From Jonathan Riskind in The Dispatch:
Gov. Ted Strickland said he understands that Republican critics of his plan for passenger rail service in Ohio have a “legitimate need for more information.”
But the Ohio Democrat said he hopes Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, will accept the explanation that using $400 million in federal stimulus money to help launch rail service between Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton achieves a number of worthwhile purposes – most of all positioning Ohio for the future.
In Washington yesterday for a National Governors Association meeting, Strickland said he will respond to the letter Harris wrote him expressing reservations about the rail plan.
While the money won’t immediately lead to high-speed service, it is a crucial first step in that direction, and it will create many jobs and enhance the state’s freight rail system, Strickland said.
There’s a reason passenger rail in Ohio is popular with young adults: “They understand that for a state or a city to move forward there has got to be a willingness to embrace change,” Strickland said.
Well at least he is being honest- Traveling across Ohio at 39 mph with inconvenient boarding schedules is certainly a CHANGE from driving across Ohio at 70 MPH.
I also suppose these young adults are also hoping for more horse-drawn carriages and river boats… but who knows if they are ready for high-tech telegraph wires yet.
But if this project isn’t really about building something useful but is instead about “creating jobs,” then Strickland should require all dirt digging in the construction of this 3c train track (to paraphrase Milton Friedman) should happen with spoons instead of shovels and cranes. That would REALLY boost job creation.
The Dispatch’s comments section for this article is hilarious.