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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>No transit cuts</b>

EDITOR: I have chosen to ride the bus to save money and the environment. I'm lucky that I can drive to work. Most of the people on Santa Rosa city buses don't have that luxury.

The transit department needs $500,000. The managers making these decisions told the City Council they shared our pain but, despite the public input, would continue with their plan to cut service and raise fares ("Double hit for bus riders," Wednesday). I suggest those managers park their cars and take the bus for a month, and come back when they really understand what riders with no choice go through every day to get to work, school, etc. Maybe they should do it in wheelchairs.

The managers used the word "productivity," comparing the low-rider bus routes to routes in the business districts. The riders on these buses are mostly transfers from the outlying buses. If they cut services, they will cut people such as me who need the buses to be reliable and accessible or we will be back in our cars.

Loss of ridership drives their deficit higher. The only riders left will be those who have no choice. Transit services should be expanded not cut.

MARTHA STILES

Santa Rosa

<b>An unfair review</b>

EDITOR: Guy Fieri' s Times Square restaurant will serve a cross-section of the country, and some New York critics just don't welcome that ("N.Y. critic skewers Fieri," Thursday). It's the nature of the beast — unwarranted, over-critical, unsolicited snobbery, no welcome mat.

We have enjoyed family nights out, special occasions and great street food at Fieri's Santa Rosa restaurants and street fairs for years now with no complaints. We have a acquaintance with dining in the North Bay and Wine Country since its inception and evolution from whole foods and sustainable farming, and we find his places to have exceptional service and ambiance, good and even great food, and here's the kicker — fun.


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