Why did Cap Metro boss back MetroAccess fare hike?
Re: Sept. 24 article, “Cap Metro approves fare increase.”
Capital Metro Board Chairman Mike Martinez held off raising MetroAccess fares because he “felt bad” that these people had no alternate transit options. But Martinez’s show did not extend far enough. He still joined his board colleagues in raising the reduced fare fixed route passes for people with disabilities and seniors. The board did not consider consequences when these people are also dependent upon Capital Metro. For some reason, Martinez believes that riders do have unlimited economic resources; they are choosing to use reduced fare. Or, that a disability not meeting paratransit eligibility is somehow not a “real” disability under the ADA.
Medical documentation is legally required to get an ID and reduced fare. And increased reduced fare still means less money for rent and utilities, or a doctor’s co-pay. The board is playing recklessly with people’s mobility and lives. Why does Martinez not feel bad about this?
Gov. Rick Perry wants to “over-regulate” the people trying to help Texans get medical assistance through the new health care system. How ironic that our GOP leader espouses deregulation of everything to support his party line then ignores the well-being of his constituents while demanding more regulations when he sees a political advantage. He apparently does not care that Texas has the largest population of uninsured citizens of any state in America!
Re: Sept 24 letter to editor, “Map drawing transparent.”
Harriett Harrow, commissioner of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, didn’t help establish the need for her commission’s existence when she responded to a letter writers’ concerns by stating: “Every resident of Austin is our constituent.” If that’s a good thing, then why did we scrap the at-large system in which City Council members represented every resident of Austin? Why did we have to expand the council, plus create Harrow’s commission, just to do what was already being done? Harrow’s defensive response is just a taste of what’s to come. This new system will enable many of the politicos in Austin who once suffered terribly from a shortage of elected positions but now have found the influence they crave.
Re: Sept. 23 letter to the editor, “Science and creationism.”
A recent letter supports teaching intelligent design (gussied up word for creationism) in science class as being inclusive and open. Why would we want to teach religion in a science class? Let’s teach science in that class and keep religion where it belongs, in church or a class on religion.
Let DeLay go away
Re: Sept. 20 article, “DeLay’s prayer answered as court tosses verdict.”
Tom DeLay is of no more importance. I don’t want to waste another dollar on him or his reputation. The district attorney should not pursue an appeal of his dismissal. It will only go to another set of Republicans for adjudication. The best solution is to let him pray for his soul, now that God has dismissed the charges, in the quietude of his privacy.
Car dealership protest
The recent articles about protest of car dealerships locating in outlying communities reminds me of a quote about garbage disposal by an ex-mayor of Houston. He said something like: Everybody wants us to pick up the garbage but nobody wants us to put it down. Evidently automobiles must be bought and sold. Just not nearby.
Ken Herman a gem
I just wanted to say that the letters to the editor regarding Ken Herman’s column was spot on. I truly believe 90 percent or more of the people that read the newspaper and have some intellect feel the same way. Ken’s column is one of our favorite parts of the newspaper. His column is always very well written and normally deals with current and pertinent things happening here in town and/or Texas. Do we always agree with Ken? Certainly not, but he makes us think, and that is a good thing; thought-provoking articles are the best ones! Please keep up the great work.
John and Wanda Bierman