Kevin T. Byrne, Oceanside

Regarding the recent guest commentary by Robbie Hunter of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California: utter nonsense. Instead of dumping good money after funds poorly spent on high-speed rail, let’s explore an alternative.

The concept of moving business and technical professionals from afar is counter-intuitive to good planning. With the advent of modern communications systems, businesses could provide satellite facilities in areas of the state more advantageous to low cost housing.

The biggest advantage to business would be the lower coast of real estate and room to grow. The community and state university system can quickly establish regional educational curriculum to serve the industry.

People will go where the jobs are as evidenced by the number of working people leaving the state. Instead of serving a small and specialized group of contractors and tradesmen, those groups can train and employ builders of communities.  

We want to hear from you

Want to submit a guest commentary or reaction to an article we wrote? You can find our submission guidelines here. Please contact CalMatters with any commentary questions: