Letters to the Editor

Expense of safety

Recently, I attended an informational meeting regarding the proposed rail spur on the Nipomo Mesa.

I was curious to know who could be in favor of an idea that would bring many more trains loaded with volatile Canadian tar sands oil through the heart of our community and so many others like it.

The answer, I learned, is the only ones in favor are Phillips 66, its management and its shareholders.

I am reminded of one of the more famous quotes from World War II.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill: Never, in the history of corporate greed, have so few hoped to gain more wealth at the expense of the health and safety of so many.