READERS WRITE: MAR. 14


Transit’s a waste in this spread-out metro

The General Assembly’s move to allow the dramatic expansion of mass transit in metro Atlanta (“Ga. lawmakers pass transit bills,” AJC, March 1) is off track. About 3.1 percent of metro Atlanta commuters used transit in 2013, according to U.S. Census data compiled by the Atlanta Regional Commission. Even if the existing transit capacity were tripled (at a huge cost) and fully utilized, peak-hour transit use would probably rise to about 10 percent. The effect on congestion would be negligible. Citing a 1977 study, the Brookings Institute showed that public transit works best when gross residential densities are above 4,000 persons per square mile. In the 29-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population is spread out over 8,000 square miles, and the densest county, DeKalb, has nowhere near that population density. GDOT’s plan to add a large network of high-occupancy variable-toll lanes next to crowded highways throughout metro Atlanta is more realistic. Cars pay a variable toll based on congestion levels while buses and vanpools use the lanes free. This provides an alternative to congestion and guaranteed trip times for all commuters willing to pay a toll or ride in a bus or vanpool.

JOEL SMITH, STOCKBRIDGE

Media’s long been kind to conservatives

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other conservatives keep attacking the media, both print and electronic, about being mean to conservatives. Hogwash. The media has bent over backwards since Jimmy Carter was president to attack liberals and support conservatives. Cagle and other conservatives support the merchants of death and their supporters such as the NRA, who support the right of everyone to own military-style assault weapons to kill whoever they choose, as long it is conservatives. That includes children of all ages. They want the far-right fruitcakes to have battlefield weapons so they can start a civil war like the fascist Franco in Spain in the 1930s. Like his hero Donald Trump, Cagle along with other members of the far right, are a grave danger to democracy in America.

CARL COX, RIVERDALE



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Is Senate committee equipped to grasp Kavanaugh allegations?

For all their well-learned politesse, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have scarcely been able to conceal their determination to get Christine Blasey Ford out of their hair. Ford is the last obstacle to confirming conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. And she’s a formidable one. She has alleged...
Opinion: The burden of proof for Kavanaugh

Last week, I wrote a column taking the view that conservatives supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court because they hope he will overturn Roe v. Wade should be willing to encourage his withdrawal if his accuser testifies credibly against him and the cloud over his nomination can’t be expeditiously cleared up. Even if...
Opinion: What the Times misses about poverty

It’s an affecting story. Matthew Desmond, writing in The New York Times Magazine, profiles Vanessa Solivan, a poor single mother raising three children. Vanessa works as a home health aide, yet she and her three adolescent children are often reduced to sleeping in her car, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. In the morning, she takes her two daughters...
Opinion: Days of fear, years of obstruction

Lehman Bros. failed 10 years ago. The U.S. economy was already in a recession, but Lehman’s fall and the chaos that followed sent it off a cliff: Six and a half million jobs would be lost during the next year. We didn’t experience a full replay of the Great Depression, and some have argued that the system worked, in the sense that policymakers...
Opinion: Welcome moves toward transparency
Opinion: Welcome moves toward transparency

Stephen Deere, a new Atlanta city government reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, joined the paper last October. He put in his first open records request with the city even before his first day on the job. He requested legal invoices, settlements and an expenditure database. And despite the law that says most open records should be produced...
More Stories