RAILROADS: Are Presidents Necessary?

When the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad's Patriot rattled into Boston two hours and 31 minutes late from Washington one night last week, the railroad might have counted it as just one more routine Late Arrival. But as luck had it, one of the irate passengers was Massachusetts' Republican Representative John W. Heselton. Fuming at what he called New Haven President Patrick McGinnis' "public-be-damned policy," Heselton announced that he will ask Congress to fix "civil or criminal penalties" for railroaders who cannot run their trains on time.

For Railroader McGinnis, it was only the beginning of another bad...

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