Who supports regional transit? Nobody I know

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 3:22pm
By: Letters to the ...

I read with somewhat confused interest the article in the April 30 Citizen entitled “Fayette supports regional transit.” I was not aware of the meeting alluded to in the article until two days after the fact. In speaking with several friends and neighbors, neither were they.

The person who told me about the meeting found out about it quite by accident, and no one in her Sunday School class was aware of it either.

Of all the people I have spoken with, none of us are in favor of a regional transit system. My friends and I try to stay informed about current events and most of us read The Citizen faithfully every week.

Whoever organized this meeting, it seems that there was not much effort made to publicize it. An issue as important to our future as transportation deserves discussion by the greatest number of participants possible. We can’t attend a meeting we’re not aware of.

As for the survey, a polling sample of 301 is hardly a representative sample of a county with over 100,000 residents, even allowing for those who are not of voting age.

Also, in referring to potential sales tax increases, please call them what they are: one percent, or penny on the dollar; not “a one-cent regional sales tax.”

If the tax increase is valid, it will stand up to being accurately represented. This may seem like a minor distinction, but if you figure up the amount of money spent that is subject to sales tax, you’ll see that the distinction is not minor at all.

Everybody deserves a chance to be heard on issues of community interest. Thank you for my opportunity.

Patricia Conley

Fayetteville, Ga.

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