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Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
johnyaya @22: However, I'm on the fence this time.

What's interesting is that this time around we have all these commenters whose bylines we've never seen before and who've hidden their profiles--well, all that is not unusual--but what's new is they use these lines like "I'm on the fence." Or a commenter rshoff who, in a previous thread, says "I support ST3," and then proceeds to drag out every last tired argument used against mass transit.

Gee, for all you folks who are "on the fence" and supporters, you sure do expend a lot of time and energy arguing against not just ST3, but deploying a very sophisticated arsenal of anti-transit fallacies.

But I get it. Y'all have decided that your only chance is concern trolling. You're not going to change anyone's mind by showing your true colors. You have to con people into believing the unbelievable, that somehow (to paraphrase what Mr. Cracolici put so eloquently @21) tanking transit will magically bring better transit.
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Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
foobarbaz @19, I didn't realize you were such a champion of affordable housing too. So it sounds like you really do believe the Bellevue City Council is a bunch of corrupt sellouts for supporting ST3. I can't wait to hear your explanation why the Issaquah City Council is not as pure and noble as their counterparts in Newcastle.
Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
Wow, it's great to see all these light rail opponents masquerading as champions of government accountability and progressive taxation. To me, that's progress in itself. Think about it. Used to be light rail foes like Newsmama @10 and Dr. "I'm on the fence" Zaius @15 could just rail against light rail itself being a waste of taxpayer funds and an un-American socialist activity. Now they've got to couch their rhetoric with statements like "make Sound Transit write a fair proposal" and "I think we gotta find a better way to complete our light rail systems."

Of course, I think most of the people still reading threads like this are not that stupid. They know that there is no proposal Sound Transit could write that these foes would find fair, there's no better way Sound Transit could come up with to complete our light rail system that would satisfy these opponents.

It's like how the GOP characterizes whoever the Democratic presidential nominee is. The reason Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt and venal politician ever is that she happens to be the Democratic nominee.
Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
foobarbaz @13: The Stranger tried to pull this bullshit the other day in response to Newcastle not supporting the plan because the net improvement for that city was a bus park and ride on 405.

And so, everyone's criterion for supporting any sort of public investment should be, "Hey, if it doesn't directly benefit me, then I'm against it?" By that standard, we might as well all be in Mad Max land fending for ourselves.

It's interesting, though, that you should only bring up the Newcastle City Council's position and not the Bellevue and Issaquah city councils, which voted to endorse ST3. Or do they no longer qualify as real Americans to you?
Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
johnyaya @8: @2. You miss my point.

Your point, idiotic as it was, would at least smack of some kind of clueless sincerity if you were a transit supporter. But of course you're not, as you'd betrayed in the first comment you made on this site a few days earlier.

I'd link to it right now, but what's kinda funny is here I wrote @3: P.S. I suggest folks take a a look at johnyaya's Stranger profile before he decides to hide it. Sure enough, you have hidden your bio.

Listen, it's OK to admit you're against light rail, and you'd be against it whether Sound Transit delivered it on time or five years late or five years early. In fact, I'm sure five years early would be your absolute nightmare scenario. For those of us who are for light rail, though, taking 19 years to get to Ballard isn't great, but we'll go for it. We have faith that Sound Transit and the City of Seattle can work together to make it go faster, but come on, you have to realize that there are very, very few of us for whom that's a deal-breaker.

Long story, short. You might want to try out some other specious argument.
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Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
Still trying to make my way through NeighborhoodWarrior's rant @5, but here's one line I found particularly touching: They (Sound Transit) cook the books and statistics at every chance and continue to vote themselves ever increasing tax schemes that ensure that will be around for decades to come!

First, there's "vote themselves ever increasing tax schemes," as if the voters had never voted on any of this. And then the thing about there being some diabolical plot by Sound Transit to ensure it's around for decades. By that standard, I guess WSDOT's work building roads and bridges must be some insidious ploy to ensure WSDOT's continued existence. For God's sake, let's hope this diabolical plot by Sound Transit is about ensuring it's around for centuries and not just decades.
Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
NeighborhoodWarrior @5, welcome to the Slog comments section. It's wonderful that Sound Transit 3 should be the impetus for your making your maiden comment on this lovely comments section. Good to know people care about something. Just as I'm sure November 9 will herald the last we've heard of "NeighborhoodWarrior," along with your numerous other bylines, on this comments section.

I'm always impressed by the verbosity of you transit foes' anti-transit rants. As if you're getting paid by the word. The verbosity and the vitriol. As if Sound Transit was a horde of foreign invaders led by Vladimir Putin (sorry, bad example--I hear y'all are big Putin fans now) and not an agency whose creation and all of whose work was directly approved by the voters. The only other democratic outcome I can think of that has faced such a spirited effort to delegitimize is the presidency of Barack Obama.

One correction though. You write: And just think, read "Seattle Subway's" response to a reader's comments above. If you're talking about my responses, sorry, I'm not with Seattle Subway, although I wholeheartedly agree with them.
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Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
P.S. I suggest folks take a a look at johnyaya's Stranger profile before he decides to hide it. If nothing else, you'll get to enjoy an ongoing cavalcade of generic anti-transit arguments that transit foes have been making since time immemorial.
Sep 22 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: Voting Yes On Prop 1 Is the Only Way to Get Light Rail Faster.
God, I just love all these folks like johnyaya @1 who suddenly sign up to comment on Slog when a mass transit initiative rolls around and always have to couch their anti-transit rhetoric with "While I am pro-transit for the most part..."

But there's a special level of stupidity (or an expectation of gullibility) with this particular comment @1. "Concrete, penned-in guarantees of positive outcomes to a 'yes' vote on Proposition 1" sounds more like an abstract philosophical argument. If I have a child, there's no 100% concrete guarantee from The Good Lord Above that my child won't suffer some horrible fate before 18, and next thing I'm opening up "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." If Americans had applied your standard of certainty, we wouldn't have fought the Civil War or built the Transcontinental Railroad. Heck, there wouldn't even be a United States of America.

But here's one thing I am just about 100% certain of. It's that you're not as stupid as you make yourself out to be. You know full well that if Proposition 1 passes then we're going to be getting grade-separated light rail from downtown to Ballard. And something tells me that it's that very certainty that is the real thing that bothers you so much.

P.S. Looking forward to your handle disappearing from this comments section come November 9. Something else I'm just about 100% certain of.
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Sep 19 cressona commented on Seattle Subway: Think ST3 Is Too Expensive? Check Your Seattle Times Subscription.
The one and only reason I have never subscribed to The Seattle Times is their intransigent opposition to transit. Here I thought things were going to be different with ST3. How foolish of me.

The Atlantic's CityLab site has this story out now, The Reach of the Bay Area's 'Tech Buses'. I'm reading about the Bay Area seeing 800 runs a day for privately run, employer-exclusive shuttle buses and I think, there's a region that failed to get its transit and development act together. And then I think, with the ongoing work on ST2 and with ST3, we have an opportunity to do so much better and to allow a sane commute to not be the sole domain of the employees of the biggest employers. And as if you could even call their commute a sane commute. I bet the vast majority of those shuttle bus commuters in the Bay Area wish they had an alternative to what they've got now.

I realize we already have Microsoft Connect, but God help us if we see that as the blueprint for meeting our own regional commute challenges.
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