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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Misbegotten war

EDITOR: The Iraq war was not about freedom in Iraq. It was about President George W. Bush's ego. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction or even a competent army.

Many Americans still believe that Iraq had atomic weapons. Many Americans are unintelligent.

Bush pushed the U.S. military into a mud hole, and we're still in it. So it's not surprising that much of the American public would just as soon forget the whole thing ever happened. But that would be wrong. When you make a horrible mistake, you should never forget it, or you might repeat it.

The war drained our economy, and now young people can't get jobs. The military is where most of our tax dollars go (when you include military benefits.) If your relative died or was injured in the Iraq war, don't blame Saddam Hussein, blame Bush.



Rail budget

EDITOR: Dan Walters ("California bullet train faces new challenges," March 7) rightly noted that critics question high-speed rail's planned engineering for the Southern California mountains — questions about which we rarely hear. It sounds pretty serious.

But that is almost beside the point when one considers that a fraction of the total high-speed rail budget — estimated at as much as a half-trillion dollars — would not only upgrade the existing north-south line to support better, faster passenger traffic, but it could also accomplish much-needed urban projects: connecting SMART to the Larkspur ferry terminal, connecting BART's Fremont line to downtown San Jose, eliminating grade crossings for CalTrain's Peninsula service and upgrading the heavily used Los Angeles-San Diego Amtrak line.

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