My objection to the way the media is covering this is the total lapse of any mention of why people are evading the fares.
I drove buses for 20 years of my 40 years trying to make money to survive.
I know first hand how many people are struggling out there to survive.
I would bet that 90% of the fare evaders are from the lowest economic class of citizens in this country.
These are the people that you see wandering the streets because they have no where to go. These are the people that live in and out of the revolving door of the criminal justice industrial complex. There is a huge underclass of impoverished citizens in this country and the media refuses to cover it.
Mainstream media would rather turn one segment of the population against another.
Nationwide, state and local governments are facing increasing pressures in the wake of the manufactured debt crisis, to include public transportation among “assets” to be liquidated in corporate fire sales. The Willamette Week story, and the prospect of the Democratic governor selling off state agencies met with a predictably celebratory response in the conservative Weekly Standard, which responded gleefully to the prospect of the governor “burning the [state’s] household furniture to say warm” , and “rechristen[ing] the University of Oregon ‘Nike U.’” The prospect of the privatization of Portland’s light rail system is a barometer of Brown’s willingness to pursue neoliberal austerity measures, and the power that corporations like Nike and Intel exert in a state with one of the lowest corporate income taxes in the country.
NOTE: Many of these alerts were written by
dispatchers who are not expected to be language experts, may not have
time to proofread, and make mistakes like all humans. They may have
many other tasks in progress at the moment, such as dealing with buses
that are already stuck due to the blockage or situations elsewhere.
While those errors probably should be forgiven, they can cause confusion
or problems for those who try to follow them.
"Operators should be better trained at de-escalating tense situations," said the public several times after the horrific murders on our light rail. As if these things wouldn't happen if only the drivers had better training.
What a load of crap. How about this, folks? We drive a bus or a light rail vehicle. In order to properly handle the mentally ill passengers who ride transit daily, we'd need a PhD in psychiatry. A few classes here and there ain't gonna give us the ability to talk a tweaked-out druggie or a mentally-disabled person out of creating mayhem.
What fascinates me the most about this is how conditioned we are to except this kind of senseless death and how quick the media drops the coverage. Oh well, she should have paid attention is what you hear from average citizens. What the truth really is government doesn't do enough to protect average citizens