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Coal trains

Time to take a rational step back

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The sky is falling! The sky is falling! No wait, it's just the trains rumbling through town, which happens to be carrying a load of coal. The same trains that helped shape this great country. They have been traveling through for some time now as I have been stuck waiting for them to pass the gates at the Kimberly Clark mill so I could either get to work or get home. I don't remember anyone ever mention coal dust during that time. Now all of a sudden it is an issue. Or is it?
Someone mentions coal dust and boy did it snowball. Or maybe the term is coal dustball. It seems that the real issue is people don't want to be inconvenienced by having to wait for a train to pass. Kind of like the "not in my backyard" mentality. You know, like I live by an airport, why do the planes have to use it. How much coal dust can be left after traveling from Montana and Wyoming after bouncing around on the tracks and with mother nature's overhead sprinklers at work? Surely these same trains pass through other communities along the way, has anyone ever checked to see if coal dust is an issue with them? Probably not.
It could be worse, the trains could be carrying nuclear waste. Or maybe the coal terminal could be built at the formerly Kimberly Clark mill site. Wouldn't that be something for the people to talk about! Personally, I don't care one way or another about the coal trains, other than if it help create jobs, then I guess I'd be for them. But seeing how I've heard that the tribes are against the trains, then it probably won't happen and the waters of Puget Sound will remain pristine. Anyway we have bigger things to worry about, like the world ending Dec. 21 or is it the 22nd? That is why I have not bought any Christmas presents ... yet.
Roger Hansen
Lake Stevens

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