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WTOL Editorial: Kasich was right to turn down high-speed rail money

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WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

By WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon - email

Ohio Governor John Kasich did the right thing when he turned down the stimulus money allocated for the high-speed rail project.

There is no way to know exactly what the end cost of this project will be -- and guess who's on the hook for the cost over-runs?

Additionally, what if the Ohio project speeds through money like the proposed 800-mile high-speed rail plan in California?

Some economists claim that project could cost as much as four times the original cost assumptions.

Land owners are already protesting that the rail line will damage property values, and farmers think it will ruin their land.

According to an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, only two rail lines in the entire world break even.

High-speed rail is a pipedream based on some odd notion that Americans want to ride around in trains instead of driving.

I don't get it. With all of the infrastructure issues facing this country, we should be fixing water and sewer lines instead of talking about building high-speed rail lines.

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