Right Corner Pocket

News and opinion from a retired, pool-playing libertarian conservative

Light Rail v. Elevated Freeway

The Tampa/St. Pete story As a wonk who trusts numbers more than most people (read both ways) I was probably more struck than others when one of my favorite libertarian scholars, Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute and author of “Gridlock: Why were stuck in traffic and what to do about it,” made this remarkable…
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Nashville light rail plan not a “transit” plan

Thank you for helping this video get more than 5,000 Facebook views in less than 24 hours. My journey up and down Gallatin Road in Nashville convinced me that the May 1st TAX referendum is NOT about transit. It’s about redesigning Gallatin Road, and then Charlotte Avenue, and Nolensville Road, etc. It’s about trying to…
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There’s more than one way to beat a bully

The author of “Billy Turns a Bully” doesn’t actually recommend that kids invite the school bully to their homes when their parents aren’t home, but Billy is not your average kid. That said, when Billy uses the visit to perform an “extreme attitude adjustment” on the bully, he did something other kids CAN do. Most…
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Transit ad exploits senior citizens

By now, if you watch much local TV News, you have probably seen the 30-second “Vote For Transit” ads that features mostly “seasoned citizens” like myself touting Nashville’s light rail transit plan. I wonder how many of the people in the ad have calculated what age they might be when construction is scheduled to be…
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No Alternative?

It’s one of those frequent responses that clenches the jaw when I hear it – people saying they are going to vote for the multi-billion dollar tax increase to fund a light rail mass transit plan for Nashville because “we have to do something,” as if that’s the only thing that can be done. Proponents…
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On Second thought

by Ralph Bristol Now that a lawsuit has actually been filed against the August 2nd special election, and the suit cited the specific wording of the law, I have to reverse myself and conclude it probably is legal after all. The lawsuit, filed by former Metro councilman and current head of the Nashville chapter of…
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That’s not the point

by Ralph Bristol Let’s start over. I started with this, on Facebook: Whether or not he’s a felon, which he is, does a 54-year-old public servant deserve a taxpayer funded pension of $80,000 – approximately the same as his latest salary (without the overtime) for the rest of his life? If we paid public employees…
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Missed it by That Much!

  by Ralph Bristol The projected cost of California’s bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion (a 20% increase) and the opening date has been pushed back four years to 2033. The first 119 miles is scheduled to open by 2022, 14 years after voters approved a $10 billion…
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2018: A rough start for police

So far this year, 17 police have been shot to death, a record pace. At this pace, 90 officers would be shot to death this year, more than double the number just three years ago. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 64 officers were killed in firearm-related incidents in 2016 — a…
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The Dallas Light Rail Experience

BUDGET: $1 billion AVERAGE SUBSIDY: $14/trip USAGE: 3% of commuter population EFFECT ON CONGESTION: negligible   Dallas-Fort Worth boasts the longest light rail system in the country, operating 93 miles of light rail, plus 34 miles of commuter rail and 652 buses in 2017 with an operating budget of $495 million dollars and a total…
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