Readers Write 8/16

Tablet maximizes my child’s potential

I wanted to thank you for the article “Tablets help disabled learn” (Living, Aug. 14).

I agree that technology has opened up so many doors for individuals with disabilities — like my son, who has Down syndrome and autism. We purchased his first device for entertainment purposes in 2009 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He now has an iPad with many applications to help with education and entertainment.

Our children are amazing and learn so much in many different ways. This is just one more tool families, educators, therapists and friends can utilize to maximize the potential of our children.



Thanks to Samaritans for help they offered

On my way to work recently, my car quit and I found myself stuck on the side of the road.

I called a friend to come rescue me. In the meantime, I had to direct traffic so no one would hit my car, and to prevent a traffic jam. I want to thank the Atlanta police officers who direct traffic regularly. Let me express my admiration and wonder.

The number of people who offered assistance was remarkable. Those who stopped were old, young, African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian. One young lady gave me her jumper cables. Her attitude and kindness are representative of all who stopped.

A homeless fellow who lives across the interstate from where I was came over with a small can of gas. His offer is truly appreciated.

My experience taught me that most people here are kind, generous and truly caring about their fellow man. Congratulations, Atlanta. You are still the city my wife and I fell in love with so many years ago.



Spell out a strategy, then sell it to voters

The T-SPLOST failed because it made no sense to voters. We need a well-conceived approach for a couple of reasons: to get attention and to improve metro transportation with a combination of improved roads and expansion in public transit. The something-for-everybody approach is doomed to fail because somebody will always feel left out.

My modest suggestion, based on my experience as a national transportation writer, is to spell out a strategy first, and sell it. How about a transportation plan with four goals? Relieve congestion in the region. Take cars off the road. Move people to more destinations, faster — all the while, cutting air pollution.

Then, compile a list of proposals aimed at one or more of these strategic objectives. Explain in basic terms how each initiative works toward the goal.

That kind of communication could tell each voter how he or she benefits from the expenditure, even if it does not occur in their neighborhood.


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