Mr. Cronin's claim that the French rail system is "very profitable" because the Economist says so is charming, but quite wrong. The SNCF is profitable the same way that Airbus is profitable; with massive government subsidies and tax relief.
And his question about whether the French are smarter than us? Well, "comme ci, comme ca." His gratuitous attack on Menlo Park Mayor Andy Cohen for doing his job of defending our city from railroad exploitation merits no response, only a stern look of admonition.
And Mr. Cronin, all of Menlo Park is NIMBY? Now, I'm confused. I thought it was just me.
Marta Morando pursues the well-known "ad hominem" NIMBY counter-attack, but loses the game since she does not address any substantive, factual issues, but rather merely advocates sacrifice from the few for the sake of the many. Bonne chance, Marta!
Finally, former Mayor Steve Schmidt suggests that the much-needed high-speed train should make no rail corridor changes at all, but merely share the existing, to-be-electrified tracks with Caltrain. Without, he adds, any grade separations.
Sacre bleu, Monsieur Schmidt, this is just the opposite of what Caltrain and high-speed rail officials want!
Voila, as Mr. Cronin would say.
Martin Engel, NIMBY
Stone Pine Lane, Menlo Park