Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On Railway Investment, We Are Locally Based 'Yankee Traders'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On Railway Investment, We Are Locally Based 'Yankee Traders'

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With regard to the editorial "Thinking Big" (June 5) regarding the new Chinese railway in Kenya, PG readers might be interested to know that:

1. The "Yankee trader" mentality is alive and well at our own small company, alas involuntarily when our own efforts to save the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad got in the way of Big-Thinking local institutions ranging from the then-Department of Environmental Resources to the Governor's Maglev Advisory Council. Forced out of our hometown by Bigger Thinkers, we stumbled into the international market, in which we have been active ever since.

2. The Chinese railway is a gift to the Kenyan people, constructed to compete with the existing parallel railway, which is operated by a private-sector consortium - kind of like UPMC's new Monroeville hospital competing with Highmark's. …

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