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BUSES: What message were voters sending?

Letter by Richard P. Hermstad and Marilyn Hermstad, Gig Harbor on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm with No Comments »
January 18, 2013 1:42 pm

On Jan. 14, the Pierce Transit board announced reductions in service, including eliminating weekend service totally. Service after 7 p.m. will be reduced.

We, the voters, have spoken! But what have we said? That if you work weekends in a nursing home and commute via bus you will have to walk? That if you need to go to the emergency room on the weekend, and have no car, you will have to hitchhike?

A skinny latte costs about $4. Perhaps you have one each day on the way to work: 250 lattes (minus two weeks of vacation). That’s $1,000! The cost of Proposition 1 to you for that would be $3. Is that too much to share so that struggling folks might get to and from work, the emergency room, church or their grandchild’s school play?

Why must those who struggle to make a living take it on the chin so that we who are getting along just fine might have enough for 251 lattes instead of 250? Enjoy your next one, while someone wonders how they will get to work where they bathe those who cannot bathe themselves.

Come on, people. Think about it. One of these days, it might be you who needs that bath.

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