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Viewpoint - July 18, 2012

Letter: High-speed rail will never work

Conservatives will slam the first leg of California's high-speed rail project as a train to nowhere, even as California faces a $15.7 billion deficit that has grown almost 70 percent since January.

Debt of the world's ninth-biggest economy was slumping the most in three months with a deadline for lawmakers to pass a balanced spending plan looming.

On July 6 though, Democrats in the state Senate ignored the polls and the state's budget problems and passed $2.7 billion in funding for the first leg of the railroad, from Madera to Bakersfield. The term "Boondoggle" may be used to refer to protracted government or corporate projects involving large numbers of people and usually heavy expenditure, where at some point, the key operators will have to realize that the project will never work.

Ted Rudow III, Encina Avenue, Palo Alto