Almanac

Viewpoint - April 7, 2010

Letter: Rail opponents fail to see the positives

Your story "Stop that Train" is all about America can't do anything big anymore.

There was no discussion of the energy savings, pollution reduction, or improved productivity of high-speed rail linking population centers in California. Neither was there any discussion of the successes of high-speed rail lines in Japan, France, the U.K. or China. No, the opponents arguments rest on two points:

• Their homes are in the way.

•Americans could never carry it off.

Quoting from the story: "A project that will cost billions of dollars but actually will never get done." "A project whose purpose is to make politicians more powerful and their moneyed friends richer."

I guess the three musketeers weren't awake when Americans went to the moon, put a computer on a chip, or built the Internet.

Rob Walker, Walsh Road, Atherton

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