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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

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

The Amp would certainly have eliminated several left turns on West End past 440.

Subsidized is not the word I am looking for, unless high school students have to pay out-of-pocket to get on a bus under that program. If they do, okay. My big-government program is not make buses subsidized for the rider. It is to make them free to the rider. That's marketing 101.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 12:09 PM

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

Oh good grief.

The poor already ride the bus; they're not the ones who need convincing to ride the bus because they already do. Immigrants already ride the bus.

This is why I guessed you didn't ride the bus--you don't know anything about people who ride it, but you're more than willing to go ahead and suggest sweeping changes about something you are completely ignorant of.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:07 PM

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

I'm not a politician and have no desire to get into the weeds of bus operating policy, especially with a liberal, non-fiscal conservative who calls an idea to help the poor and minorities a non-starter.

That said...

Targeting and scaling are deviations from the initial suggestion that serve to water it down and make it palatable to people with knee-jerk "no" reactions. Want to satisfy advocates for the poor - target them. Want to help immigrant communities - target bus lines running through those communities. Want to attract those on the cusp - make the bus down Charlotte and up/down Sylvan Park/Nations free and fast.

All that is horse-trading. To get that far, people have to buy into the idea first.

Posted by Diatriben! on 01/23/2015 at 12:04 PM

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

D!: "subsidized" is the word you're looking for.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:03 PM

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

The Amp wouldn't have shut down left turns, though.

And I can't find ridership numbers by route. Do you have a link?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:01 PM

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

Well, of course nothing is "free" in the grand scheme of things and everything has a cost. But yes, free to high school students, paralleling my initial suggestion.

If the bus were free, I'd reconsider. Maybe convinced wasn't the right word. But, given different circumstances, I would consider riding the bus. I'm sure I am not alone in those thoughts, and I think bubbadog's racial and poor-person statements above are overstated or at least - not insurmountable.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 11:57 AM

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

Yes. This planet needs FIFTY MILLION more unwanted children. We simply don't have enough of those!

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Posted by Laura Smith Moodie on 01/23/2015 at 11:57 AM

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

What a pure appeal to emotion, Patrick. You act as if abortion doesn't have positive benefits. http://freakonomics.com/2005/05/15/abortio…

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 11:54 AM

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

Ridership on the West End bus is almost zero at this time. If you lived on or close by there would be essentially no left turns-either direction.

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Posted by john on 01/23/2015 at 11:46 AM

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

Ah the good ol' bystander effect. To remedy this, you are supposed to look someone in the eye and directly ask them for help. However, if you are lying naked and barely conscious in the hallway after being brutally gang raped and are unable to ask for help, well then you are just shit out of luck.

Thank you for the article. It expressed my own feelings regarding some of the happenings surrounding the rape. It boggles the mind, what people are capable of doing (and not doing).

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Posted by nashville_marie on 01/23/2015 at 11:39 AM

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

Merely "a right to discuss with others"?

The hell with personal autonomy?

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Posted by notguilty on 01/23/2015 at 11:38 AM

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

Since 1973, over 50,000,000 (50 Million) abortions have been performed in the US. I would conservatively suggest that there would have been at least an 80% birth rate among those, so 40,000,000 (40 Million) children were denied the opportunity to be born. Who among us are disappointed their mother made the decision to carry her baby to term instead of choosing an abortion?

Abortion should never be used as a means of birth-control. In the risk of life to the mother, abortion is an issue that a woman should have a right to discuss with others before making that decision.

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Posted by Patrick Keohane on 01/23/2015 at 11:36 AM

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

"There is one libertarian view about abortion--libertarians might not be libertarian about all things."

Touche.

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Posted by 44allin on 01/23/2015 at 11:34 AM

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

There is one libertarian view about abortion--libertarians might not be libertarian about all things.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 11:28 AM

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

If you have no use for the bus, how could you possibly be convinced to ride the bus?

That makes no logical sense.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Front of the Book: David Fox, NashVegas Cab and Legislative Preview

I loved how David Fox was worried about how we need to prepare Metro's budget for national recessions which he says are "cyclical," like there's nothing we can do to prevent them, like they're acts of God or something. Like how summer follows spring, the economy will just crash for absolutely NO reason whatsoever!

Spoken like a true hedge fund manager.

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Posted by Southern Beale on 01/23/2015 at 11:27 AM

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

I don't think the STRIDE program is "free." It's no cost for students, but I think it is another subsidized program (I am trying to find the funding information for it, but I'm not yet able, so I could certainly be wrong).

So who should be targetted to ride for free, and for how long? I'm willing to be convinced.

And Moost's post is 100% right.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 11:24 AM

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

Moost hits it on the head: If you want to take the bus from Antioch to Brentwood, the only way to get there is to go downtown first. If you want to take the bus from Antioch to Donelson, you have to go downtown first. If you want to go from pretty much anywhere in the suburbs to anywhere outside downtown, you have to go downtown first, which makes no sense except in the cases where the driving route would go through downtown (such as, say, East Nashville to West End).

Not a great option if you don't want to add hours to your commute.

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Posted by Non-bus rider on 01/23/2015 at 11:23 AM

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

I don't ride the bus. I have no use for it. I'm not really interested in talking like I ride the bus, either. I'm pretty happy with my diction and writing style.

That doesn't mean I can't be convinced to ride the bus.

Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 11:18 AM

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

"It's weird how anarchist/libertarian you are until it comes time for women to choose how to use their bodies"

There's about a million different libertarian viewpoints on the matter of abortion. I happen to want the state out of just about everything, including a woman's right to choose.

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Posted by 44allin on 01/23/2015 at 11:16 AM

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