Model of inefficiency
If SunRail continues to be as horribly inefficient as it was Tuesday, then let's rename it SunFail now and get it over with.
The train was 90 minutes late Tuesday afternoon when it finally arrived going northbound at the Church Street station. By then, dozens of us were tired, hot and exchanging ugly words about SunRail. Apparently other stations were similarly crowded. And the cars were crammed with riders. Such unresponsiveness is mind-boggling during this first month of operation when SunRail wants to prove itself to potential riders.
What it proved Tuesday is that the people running the train are inept. If a commuter train, or subway, or bus system can't respond in a timely manner to demand, it won't last.
When the time comes for riders to pay, how many commuters will continue to ride a train that runs 90 minutes late? Or an hour late? Not many. Will the incompetence continue? I hope not. If it does continue, however, then all the years of waiting for commuter rail in Orlando, and all the millions of dollars that have gone into it, will have been wasted.
Ken Clarke Orlando
Being a former railroad conductor, I have been waiting a long time for commuter rail in Central Florida. I now have concerns about who is running it.
The trains have been overcrowded due to free ridership, and the solution was to add a chase train? Extra coaches are sitting in the yard doing nothing. Instead of adding a chase train, using more fuel , and employees, you would think officials would have added the extra coaches. Any railroader knows it would take less than 10 minutes to do this.
Now they're thinking about it. The powers-that-be need to ask the qualified railroaders who are running the trains what should be done.
Wayne Sawyer Minneola
Scott's stripes, spots fine with this reader
In response to Mary Schrote's Sunday letter to the editor, in which she noted that Gov. Rick Scott has to live with his stripes and spots: I'd like to say thanks for reminding me why we voted Scott in as governor.
When a large percentage of Americans are on food stamps, getting unemployment benefits for months on end and getting health care paid by taxpayers under Medicaid, I strongly support Scott's stance on drug-testing in order to get the government's freebies.
Why should taxpayers have to support those on drugs? If people have nothing to fear, then they should take the drug test. Is it further beyond their dignity to take a low-paying job than to accept handouts? Is it further beyond their dignity to do community-service work and earn their money from the state?
Americans used to be self-reliant, have self-esteem and take pride in their work. Maybe Scott should stop all welfare, and then maybe people will go back to work to regain their dignity and self-respect.
Scott has added thousands of jobs, while our federal government gives us excuses. Scott should keep up the good work and come up with more solutions to get people off welfare and unemployment and maybe do more to block illegal immigration.
Steve Robertson Tavares
In defense of Rice: Many brought on war
Regarding Jane Weinstein's letter on Tuesday about Condoleezza Rice's backing down from speaking at Rutgers University commencement: I wonder about Weinstein's statement about the Iraq War.
She wrote: "It was an abomination for that war to begin, and people should start protesting her [Rice's] former superiors as well for causing this war, which has hurt hundreds of thousands of people around the world." Weinstein went on to write that the former secretary of state shouldn't be speaking to anybody.