To improve transit, we must tax car travel
MARTA is broken. Workers at North Point Mall tell me it can take up to four hours to get to work. It puts a great hardship on them. Why can’t we have a transit system that works? Because we have not demanded it. When he ran for governor, Sonny Perdue promised to fix MARTA. Some progress has been made. The rail system has been extended.
But, buses are half full. Schedule changes are made without notice. Routes are cancelled.
Come on, people. Make your voices heard. If we need a crash construction program, let’s do it. More bus routes, let’s go. If light rail is an answer, let’s do it!
How do we pay for this? We pay higher taxes on auto travel in the metro area. There is no other way. Add one dollar or more per gallon of gasoline in the entire commuting area. The economic pressure will force more of us to use MARTA. Ridership will increase, revenue will increase, and jobs will be created.
We have to do something, don’t we?
Bruce Maynes, Alpharetta
There are more serious things to worry about
Re: David Letterman, our preoccupation with extra-marital sex is one of the great lunacies of our culture.
I can think of 1,000 things more sinister than extra-marital sex, and only one less so: more sex.
Herbert Shafer, Sandy Springs
Real threat demands changes starting now
With all that is going on in the world and in this country, we cannot keep denying the fate of our planet. Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to wildlife. We are already seeing signs of habitats changing, shrinking and being destroyed.
We have been warned that if we don’t take strong action to address global warming soon, 20 to 30 percent of the world’s plant and animal species will be at increased risk of extinction by 2050.
We need to seriously start making some changes now.
Here in Georgia, we are behind in terms of being progressive toward the environment. We need more education about how and what changes we can make to make a difference.
We also need better and more means of recycling. We need to stop being so selfish when it comes to our planet’s fate.
Julie Cohen, Atlanta