Letters

SMART paying too much for Wi-Fi on trains

At the SMART board meeting last month, the board unanimously passed a $483,586 contract with GBS Group to provide Wi-Fi to the SMART trains. The contract expires in December of this year. Not one question from the directors, although one did mention how wonderful it worked. That’s over $40,000 a month for Wi-Fi? Hard to…

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Without a true plan for path, vote no on Measure I

In 2007-2008, Deb Hubsmith, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and I worked, with heart and soul, to get Measure Q passed to create the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Trainsit system.   Read More

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Time to clean house

EDITOR: SMART management tells us that SMART’s future depends on a 30-year sales tax extension. They tell us severe service reductions will be required if they don’t get it. They tell us current debt service will consume their reserves if voters reject Measure I. All of this even though the current tax won’t expire for…

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

I moved from Marin to Manhattan for the 1970s partly, believe it or not, just to ride the dayglo-graffitied subways there. Trains are great: carry lots of people, less traffic, affordable, reduce road-raging and “green” (plus other colors sometimes). Read More

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

I recently received a mailer in support of the Measure I tax proposal for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit campaign. I understand Sonoma casino money is now flooding the effort, and it shows. Read More Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for Feb. 23, 2020

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Misleading mail

EDITOR: I recently got two pieces of campaign mail on the same issue: for and against Measure I, the renewal of the SMART sales tax. The anti- Measure I mailer from Molly Flater, et al, is extremely misleading when it describes the issue as “a two billion dollar sales tax increase.” Read More

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

I find myself in complete agreement with both Ron Arlas (Feb. 11) and Angelo Douvos (Feb. 12) regarding their letters to the editor on Measure I stances against the SMART train. Read More

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One-party rule

EDITOR: The expensive flyer promoting Measure I and lambasting its opponents is a chance for voters to examine who is really behind another tax increase to add to our burden. The ad is paid for by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, who, to my knowledge, are exempt from sales taxes of any kind, and…

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

I have been an ardent environmentalist for 40 years, but I now regret that I voted for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train. Read More

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

Critics of SMART in the run-up to the March 3 vote on Measure I have missed the biggest problem of all: the failure in the beginning to provide for honest financing for a train. Read More

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