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Letter: Like a 7th-grade word problem

Kenyon Karl expressed “the necessity for a bit of nitpicking” in his column titled “Trains must be part of our transportation future” in Tuesday’s Monitor. I need to respond with a bit of my own nitpicking. After noting that the Downeaster train runs at a maximum speed of 80 mph, Karl says, “Thus it can not be compared to the 135-150 mph service provided by Amtrak’s Acela Express.” But, in saying this, he has just compared the two trains by saying that one goes faster than the other.



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