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Californians Furious as Bullet Train Work Begins

It is rare to find someone in Hanford, a town of 55,000 people south of Fresno, who is not opposed to the project. Many landowners have been in financial limbo for years as the authority weighs different paths for the train, leaving farmers wary of planting crops or investing in new equipment in case their land ends up being gobbled up.

Among them is Kole Upton, a farmer in Chowchilla whose family has put on hold plans to replace almond trees. The rail authority is busily signing contracts with engineering firms and contractors in hopes of getting shovels in the ground in the next few months.

“When they come in with these routes they put a cloud on your land,” says Upton, who works with his brother and son on the 1,400-acre family farm but has devoted much of his time to fighting high-speed rail.

H/T CharlesWT and Irish

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  • Edwin||

    screw them, infrastructure is important. This country's amazing, we fight every god damned improvement, we already have thousands of miles of track put into a state of unuse by regulation, and people wonder why this country has no economy now? Damn! In my own county, in Tenafly, the people are killing themselves over the introduction of the light rail to the already-existing tracks. EVRYONE ELSE in the county wants it. The many are more important, as is actually getting our economy going!

  • Sevo||


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  • Scarecrow Repair||

    ^? ^^!

  • Sevo||

    Confusion reigns!

  • Carolynp||

    Aaah...the ultimate liberal answer to everything: don't fight us as we rape you and take your land. It's for our own good... From the bottom of my heart, screw you.

  • Sevo||

    Ya know, I couldn't tell. Edwin posted in another thread, and the post wasn't brain-dead.

  • Edwin||

    It isn't raping them, they get fair money for any takings. We should all be so.lucky when losing something. Half of them aren't even complaining about the takings, they just don't want the train in their town, which is BS. Its just NIMBYism run amok. Even if the government using dominant domain to take land and spending tax money to build a train is immoral, which it isn't necessarily, at the very least its the least objectionable of all the non-linertarian.policies out there; It at least leads to physical infrastructure that will be there from then on,which is damned important for any country's economy. Its something all the people will use. Stuff like teacher Union salaries, public arts funding, our bloated military, entitlements, etc. Have far fewer or usually no public benefit