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Every day at 7:25 a.m. I point my bus north on 590 to take my students to school. I see three or four miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic, often at a standstill. I think about all that wasted fuel, all that carbon heating up the planet, destroying what is trying to keep us alive.
I think about all the money wasted on parking, insurance, auto loans, maintenance, and the three empty seats in most cars. Then I think about all the wasted time that could be spent reading, writing, drawing, thinking, meditating, or even working on laptops if these people were on buses or trains.
Do we have such an abundance of the precious moments of our lives that we can throw away so many of them stuck in traffic? What kind of living is this? The flashy car ads don't cover that question. Where is the future in this? Add more lanes, more cars?
Right now, corporations are working hard to finish off the atmosphere we breathe and the water we drink with the Keystone XL Pipeline and hydrofracking for oil and gas so that we can continue to piss away our lives behind the wheel.
If this seems crazy to you, why don't you tell someone?
JOHN KASTNER, ROCHESTER
Ouch! Describing St. Patrick's Day as "the most sacred of Irish holidays" (music listing for The Tossers' appearance at Water Street) sounds so cheap.
People in Ireland don't go bonkers there the way Americans do here. When I was growing up (in the US), we ate corned beef and cabbage during the winter months and not necessarily on March 17.
Turning former and current Christian holy days into drink fests upsets me deeply.
ROSE (O'NEILL) O'KEEFE, ROCHESTER