To The Editor:
Regarding the Temple Daily Telegram article, “The End of Annexation …” (Nov. 21), I commend Amy Cook for taking on the good ol’ boys — a true patriot.
Belton’s (City Manager) Sam Listi and city council sure opened up a fat can of worms this time. They ticked off the wrong person.
When I read the negatives from (Bell County Commissioners) Tim Brown and Russell Schneider, I could only laugh at how soft-spoken Amy got the big boys nervous.
You see the nervousness in the comment that references her right to petition as a horrible mistake. Naturally, that would come from a person who has had his hand in the pie many times.
He probably doesn’t even know that involuntary annexation violates Sec. 19 of the Bill of Rights, Article 1 of the Texas Constitution.
Sec. 19. DEPRIVATION OF LIFE, LIBERTY, ETC.; DUE COURSE OF LAW. No citizen of this State shall be deprived of life, liberty, property, privileges or immunities, or in any manner disfranchised, except by the due course of the law of the land.
Involuntary annexation proceedings also appear to violate Sec. 17 of the Texas Bill of Rights because the forcible collection of a property tax and the threat of property seizure via lien are tantamount to a taking without “adequate compensation being made.”
Sec. 17 also prohibits takings without “the consent of such person” unless the taking is for a purpose exempted within the law. Involuntary annexation could also potentially violate the Texas Bill of Rights by acting as bills of attainder, which are specifically prohibited under Sec. 16. The Supreme Court case Fletcher v. Peck (1810)
Keep up the fight, Amy, and remember that God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
Joe Trevino Jr.