Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Council should take another look at whistle plans - Innisfil Scope

Here's an example of a letter to the editor which makes an eloquent argument for eliminating train whistles on the Barrie GO line through Innisfil. If the crossings are indeed up to Transport Canada requirements, then I fully support the writer's position. But, the letter goes off the rails (pardon the pun) in one paragraph towards the end.

"And finally, we must remember that train whistles are like police and fire sirens that cannot be heard at a distance because the sound is travelling either at the same speed, or slower, than the vehicle giving the warning blasts."

Never in my life have I ever seen a supersonic police car. Perhaps it was travelling so fast that I could not see it.

Make sure you check your letters for spelling, grammar and, of course, factual correctness.

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