Our city of Shelby has been receiving an ever increasing number of complaints from the locals concerning the blowing of train whistles. According to the November Newsletter from the city, there are several reasons. 1: There are more trains...& get this, the number of these trains will actually INCREASE over the next few years. Reason 2: New Federal Railway Administration rules require & monitor train crews & the blowing of these train horns at railway crossings. The solution to this is what is referred to as a "Quiet Zone". They establish these "quite zones" by increased safety measures at the crossings & thus eliminating the requirement to have trains blow their horns. Perhaps I need one of these "Zones" here at the radio station as I'm always tooting MY own horn! Like everything else these days, there's a "cost" to providing a quiet zone & it taps the till to the tune of $200,000! Our city doesn't have this type of funding & there are no grant programs for funding this type of improvement. Even Lorette Carter, the "Dean of Grant Writers" can't swing this deal, so Shelby is taking it to the streets...rather the people. In the latest newsletter, you can "vote" your opinion as to whether you, as a Shelby resident, would be willing to pay approximately $25.00 per year to establish & maintain a "Quiet Zone". Check out the Shelby November newsletter, "Vote" your opinion & there's even several lines for you to write your thoughts & opinions. In the meantime, I'm the Puffman...ALL ABOARDDDddd.....