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An Editorial - Joseph W. McQuaid: Poor, stupid Granite Staters

New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher

June 06. 2013 11:47PM

How does it feel to have your intelligence, as limited as it must be, publicly insulted by New Hampshire's elected and appointed officials?

That's what Granite Staters got Wednesday as the Executive Council OK'd spending your money to educate you on the benefits of train travel, even as it spends your money on a study to allegedly find out if train travel might benefit you.

Only Councilor Chris Sununu had the sense to call this the charade that it is. He said the council just voted to spend $3.6 million of your money for the new study. (A previous study has shown the costs far outweigh its benefits.)

Some think the fix has been in on this latest "study" for quite some time. But apparently the pro-train crowd wants to take no chances that the idiot public might still object to its plans.

Enter the Department of Transportation (remember when it was called the Highway Department because it built and maintained our highways?).

With a straight face, DOT boss Chris Clement insisted the $40,000 campaign to educate the public on the benefits of train travel is not an effort to influence the public on the benefits of train travel, even though the proposal specifically says its purpose is "to educate the public on the benefits of rail as part of a comprehensive multi-modal transportation system."

Sununu pointed this out, he said, "with all due respect" to Clement. Too bad neither Clement nor the other councilors, nor Gov. Maggie Hassan, has any respect for the people.

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