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Page 4 • Cedar Hill Today • Thursday, July 20, 2006
Special To Today
I’ve had a couple of citizens
contact me to express concern
about the loss of trees on the land
where the lifestyle center is being
built (FM 1382 and Uptown
Given the importance of the
issue, I thought I would provide
all of you with a little information
that might affect your impression
of what’s going on.
1 agree it is rather shocking to
see the land with the trees remov-
ed. I, too, am used to seeing the
Juniper and Cedar trees there.
I know first hand, however,
that the City Council is commit-
ted to the preservation of Cedar
Hill and its natural resources. I
believe we have done more than
most cities to preserve its natural
First, we have directed most of
the retail development to major
thoroughfares like Highway 67,
Belt Line Road and FM 1382.
In doing so, we are trying to
balance the city’s need for retail
growth, which results in sales tax
revenue, with the desire to pre-
serve our natural beauty.
This sales tax revenue is vital
as the city is trying to increase
police officers and firefighters.
The importance of increasing
police and fire protection cannot
be understated. We are already
behind the state average and are
trying to increase our numbers in
a responsible manner.
Second, we have created a
number of nature preserves in the
city, and are in the process of
implementing a comprehensive
hiking/biking trail system. Con-
sider the preserves available in
• Calabria Nature Preserve
— 750 W. FM 1382, about 76.5
acres. This property is an unde-
veloped special-use nature pre-
• Cedar Mountain Nature
Preserve — 1300 W. FM 1382,
about 110 acres. This joint (Dal-
las County Open Space Prog-
ram/city of Cedar Hill) special-
use park offers 1,320 feet (about
.3 of a mile) of paved trail, and
3,960 feet (about .7 of a mile) of
unpaved nature trail, one bench
and 12 paved parking spaces (one
• Lester Lorch Nature
Preserve — 1823 Texas Plume
Road, about 86 acres. This special
use nature preserve (Dallas Coun-
ty Open Space Program/city of
See TREES, Page 5
A new man makes a great choice
* W • r - ;; .
I had the honor last
night to attend a fare-
well party for Pfc.
enduring and complet-
ing Boot Camp at Fort
Knox, Ky., Peter is
Camp Casey in South
Over the past few
years, I have known or
had the acquaintance
of several young men
who chose to enlist in the military.
Like some of the others, Peter made
some bad choices in his teenage years and
he suffered the consequences. He had an
opportunity to enlist in the military and he
Peter has taken his love for motors and
machines and found his place in the mili-
He is part of the ordnance corps who is
Special To Today
tlffe mechanics for the Bradley tanks. He
will proudly tell you that his Corp is the
one that “makes it all happen.”
After all, without mechanics, the ma-
chines wouldn’t run and keep running.
According to his mother, he is “95 percent
sure of making the military his career.”
As I sat at a dinner table and listened to
him talk, and as 1 watched him from
across the room at the party, 1 realized a
sense of great pride for him. He made the
right choice and military discipline has
obviously been a positive influence for
He has direction, purpose, respect and
a self-assurance about him that is plainly
Peter is a new man. His mother told me
that “The military did more for him in two
months than we did in 18 years.”
I am not only proud, though, for the
changes that he has made, but for the
commitment that he and so many other
men and women have made to protect our
country and freedoms.
1-40 or Route 66?
Mileage may vary
I am proud and'so-lEfrankful that they
dedicate their lives to this commitment
because, truth be told, 1 could not make
the same commitment.
Not because I do not stand behind our
military and all their efforts, but rather
because 1 don’t have what it takes.
I know, without a doubt, that 1 am not a
So, I greatly admire the bravery and
courage of anyone who chooses to enlist
in the world’s greatest military.
As we all stood at the party in a large
circle, held hands, and sang “Friends are
Friends Forever,” I saw tears, smiles, faces
of sadness, faces full of admiration and
pride, and love.
I couldn’t help but think of what his
mother had said — and I realized how
wrong she was.
Peter’s parents, family, and friends gave
him roots. The military helped him blos-
Audra Dahl is from Midlothian
up in a
of a Route
as much as
why I look at the 50th anniver-
sary of the Interstate Highway
System as a two-edged sword'
Many laudatory articles and
columns in the past couple of
weeks have saluted this mile-
In many ways, this is
deservedly so. The interstate
system has, in some ways,
knitted the country together. It
has certainly made long-dis-
fahce travel easier, safer and
But, it also has had its ffijT^
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
quoted President Eisenhower’s
1963 memoir in a recent col-
umn, describing what he saw
as the fruits of the interstate
“More than any single
action by the government since
the end of the war, this one
would change the face of
America with straightaways,
cloverleaf turns, bridges and
elongated parkways. Its impact
on the American economy
the jobs it would produce in
manufacturing and construc-
tion, the rural areas it would
open up — was beyond calcu-
Now, it’s inarguable that the
interstate system has sped up
travel, and has largely made it
safer. And, nostalgia for the
“good old days” usually comes
into better focus after remov-
ing the rose-colored glasses.
But, the rest of the record
what’s not mentioned in the
Ike quote — is more of a
As someone who grew up
in a historic Route 66 town, I
can tell you that flip side is
pretty big, too.
Gallup, N.M., famed in
song by lyricist Bobby Troup
and many singers, was where I
lived from first grade through
my sophomore year of high
Most of the time I was
there, it was a Route 66 town
1-40 wasn’t built around
Gallup until just a couple of
years before I moved.
Now, Gallup was large
enough not a whistle-stop
town of 2,000 people or so —
and had enough historical and
touristy sites along Old 66,
that the interstate didn’t kill
the town off.
Nonetheless, it did change
A mall was built at the
intersection of 1-40 and U.S.
666. (No longer Triple Six, or
“The Devil’s Highway” to
many because of its number-
ing, but now U.S. 491, that
highway has been the subject
of many a column itself.)
Anyway, some Indian jew-
elry stores, while keeping their
downtown locations open, felt
they had to move into, or to
the vicinity of the new mall. In
fact, 666 was rerouted with a
new exit to tie into 1-40 as part
of final design changes.
Many rural areas, like some
of the Route 66 towns —
those not immortalized in
Bobby Troup’s song — haven't
been opened up — they’ve
Other exurban areas have.
See ROUTE, Page 5
This land was made for you and me
Texas is growing and our
housing market is strong.
The value of housing is ris-
ing. New home construction
is growing rapidly in many
Encouraging home own-
ership has been a national
priority for decades, for
good reason: Nothing better
symbolizes achievement of
the American dream than
CORNYN owning your own home. It
Spi ciai To Today provides economic security,
peace of mind and the
assurance that you will be able to pass to your
heirs something of value.
So imagine this: One day the long arm of the
government reaches out and makes a grab for
your home - not for a road or a fire station, but
for a new shopping center or a manufacturing
The reality of that danger was underscored
by a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down
a year ago in the case of Kelo vs. city of New
Disregarding the Constitution’s specific pro-
tection of private property, the high court ruled
that your home, business or family farm - any
private property - may be seized by the govern-
ment not just for public use, but for the benefit
of another private entity, such as a real estate
See LAND, Page 5
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