I have been involved in making decisions to close offices in multiple states. Not all were good decisions, but never did we try to shift the blame to someone else. Looking at the pictures of the interstates last week, it is obvious that there were thousands of bad decisions made that day. What is lacking are leaders willing to take responsibility for these decisions.
The media has certainly made poor choices on their own. Reporters have appeared on national news programs giving inaccurate information. Consequently, we have received calls and emails from relatives around the country worried about our safety. I have had to explain the inaccuracies of these reports. What we really need are more problem solvers and less blame placers.
HARRY EWARD, ROSWELL
Light rail can ease gridlock; roads can’t
While your coverage of what went wrong has been excellent, at the root of the problem is the fact that Atlanta does nor have a major road system capable of dealing with the car population of the metro area during normal rush hour, nor will it ever. One of my Midtown law firm colleagues left his car in the deck, took MARTA to Brookhaven and got home easily. What this city needs is an expanded high-speed light-rail system — one that goes west at least to Douglasville, a southbound train with a couple of stops between here and Macon, a northwest route to Marietta and a northeast route to Lawrenceville and Athens. More roads and lanes are not a solution because car usage has outpaced road development for decades. There is a reason major northern metropolitan cities and great cities like London are not prisoners to car traffic; it’s called “trains.”
BOB PERSONS, ATLANTA