High-speed rail needs complete federal help 

President Barack Obama should “put up or shut up” regarding his national high-speed rail vision. In France and Japan, the high-speed rail systems were built, paid for, operated, and heavily subsidized by the national governments. If Obama can’t convince the U.S. Congress to fund or share his national vision, then high-speed rail talk should end now.

Fiscally responsible governors in Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida all turned down “free” federal high-speed rail money because state taxpayers would be responsible for billions in construction cost overruns and perpetual operating subsidies. In California, the California Labor Federation and their Democratic Party politicians covet federal high-speed rail money.

France, Japan and China show that high-speed rail systems are costly to build and don’t make a profit, but require billions in national operating subsidies.

Mike Brown

The ‘dangle’ solution

The nanny parking controversy could be solved if The City brought in the “dangle,” a parking sticker on Lucite dangling from a chain placed over the rear-view mirror? This is done in L.A., a city that has its own share of parking problems.

Residents simply purchase a visitor pass and use it for whoever needs it at the time — friends, relatives, nannies, etc. If all parking passes were issued in this form, we’d also eliminate the unsightly visual pollution of those nasty stickers over the back bumper.

B. Weinstein
San Francisco

Shocking medical sadism

The recently uncovered series of sadistic medical experiments conducted by American doctors and scientists over the last 50 years shows that as long as people have power and believe that they are not accountable, some might feel free to conduct unsavory experiments on the weak, vulnerable and helpless, be they prisoners, the disabled, the ill or low-income minorities.

The Associated Press didn’t find just a handful of such studies, but more than 40 of them, such as giving hepatitis to mental patients, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prison inmates and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people — all done to Americans living in the United States. Countless people became sick or prematurely died as a result of these experiments.

No matter what good they were trying to do, even finding cures for deadly diseases, it did not warrant doing dangerously risky experiments on unsuspecting people without their consent and full knowledge of the danger involved.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach

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