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  • Anonymous

    If the government had managed this project, the Republicans would be screaming; but poisoning and polluting, not to mention mismanagement and failure, are perfectly acceptable to them as long as it is being done by ultra-rich people in the pursuit of taking more and more from the rest of us.

    • Nice class warfare/politics of division/demonization there, Spruce. Keep up the good work…lol.

      • SierraTango

        But he’s right. If this was a state-owned railroad operated by state employees, everyone on the right would be screaming for an OPEGA audit, demanding the department heads’ heads on a platter, and calling for immediate privatization. And perhaps they’d be correct to do that, if the state had allowed it to deteriorate that badly.

        The fact is, we do have a few rail lines in this state that are owned by MDOT (and operated by private contractors — a very pro-business approach), and they’re maintained to a much higher standard than privately-owned lines such as this. When was the last time you heard about a railcar of Dragon Cement derailing and ending up in the water? Maine Eastern Railroad, operating on well-maintained MDOT-owned tracks, manages to keep those cars upright and out of the drink.

        Let’s just hope that we don’t see another derailment with something worse than synthetic rubber… like, oh I don’t know, maybe crude oil?

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