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Amtrak crash not about funding

After the horrible accident with the Amtrak train, both Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger want to turn it into a political issue ("Amtrak derailment victims recall harrowing moments following crash," May 13). They want to blame it on Republicans for cutting a subsidy to Amtrak and for the sequestration.

Everything I have heard so far has pointed to a train running into a 50 mile per hour curve at 106 mph. The speed limit for the train previous to the curve was 80 miles per hour, so it is very clear that excessive speed was the cause and it had nothing to do with the funding that was voted on the same week.

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This accident was not an opportunity to blame the other party for something they were not responsible for. If you get off the beltway using an exit ramp designed for 25 miles per hour at 50 mph and fly off the ramp, is that the fault of the State Highway Administration? Come on, gentlemen, you were elected to represent the people like adults, not feuding children.

Craig Garfield, Ellicott City

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