Thursday, September 22, 2005

I Don't Want To Hear The Train Whistle Morning, Noon, & Night Either

Poor CHRISTOPHER NORTON of Ocean Springs, he doesn't want to hear the train whistle morning, noon and night.

Well Mr. Norton, I don't want my home destroyed so YOU won't have to listen to a train. The train was there before you, if you didn't like the sound of train whistles why on earth did you buy a house next to a train track?????

How dare you suggest they move the train. ......................... so you won't have to listen to it. For one thing I moved to the country for peace and quite, I certainly don't won't to hear the train whistle morning, noon and night either and unlike you I didn't buy a home next to a train track, I bought one in the country. Secondly relocating the train would involve destroying peoples homes. I think having a roof over my head and the head of my neighbors is a little more important then you having to listen to a train.

Gary & Sheila Lorenz's Letter Makes This Writer As Livid As It Made Me

This letter appeared in the Sun Herald, Thusday, September 22.

Railroad tracks saved lives and property of thousands

After reading the letter by Gary and Shelia Lorenz in Sunday's paper, I am absolutely livid. To suggest that everything south of the railroad tracks be converted to what amounts to nothing more than glorified tourist traps totally ignores the lives and the rights of many whose families have lived and owned property there for generations.

Perhaps the Lorenzes would have a better understanding if it were suggested that their neighborhood and their home be leveled and converted into a parking lot for those same tourists.

As for relocating the CSX tracks north of Gulfport, the idea now is sheer folly. I and my neighbors personally can attest to the fact that had it not been for those tracks being there and acting as a natural tidal surge barrier, our homes and our lives would now be in shambles... if we had managed to survive. There is now no doubt that those tracks saved lives and property. I personally will fight to my last breath to keep those tracks right where they are. My neighbors have stated the same as well.

Let San Francisco, Long Beach and Galveston have the tourist traps. Leave the charm and ambience of our Gulf Coast as it was and will be again.

Common sense dictates that we give the job of rebuilding the Coast the vital consideration needed to protect property, lives, and our economic welfare from future natural disasters, but it also dictates that we consider the lives, rights and well-being of our people who live here as well.


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Relocate The Tracks Crowd Would Destroy the Homes of Those Who Helped Them

I am appalled that the move the tracks zealots such as GARY & SHEILA LORENZ (9/18 letter in The Sun Herald) would use Hurricane Katrina as a means to push their agenda. Many of us who live North of the Interstate, have reached out to help those in the areas destroyed by the storm surge, we do not deserve to be repaid by having our homes destroyed to please the relocate the tracks crowd.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Our Homes Survived Hurricane Katrina Don't Let The Railroad Destroy Our Homes

I would like to thank BFI, garbage service was the first service restored to my home, and believe me it was a relief to get rid of the garbage aroma we had been living with. I would like to thank Singing River EPA for working around the clock to restore power. And The Sun Herald is to be commended for printing free papers. The paper was the only way we had to receive outside news for quite some time, and The Sun Herald’s newspapers were much appreciated by this household when we could get them. And last but not least I would like to thank Cableone, it so nice to be able to get online again.

It was with dismay I read the September 11th, editorial in the Sun Herald about relocating the railroad The communities of Latimer, Vancleave, and Larue (all North of Interstate 10) survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina with minimal to moderate damage to our homes. We do not wish to see our homes taken from us by eminent domain so they can be flattened to make way for the railroad. Considering the fact that many people along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are now homeless, and there is a severe housing shortage forcing many families to relocate out of state, it is the height of stupidity to suggest that homes that withstood Hurricane Katrina should be destroyed so the railroad can be relocated. A more intelligent suggestion would be that MDOT and the Railroads take this opportunity and work together to build overpasses at their current location.