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Opinion / Atlanta Forward

Tuesday Conversation: Transportation

MARTA College Park station
Hyosub Shin

Staying safe on MARTA; whither Gwinnett?

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My recent column about a panhandling experience on a train at the airport station prompted MARTA’s police chief to write about the success of the transit agency’s Ride With Respect program. A Gwinnett businessman lobbies for an expansion of MARTA to that county. And an Atlanta attorney calls for improvements in truck fleets that could prevent deadly accidents — such as the recent I-16 tragedies — allegedly caused by tractor-trailer drivers who crashed into traffic standstills.

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Letters

Readers write: May 26

Atlanta Streetcar has positive impact

I read Benita Dodd’s disjointed column “A streetcar named denial” (May 19, Opinion) with bewilderment and disgust. Ms. Dodd hails from a limited government school of thought where everyone is a self-made entrepreneur and the very idea of the communal, leveling effect of mass transportation is anathema, particularly if it’s funded from the public purse.

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From the left

Sanchez: Don’t cry for Christie; he earned it

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants an apology.

He wants it from all in the media who dared to raise questions about “Bridgegate.” That scandal, you may recall, had to do with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 that caused traffic jams near Fort Lee, N.J.

The jams were orchestrated by a top Christie aide and two high-level officials he appointed, according to prosecutors in a federal case, and the motive was political payback to Fort Lee’s mayor, a Democrat, for not supporting Christie in the governor’s race.

From the right

Commentary: Protect the hours and wages of restaurant employees

The Affordable Care Act, now known to most Americans as Obamacare, is a law littered with unintended consequences. Perhaps the most egregious is the number of part-time employees seeing their hours and wages cut as employers scramble to comply with the law’s employer mandate.

The root of the problem is the mandate’s redefinition of full-time employment from the historical standard of 40 hours per week to the seemingly arbitrary 30 hours per week.

Yesterday's Conversation

Ranking colleges, offering choice on math

The federal government is proposing a rating system for the nation’s colleges and universities to help students make informed choices based on such factors as graduation rates. The president of a Georgia university argues federal intervention is not necessary and could, in fact, hurt institutions enrolling our least-served communities. In a guest column, the state school superintendent explains why Georgia is retreating from the integrated math that was supposed to boost student performance. Speaking of performance, readers share their views on a new study that found Georgia sets the bar for student proficiency far lower than the respected National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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