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August 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Build a train that makes more sense

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After having driven Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and points south hundreds of times, I just can’t quite understand how a train between Victorville and Las Vegas is going to do anyone any good.

Perhaps if they could use different technology that would allow going all the way to Orange County, they would have something worth doing.

I envision a system between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. This system would be a winner year-round — summer for the beaches, winter for the skiing, and year-round for gaming in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas could then do some serious thinking about expanding the monorail to include the new train system, the airport, the northwest valley and Henderson.

This whole thing would be a financial boon for our valley in so many ways, especially jobs and the expansion of our tax base. Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and even Mesquite would all potentially become bedroom communities feeding off of the economies of Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. I have seen it happen in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

The train that our senior senator is pushing is a boondoggle at best. We need to reassess what our tax dollars are spent on before they are thrown into the same trash heap to which so many other government projects have contributed.

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