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Oil trains and children



My 8-year-old granddaughter and her younger brother live several stone throws away from the railroad tracks in SLO. From their living room window they used to watch the trains go by, and she enjoyed playing a guessing game about how many cars would there be in the train. She would wave at the people she could see in the cars in hopes they would wave back. Now, she is having nightmares about exploding oil trains.

The question of oil trains running or not running through SLO is a federal call, as all things train come under federal jurisdiction. And so, SLO has no power to actually stop them; we can only prevent them from building a way station here. (Please, let us do that!)

Phillips 66 just wants more money; that’s their business.

The rest of us just want to live and continue breathing air that is not any more messed up than it already is; that’s our business. 

Think. What kind of world are we creating? Not just for our grandchildren; what about everyone’s safety and well-being? (There is a huge emotional cost even if there is never a problem with the stuff.)

Where are we headed? All for the greed of a few and some bought-blinded politicians who appear to be addicted to the power of their position.

Please look into this and let your voice be heard. There is an important vote coming up in September. 

-- Bryan Honore - Cayucos

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