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Public transportation is moving the masses

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about mass transportation. — Heloise

“Dear Heloise: This country needs more mass transit between cities. We build highways, but the congestion on our roads is becoming serious. Japan, for example, has a mass transit system, elevated above ground, that is not only energy-efficient, it can move a large volume of people at incredible speeds. There’s no stress or hassle over traffic jams, finding a place to park or exorbitant parking fees.

“With the increase in population over the coming years, we’ll need a mass transit system between all major cities, both above ground and below. The best time to look into this type of travel for our country is now.” — Doug W. in Dallas

Old scam, new trick

Dear Heloise: I work for the police department in a major metropolitan city on the East Coast. Lately, we’ve been seeing an old scam return to the streets.

Someone will glue money or a cellphone (usually a broken one) onto the sidewalk, then wait for passers-by to try to pick up the item.

While concentrating on getting the item of value off the sidewalk, a thief will pickpocket the person or pick up the person’s shopping bag or purse and run off. — Anonymous, via e-mail

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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