Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002

Once again the Bexar County commission shows fast, effective leadership on another important local issue.

If only the San Antonio city leadership had the same spine and horsepower.

News broke yesterday that Union Pacific railroad will not allow its tracks to be used by any other rail company, to serve the proposed Toyota pickup assembly plant here. They do it in Arkansas where Toyota is considering locating, but they don't want to do it here to help us.

That's equivalent to shooting San Antonio the finger, telling us to go do something to ourselves, and then kindly drop dead.

Before the sun crossed Alamo Plaza, our county leaders went Code Red, ran to the fortification, rolled out the heavy artillery, and blasted off a nuclear warning shot about five feet from Union Pacific's swollen corporate head.

Mess with us, the commissioners said, we'll get into the fine print of your permits to cross our county roads. Stab us, we've got powerful allies in the United States Senate who know where you live. Be ugly and stubborn and unfair, and we'll cook up some schemes to give you migraine corporate headaches that'll send tears down your cheeks.

Over at City Hall, meanwhile, not a peep— they're moseying around worrying who's next in the big bribery indictment sweepstakes.

Way to go, commissioners. No need for any spine implants at your place.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


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