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Let the private sector run Amtrak
Let the private sector run Amtrak

The Sun's coverage of the recent Amtrak train derailment highlights a major problem the system needs to address: The lack of security aboard its trains ("Death toll in Amtrak derailment rises to 8," May 15). It's true that outdated trains and equipment can account for such disasters. However, of even more concern is Amtrak's failure to protect its passengers from possible terrorist attacks. For example, there are no security guards on board Amtrak trains. Because of the lack of security for passengers, such attacks are just waiting to happen. In the early 1990s, I contacted then-Rep. Ben Cardin to express my concerns regarding this lack of protection. To his...