I work in the transportation field, and at my agency, we get a weekly inter-office newsletter. Today’s included a link to an editorial from Cleveland’s newspaper, the Plain Dealer. Many affectionately nickname it the Pee Dee.
The Pee Dee has an online version as well, cleveland.com. There is a comments feature on there, which allows people to post comments essentially anonymously. Needless to say, this results in a lot of ignorant and nauseating comments. I don’t read cleveland.com much, but when I do, I never read the comments.
Today I broke from my tradition, and was pleasantly surprised. The editorial was a call for more funding to public transit. It was a good argument, but nothing I hadn’t heard before. Someone had commented on the article more or less proposing an idea for smaller buses. It wasn’t written in the nicest way, but honestly, it was a great point. How many times have you been on a bus and it’s only been partially full? Perhaps this could be a cost-saving measure worth looking into. Maybe on some of the route that are more lightly used smaller buses could be used instead.
I generally don’t take much stock in this Pee Dee/cleveland.com comments, but today I think I found a good one.