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Appreciate your reply. I disagree on certain points but let it go. Regards.

On 10/29/10, Andrew Kester <akester74(--nospam--at)gmail.com> wrote:
> Conrad,
> I think a well-developed train system would benefit China greatly, one
> that would interconnect small villages to the large population
> centers, etc. (social issues and problems aside, ie, bring development
> to far-flung rural areas). Like you gave the US as an example when
> this country was first developing its infrastructure.
>
> But the article was about an uber-expensive experimental high speed
> rail that connected two cities, that will be a drop in the bucket in
> terms of passenger volume, and in my opinion was simply for bragging
> rights of a very fast train for a country obviously trying to puff up
> its chest on the world stage. It will not benefit the average person,
> and they cannot afford to build out an entire high speed train system
> throughout the country. Not very communistic when you don't do things
> that benefit the populace. But, maybe I don't understand communism.
> Either way, it is not the bang for your buck you are looking for when
> you want to move MASSIVE amounts of people from point A to B. Regular
> trains would do that.
>
> Avi,
> See above for clarification. I called out a few countries (the
> governments, not the people) with glaring examples of what I am
> talking about. And these were not opinions, these are facts. These are
> countries that clearly are making unintelligible choices in how they
> spend their money with a clear neglect of the common person for the
> advancement of a government goal at the cost of everyday people. It is
> certainly not a critique on the many fine people of all of these
> countries who want a better life for themselves and their family, and
> I am in full support of that. But when countries with very large
> populations who are struggling to feed, clothe and provide shelter for
> their people spend tons of money on things like this, it should be
> criticized.
>
> Even with our basic needs met, here in the US we constantly criticize
> our government's spending, as we should in a healthy democracy. Some
> would say we take the prize in stupid spending!
>
> Anyway, sorry for consuming time on the list for non-structural
> engineering. I am a bit of a transportation engineer at heart.
>
>
>
> Andrew Kester, PE
> Florida
>
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