Tom Campbell; More on Muni Bus Stops …

by on April 26, 2010

To the Editor:

Paul Hogarth’s piece attacking Tom Campbell as a “stealth conservative” in the Senate race neglects to mention that Campbell may agree with President Obama on an issue where Barbara Boxer certainly doesn’t: the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Colin Gallagher
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Cursing people as selfish “yuppies,” just because they want to use public transit to get around town efficiently is just dumb politics. As to the issue . . . A city bus service would ideally include dedicated para‑transit vehicles. I lived in a Connecticut city that seemed to have a lot of door‑to‑door service. The general bus service, however, was woefully incomplete. That town back east had 125,000 in a greater metro area of about 1 million.

It makes me wonder if we should split service ‑‑ have Muni making fewer stops and attracting a lot more time‑conscious riders, but have another service “para‑muni” (?) to assist those who need door to door service. Both are needed and MUNI has been trying to thread that needle for a long time. I don’t think you can combine the two services without underserving one population or the other.

Dana B.
San Francisco

To the Editor:

To refer to the removal of bus stops as a kind of “cleansing” is so unbelievably clueless and offensive, it boggles the mind. Your writer should immediately be flown to Darfur to see what actual “cleansing” looks like. Or he should be asked to interview a Holocaust survivor or an ethnic Albanian survivor of Srebrenica so that he can get a f’ing clue about what “cleansing” is actually all about.

I’m sure any of the victims of legitimate attempts at “cleansing” would be more than happy to live in a city that is trying to simply experiment a little bit and see if it’s possible to make the buses run better by not having them stop at every freaking block. And I’m sure that an actual victim of an ethnic cleansing incident ‑‑ also sometimes referred to as genocide ‑‑ would find your writer to be either hilarious moronic or sociopathically insensitive to use the term in this context.

While we’re on the topic: Your argument about para‑transit for the disabled is TOTALLY wrong. We are already paying for the para‑transit services. Adding new passengers doesn’t necessarily add cost. In fact, it would likely bring the per‑rider costs of para‑transit down and might even make the entire service more cost‑effective. This article is clueless and insensitive on so many levels. Bob Planthold should be asked to formally apologize to victims of ethnic cleansing and genocide along with the transit advocates he smears in this article.


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