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Transportation matters

I was touched by the last paragraph of The Sun's editorial regarding South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Baltimore's economic and social woes, and I was inspired to think there could be a partial solution to just one of the many problems ("Haley's comment," Sept. 7). There could be a charity created to accept donated automobiles and maintain them like a motor pool for people living in designated areas of the city to use for transportation to and from work. With this kind of program, some measurement of success would be possible and the people using these cars could, after finding employment, make contributions to the program to buy the cars they've been using.

One hundred years ago, we began to change society with increased mobility with the automobile. Much of what the world considers normal was made possible by the automobile. We can blame autos for pollution, accidents and overcrowding of the roads, but we need to credit them for the good they have created as well. Some of this good can be increased by finding ways to help others achieve for themselves what they might otherwise not be able.

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Kirk Shriver, Baltimore

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