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Politicians keep throwing hurdles at high speed rail

I share Dan Griggs' concerns about the price of high speed rail to one extent (“High-speed trains too costly for U.S. taxpayers,” Feb. 19). If any is ever built in this country, the price of admission will be beyond the means of those who would use it (for example, people who cannot afford to own cars or even intentionally carless millennials appalled by the prospect of climate change in their lifetimes).

But we will never know unless any is built in this benighted country.

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Federal funds were earmarked for high speed rail in three states in 2010: Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin, all of which elected governors who nixed these high speed rail projects. I strongly suspect that the fear of high speed rail is the same fear that prevents Medicare for all. Namely that it would be a resounding success (“High-speed rail: a smart move with or without the Green New Deal,” Feb. 19). Particularly since high speed rail seems to work very well in countries that have single payer health insurance ( Spain, Germany, Japan, France, Sweden, the UK, Italy & South Korea).

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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