Gov. Strickland Lashes Out At Rail Pl...

Gov. Strickland Lashes Out At Rail Plan Critics

There are 13 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Feb 9, 2010, titled Gov. Strickland Lashes Out At Rail Plan Critics. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Tuesday lashed out at critics of the state's plan to use $400 million in federal stimulus money for a startup rail service, calling them "cheerleaders for failure." Strickland said he's tired of people who attack every idea that comes along and always look for something negative to say.

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ross

Manvel, TX

#1 Feb 9, 2010
yea
B James

Lorain, OH

#2 Feb 9, 2010
Gov. Strickland is calling those opposed to the rail plan "cheerleaders for failure" but from where I'm sitting that's all I've seen out of him since he has been in office (failures).
Karen

Akron, OH

#3 Feb 10, 2010
I just re-read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This rail plan sounds an awful lot like what happened in that book. Expecting people to pay for service to people who aren't proven to need it, running inefficiently at a probable loss, saying it is for the public good and ultimately benefiting the politicians and business men who rake in the profits and favors for pushing this through. Help private companies create jobs and services that are needed, not public programs you hope to create a need for after taxing us like crazy to fund them.
Thelocal

Santa Clara, CA

#4 Feb 10, 2010
Karen wrote:
I just re-read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This rail plan sounds an awful lot like what happened in that book. Expecting people to pay for service to people who aren't proven to need it, running inefficiently at a probable loss, saying it is for the public good and ultimately benefiting the politicians and business men who rake in the profits and favors for pushing this through. Help private companies create jobs and services that are needed, not public programs you hope to create a need for after taxing us like crazy to fund them.
I read the book myself too and I don't think the railroad will work either. Amtrak already stopped or partially suspended service to the Cleveland area once to the point where they now have buses leaving our station due to low ridership and if they already shut our train station down once, I wonder how well this railroad thing will work out. It already failed once and it might repeat it again.
popsknows

Stow, OH

#5 Feb 10, 2010
"Cheerleaders for Failure?" This is the same governor who has continued to penalize Ohio drivers (in certain counties) by continuing the failed E-Check program. Remember when the E-check was supposed to die its own death when "Ted the Penalizer" took office, only to be extended by his signiture alone. We couldn't meet the standards back when we still had "smokestack" industries here and now with those all but gone we still dont meet the "standards."
The Raven

Dover, OH

#6 Feb 10, 2010
We're not cheerleaders for failure...

We're cheerleaders for common sense.

AMTRAK has been subsidized by the government(in other words you and I) for decades. It has never been profitable.

We cannot afford another state run behemoth.
HOW

Cleveland, OH

#7 Feb 10, 2010
I want a gov. who will be a cheerleader to
"BAN SECTION 8"
THAT is killing community and city
AND
kill that E-Check program!

Trainless in Ohio

Farmington, MI

#8 Feb 10, 2010
Dear Gov, I don't attack every idea that comes along, just the ones that don't make any sense. What I am tired of is the continual waste of money. WHO is going to use the rail? Why all of the sudden is there a need to go from these cities to the other..football games? I can maybe see college kids going to school/home once in a while using. What a waste. Other states rejoicing in the offer? Maybe if it was LA to San Diego, but Louisville to Lexington doesnt make any sense either. AMTRAK did the study??? think they have an interest in the estimates? What a joke. Maybe the trains will fuel the next Gold Rush. Morons.
Mark Smith

Marengo, OH

#9 Feb 10, 2010
I frequently use the Akron Metro and Stark County SARTA, sometimes use the Cleveland RTA when I am in Cleveland for the day. All 3 transit systems are struggling financially.

Why is Ohio pouring money into a maybe someday possibly it will work project, when it could put money into transit systems with demonstrated need and ridership?
COOKE

United States

#10 Feb 10, 2010
The one thing that I agree with Strictland is that too many people have negative attitudes towards any issue that doesn't benifit them. I'll bet most of you don't even go and vote on election day. The only way to change things is get rid of all the incumbants and start new.
Don Carl

Mansfield, OH

#11 Feb 10, 2010
This country is well behind most other modern ones and even some of the 2nd world ones in public transportation. The trains run people conveniently wherever they need to go and is Europe, you do not need to own a car, use fuel or pay insurance. Why have L.A. type traffic in the future here when a good train system, aligned with buses in the destination or a rental car makes so much more sense? The corridor from NE Ohio through Columbus and on to Cincinnati so much sense and would reduce the cost of State and City drivers and vehicle use to so much less than your taxes pay now. As for flying to these locations...do you really love the waiting? The weather shut downs? The expense of luggage stowing? The cramped spaces? This whole project was overdue 40 years ago.
GeaugaTruck

Chardon, OH

#12 Feb 10, 2010
Any rail service has to compete not only on price, but on speed. I count the time from when I open the door to the garage to the time I arrive at my destination on Cincinatti or Columbus. Taking a train must include the trip to downtown, the wait for the train and getting to the destination once in Columbus or Cincinatti.

My father & mother took a train to Cincinatti that took 20 hours. I calculated that I could have driven to Cincinatti, driven home, and driven back to Cincinatti in less time that it took for their trip.

The propper thing to do is a Mag-Lev service similar to what is being built in China from Shanghai' airport to the city.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#13 Feb 11, 2010
I hope the public remembers the support the governor gave to this proposal when it fails. The train will have an average speed of 45 mph, and not be time or cost effective. Hey governor, when in business, you have to have a competitive product that people want. A bit shortsighted to create several thousand temporary jobs. Imitating the organgrinder idiobama.
By the way, governor, still waiting for the fix on school funding the platform you were elected on. Perhaps you were 'derailed'

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