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DDC asserts: "the average passenger on a STA bus emits 7 times the carbon footprint of a single individual driving a 8 cylinder luxury car"That would be a fascinating observation, if it were supported by fact. Where did you get such a number? Without a verifiable reference, it bears no weight. Care to share it?A counterexample is in order. It is a daily occurrence for the commuter route from Liberty Lake to Spokane to have 100 riders on it. If that particular bus gets 4 miles per gallon (which is the low end of the scale for buses, and the new hybrid buses are rated at 6 miles per gallon), it´s getting the equivalent of 400 miles per gallon compared to a single occupancy luxury car. Even if it were one of those old 1986 articulated buses they retired a few years back, they´d be getting the equivalent of 250 miles per gallon. Let´s observe that the return trip is probably close to empty, say only 20 people. In the worst case scenario, that would mean that the round trip would be getting the equivalent of 150 miles per gallon.Which dealership sells those cars, DDC?(And, please, name one transportation system which pays for itself. There are none, with the possible exception of walking. And that is only true if you never leave your home.)And, David: my observation has been that you´ve always shown yourself to be a staunch opponent of cost-effective transportation for those who provide labor for our region´s employers, despite all the evidence that people have attempted to provide to you over the years. So, though I have no confidence that you´ll absorb any benefit from this attempt, I´ll try anyway for the benefit of those who would otherwise be fooled by your misdirection.davidbray asks, "What´s the connection between Brown´s Addition and Gonzaga? There doesn´t seem to be any relevance to those two points."It´s linking an area of affordable housing to downtown, WSU and EWU´s Riverpoint Campus, and Gonzaga University, places where students spend their days. Students are such reliable bus riders that they have prepayment systems set up to enhance STA´s revenue flow. In addition, the route between Browne´s Addition and downtown is one of the highest performing routes in the region, at one point actually producing more revenue than expended in its operation. Comparing this route to the system as a whole is inappropriate because it´s communities such as these which subsidize the rest of the system.Avoiding the fate of Portland or Seattle--where incomes are so much higher, in part, because they are willing to make public investments which can be leveraged by private sector investment--seems to be inevitable with a community unwilling to believe enough in themselves to actually invest in their own home town. Thank you, Don, for working hard to move our city forward despite the work of those people who would hold us back. It´s people like you who will help us make a positive future for our children and our children´s children.
Actually, this is how news is supposed to work. The Sheriff´s spokesman says something fundamentally stupid, then we make fun of him when it´s revealed that he jumped the gun.Good on him for admitting the mistake, but perhaps now he´ll give people the same respect he´s asking for with regards to the other officers.
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