VTA Waste, Arrogance and Mismanagement Legendary

Dear Editor,
Anyone who cares about elderly and poor people receiving
transport ought to consider how many people get transit service in
the USSR today. None. The Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist theory of
government does not work in the long run.
Dear Editor,

Anyone who cares about elderly and poor people receiving transport ought to consider how many people get transit service in the USSR today. None. The Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist theory of government does not work in the long run.

If transit riders want to “own” their transport, then why not pay for it? Why make motorists pay 99 percent of the costs of transit riders’ rides? Was Lincoln wrong? Was JFK? Local government leaders must answer Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta’s crucial question with private-sector transport solutions, not public-sector ones if they want our government to last.

How long can VTA ignore the Santa Clara County Grand Jury’s scathing report, and how long will the voters tolerate VTA ignoring the grand jury’s indictment? Is there a double standard being tolerated by our local government? If a business owner violates a rule, ordinance, regulation, statute or court decree, then the government swiftly jumps all over him. Yet our local government officials tolerate VTA’s violation of the prohibition in the Public Utilities Code against transit agencies operating with taxpayers subsidies higher than 85 percent of operating costs (the subsidy level is greater under generally accepted accounting principles).

How can we expect business owners to obey our laws if our own government does not obey them? Will our leaders recover these illegal distributions of taxpayers hard-earned dollars? Will they stop their illegal practices? The law punishes unlawful business practices, but what about unlawful government practices? Caveat Viator!

Joe Thompson, Gilroy

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