Letters to the Editor

Wants BNSF to pay for train crossings

This letter is in response to “Area might become a train quiet zone” in the March 24 edition.

We live in the Birchwood neighborhood, on the north side of Bellingham, near the water. We hear each train’s whistle every time they come into town. Our house is valued far below Ron Welding’s $1,595,000 property. So are our neighbors’. Does that mean we are less deserving of a good night’s sleep?

The city and county government should be focusing on the well-being of the entire community, not just those who can afford to offer private money. I am offended by Ken Mann’s comment that the Cliffside Chuckanut Bay neighborhood can get on “the top of the quiet zone list” by offering money to the city council.

To take this a step further, the entire premise that “somebody in the commmunity” should pay is wrong. I believe the cost of train crossing mitigation should be borne 100 percent by BNSF.

Kathie Hardy