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Guest opinion: To Caltrain: Don't electrocute our trees

by Jack Ringham

Don't electrocute our great trees

They've done nothing wrong, if you please

Never had a fair trial

And do nothing vile

Just stand there enjoying the breeze

We don't need electrification

For a little more acceleration

To arrive slightly faster

Creates a disaster

For us, but for you, celebration

Don't cut down the trees that we love

For electrified wires above

They're a horrible sight

A real visual blight

Out-the-door give those wires a shove

About three hundred forty-eight

Atherton trees facing their fate

To be pruned or cut down

Ruin part of the town

Of course it is something to hate

Menlo Park's number: six twenty-nine

To suffer the chain-saw's loud whine

The Tree City's pride

For a faster train ride

Shouldn't suffer a major decline

We've studied the D-E-I-R

More pages than needed by far

But they hide key info

You don't want us to know

So fewer bad comments there are

Tier 4 locomotives are new

Almost no emissions they spew

Fuel efficient success

With noise that is less

They accelerate faster too

The E I R mind was pre-set

An electrify goal must be met

As would be suspected

Diesel options rejected

Tier 4, not a thought did it get

So give Tier 4 diesels a chance

You'll find they can really enhance

Better service and more

Keep the trees we adore

Let all options take part in the dance

A "Blended System" you say

High-Speed-Rail, Caltrain share right-of-way

But details are few

We don't have a clue

So therefore our answer is "nay"

And we do not admire

The huge cost of the wire

Eight hundred million or more

A tax waste we abhor

That Tier 4 would never require

We say to electrification

Please take a lengthy vacation

So let our trees grow

Until we can know

A real plan for our destination

Jack Ringham has served on the Atherton Rail Committee for more than 10 years and lives on Fair Oaks Lane.


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Posted by joe
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.

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Posted by Appreciative
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Fantastic message in fantastic prose! Love it!

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