Quote of the Day: How Dare You Compare Horses to Cows

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From the LA Times:

A number of horse owners at Thursday’s meeting took exception to comparing cows to horses and demanded a new study.

This is part of the endless soap opera of California’s bullet train. Everyone thinks the train is a great idea as long as it comes nowhere near where they happen to live. Rich communities in the north have already filed environmental lawsuits. Poor communities in the south have demanded that the train tunnel through their neighborhoods. Others want the route changed to protect endangered species in the Angeles National Forest. And equestrians worry that the sound of the train will spook their horses. As the quote above suggests, they were not impressed by European studies suggesting that cows get accustomed to the noise.

And this is all in addition to the endless stream of lawsuits emanating from farmers in the Central Valley who don’t want the train to bisect their property. And from residents of Bakersfield who don’t want the train anywhere near them.

Labor unions, on the other hand, “praised the new plan, saying the project would create badly needed jobs.”


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