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According to an article in the Missoulian on July 17, "At a time of record high auto recalls (over 64 million cars) and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries." Doesn't reading that that just make you feel safer already?

Ask yourself what possible motivation they have for these actions. Are we the people clamoring for more highway deaths or toxic train spills? I think not. Are they making our roadways and rail lines more dangerous to increase profits for the auto and rail industries? Always follow the money.

These congressmen and -women are the same people who claim our phones and emails must be tapped, and drones launched to spy on us, in the name of keeping us safe from terrorism, yet many more people are killed every year in auto accidents and train wrecks, and make no mistake if they pass this legislation the deaths will only increase.

So please write your congressman and thank him for deciding corporate profits are more important than our safety and lives, and please do enjoy your next road trip or train ride. Don't worry that Republicans are about to do away with those pesky little rules that make your travel safer.

Jim Thornton,

Arlee

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