Letters to the Editor

In response to March 15 editorial

I feel you overstepped your position as editor by referring to people as bar flies. Comparing the train whistle issue with the smoking ban in bars is like comparing chalk and cheese and saying they’re the same. Smoking is a choice and so is going to the bar where smoking was allowed. If I didn’t want to smell of smoke then I didn’t go. Crossing the tracks isn’t if you live in Ridgemont, want to go to the pool, skateboard park, Rocky Mountain Village or live in the New Horizons.

I worked at The Free Press for over five years with Mr. Lloyd Phillips- Editor and Adrian Kennedy- Owner and never saw them put an interview on hold for the train whistle.

People who choose to buy homes on First or Second Avenue or anywhere else near the tracks know there will be whistles and shuddering steel this is your choice so don’t complain. I agree with Dave Gildea that this is real estate motivated.

I hope the tax payers will be fully informed of the total cost of the fencing and any other costs (insurance) etc. they will be expected to bear if the whistle is stopped.

We live 10 miles out of town and don’t complain about the blasting of the ski-hill. We got used to it. We all have to compromise at times and I believe for safety’s sake this is one of those times. Leave the train whistle alone.

Thank you-ooo-ooo

 

Alva Hutchinson

Fernie

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