Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES JTA Should Charge More for Bus Service

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES JTA Should Charge More for Bus Service

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The head of the JTA noted that bus service to the stadium on game day does not pay for itself. Why not? Why shouldn't the people who want to go to the game pay for themselves to get there? Add on a couple more dollars, or even five, and at least break even, for Pete's sake. This is exactly the kind of change that should happen to balance all government budgets. Look closely, all you legislators, and I bet there are hundreds of services just like this that need to be adjusted to become self-sufficient before you look at cuts in things like education.

THE DIRTY SECRET OF CLEAN COAL

"Clean coal" is a Madison Avenue slogan developed by the coal industry to fool the uneducated and uninformed. It's like alchemy, the ageless quest to turn ordinary objects into gold. Coal is a string of carbon atoms. Add oxygen and you get heat, carbon dioxide and water. Anyone who tells you that they can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide from burning coal takes you for a fool. So why is "clean coal" on the T-U's editorial page? Nuclear is the "new green."

VETS SHOULDN'T BE JOBLESS

Historically, the withdrawal of our military from wartime events and their return home has always caused spikes in unemployment. The jobless rate is setting records now and getting worse. As our noble young men return home, finding the means to provide security for their families and themselves is going to be a challenge. Shouldn't our vets be given priority when hiring? One solution is for the military to absorb the duties of the border patrol. The border patrol is short-handed and incapable of securing our borders. The military has the manpower and technology to stop the violation of illegal immigrants and to slow the flow of drugs into our country.

LET ME DECIDE NOT TO TIP YOU

In a number of restaurants, we are asked to pay our bills to the server rather than to a cashier. This rant is for some of the servers in some of these restaurants. When I pay you and you ask, "Do you need change?" I feel as if you are actually asking, "Are you going to give me a tip?" Please say instead, "I'll be right back with your change," and let me be the one to suggest that none is necessary. …

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