Letters: Light rail to nowhere?
The Monterey County Herald
Media folks don't understand Constitution
Posted: 04/24/201001 :59:54 AM PDT
Updated: 04/26/201010:36:11 AM PDT
Your editorial, "An armed society not a polite
society," convinces me that the editor has never
Light rail to nowhere?
the Bill of Rights or does not understand it.
Supervisor Dave Potter omitted some very pertinent
information regarding light rail in his commentary
Tuesday. As a longtime supporter of the Freedom of the press is paramount in any republic,
Transportation Agency for Monterey County, I think and that freedom is guaranteed by the Second
.it has truly missed the mark on this project. Amendment. What is it about our Constitution that
the folks who work in the news media today do not
understand? Is it the simplicity of the text?
Light rail is the most costly alternative to build and
maintain. TAMC failed to run a dual track
environmental impact report for bus rapid transit in I am 84, and was taught by my father before I was
the event the project fails to meet expectations. old enough to attend school how to safely handle
Light rail is the least flexible option and does firearms. Some say the age of reasoning doesn't
nothing to serve the commuter needs of the greater happen in children prior to age 7, but no one I
Peninsula or Salinas. know denies that the youth of America also live
under the guidelines of our Constitution.
In fact, at a recent planning conference, light rail
was not the preferred alternative outside large urban My first exposure to people, other than law
areas. It was bus rapid transit, allowing services to enforcement, who carried pistols openly on their
go to the people instead of the people needing to hips or under their arms took place in San Francisco
go to the transit service. It also is much easier to in 1941 when it was legal to carry.
increase and decrease capacity as circumstances
warrant. Times started changing under Teddy Roosevelt at
least 15 years before I was born, and those who
I do not believe T AMC owns the right of way think in the genre of The Herald's Opinion page
through Seaside and Monterey. How would this editor were raised and schooled under a different
affect the viability of the project? Without those concept of rights and privileges than I was.
approvals, is this project really light rail to
nowhere? I see a 13-to-2 vote by TAMC to proceed, Zane E. Jacobs
yet the citizens have yet to have a real voice in the Monterey
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