“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
I'm surprised the hearings officer came to the conclusion that the withdrawal would not be in the best interest of Boring. Still, Mr Bates misrepresented several things:1) That the taxes paid are somehow crippling the Boring economy, and eliminating the tax would cause job growth. (TriMet tax rate is minimal)2) That the lack of service to South Boring somehow changes the value of the service offered to North Boring.3) The problem is lack of bus stops. Doesn't the 84 allow you to flag the bus at any safe point along the route?4) That it was unheard of for a hearings officer to conclude that it's not in the best interest of the community. Maybe they haven't done so before (?), but the the officer's decision isn't in any way dependent upon past decisions. Besides, Wilsonville's plan was to provide IMPROVED replacement service; not to simply eliminate public transit. That was probably a big reason why it got the green light.Anyway, we'll see what happens, but my hunch is that it will be approved.
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