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SunRail, Rice, and humans: Letters

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.

Hold on a minute: There were a lot of people involved in the start of that war. Yes, the Bush administration and a lot of Republicans. However, there were a lot of Democrats who voted their approval on the resolution for that war to begin. Vice President Joe Biden, then a senator, gave his approval, and he is scheduled to give the commencement speech on Friday at the University of South Carolina; plus, he has given a number of other commencement addresses.

President Obama called for the invasion of Libya without Congress, and that has resulted in many being hurt. Should the president and the vice president be allowed to give commencement speeches?

Phillip Deere Lake Mary

Planet likely will last longer than humans

Saturday letter-writer William A. Adkins says humankind is so resilient that we will always be around on Earth, and that humans are almost as adaptable as roaches and will survive.

That depends on how many years of survival he is contemplating — thousands or millions. Humans have been here only a short cosmological time. We will not survive forever. The Earth does not need humans; however, humans need the Earth. Whenever the planet is destroyed, so will humans be destroyed.

Human destruction can come from humans via annihilation war, climate change, disease or something we have yet to discover. On the other hand, by nature, collisions from large objects from space or our closest star, the sun.

Even if the planet survives for a longer time than it is inhabited by life, the planet will go on until it, too, eventually is destroyed.

I am thankful that will be, perhaps, millions of years from now.

Choice Edwards Clermont

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