I am deeply touched by the concern for public safety exhibited by the cartel of Midwestern elected officials who express outrage at the prospect of transporting napalm from 2,000 miles away for processing into an alternate fuel in their neighborhood (April 16).
By chance, are these the same officials who overwhelmingly support the delivery of high-level nuclear waste, 90% of which is produced on the East Coast, to a site in southern Nevada? It is highly unlikely any dictionary can devote enough space for a class picture of these devoted guardians of public safety next to the definition of hypocrisy.
* Three cheers for Rep. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) and the other Chicago area politicians who derailed the napalm train. They managed to bypass all the scientific, engineering and railroad operations evidence and turn the whole thing into an emotional, hot-button issue, making them look like heroes.
MARK A. OVERTURF
* If you think the napalm train is scary, just wait for the nuclear fuel rods to hit the tracks. Called the "mobile Chernobyl" bills, HR 1270 and SB 104 (now stalled in Congress) will send all nuclear waste from power plants to Yucca Mountain in Nevada over the next 30 years, via your neighborhoods if you don't call your congressman, posthaste. Tempus fugit!