Public should turn out for bus fare hearing, Feb. 24

Thursday, February 19, 2009

From a letter to the editor of The Capital Times by Susan De Vos:
In an "Election Matters" article in The Capital Times Feb. 6 by John Nichols, it was stated that "it now appears that the council will override the commission at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 24" when discussing a hike in the bus fare.

Not only is this potentially incorrect, the statement is irresponsible because it discourages people from showing up to the meeting (6:30 p.m., Room 201 City-County Bldg.) and engaging in the democratically important function of testifying before their elected officials.

Why should people bother to testify if it is already a "done deal"? It is not, and the responsible thing is to say that it is not. Why such a cavalier dismissal of the Transit and Parking Commission? After all, they are the experts and have special legal authority to boot.