty drawings show a forest of trees on the levees, and all this plush landscaping – trees and bushes and flowers. It looks lovely. But the median won't look so lovely when it's two more lanes of asphalt. And the only trees we're going to get are a few potted crape myrtles."1

When the toll road campaign was launched, several video and drawings were released showing a beautiful road with a green lush median and trees stretching across it. It turns out that, as it was stated by Ms. Hunt and admitted by members of the Dallas City staff, asphalt with a couple potted plants is more likely.

It is a classic example of political manipulation. This article well exemplifies why it is important to verify any information received against the facts! It is definitely a worthy read, especially for those who may be directly impacted by the toll road.

Citation
Dave Levinthal and Bruce Tomaso. “Fight over Trinity toll road starts at the drawing board” The Dallas Morning News. (September 18 2007) http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/091907dnmettrinity.34f69b7.html

3 comments:

  1. Double taxation is never cool but the private sector is far more efficient than the public sector.

    There was a day when toll roads were not built with public funds. I think that may be the best solution

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  2. Thanks for looking at my blog!

    I'm not quite sure yet weather roads should be privatized or not. But here's a fact:

    Saying the private sector is "far more efficient" than the public sector is a generalization. It really depends on the area. The military is a great example of were the private sector would be ineffective.

    I'm not quite sure weather toll roads fall under the same category as military. At any rate, I do know that roads right now ain't pretty! :-)

    ><>Brian

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  3. We have sooo many toll roads here. They do help a lot with the traffic, though.

    -Ya Twin

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