We have had 10 crashes with ART buses in less than three weeks since the inception of the buses. [Editor’s note: The crash tally is now 11.] In each instance the driver who crashed into an ART bus was clearly at fault as evidenced by reports and videos. This is absolutely ridiculous on the part of the drivers who cause these 100-percent avoidable accidents. We have had the designated ART bus lanes for more than a year although the service started only on Nov. 30, 2019. Don't you think that would have been enough time for drivers to understand that they should stay out of the designated bus lanes? Are these drivers dumb enough to think that they can overpower a multi-ton ART bus? I don't think the police should wait until Jan. 1 to start ticketing and fining these offenders. They should start the process now. I also believe that, in addition to any charges brought against the offending drivers, they should also be held liable for the damage caused to the ART buses as a result of the collisions they caused.
Srini Vasan PhD, LCSW (retired), UNM
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Can we not see it?
Opinionated news befouls all citizens, twisting reality with "facts" that are not facts. The tortured logic is presented as gospel truth in emotional messages that destroy our confidence in each other and the institutions our fathers, their fathers and their fathers before them built to protect us from such abuse.
Studies have shown that opinionated news, both liberal and conservative, is saturated with inaccuracies and blatant falsehoods. That, coupled with the fact that 80 percent of the money we give to support candidates is no longer used to support them but [instead] to trash opponents, eats at the heart of The People's ability to self-govern.
If there is no difference between fact and fiction, there can be no democracy. But 2 + 2 does = 4 and we know it, so why behave like monkeys on a rope?
We are organized and managed through every dollar spent on messaging that moves us emotionally instead of intellectually.
We are learning to hate each other. How could we, in the birthplace of democracy and freedom, be so willingly led to the slaughter by such shameless political preaching when the remedy sits right before us, patiently waiting to hear us say "enough" and begin to fight back?
It does not have to be this way—and cannot be this way if our experiment in self-governance is to continue its success!
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