<b>Taken for a ride</b>
EDITOR: It would appear that the SMART board has found a way to increase ridership before the train even begins operation ("County shifts $6.6 million to SMART," Dec. 11). We seem to have all been taken for a ride.
SMART, as sold to the public during the election, has become a model for bait and switch. My respect and appreciation to SMART board members Tiffany Renee and Steve Allen for their no votes.
SMART advertised the reduction of automobile use as one of its primary goals. I dare say a completed bicycle/pedestrian pathway would have more quickly and effectively achieved that and more.
SMART promised us more than just a train.
<b>Officials behaving badly</b>
EDITOR: I am a retired middle and high school teacher. The vast majority of my former students exhibited more poise and maturity in their interactions with one another than did Santa Rosa's mayor, Scott Bartley, and his colleagues Councilwoman Julie Combs, and Councilman Gary Wysocky at the recent City Council meeting. ("Honeymoon over for mayor," Thursday).
According to Bartley, Combs and Wysocky inappropriately "called him out" in public and asked him if he was going to apologize for calling Jack Swearengen "clueless." It appears that Bartley would have preferred to have this discussion in private. Probably a good idea. Bartley escalated the situation by refusing to apologize for a clearly inappropriate and disrespectful comment.