Leo Daughtry isn’t funny
As one of state Rep. Leo Daughtry’s constituents, I agree with him. He has aged out. When an elected official finds humor in juvenile insults toward transgender people and toward those with weight issues, it’s time for him to leave. By the way, I’ve seen his photo ... just saying. I’m ashamed he’s my rep.
She’s not sold on hub’s benefits
What are the wondrous benefits of the CSX hub for our county? If there are benefits, why haven’t our county commissioners, chambers of commerce and local towns given specifics in public meetings where questions could have been asked? It is rather confusing, because before March 15, our politicians thought it was bad, but now the hub is good.
Let’s view the aspect of massive job opportunities. In a column that appeared in the March 6 paper, Carmine Scavo of East Carolina University and John D. Chaffee of the NC East Alliance referenced 250 to 300 short-term construction jobs. Hopefully, these construction jobs will be for local job seekers and not just for experienced CSX employees. I was happy to see the reference in the column to about 1,500 long-term positions, but these are jobs statewide. Personally, I want opportunities for Johnston County, and I don’t want empty promises implying future jobs that might never become available.
Congratulations. Johnston County could be blessed with containers of chemicals, explosives, weapons and anything anyone wants to transport. When you hug your family tonight, just be thankful that they are much safer now than they probably will be in the future. The main point to consider is that the risk is not limited to just the area around the hub. There could be mishaps anywhere in our county, where numerous trains will be transporting the containers.
How is a large volume of trains going to affect our lungs and overall health? We have been told that trucks and automobiles pollute our environment. Why is no one referencing a danger to the environment from trains? Is it possible that the pollution could spread over areas away from the site?
How will our truckers be affected as more freight is transported by train? Does anyone have an idea how long it will take to get through a railroad crossing? In Four Oaks Mayor Linwood Parker’s town, there have been two fatalities on train tracks within a few weeks. Hopefully, the mayor can do a better job with many trains rather than a few trains.
Even if we are tired of hearing about farms and family land, please do not let this make us biased about the issue. Remember, for 24 hours daily, many will have to endure the noise, constant activity and even major changes from highway modifications with absolutely no benefits guaranteed. Then the railroad could reap benefits, while our county and future generations might never prosper from the activities.
Road changes could also affect church properties and cemeteries. Can nothing be respected?