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Opinion: Benefits of coal trains outweigh negatives - Missoulian

Aug 1st, 2012

Reading the letters to the editor regarding coal train traffic has been humorous at best, and mean-spirited at worst. Coal has and will continue to be important to our national economic vitality in general and our state in particular. Train traffic has been important for our community and all the communities along any rail line, for getting goods and materials efficiently and cost effective from farm to market and from market to consumer. I have been a life-long resident of Billings and, when I was in the automobile business, it brought all of the new cars from the factory assembly lines to all of the major communities along the line, including Billings. It also brought most parts, paper products, groceries, building materials and assorted sundry goods that we expect in our everyday lives.

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