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LTE:Keep the train whistles blowing

People of Perham, do you realize the danger that eliminating trains blowing their whistles would cause? That's the way Amtrak and the carious freight and oil-carrying freights announce to us and our children and grandchildren that they are coming...

People of Perham, do you realize the danger that eliminating trains blowing their whistles would cause? That’s the way Amtrak and the carious freight and oil-carrying freights announce to us and our children and grandchildren that they are coming through town so stop your cars, your walk, your bike and the dog on your leash.

Another $1 million bill to be spent must be itching in our town officials’ pockets. Why does the issue even keep coming up? Who moved closer to the tracks and doesn’t like their dishes to rattle a bit when the train comes by?

I have lived within a block of the tracks since I move back in 2007. I am glad to hear it when I’m outside or inside and truthfully, you get so used to it that it makes no bearing on your life except to remind you to stay safe.

We don’t need crossings re-done, streets closed and whatever else would go along with this that you are considering. You don’t have the voted right to put the townspeople in danger and that’s what it would be.

Years ago, I pulled my little girl from a vehicle that stalled on a winter day and we ran from the tracks in view of an oncoming Amtrak. We were 100 feet when the train snapped our pickup in half and sent the motor one way and parts across the Dakota hills. We were untouched and still fear trains.

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Do not even start planning this without public meetings and perhaps a special election.

You do not understand that we need to be reminded every time one of the many trains comes through with the blow of a whistle.

A 14-year-old girl died on the track this weekend in Wadena where I work. No places are safe zones to take out the whistles.

The train whistle is part of America’s heritage. Listen to one at a distance on a still summer evening. And remember, it could save your life someday - or your precious family.

Polly Solberg

Perham

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