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;What's the point?

;Read your article ["Take the keys," April 19]. I applaud you for taking the time to do some ethnographic research. Unfortunately, I am a bit confused on what your point was with the article. You pointed out some statistics about the customers being in low-paying jobs, or school, and about it being skewed to minorities. OK, but what is the point?


;I thought the article was about the ability to successfully use Orange County's mass transit system. Was it really about how the poor and minorities have to deal with transportation? Then you ended the article with the unsubstantiated statement that many of the car-less people that live in the outskirts and live there because that is where they can afford to rent. Then you point out a "catch 22" that the transit system is less efficient for those that live in the outskirts. Would that be due to the greater distance of travel? Seems so obvious.


;Then you cast blame on "decades of poor planning" or "city leadership so focused on tourism and unfettered development." Then you accuse some (city leadership?) of neglecting the needs of those residents. Finally you draw a conclusion that the condition of either the poor or the transit system is "what you get when you reject paying taxes."Who is "you" in that statement?


;I'm not sure if you were trying to cast blame on some segment of society for the situation many lower-income people find themselves in, but if that was your objective, you fail to give a fair share of it to those that are in that situation and do not attempt to get out of it.


;Eric J. Dirga, Orlando

;;Write about Ocoee?

;Jeff Billman disappoints me ["Take the keys," April 19]. The lesson of the week without wheels is not what you think. It isn't underfunding movement in busses; it is that we all need to stop moving around so much! Cars only help us sustain the delusion that this is sustainable.


;I have two modest proposals for Jeff:


;No. 1: Stay home. You are a writer. Next week don't spend your time running all over the county drinking with co-workers downtown, meeting friends for dinner downtown, covering joint speeches of former Presidents on I-Drive, visiting pool halls and bars in Winter Park; just stay home and write about Ocoee. Visit the bars, restaurants and stores of Ocoee that do not sit in malls. Walk there. Take an umbrella, though; if you thought it rough commuting by bus during a cool week in April, try hoofing in July in a rainstorm when you will also need a change of clothes wherever you arrive. There must be SOME neat places in Ocoee! People do live there.


;No. 2: Go electronic. Watch TV and play on the computer, listen to tapes or video games. Go to work, then go home, start on a six-pack and open a bag of Doritos and cheese dip and watch American Idol! Be a real American! Hide!


;When I was your age and living in New York, I went to work and went home. Tired. When I went out, I went down the street to drink with the neighbors or to the diner. For dinner out, I went to the diner, or for a treat to an ethnic place. I met people who I liked who lived near me and we found things in common. Get out of the car and stay out of the car. It may save the world.


;Doug Head, Orlando


;Justin's cover letter

;;Dear Mr. Brett Register:

;;Do you know or have you ever taken any film courses? Film theory? Maybe one too many? To give In the Land of Women [Film, April 19] three and a half stars is like describing MTV's The Hills as a gritty urban teen drama. Jon Kasdan hand feeds you heaping spoonfuls of sweetness wrapped around a movie that stands ever so delicately on stacked sugar cubes. The dialogue, the story, the acting, the casting and New and Improved Meg Ryan cannot be saved by your three and a half stars. If you'd like to know how I really feel, take me on as your film reviewer because I think Brett Register has a screenplay-by-numbers to get to.


;;Justin Grimes, via the Internet

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