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November 20, 2017

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Letter to the editor:

Consider benefits of high-speed rail

Constant rhetoric against building the high-speed train from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., is foolish in many ways.

Creating the startup for the long-overdue rail system between states should serve as a need to keep extending the lines.

The second phase could be extended to Disneyland. Then we could start looking north to Carson City, Utah, etc.

If the system is successful, other states’ congressmen will want to jump into the act and start approving funding for interstate rail lines.

What we know for sure is many jobs will be created, including manual labor and high-tech work.

High-speed rail will help slow our dependence on foreign oil and reduce carbon emissions that are polluting our atmosphere.

We also need to improve our state’s schools and bridges.

The feds providing $100 billion for these projects is a drop in the bucket compared with the trillions we have spent on wars and foreign aid.

If Congress would start trying to help America grow and provide funding for these projects, we would no longer have problems with unemployment and people hating the government.

If our elected officials would make our folks the No. 1 priority instead of their egos and pocketbooks, we can once again start truly loving America the beautiful.

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