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Letter – City Still Making Bad Decisions

Dear Editor

You would think our today leaders would have learned from some of the dumb decisions our past leaders made, when they voted to demolish such a grand landmark as The Victory Stadium. By the way citizens were given bricks from the stadium to lessen their hurt. Some one has come up with another bright idea, eliminate the half hour valley metro services in the morning and late afternoon. That could mean 17 to 18 drivers would lose their jobs. Yet up to $300,000 dollars may be spent to study the Elmwood Park Project. Shame on The Star City of the south, if this plan does take place, you will be adding to the unemployment rolls as well as the welfare rolls.

I noticed there wasn’t anything mentioned about the trolley car. They run every 15 minutes, and it’s free to ride. I suppose the trolley can run on fresh air, and the drivers have volunteered to drive the buses. Our leaders can and should find the money to keep the peak hour services moving. Be thankful that I only have one vote to cast.

-Josephine Hutcheson, Roanoke

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  1. I don’t know what the real reason for all the studies is but there is one.
    The study business is probably being steered toward someone’s friend’s or someone’s own business because it is rarely necessary.
    The local colleges such as Va. Tech also do that type of work and could be used as well.

    Victory stadium I could not see rebuilding but guess what? The majority of Roanokers wanted it and it should have been rebuilt. Why, because that is who pays the taxes around here. It is not city council.

  2. The trolley is not just a City of Roanoke responsibility. Carilion has a big stake in its operation as it is designed to transport workers, students
    between downtown and the Hospital. It should be free as many people
    use the service to dine, shop, etc. The City should find other uses for the trolleys as well as regards to tourism such as connecting the Transportation museum, Hotel Roanoke to downtown. I agree we should not eliminate any bus service, it ultimately hurts businesses.

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