ACA can’t compare
with private industry
There seems to be a lot of comparisons made by the Affordable Care Act apologists. They’ve compared the act’s technical problems to those experienced by Microsoft, Apple, Google and the like. There is no valid comparison.
Private-sector software companies do end-user tests and offer various compensations, relatively quick updates, and the option of saying ”no.” It is incredibly short-sighted to force a software program on millions of Americans that has never been tested with end-users, and then fining them (I don’t consider it a tax) if they choose not to buy. Then, there’s the issue of higher costs for limited options.
Can’t these incompetent people do anything right? We’ve experienced the impact of the stimulus, Operation Fast and Furious, Solyndra and Benghazi, and the beat goes on for “Mr. Look Good and Speak Well.”
BERWICK BABIN, STOCKBRIDGE
Bus routes change, but
heavy rail is forever
Regarding “Pushing back on transit critics” (Opinion, Oct. 22), I agree with the bus option for solving some transit and traffic issues in the Atlanta area — but heavy rail is a loser, and that is what MARTA seems to want to push, along with the city and related unions.
Bus routes can be changed as demographics change, but heavy rail is there forever. Spending millions on a trolley to run from Centennial Olympic Park to the King Center is a total waste of money; and the system was put in place for political reasons, not transit-related reasons.
KEN HARDY, WOODSTOCK
We’ll all do OK with
responsible water use
Regarding “A matter of survival: It’s us or the oysters” (Readers write, Opinion, Oct. 24) , once again, we see an “us or them” mentality used to justify wasting water and destroying the environment.
Having enough water to “survive” is not the same as wasting it to feed reckless, car-dependent, pollution-making and over-paved surfaces in Atlanta to line the pockets of developers. Also, oysters are not the “luxury” the letter writer claims they are. Not only are they one of the healthier foods if cooked properly, they also work to clean pollutants out of waterways.
We must simply develop Atlanta in a reasonable, modest and environmentally responsible way, and we will all do OK.
DENNIS MICHAEL SMITH, MARIETTA