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  "Riders are apparently something of an afterthought among the powers that be, which gets to the real problem with LA Swift: It was a bus, and there exists in this country an inherent class prejudice against riding buses — particularly in the Deep South, where middle-class and wealthy people are wedded to their cars." Stephanie Riegel in the Baton Rouge Business Report, on the demise of the LA Swift bus line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

  "The businessmen make money. The people who sell things make money. The rock band makes millions of dollars, but before they leave, they trash the hotel room. I think the guy that owns the hotel room ought to have the rock band pay to fix it up." Stephen Estopinal, treasurer of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, during a joint meeting of the House and Senate transportation committees in Baton Rouge Aug. 14. Estopinal's analogy compared oil and gas companies to hotel-trashing rock stars — and the Louisiana wetlands to the hotel room itself.

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