Stubborn, Stupid and Selfish
The following came from a recent story in the New York Times:
Gas Prices Send Surge of Riders to Mass Transit
By Clifford Krauss
DENVER — With the price of gas approaching $4 a gallon, more commuters are abandoning their cars and taking the train or bus instead.
Mass transit systems around the country are seeing standing-room-only crowds on bus lines where seats were once easy to come by. Parking lots at many bus and light rail stations are suddenly overflowing, with commuters in some towns risking a ticket or tow by parking on nearby grassy areas and in vacant lots.
“In almost every transit system I talk to, we’re seeing very high rates of growth the last few months,” said William W. Millar, president of the American Public Transportation Association.
“It’s very clear that a significant portion of the increase in transit use is directly caused by people who are looking for alternatives to paying $3.50 a gallon for gas.”
Ah, but in Honolulu, where gas is $4.00 a gallon and a 15-mile commute can take an hour or more, a gaggle of yahoos has launched a campaign to stop a proposed mass transit system for the Island of O’ahu.
They are dead wrong, but too stubborn or stupid or selfish to ever see that. Take, for instance, one of the so-called leaders of this group. He has been fairly well known in Honolulu for quite a few years … as an environmentalist.
Can you imagine that? An environmentalist who opposes public transit. Government just has to suck it up and steamroll over people like that.