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November 09, 2015


As long as Cherriots supports the 3rd bridge in any way it's always going to be a No vote in every way. Starting with last week.

1. Cherriots is trying to use an public transportation model that does not fit. Salem is sprawled far and wide. Too many gigantic empty buses roaring all over town. Everywhere you look you see empty buses, except at rush hour. They need to become leaner and more efficient. They have a healthy budget. They need to manage the budget better.

2. The number of actual users of the bus is pretty low. Even if you expand the hours and routes the number of new rides won't be very high. Why not have more small, affordable, on demand options? It would be cheaper and more efficient.

3. If indeed we need more revenue, it should be borne by the widest possible number of people. Taxing just businesses because you think they have money is misguided. Add $50 onto everyones property tax bill. That is fair.

Trying to create an us vs them with business owners or big bad institutions is unproductive and wastes energy. Everyone has an interest in the public good. There is truth to the concerns for both sides. Compromise is needed.

The time for mourning is over. Energy should be focused on solutions.

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