DFF Item #13

13. I see that Mount Morris, New York, once a bucolic country setting, is now home to an intrusive, sprawling, noise and pollution producing intermodal terminal. Congratulations! You have turned Mount Morris from a one horse town into a three horse town!  
- Otto Vondrak, Rochester Institute of Technology 

Actually, the Lackawanna Terminal Railway never intended to develop an intermodal terminal at this location. In fact, when representatives from the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's Industrial Development and Regional Cooperation Department's Industrial Site Selection Committee visited Mount Morris they were so impressed with the clean, healthy environment and the warm, friendly people that they immediately placed Mount Morris on the top of their list for a toxic waste dump. 

Unfortunately, the toxic waste dump distribution list was controlled by the good folks at National Chemical and Refining so the next best alternative was to place a huge intermodal yard smack in the center of the little burg so that the citizens could reap the benefits of a major new employer bringing in high paying jobs (which broadened the area's economic base), traffic congestion, diesel exhaust emissions, and the attendant high noise levels 24 hours a day. 

All this plus the constant arrival and departure of trains during the night, the switching of long cuts of intermodal freight cars across local streets during the morning and evening commute times, and the opening of two dozen honky tonk bars on main street has added much to the lifestyles of the fine citizens of Mount Morris. 

Those of us on the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's Industrial Development and Regional Cooperation Department's Industrial Site Selection Committee are proud to note that, since the development of the intermodal terminal, the incidents of homicide, aggravated assault and other acts of violence within the town of Mount Morris and it's surrounding communities now rank second only to Washington, DC. 

It may also interest you to know that the title "three horse town" is no longer appropriate since the three horses you refer to in your obviously derogatory comments toward this quiet community were tragically killed when they wandered into the path of a departing LT intermodal freight train. 

The members of the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's Industrial Development and Regional Cooperation Department's Industrial Site Selection Committee are justly proud that the implementation of the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's industrial base expansionist philosophy expounded in our corporate manual titled, "Extreme development is good for you” once again benefits a community in need.

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