Public Transit Expansion in the United States
I’ve recently become more interested in public transit systems. In some large metropolitan areas like New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C., it’s perfectly common for residents to ditch their personal vehicle to rely solely on public options for their commute. I’m curious, though, about how expanding cities and tourist centers deal with the growing need for effective public transportation.
Funding, developing, building, staffing, and maintaining rail systems is a serious undertaking. When using public dollars to accomplish such goals, it seems as if everyone has an opinion.
When accidents happen, like train derailments or bus collisions, who ends up holding the bill? Information found from The Law Office of William J. Luse website mentions that bus accidents are often caused by driver fatigue, lack of bus maintenance, and inclement weather. Growing cities have no shortage of these factors.
Thus far in my research, I’ve found that the answers to these questions vary depending on the city and state of the particular rail or bus system. For example, the New York Metro Transit Authority is not a completely public entity. Rather, the NYMTA is classified as a public benefit corporation. There are components to this structuring that are governed by the public, however, there are also components which act as a private corporation. The MTA also isn’t subjected to the same regulations that public agencies are.
Growing Cities and Tourist Destinations
Los Angeles has long since been known for its terrible traffic and lack of options for commuters. However, in the November 2018 elections, Los Angeles residents voted to pass a $120 billion plan to expand rail routes by 100 miles and invest in more buses.
Both Austin and Nashville, though far less populated than Los Angeles have seen a population boom in the last five years. The growing population of both cities has left city officials and planners looking for both cost-effective and sensible solutions to deal with traffic and encourage continued growth. Though both have modest bus systems, it has proven difficult to pass legislation passing more comprehensive public transportation options, like expansive rail systems.
Of course, private companies, many of which are based out of Silicon Valley, have swooped in to offer quick private solutions like Lyft, Uber, Bird, and Lime. Cities and municipalities have had a complicated relationship with these companies. On one hand, they help solve a portion of the traffic congestion problem, on the other hand, these private companies have proven to be resistant to city regulation.
An interesting case for public transportation is Vail, Colorado. Many tourists visit Vail in the winter to take advantage of skiing. These visitors often have very little need for transit options as many of the resorts rest right at the base of the mountain. However, anyone who chooses to hop on a bus does so without paying any kind of toll or purchasing a ticket. The bus system is funded completely from tax dollars.
Preparing for a wedding as I am, I have my thoughts on the subject pretty much 24/7. And since I have a lot of friends who are considering their own weddings (or just want to talk about the process), I thought I might start putting some of my thoughts down in a blog. I thought that it might help others who are looking for the best way to make their wedding unique but still traditional and sure to go off without any hitches.
So, let me start here by just making a couple suggestions: if you’re in the Midwest, have your wedding in Chicago. And if you’re having it in Chicago, do it in the morning.
Perhaps this advice comes with a bit of bias. I moved to Chicago five years ago, and there’s nowhere I love more. It’s the most beautiful city in the country, and it has some of the best and most romantic views anywhere.
Now, there are those who don’t want to get married in a city, in which case, fine, don’t. But if you’re open to the idea, Chicago has all the sort of emotional and symbolic pull you could want. It’s a city that suggests grand possibilities, new starts, and endless potential. In other words, it’s exactly what you want your wedding to bring to mind.
There are great restaurants and bars for bachelor, bachelorette, pre-wedding, and post-wedding parties. There are incredible hotels that can meet the needs of the frugal or those who prefer luxury. And, of course, there’s that skyline.
And for my money, that skyline really shines brightest in the morning. I know plenty of people here who will insist the best time of day to view the city is evening, right at sunset, or perhaps after the stars are up and the lights are on in all the buildings. In my opinion, though, a city like Chicago, all full of potential as it is, really shows itself best when the new day is full of potential as well.
It’s hard for me to write about Chicago and not get romantic and sentimental, as you can see, and that is my point: it’s just what the city does to you. It’s why it’s such a hive of great art and music as well.
Morning in Chicago has plenty of other benefits as well. If you’re planning for a wedding in the summer, you avoid the heat. You can also indulge in a lot of morning-only activities that are going on around the city. For instance, Anita Dee Yacht Charters run post-wedding brunches, which I hear are a lot of fun.
Finally, with a morning wedding in a big city like Chicago, you get the opportunity to turn the whole day into a ceremony. Say your vows, have a nice brunch, and then take in some incredible activities throughout the whole day. You can extend the wedding far longer than those evening events where people get worn out and start falling off to sleep after three or four hours.
The Benefits of Mediation
When you think about divorce, the first things that come to your mind are courts and attorney fees. That is a justifiable impression of the legal process, but that is not always the case, because there is such a thing as mediation.
Mediation is a process wherein a third party will facilitate a constructive conversation with the couple, so they can come into agreement regarding the division of assets, child custody, spousal support, and other aspects that can be dispute areas upon their separation. Many couples choose mediation because of its various benefits.
It is less adversarial in nature
Divorce can be very argumentative, and even violent on certain cases, especially if there are disagreements on legal issues such as those mentioned above. But with mediation, the process is much more peaceful. This is because the spouses involved are willing to cooperate and are mature enough to talk it out instead.
It is unbiased
In divorce, it is more likely that the spouses will do anything for his or her best interest, and this may mean that he or she will be biased in terms of demands. But in mediation, demands can be controlled with the help of the unbiased mediator, so you are sure that all legal aspects are equitable.
It can get results faster
Divorce may take a significant amount of time because of the disagreements, not to mention the days allotted for courts and attorney sessions. Couples can have more control of how things progress in a mediation, so it is likely that they will have faster settlements.
It protects your children from stress
The court may involve your children in the divorce process, especially when it comes to child custody and support. The children may be interviewed or asked to be in court, which can have emotional and psychological effects. Mediation prevents such stressful things.
Due to these advantages, many couples are choosing mediation over litigation. In fact, some counties in Texas even require mediation because it is less complex. This just proves that mediation, as a concept, works very well.
Nursing home abuse of elderly citizens is quite common in these facilities. Such actions can affect hundreds of elderly patients each year. According to www.kff-law.com/nursing-home-abuse/physical-abuse , physical abuse or neglect can leave the patient severe injured or even encounter mental trauma. Nursing home abuse and neglect are similar because they both have serious consequences on the patient. However, there is a huge difference between the two.
Nursing home neglect can either be passive or active. The former involves unintentional failure while active refers to the intentional failure of the nursing home staff. Both passive and active neglect can be easily detected through observation of the elderly person’s physical state. Some common examples of nursing home neglect include failure to assist the patient during eating and drinking, poor hand washing techniques, ignoring call bells or cries for help.
Nursing home abuse, on the other hand, is an active form of neglect which causes harm or injury to a patient. It can either be physical, emotional, financial, or sexual. Once detected, immediate action is required. Sexual and physical abuse is easier to detect while emotional and financial can be challenging.
Whether its abuse or neglect, the elderly patient should be treated with respect and utmost care. There are several laws that protect the rights of nursing home residents. For instance, the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, enacted in 1987, requires nursing homes to provide high quality of life for its residents. The law also requires nursing homes to comply with local, state, and Federal laws as well as prevent discrimination.
Sending elderly members of the family to a nursing home can be tough for their loved ones. When the family members do decide to entrust the elderly to these facilities, they have the assumption that they will be well taken cared of. Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious violation of the law hence any facility can be punished and prosecuted in court.
One of the most important processes that a business can undertake is a merger and acquisition. For the companies that will be involved in the process, they can expect a win-win situation. For the business that will be merged and acquired, they can ensure the continuity of their business as a part of another company. For the acquiring company, it is the perfect opportunity to grow their company.
According to the website of Slater Pugh LLP, mergers and acquisitions are important business decisions that should be carefully considered. M & A’s are governed by different areas of law. This is important because it can affect the employees of the company. For both seller and buyer, such transactions would mean change in corporate control. Mergers and acquisitions could affect shareholders, customers, employees, and vendors.
Among the two transactions, the more common is acquisition. This involves a smaller company being bought by a larger one. Depending on the agreement, the cost of acquisition could be in the form of stocks or cash. These transactions are governed by corporate law which provides information on requirements necessary to complete the merger or acquisition. Likewise, mergers and acquisitions identify the different duties that the Board of Directors will have in the new company.
Before the merger and acquisition deal can be implemented, it would require the vote of the different shareholders. In a stock deal, shareholders need not vote because each director will decide if they want to sell their shares to the new owners. The company charter may also have a set voting requirement when the company is up for sale. In some instances, the company may also have the option to solicit proxies from shareholders.
Taxation issues also play a huge factor in mergers and acquisitions. The Internal Revenue Code of the United States discusses all of the taxation issues. Tax lawyers need to be involved in every step of the way of mergers and acquisitions.