Sunday, October 08, 2006
Newcomer Agitates In Favor Of Train Crossing Fatalities
No, he's against train whistles:
    rain horns are keeping Wentzville newcomer David Lutes up at night. "It was a great disappointment to move to Wentzville and hear so much noise at night," Lutes, 54, said. "On about the second night here, it was like (a train) was in our bedrooms." Lutes said he left Southern California for the clean air and convenience of Wentzville. He and his family absolutely love their new city — except for the nightly noise from train horns. A Wentzville resident for just about a month, Lutes has already established a community action group, Wentzville Against Noisy Traffic and Trains. He’s looking for others wanting more sleep and less noise at night to write aldermen and sign a petition urging the city to apply for a quiet zone with the Federal Railroad Administration.
I'd remind the fellow that train whistles are safety devices designed to prevent collisions with the train. But I expect the gentleman doesn't care as long as he gets his night's sleep.

I didn't see this until now (Feb. 6, 2007) - but your musings are frankly, not amusing and irresponsibly wrong. If you had taken the trouble to either research what Mr Lutes is saying (has said) and what the FRA is saying from their research, rail crossings are made safer by Quiet Zones AND the community is quieter. Mr Lutes has proposed a win-win scenario for the city, and its newcomers, and its older citizens - safety plus peace. If you had bothered to ask him, you would have found out that he is an advocate of road, train and transport safety as well as train heritage for Wentzville - all of which are possible - and then some - through the installation of Quiet Zones. By the way, MO has the 2nd highest request rate for Quiet Zones in the country because communities see both their safety and peace and quiet value. Don't acuse Mr Lutes of something that is patently not true. If you, along with many thousands of other people who have moved to Wentzville in recent years, had spent tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new home in the hope of a quieter life, you might take a more informed view of things. Stop spouting off without getting your facts straight. Another newcomer to Wentzville who hates the sounds of train horns at night.

You know, frankly, when we were home shopping last year, we were smart enough not to buy a house right on the train tracks, but that's because we understood that train whistles and train rumblings would occur.

But foresight isn't for everyone.

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