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Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

Exactly, notguilty, and the anti-choicers don't even believe that it's murder, which is why they aren't lobbying to criminalize it. And that is also why they are big fat lying liars.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

1. I didn't say "exhort," right? We're having a great conversation. Don't derail it by exaggerating, okay?

2. Business leaders should listen to facts about the real costs to the economy caused by gridlock. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/business…

I don't disagree that not all employees at all businesses can telecommute. But as the nature of business becomes more technical, the numbers who can continues to rise, on average.

3. Having problems =/= red herring. A red herring is something that is a distraction from the core issue. Light rail isn't, since it is a public transport option currently in use, so it has to be on the table when talking about transforming the system. Thus, precisely the opposite of a red herring.

4. I challenge someone, if possible, to try public transportation one day to really compare the time costs--on my particular route, it costs me about 15 minutes extra each way (including the walk to and from the bus stop from my house--the bus drops me right outside my office), but saves me the costs of parking, which is typically $9/day, unless I have to work overtime (and then it's $15), or if there is a special event downtown (and then it's $20).

Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Underserved: People who would use public transportation, but for some reason don't. The reason could be access, cost, awareness, whatever. I am an inclusive guy, so I'll say we are all potentially underserved at some level. For the government w/r/t transpo issues, underserved means poor and minorities.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

Anyone who refers to a lawful abortion as murder is lying. The two are mutually exclusive.

If abortion were criminalized, what penalty should attach to the pregnant woman who hires the provider? If abortion is the functional equivalent of murder, should she receive a life sentence or the death penalty, as with other persons who commit premeditated and intentional murder?

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

CCA and privatized prisons are both a national disgrace.

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Posted by Min on 01/23/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

A business leader has no reason to listen to transportation authorities on the issue of telecommuting. Aside from the word containing the letters "commut," the issue is not something that transportation officials have any specialized experience with or knowledge of.

Business needs and desires dictate where people work, not exhortations from government functionaries. Now, if the MTA were to come out and say "We are going to so fuck up movement around downtown Nashville and buy up all the parking spaces, that no one will want to come downtown to work" - that might encourage telecommuting.

Don't get me wrong: working remotely is great on many levels.

I'm glad the Star's one thing going for it is that taxes pay the bulk of it's cost. Oh! That's what you dismissed with busses. Nice.

Light rail is a red herring, especially since you acknowledge there are issues.

With regards to bubbadog's feelings about his neighbors - I'll say that saving money and more convenience, if available, would trump social stigma. The additional time to use mass transit vs. driving is a problem, though.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

This is all so discouraging.

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Posted by Min on 01/23/2015 at 9:08 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Underserved in what way, D!?

Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 9:00 AM

Re: “What Carol Swain Got Wrong

"Rethinking" implies there was original thought.

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Posted by bubbadog on 01/23/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

The MTA's 2015 budget is $70,000,000. $16,000,000 of that comes from "charges, commissions, and fees." Eliminating bus fares would cost something less than $16,000,000 annually.

http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/Finance/docs/OMB/FY15/Final/78%20Metro%20Transit%20Authority%20Financial.pdf

I am ignoring for the moment the fact that increased ridership would increase costs.

I, for one, would like to help the underserved communities of Nashville, as well as relieve congestion and reduce air pollution.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

I am not fiscally conservative; liberals know that things cost money.

A couple of things about the train: 1) It is an RTA, not an MTA, program, 2) The Music City Star has a lot of problems, but one thing it does have going for it is that federal employees make up a good chunk of the ridership. The federal government subsidizes employees' public transportation use up to $140 a month (I think--the number has recently fluctuated). And the feds' fare isn't discounted. That is money that would likely be simply lost, since with the exception of Old Hickory, there isn't another public transport option provided by RTA. I would imagine the state also subsidizes their employees' fare, but I don't know if RTA provides for a reduced fare for the state.

Light rail is generally a good option for regional transportation (as long as the track already exists), but since CSX owns the right-of-ways, and freight-by-rail is booming, locally there are some serious issues that are not easily resolved.

I think that transportation authorities need to hook up with business leaders and suggest non-vehicular options, like encouraging telecommuting--if people don't have to come into town, particularly at peak hours, then why waste the resources?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Couple of things:

1. The dirty little secret about that AMP route on West End was that it was never about whether it offered the highest potential ridership compared to, say, the Charlotte corridor. It was about the federal grant money, which specified density requirements in order to qualify for the funds. Charlotte, which could have really benefited, did not meet the density requirement. West End did. So the Deanites threw everything in behind an unworkable route that people along West End would not have used in nearly enough numbers to justify the expense.

2. The elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about: Mass transit in the South works differently than it does in places like Portland. The ugly truth is that the difference is about race and wealth. Too many white southerners associate mass transit, especially buses, with low-income people, and particularly with black people. THey think it's beneath them to ride mass transit. Think of the substitute acronym that quickly arose for the MARTA trains (which are very nice, by the way): Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta. Consider why there is still a bus route down Belle Meade Blvd: It's so "the help" can get to and from the houses they serve. Here, the AMP wasn't just up against a formidable car culture; it was also up against a stubborn southern culture.

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Posted by bubbadog on 01/23/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Let's disband the Music City Star.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:46 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

It's good that the fiscal conservatives are outing themselves.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Where other mayoral candidates want the pedal down on Nashville's success, David Fox throws a caution flag

I don't think he is pro-charter so much as anti-MNPS. And since he knows how the school system works, I think he sees that Bransford Avenue is like an Albatross hanging from every MNPS school's neck, stifling innovation through its morass of bureaucracy and meddling. If the schools had more freedom to innovate and work with its particular clientele, we would not need charters.

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Posted by TennesseeJed on 01/23/2015 at 8:42 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Because even busses don't run on wishes and happy thoughts.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 8:39 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Here's my big-government program: Make (certain/many) busses free.

Tell me why it's not a good idea.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Where other mayoral candidates want the pedal down on Nashville's success, David Fox throws a caution flag

He is pro-charter schools, so I assume he sends his own children to charters? I notice that he attended MBA himself.

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Posted by Public School Parent on 01/23/2015 at 8:29 AM

Re: “The Cavalcade of People who Saw and Did Nothing

Miami, that was both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Best wishes.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 7:43 AM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

And, for whatever it's worth, there are current RTA routes from all of those places. They are not nearly as well utilized as they could be--people love their cars, and unless/until attitudes toward public transportation changes, ridership is going to remain flat.

Lower gas prices also play a role.

I've been using public transportation in cities across the country since the early 80s, so I don't understand the antipathy for it (I say this as someone who loves cars and loves to drive, but hates sitting in traffic when I could do much more pleasant things like reading or napping).

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 7:26 AM

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