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Guest opinion: Why I'm voting against the High Speed Rail Initiative

Original post made on Sep 24, 2008

California voters are being asked this November to vote on a $10 billion dollar bond to support the initial design of a high-speed rail (HSR) connecting San Francisco and Sacramento to Los Angeles and San Diego. The proponents of this measure cite its many potential benefits: reduced air and automobile congestion, an increase in construction jobs, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, increased economic vitality, etc.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 24, 2008 at 10:06 am

Thank you Rich, for doing your job, the job you were elected for.
And, thank you for doing it well.

Whether people are for or against the train is not the issue. What we are in for if the train arrives, is the issue. If the train promoters can't or won't tell us what we are in for, we should not be buying fantasies and empty dreams. It's our money, it's our town, it's our state. Only dumb people spend money without finding out what they are and aren't buying. We are not dumb.

Thanks, Rich and Kelly, for making that clear to the people who are so desperate to take our money and run.


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Posted by Morris Brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 24, 2008 at 10:56 am

Let me add my thanks to you also Rich.

And more thanks to Kelly Fergusson, Heyward Robinson and Rich Cline, for voting Council approval of a formal Resolution 5826, taking a strong position opposing Proposition 1A, at the meeting last evening (9/23/08)

You can view the resolution as passed by Council at:

Web Link

Morris Brown
Stone Pine Lane, MP


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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 25, 2008 at 8:34 am

Have you been watching the news in the last 24 hours?

Is there a parallel between this national credit crisis with a $700 billion bail-out by the taxpayers, and the high-speed rail bond issue for $10 billion?

Both are borrowed money. Who do you suppose will have to repay it?

Both are promoted by politicians whose treasuries, national and state, are in deep debt.

Both will benefit organizations that are famous for ripping off their customers and us taxpayers.

Both are being marketed as a less expensive alternative to doing "nothing;" that is, support us or be very afraid.

Both are based on very little accurate information for the taxpayers, and we are hearing lots of "trust us, we know what we are doing." Yeah, right!

Both have very questionable backgrounds and histories.

At least, with the high-speed train bond measure, we know more than enough to "Just Say No."


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