Problems With Cap Metro's Spending

RECEIVED Thu., Dec. 2, 2010

Dear Editor,
    The Gray Panther organization fully agrees with Louis Black's statement that, "In sum, overall discussion over taxation, the budget, and the deficit is a shadow-puppet play in which those complaining the loudest deny any culpability for the problem" [“Page Two,” Nov. 26]. In fact, the same might be considered a brilliant insight and application with regard to the Chronicle's own incisive local reporting on the adverse impact of Capital Metro's service cuts while raising fares. A specific reference might made, for example, to the Chronicle several months ago raising questions on a Cap Metro board decision to use federal stimulus funds to cover cost overruns on the “Leander trolley” fiasco instead of job-creation for which funds were intended. Now, despite no service improvement/job creation, we've got Cap Metro imposing fare increases and service cuts – with seniors/disabled, most needy hit hardest! Bottom line, public interest requires not a(nother) FBI/IRS investigation into the probable misuse of federal funds, but this perfectly underscores Gray Panthers' contention that "Elimination of corruption is key to 'deficit reduction,'” (Might also be spelled Tom DeLay!)
Best regards,
Clint Smith
National Gray Panthers executive board
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