Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Letter from an Idiot who wants to move the RR so Drunks and Malcontents will not get hurt and my response to it

Your letter reminded me of a semi amusing article a university professor wrote several years ago in The Journal of Mississippi History about the history of Picayune, MS. The writer said there was an old dowager who owned most of the land there, and she thought development was okay as long as it wasn't on HER property--lol! Well, as for the idea that the rr trax should not be in north of the cities, au contraire, sis! Those of us who live near RR streets have seen a lot, not the least of which have been several hearsts after some drunk from a casino or some malcontent who is depressed has ended it all by not looking to the left and right before crossing! Now that the cities are getting big time, it's HIGH time those tracks got as RURAL as possible. Get with the times, hon. I don't know how old you are (I am 50), but I doubt we'll see ANY change in the near future. Have a nice day.

S

My response to S
Crossing gates and over passes would prevent drunks from running into trains. When you choose to live in the city the train was already there, so learn to deal with it rather then making it someone else's problem.

What you city folk don't seem to care about is the fact that people will LOSE their HOMES if the RR track is moved. I have friends in their 50's & 60's who have lived in their homes for generations. How fair is it for the government to take away their home by eminent domain just so you won't have to worry about some drunk or malcontent getting hit by a train. My husband and I have worked hard to afford a home for ourselves and our children, how fair is it to take our home away, just because you don't want to live by a train anymore. By the way we have drunks and malcontents north of the interstate too, do their lives not matter just because they don't live in the city????

And where do you think the trains customers are??? They are in the city. So that is where the RR belongs, and hopefully it will stay there forever. If you don't like it move, don't tell me I have to give up my home. And you are living in La La land if you think there are any undeveloped areas north of the interstate. New expensive sub divisions are going in every day. So the next time you want them to move the RR think about how much TAX money it would cost. If you don't care about other people losing their homes maybe you'll at least care about the money the government would have to spend. And not that it matters but I am 39.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Government Website

http://makingtracks.org/

Work was stopped after numerous Latimer and Vancleave residents who would lose their homes if the route recommend by the engineers was used complained to Senator Trent Lott.

Looks like they also want to use our tax dollars to relocate the railroad in Texas too.
http://corridornews.blogspot.com/2005/10/its-our-tax-dollars-that-will-fund.html

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Moving the Rail Road Would Destroy People's Homes

I was dismayed to read Caroline Grady’s letter to the editor entitled Train-delayed minutes could mean life or death. http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/editorial/letters/12288598.htm

The residents who live north of the interstate also have emergencies. We too need fire trucks to protect our homes and ambulances to rescue our loved ones to arrive in a timely manner. Caroline Grady knew there was a railroad in Biloxi when she moved there; she should just learn to deal with the inconvenience instead of trying to inconvenience someone else. And does she know for sure that a fire truck on the other side of the tracks wasn’t already where it was needed?

I moved to the country to escape air pollution, high traffic volume, and noise pollution; the railroad would bring all of these to my rural/residential area.

Rural areas do not have the infrastructure to deal with chemical spills and other hazardous accidents. Cities, which are already threatened with hazardous pollutants from a number of sources already, have plans and equipment in place to handle accidents of this sort.

Many of the families in Latimer have owned their homesteads for several generations. Other families like mine have scrimped and saved to buy a home that we treasure. We do not wish to have our homes taken from us by the railroad; so a few people in Biloxi will not be inconvenienced.

The best solution is to leave the railroad exactly where it is. Insist that CSX build overpasses where practical and put up crossing gates at all crossings. Keep the railroad in the city where it belongs

Keep the Railroad in the City

I was dismayed to read the soundoff “move the tracks”. Apparently some whinny Biloxi motorist was inconvenienced by having to sit in traffic. Well while keeping the tracks in their present location may inconvenience them, it is better then the heartbreak of moving the tracks north of the interstate and taking peoples homes away from them. Having to sit in traffic is a MINOR INCONVINCE, having a home you love and worked hard for taken away from you by eminent domain is heartbreaking and a MAJOR INCONVINCE.

So Mr./Mrs. Biloxi motorist the next time you get stuck in traffic because of a train consider these things before you suggest they be moved.

The residents who live north of the interstate do not wish to be inconvenienced by the railroad either. We too have emergencies and places we have to get to on time. Instead of trying to inconvenience someone else, why don’t you suggest they build overpasses in the railroad tracks present location?

I moved to the country to escape air pollution, high traffic volume, and noise pollution; the railroad would bring all of these to my rural/residential area.

Rural areas do not have the infrastructure to deal with chemical spills and other hazardous accidents. Cities, which are already threatened with hazardous pollutants from a number of sources already, have plans and equipment in place to handle accidents of this sort.

Many of the families in Latimer have owned their homesteads for several generations. Other families like mine have scrimped and saved to buy a home that we treasure. We do not wish to have our homes taken from us by the railroad; so a few people in Biloxi will not be inconvenienced, by having to sit in traffic.

Leave the train tracks where they are. Let the residents of Latimer keep the homes they love. Motorist can always take alternate routes to get where they are going.