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Bus, stop

So Cheris Hodges gives up driving for a week to ride CATS ("Diary of a CATS rider," April 9). BFD. I sold my Ford Ranger to reduce my carbon footprint and show respect for Momma Earth. For at least a month, I vowed to ride the bus on my commute. I'd read the Wall Street Journal, get a little work done, listen to NPR on my iPod. Turns out commuting with the masses wasn't nearly as romantic as envisioned. The drivers were surly, as Hodges described. On the second day, the driver got lost in an iffy area. The buses ran late. And the bus is slow. It took me an hour to get to work, instead of the usual 15 minutes. About three weeks into my month-long social experiment I changed gears ... and bought an Audi A6.

-- Mike Drummond, Charlotte

The whines on the bus go round and round

About a year ago I sold my 1995 Ford Mustang to start riding the bus myself ("Diary of a CATS rider," April 9). A few days before I finalized the sale of my vehicle, I researched the bus schedules, transfers, and how the system runs. You're blaming the city on your ignorance. In a year's time I've only been late to work twice, and this was not in the driver's control. I'm a production manager of a retail establishment so I know a few things about being on time. Accidents and breakdowns do happen. Also, this article has more crying and whining than a spoiled 5-year-old. Have you ever rode on another's city's bus? I have a lot of respect for the drivers for all the crap they have to put up through the day.

-- Dustin McShane, Charlotte

Don't let it die

I just finished reading your piece about Darryl Turner's death (Boomer With Attitude: "A death of convenience" by John Grooms, April 2) and I want to commend you! There are so many reporters that are silent about this boy's murder. It was not justified and a witness has even come forward and said that Darryl was not proceeding toward the officer. It is my prayer that this case does not just "go away." One of the interesting quotes in your article was, "... but, this is Charlotte." I am from California; if a teenager had been killed by police in California, activists and police watch groups would have been in the streets protesting, rallying in front of the store, in front of the police department, etc. I haven't seen any type of response from ANY organizations here. I am outraged. I live right around the corner from the Food Lion where the murder took place -- Darryl used to ring up my groceries and it's such a shame that his life was cut short. I hope that Creative Loafing continues to follow this story. It seems that you are the only publication in Charlotte covering the story. Don't let it die. Keep this story alive for Darryl's sake.

-- Mechelle Vaughn, Charlotte

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