Hubbub over train noise more concerning than train whistles

The citizens are concerned about the loudness of the train horns to warn us that they are approaching a crossing, but they go to concerts where they have to have microphones and amplifiers to project the sound. I have gone to concerts in churches and the music is so loud I can’t hear the words. We have a lot of traffic going past our house and often I hear the loud music when they pass the house. Before we moved here in 1967 we checked out a home on Highway 10. We went out in the front yard and there was a whissh, whissh of the traffic going by and I decided then and there that was not the place for me.  Traffic goes by 24 hours, the trains come and go. I knew I would have to watch my children but I was not concerned about the rumble, nor the signal of their coming approach. I planted trees and bushes in the front yard to tone down the traffic roar and also to protect us if a car jumped the curb, which did happen. Have you noticed that many of the young people have radios blaring and I often wonder about walking with their players plugged into their ears. The railroads have been here long before we moved here and those of you that moved here should have noticed the tracks when you crossed them before you bought your home. At night it is comforting to hear them. In this life you learn to block out sounds, just like you sometimes block out when someone is saying something you don’t agree with. Most of you people don’t remember when there were no crossbars and signals, only signs that said Stop, Look, Listen, at every crossing. It is still important to listen. If your radio is loud in the car or you are engaged in a conversation, you are very likely not to hear the train whistle. When I see and hear about people without jobs, I just wonder why we are spending all this money to appease a segment of people.
— Lola Driessen, Elk River

 

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