We voted $7.5 billion in bonds to build new water storages and reservoirs, none of which have been built or planned. But we need to take heart as after a few million dollars they have decided on the paperwork required.

We should have learned from our laughable or execrable high-speed rail construction. We voted $13 billion in bonds to build the HSR system, with most never thinking it was $28,260,869 per mile. The last report from the retired chief executive placed the cost somewhere between $64 and $68 billion. Today we learn from the new chief executive the cost has risen to $77 billion or maybe even $98 billion and an added five years in construction time. This does not include the cost of approximately 35 miles of tunnels, a way over the Tehachapis, rail-cars and engines, electrical power along the rail line, etc, etc.

A good question to ask is why our HSR cost 4.5 times as much per mile as Ohio's? It could be they started with people in charge who knew construction and railroads.

But what the heck is another $446 per inch of cost added to $2,196 per inch for an average total of $2,642 per inch. Spread your fingers out and the distance between the tips of your thumb and little finger of rail line will cost you $15,852.

The 12.5 miles of rails between Shafter and the F Street station (if built there) will only cost $2,092,391,478, going by HSR's averages.

The new chief executive has given this reasoning for the HSR. The people of the Bay Area can no longer live there and the HSR will let them commute to the Central Valley and cheaper housing. If this is the reason, then why not just build it from the Bay Area to Modesto for $12.6 billion and under budget.

— Ronal Reynier, Bakersfield