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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Archive from June 7, 2007

Entry for June 7, 2007

On September 11, 2001, all of the air-transportation in the USA came to an abrupt, unpredicted stop. The politicians came up with no answers; everyone was on their own to find a way to where they needed to go.

Amtrak stepped up to the plate and moved hordes of people across the nation. Amtrak was a system that was in place to do the tough job. Amtrak proved itself as a key part of our national security.

Few politicians feel Amtrak is worthy of continued subsidy from the federal government. Interesting thought, since the federal government subsidizes roads and airports. In the overall picture of federal spending, Amtrak is but a drop. Still, each new administration seems to have the death of Amtrak as a key part of their mission statement.

Take an Amtrak ride when you get a chance, even if it is on a train going to “anywhere.” Passenger trains helped build this nation and passenger trains help keep this nation strong. Trains can be for both recreational and essential travel. Not everyone can fly. Not everyone can drive. A substantial number of Americans need Amtrak to get to where they need to be. Let us hope there is never another national emergency like September 11, 2001. Let us hope Amtrak continues to exist to serve us all in case there is.

Thanks for listening,

James A. Zachary Jr

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