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Letter to the editor: Would alternative rail route work?

As a relative newcomer to Middlebury (about 9 years), the first thing that occured to me when the subject of train tunnel/bridge repair came up was that it should be moved out of the center of town. I was told that permission could not be obtained to buy or use enough people’s land to complete the route. This makes sense — if one has spent a lifetime building up a farm or property, one generally wants to pass it on to the next generation.
However, bridges and tunnels, and their periodic repairs, span generations. In order to avoid bankrupting businesses, losing tourist dollars, driving ourselves crazy trying to work all day next to jackhammers, and all the rest of it, can we begin to get those permissions now? 
As an example: if a current landowner wants to deed his/her land to the adult children, can we approach those children now? Will they agree to sell to the town when their own use of the land is finished? Will they put that in their Will? 
Granted, I don’t know the situation of the landowners who didn’t want to sell to the town, so we may have to juggle this idea around a little, but I expect there are several routes that could be developed. If we begin working on it now we’ll save the next generation, or the one after that, all the grief and losses and chaos we’re going through now and for the next several years 
Barbara “Shulamith” Clearbridge
Middlebury
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