Thursday, April 21, 2005

And Now for something completely different...

I am going to try something new on this blog since I don't seem to have a lot of time to write entries much like the last one. I'm going to call it "The webpage of the month."

I'll post it and talk a little about it. I hope to make it in regards to current events. I have been reading a lot in regards to the Amtrak crisis. Apparently Bush has cut off the "National Passenger Rail Line" in his 2006 budget. I think he hopes that the states will pick up the slack. In the meantime it looks like most of that money would instead be going to fix the crumbling bridges. Online groups such as The Friends of Amtrak have been fighting since 1995 or so when the push to cut off Amtrak began (I may be off on the actual date but that's not odd considering Clinton was intent on balancingthe budget).

In closing I have one other page to add. The Christian Science Monitor added a really good multimedia presentation back in 2002 which is worth looking at.

A little sidenote that has to do with Amtrak but more in terms of family history than anything else: When my brother was in Boy Scouts he and his fellow troop members going on this trip rode the Amtrak. I don't know if it was a good experience or not. I know that my brother's train coming back was delayed a total of about 10 hours (my memory may be wrong, you may need to ask him to know for sure) due to the fact that the long-distance trains have to run on the frieght-trains' lines who havethe right-of way.

2 comments:

T said...

I may have voted for Bush, but I don't agree with everything he does, this included. (I know what you're thinking. "So why did you vote for him?" My answer: Because something about John Kerry didn't sit right with me, and I agreed with more of Bush's ideas than Kerry's.)

AtheneBelle said...

On the issues that mattered to me Bush didn't sit right with me. I guess I'm too much of a enviro-hippie. I didn't exactly like Kerry either (I really did hope for Dean although it was obvious that he was too much of a polarizer).