The July 28 letter Moving toward using less gas in the future was a fine rejoinder to Carl Hiaasen’s July 20 column, Taxpayers: Prepare to get railroaded. The letter explained why Hiaasen was so wrong in regard to his biased claim that the state did not need, and should not have, All Aboard Florida (AAF) and that the same type of efforts, to install passenger train service, are underway on the west coast of the state.
However, the letter skirted the real issue: Hiaasen has always appeared to be a political pundit, skewering governmental wrongdoing and using facts to do so. His column on AAF seemed based on emotion and the near-hysteria of people on the Florida Treasure Coast who, misguidedly, are opposed to AAF and what that company will do for all of the people of Florida by bringing the new train service to the state.
He relied solely on the fears of a small group of people who, for no valid reason, are virulently opposed to the new rail service. Hiaasen then presented a vicious diatribe without the facts.
He has disqualified himself as a legitimate arbiter in regard to the great need for a high-speed rail passenger service on Florida’s east coast.
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Seth H. Bramson, adjunct professor of history,
Barry University, Miami Shores