I must take exception to John Peschong’s Viewpoint (“Local responders are up to task,” Aug. 23).
You really have to work hard to misconstrue Jan Marx as criticizing our local firefighters.
No fire department has enough foam on hand to fight an oil train fire.
Throughout the state, local communities are stretched for tax dollars to fund fire departments. This summer, the West Coast, from British Columbia to California, is on fire.
Firefighting forces are being drawn from foreign countries, the National Guard, the army and hastily trained volunteers.
If a truck pulling a trailer and a car can cause a fire like the one that threatened Santa Margarita, why would we want to risk an oil train with 2,400,000 gallons of volatile fuel rushing down the Cuesta Grade?
Jan Marx respects firefighters, rest assured, Peschong. She just doesn’t want to risk her city going up in flames. Please reread her statement if you need clarification.