Letters to the editor 

PATH trail, funny math

PATH's many oops

So, Ed McBrayer of PATH claims, "The biggest piece of misinformation is that we don't work with neighborhoods." ("PATH trail blocked," News & Views, March 12) Please. In 1996, noticing stakes across the street, I found out through inquiry that a trail was being constructed within the week less than 100 feet from the west side of my house. Oops, make that 70 feet, as it turned out once it was built. A few years later, I learned on my own that PATH was installing another trail portion just down the street. When I complained to Ed about the potential tree loss, he agreed to a meeting the following Tuesday, and gave me his word that nothing would be done until we met. Oops, all of the trees were cut down that Friday. Then he agreed to a tree plan to compensate for the tree loss. Oops, the plan was only partially complied with, and when a local city manager complained, he was berated in writing by Ed for having the audacity to do so. When a neighbor expressed strong concerns that the trail construction was going to cause flooding in his yard, he was assured by PATH that he was mistaken. Oops, first large rain, and there was water up past his front steps. We were promised that the trail would be well-maintained. Oops, the trail near me is strewn with litter and has a concrete retaining wall that's been in a state of disrepair for years. (I could go on. Out of many, many encounters with PATH, only one was positive.) Anyway, does every patch of forest in the Atlanta area have to have a PATH trail slammed through it? Oops, of course! How else is Ed going to continue to justify what is most likely a six-figure salary?

– James Alec Gelin, Avondale Estates

(Not so) simple math

She might just need a vacation. My first thought, after reading the Blotter item titled "Mommie dearest" in the March 5 issue (Bad Habits), was that it might have been a misprint. The last sentence reads the following: "The officer arrested the mother, age 31. The daughter age 23. (For those of you who despise math, the mother would have been 14 years old when she gave birth to her daughter.)"

If you really think about it, a simple error in print or typing cannot excuse the diva for her lack of well-thought-out writing. Adding and subtracting and basic human reproduction are subjects known by even the dumbest of dropouts. Young girls can give birth at the age of 14 much too often. That's not a big "Oh my gosh" there.

"Eight-year-old delivers a healthy baby girl." That is a shocker. In conversation, sarcastic or witty comments require quick thinking and a fast tongue. Someone who makes such comments is often called a "smart-ass." There is, however, plenty of time to think when someone writes such comments, and when they make senseless mistakes, it tends to replace the word "smart." Making the writer look not so witty, and called a "dumb-ass."

– Rafael Castro, Lawrenceville

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