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Page 2 Opinion Thursday, June 9, 2011 - C9.0 News * Kimball, M N CP Rail train derails in Paynesville Pacific) train partially derailed in Paynesville, just behind the AMPI plant near downtown. There were no injuries, and no hazardous materials involved. According to Mike LoVec- chio, Senior Manager at Cana- dian Pacific, 10 cars derailed from the westbound Canadian Pacific freight train. "Crews worked, through the night and continue to make prog- ress removing the rail cars," LoVecchio said. It is expected that the cars would be removed by Tuesday afternoon. Work also is being done to replace the damaged track. Once completed, and inspected, the line will be returned to service. CP Rail, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Stearns County Sheriff, and Paynesv_ille Police and Fire Departments responded to the incident. Two of the derailed cars fell into Crow River. One of those con- tained frac sand (a quartz sand with very fine, Found grains; it is used in oil and natural gas explo- ration). The other derailedcars were either empty auto racks or intermodal cars (a type of flatcar). "There were no regulated com- modities involved in the incident, no environmental damage, and no risks to the surrounding commu- nity," said LoVecchio. The St. Cloud Times reported that heat may have played a role in the derailment. With temper- atures in the mid-90s all day, Paynesville Police Chief Kent Kort- lever speculated that the tracks may have buckled in the heat. LoVecchio, speaking for CP Rail, said Tuesday morning that it was still too early to speculate about the cause of the accident. This was just Ten cars from a Canadian Pacific train derailed Monday afternoon near downtown Paynesville; two of them fell over the bridge and into the Crow River. Kirnm Anderson photo courtesy of St. Cloud Times. after a meeting at the site. CP Rail conducted a disaster drill in Kimball in September 2007. A staged derailment of a car carry- ing ammonia provided a valuable training opportunity for local fire and rescue departments. About six months went into the planning of the day-long exercise. Such drills are carried out in communities all along the Canadian Pacific rail lines. "Safety is Canadian Pacific&apos;s top priority," said LoVecchio. "The incident will be thoroughly inves- tigated." Formerly the Soo Line, the local Canadian Pacific rail line goes from Winona through Minneapolis and St. Paul, then through Buffalo, Annandale, South Haven, Kimball, Jill Pettier "Slices of Life" lhe unfanrness of it all Watkins, Eden Valley, and Paynes- ville on its way to Alexandria and North Dakota and beyond. Each winter the CP Holiday Train trav- els this route, and in the summer the CP 2816 Empress restored steam locomotive rounds a different pot- tion of the company's lines. Both of these special trains are run by CP Rail as fundraisers for local and national charities. Watch for any updates on this story on our websire: www.tricoun- tynews.MN. There were no injuries in the June 6 derailment, and no envirohmen- tal hazards. Kimm Anderson photo courtesy of St. Cloud Times. There are times when I have to make tough decisions and then there are times when I just say no because I am the parent and I can. Then again, there are lots of other factors well beyond the spec- trum of little old me working to make life unfair. Floods. Food poi- soning. Asthma. Allergies. Earth- quakes. Earning a D-minus on the English quiz. Losing the big game. Gaining a little extra weight. None of this seems fair. Not in the least. If life were fair, we'd all be on top of the proverbial heap with a full somach, clear complexion and every hair in place (no bald- ness xould exist in this fair world). We'd be employed at a job that didn't feel like work. We'd have too many friends, a perfect marriage and kids who never questioned our authority. We wouldn't worry about the weather, mortgage pay- ments, osteoporosis or our count- less vulnerabilities. If life were fair we'd all have what we needed and then some. Without any worries. Or maybe not. Maybe we'd all be hungry and wanting and lonely. Maybe "fair" would mean equal, but at the same time, not so out- standing. Maybe fair wouldn't feel like a corndog on a stick, but just a bare stick, one as empty as our stomachs. I can hear my kids grumbling already. Life isn't fair. No, it's not. I don't relish the thought of anyone suffering. Ever. That is the kind of unfairness I would do without, ifI could. But a little everyday unfair- ness when it comes to whose bowl holds the bigger scoop of ice cream, who gets to ride shotgun or who went first the last time, those kinds of unfairness I can deal with. If life is unfair every time we don't get what we want, then life is most certainly unfair. To that, I say thank goodness. If life were fair, there'd be no opportunity to choose your per- spective on the subject. You'd size yourself up based on everyone else, because everyone would be the same as you. How boring, not to mention limiting. There'd be no reason to work for something bet- ter than fair, because fair would be all there was. An unfair world provides pos- sibilities for working harder and striving above and beyond. To desire something beyond fair, you first must experience unfair and decide you possess the ability to overcome it. When my kids tell me they think I'm pot fair or life's not fair, I know they are right. And I hope someday they'll understand why this is actu- ally a good thing. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's .Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@qwest. net;, or visit her website at http:// marketing-by-design, home.mchsi. corn/. "That's not fair." I can't tell you what joy this phrase brings to my life. Because I hear it. Often. From my kids. When they have to come in for dinner. When they can't have a friend sleep over. When they have to stop their game to finish home- work. When they have to make their bed (again) because it didn't work the first time with the kicked- off sheet lying on the floor. When they don't get their way. Then, life is not fair. I agree with them. They are right. The problem (as they see it) is I am the unjust authority fig- ure, sort of like an unfair fairy, but without the tutu (I sold mine at a rummage sale years ago). My kids understand that life, in and of itself, may not always be fair. But to them, I am the magnifying fac= tor when it comes to lack of liberty and unjustness for all. As their mother, I am responsible for the overall unfairness of things. 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