Putting on a Political ‘Party’

Letter From the Editor
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Is it really almost over? This just might be the longest, strangest election year ever — or at least in recent history. 

After watching the candidates and pundits talk until they’re blue (or red) in the face, we’re simply sick and tired of being sick and tired. 

The long-anticipated end of such spirited discussion calls for a drink, so we’re putting the “party” back into politics. We hope nobody gets offended, but really, in this climate? Fat chance.

I am looking forward to voting for the Regional Transit Authority proposal. I don’t pretend to understand the issue like James Robertson, whose 20-mile-a-day walk to work dominated headlines a while back. But in a small way, I can relate. 

Years ago, my car broke down. I had to get from McNichols Road and Gratiot Avenue to work at 13 Mile Road and Gratiot. Transfers, buses that never ran on time — it was only a week, but it was winter and it was horrid. 

More recently, I spent $60 to Uber from an out-of-town airport to the hotel. Later, someone asked: “Why didn’t you take the train?” 

The what? The return trip involved a short walk to a station — and a $9 direct-to-the-airport train ride. It was convenient, comfortable, and cost-effective. 

By the way, this was in Denver not New York City or even Chicago. If the RTA passes, expect similar options from Metro Airport to downtown Detroit. 

The RTA will cost the average homeowner $95 a year. Is it worth it? Imagine this: You head downtown for a Tigers game from Mount Clemens or Birmingham. Catch a rapid bus route, avoid traffic jams — and the $25 or so to park — and maybe enjoy a guilt-free second adult beverage. 

Sure, the RTA is baby steps, but they’re steps toward having real regional cooperation.

I would hope that’s something we can all agree upon.

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