To the Editor: The Jacksonville, Fla., port authority recently announced a $239 million dollar expansion. This capital project is not only relevant to New Hampshire, it’s an example of what the state should be, but isn’t, doing.

This project involves the dredging of Atlantic Ocean coastal waterways to allow large, ocean-going container ships to move cargoes to and from all over the world to fast-growing population areas all over the Southeast. Because of this project hundreds of good-paying new jobs will be created .

New Hampshire should be doing a project that is exactly like this.

Portsmouth would be too small but Boston would be similar to Jacksonville and it’s right on the Interstate 95 and 93 corridors, and features a railroad line into central and northern New Hampshire. Imagine how many good-paying jobs and local investment could be created in New Hampshire .

But this isn’t the direction New Hampshire is moving in.

Instead the state Senate passes legislation allowing another unneeded feasibility study to run shiny passenger trains from Boston to Concord, ultimately a state-subsidized boondoggle .

New Hampshire is just going in the wrong direction.

STEVEN CONNOLLY

Bethlehem

STEVEN CONNOLLY

Bethlehem