The author then shared his admirable commitment to helping the homeless by donating his personal time and finances, including at his church. Yet he draws the line at antisocial and threatening behavior on the public transit system.
But my concern for and commitment to the homeless does not extend to breathing secondhand smoke, feeling threatened and sitting in another’s bedroom while I travel on the light rail (“Make light rail safer,” editorial, Jan. 27). I applaud our community’s financial commitment to building this very expensive system, but if these are the conditions that one faces when riding a train, I will no longer utilize or actively support this system.
Remember, Hartnett is a light rail supporter for all the politically correct reasons. But he won’t be much longer, unless city hall takes back control of the system.
We have opened our wallets to help build this system, and in return I ask that the operators provide a safe and reasonable ride. They are failing miserably at this. We can solve our tragic homeless problem without ruining our mass transit system.
A glance at the paper’s comments section and you realize Harnett speaks for what may be a new “silent majority” in the making among liberals who expect more for their taxes and from their local elected officials.