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Former U.S. Senator Uses California Zephyr Accidents to Call for End to Long-Distance Trains

05 Sep 2011 12:04 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

In a feat of flawed extrapolation and utter tastlessness, former U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-New Hampshire) uses the recent accidents of the California Zephyr as a springboard to call for the shutdown of Amtrak's long-distance trains in Sunday's Boston Globe.

Although the flawed arguments cited here are not new, the use of grade crossing tragedies as political weapons is new in one sense. A new low.

Amtrak, of course, was at fault in neither of the Zephyr accidents. Nor is it wise or considered policy to make political commentary out of passenger train crashes.

From the Boston Globe:

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/09/05/off_the_rails_on_amtraks_crazy_train/

--Jackson McQuigg

Comments

  • 25 Oct 2011 3:13 PM | Anonymous member
    Sununu is just another Bush loyalist for the oil industry. Drilling for more oil is not going to fix our roads, get us out of traffic jam, or fix the budget or employment woes for the long term.
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