OPINION

Readers talk public transit, Snyder emails and more

Time for solid transit

Re: the Feb. 9 story in The Detroit News, “Detroit area transit gears up for tax pitch”:

I would like to commend the News for its informative article. We trail every other major metropolitan area in providing a reasonable public transit system. The benefits of starting on the road in doing so are incalculable, while the costs of not doing so are also beyond an easy estimation.

We are losing our young people, and not attracting as many of them from other areas due to our poor public transit. Southeast Michigan residents must be better educated, especially those who don’t think they would use it, about how a well-coordinated, efficient transit system would benefit our entire area. This article, along with the RTA’s soon to be released master plan, are a good start.

David Kuziemko, Transportation Riders United board

News right on emails

Re: The editorial in the Feb. 7 Detroit News, “Snyder must produce all emails immediately”: It’s rare that I agree with this editorial page but this was one such day. Gov. Rick Snyder must come clean with all emails regarding Flint. He’s either one of the most inept governors or one of the most ill-informed. “I know nothing” is wearing thin.

He knew nothing about lead in the water, he knew nothing about the complaints about it and he knew nothing about the Legionnaire’s Disease until months after the fact. Just what does he know?

Cover-up or not, it already is an unmitigated disaster. The question remains: what’s going to be done to fix it?

Allan Bieniek, Southgate

No accountability

The chief of the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance has been fired. Another sacrificial lamb slain in the name of political indifference.

What happened in Flint was a direct result of actions taken, if not by then with, the approval, of the governor through his appointment of the emergency managers.

If this happened in a business setting instead of government, someone would be on trial. The governor should be no different. Can you imagine the uproar if the CEO of GM had acted — over the objections of the stockholders (Act 436) — and the result was this level of harm?

Where will all the money needed to fix Flint come from? Of course, the taxpayer.

Officials at the municipal, county and state level will continue to collect their paychecks while the rest of us pick up the tab. This fiasco will not cost one politician one dollar of their personal income. The same cannot be said for the unrepresented taxpayer.

Robert Hill, Grosse Ile