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Runaway train


Chalk one up for idealism over practicality. To everyone's surprise, the state Supreme Court this week approved the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would force Florida to built a high-speed rail network by 2003. A nice idea, but it lacks necessary specifics.

It doesn't, for instance, detail what type of line will be built, where it will go, or even who will pay for it. More surprisingly, a Lakeland Republican is behind the deal. In April, orchestrator C.C. Dockery told the Weekly the state doesn't have the political continuity to get big projects done without the amendment [All aboard, April 13].

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