Anger and disbelief over rail funding

Dick Pembroke's letter of Nov. 1 expresses real frustration and disappointment, and I agree with him. But I'd add anger and disbelief.

When our state administration and our congressional delegation allocate $10 million to enable passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington but shelve or eliminate any plans for passenger rail transportation between Bennington and Albany, N.Y., that should make your blood boil.

Passenger rail service between a city of some 16,000 people (Rutland) and one of 42,000 people (Burlington) doesn't make as much sense to me as passenger rail service between Rutland, Manchester and Bennington and the Albany capitol district (1.2 million people) and its access to far broader markets through Albany's rail, air, and road connections.

At a time when, by EVERY economic and social indicator, our town, county, and region need a significant economic lift, it appears that the Chittenden County thumb is on the scale. I hope that the residents and voters of Bennington will make their displeasure known about this.

— Michael A. Keane, Bennington Select Board member North Bennington