I fully expected the Observer's Mary Newsom to lash out in the wake of revelations that all is not as advertised with the UNCC transit study she so breathlessly touted to the world back on May 7th. I erroneously assumed, however, that her reaction might mirror that of WFAE's Mike Collins, a light rail fan who was similarly misled about the study's origins, yet who was very direct and forceful in questioning the study's main author Edd Hauser on Monday about his previous dissembling. Not so Mary. She has opted to strike out against anyone who thinks that Charlotte should not spend $9 billion on a mass transit plan that will do next to nothing to improve traffic congestion now or for the next 20 years. This paragraph lays bare her fantastic assumptions delivered with a veneer of vituperation wholly misplaced: If you're thinking mass transit is a creature birthed and nurtured by Charlotte's business oligarchy then you are uninformed about Charlotte. For about, oh, the past century or so it was the conservative business oligarchy here that fought the concept of any government-funded public transit. They kept a pitiful bus system running on fumes and pennies -- and extremely high fares -- because business leaders didn't want their taxes raised just to make life easier for low-income mill workers and black people. It's still the ultra-right-wing descendants of those anti-tax businessmen who are fighting the transit tax now. Where to begin? How about with Hugh McColl in Europe?