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December 7, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Seattle streetcar line extension

Think of something less preposterous

With the exception of Seattle City Council members Nick Licata, Tom Rasmussen and Richard McIver, the other council members must be living in Alice’s Wonderland [“Seattle City Council divided over future streetcar lines,” News, Dec. 3]. They are either ignorant, stupid or so far removed from the problems of everyday citizens they haven’t a clue where money comes from. They have no empathy for the struggling average person who can scarcely pay for his mortgage, food, transportation, etc., and may lose his job.

Of all the ridiculous ways to squander our hard-earned tax dollars, more streetcars are the most absurd. Economists’ prediction of a $5.1 billion shortfall in our state’s two-year budget mandates cutting expenditures to the bone and eliminating all but essentials.

For bike riders, rails in the street are extremely hazardous, and more pollution would follow increased congestion. Streetcar tracks would impede traffic flow and increase gridlock.

Thank you council members Licata, Rasmussen and McIver for opposing this inane proposal and for listening to the people you represent.

— Helen and David Belvin, Seattle

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