LET Mayor's response misses mark
In Mayor Canfield's letter of March 23, he alluded to my recent letter. After reading his comments, I have to admit I had to re-read what I had written.
Mayor, I did not "question why Rochester continues to fight this battle." I didn't suggest that Rochester "work through" the DM&E; expansion project, although I strongly believe that could be done.
I did question how many more tax dollars would be used to fight the STB and the DM&E; proposal and if that was the will of the taxpaying citizens.
The mayor also apparently researched where my residence is and pointed out that I live a distance from the track in the city of Eyota, and the ambulance and fire trucks wouldn't have to cross the tracks to get to my place. Mayor, I have always rejected that argument and could show you much written documentation. I have served on fire, medical and rescue volunteer emergency services since 1975. Without question I know that anyone who is on the "other side of the track" will be much better off with a modern railroad that will typically have less than two-minute delays at crossings rather than five to eight minutes.
I do disagree, mayor, that this upgrade will be an "impending disaster." Often situations are or become what we make them.