Rail­way beds and bridges must be pro­tected

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

Is the ex­ist­ing rail­way in­fra­struc­ture in Cape Bre­ton essen­tial and worth keep­ing?

Af­ter years of dis­cus­sion and ob­ser­va­tion, I dare say most are ill pre­pared to make such a crit­i­cal de­ci­sion as to re­move such po­ten­tially vi­tal rail­way in­fra­struc­ture at this junc­ture of our Is­land’s be­ing.

Through­out his­tory, on prac­ti­cally ev­ery con­ti­nent in the world, rail trans­porta­tion has proven its worth. This is no time to al­low the ex­ist­ing rail­way in­fra­struc­ture to be lost.

Nor is it time to waste any en­ergy on how the ill-con­ceived idea of sell­ing the rail­way to any com­pany with­out any in­ti­mate at­tach­ment to the com­mu­nity was con­ceived in the first place.

It is the im­per­a­tive duty of all gov­ern­ments, es­pe­cially pro­vin­cial and fed­eral, to work with the peo­ple im­pacted to pro­tect the rail­way beds and bridges un­til such time as the Cape Bre­ton rail­way can be­come part of the Cape Bre­ton eco­nom­i­cal re­newal.

If our eco­nomic re­newal can hap­pen with­out the rail­way then and only then re­move the rail in­fra­struc­ture.

There is no room for pol­i­tics now. Just well thought out, longterm ac­tion for the well be­ing of all of east­ern Nova Sco­tia. Banks Ma­cLean North Syd­ney

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