Letter: HSR compromise impossible -- we must liquidate HSRA
- Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009, by the Palo Alto Daily News
Letters to the Editor
We don't need the High Speed Rail Authority to tell us what to do
I am watching the discussion of high speed rail with mixed feelings.
On the California High Speed Rail Authority side, I see a lot of
arrogance and a clear deficit of competence; on the other side --
concerned residents and cities -- naive attempts to bring logic to
this madness and to find some kind of reasonable compromise.
Naive people do no understand that as soon as you create an authority
with a specific name, and are paying money to employees of this
authority, they will do everything to justify its name, and their
salaries. Just try to create an Authority for Digging Ditches Across
El Camino Real, and you will see what will happen with out main
thoroughfare. The High Speed Rail Authority will push the project
of high speed rail, no matter what are economical reasons for this
project, what will be the effect of cutting cities in halves, how
many people will be evicted from their homes, or how many historic
trees will be uprooted.
What I suggest is to give up trying to find an impossible compromise
and to start action on liquidation of the California High Speed Rail
Authority. This is America. We don't need Big Brother to tell us
what is good for us, and to impose it on us against our will. And,
dismantling this authority will save taxpayers many millions of
dollars, which California needs so desperately.
Mikhail A. Rakov