Greeting intermodal with open arms

Greeting intermodal with open arms

There are 24 comments on the The Times story from Jan 5, 2007, titled Greeting intermodal with open arms. In it, The Times reports that:

The Northwest Indiana Intermodal Task Force will begin surveying the local landscape, with the goal of speeding the arrival of intermodal development in the region.

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la porte county resident

Valparaiso, IN

#1 Jan 8, 2007
No intermodal if it requires a new toll road through southern porter and la porte counties. North la porte county is once again impacting our way of life.
Union Mills resident

Westville, IN

#2 Jan 18, 2007
I find it interesting that LP mayor Morris says that he has the people of the county behind him. It was nice that he asked us first. I guess that if a mayor cannot take care of his own town he can just try to take over others. Apparently there is something about a constitutional democracy that Morris doesn't understand.
La Porte Resident

Michigan City, IN

#3 Mar 28, 2007
Morris is mayor of La Porte and if the intermodal will benefit our town and area, he doesn't answer to anyone but the people who elected him. I realize that some people want to keep things just as they are, but unfortunately if you don't develop some new industries and employment, in the long run you only have less and less - less jobs, less money, less economic growth. You can't live in a vacuum.
Pinola Pete

Crete, IL

#4 Jul 22, 2007
Share your thoughts here about the Intermodals:

http://groups.google.com/group/slimchance/abo...

See the note about as many as 1700 extra truckloads per day. See the type of light structures that will be visible from the shores of Pine Lake,

Pinola Pete
Former Resident

AOL

#5 Aug 6, 2007
Are you kidding me? This could be one of the greatest things ever to happen in the county. As for "productive farmland," how many acres is the government paying you not to farm. There's a reason the rest of the country laughs at Indiana, this is it. Indiana is my home and I love it, but get with it. The time to produce some jobs, real jobs, decent paying jobs, instead of 8 per hour Wal-Mart jobs. This is a no brainer.
Union Mills Resident

Michigan City, IN

#6 Aug 14, 2007
As a farmer in Union Mills, and also holding a factory job in La Porte - I can understand both points of view on the subject. The biggest problem i forsee is the fact that where the intormodal facility goes - will put farmers out of business. How is a person who has successfully ran their own business for years going to get another job and work for someone else. I also dont think people realize the jobs that will be created. Unless you drive a semi or work within the intermodal facility, the only jobs that will be available will be the 8/hr walmart, gas staion, grocery store jobs.
Not Here Please

Hammond, IN

#7 Aug 23, 2007
It's not just the money or the new jobs on the line here. Sit and think about what kind of imports and exports that would be coming and going through this inland port. Drive to the south of the county and look at the trains that already buzz through all day long 365 days a year. Many of the containers say CHINA SHIPPING on them. America is going to slowly defeat itself by letting other countries (i.e. China) to import all of our needs.... Food. We get a vast majority of our food from these small town farmers whether you realize it or not. Slowly paving over these areas is slowly putting the U.S. at mercy of other countries. Besides, the jobs are not permanent. The 'undesireables' will be taking the jobs you were promised for much cheaper wages.
Union Mills Resident

La Porte, IN

#8 Aug 28, 2007
I moved to Union Mills 10 years ago and have made numerous friends in this small community. I am in favor of new jobs and county tax money but not at the expense of the farmland. I realize you have to give to get but hope in the long run all will prosper from whatever the outcome..
stilbo

La Porte, IN

#9 Aug 28, 2007
Build the damn things in Porter County! Better yet, Gary! Air and water pollution, devalued property, warehouse blight from LaPorte to Westville, JOBS THAT WILL PAY ABOUT THE SAME AS WALMART BECAUSE THE CHINESE CRAP BROUGHT INTO THE INTERMODALS WILL GO INTO WALMART WAREHOUSING THESE ARE LOW TECH/LOW PAYING JOBS. THE SITING CRITERIA FOR CENTER POINT INTERMODAL INCLUDED: "WILLINGNESS OF THE LOCAL WORKFORCE TO WORK FOR LOWER PAY". Thousands of trucks on two lane roads, cutting the county into three emergency response section, forcing emissions checks on vehicles due to diesel soot and carbon monoxide, affecting wells within the county due to the fragile glacial hydrology (512 Dump), Make LaPorte county look like Hammond/Whiting and we have lost everything. No high tech jobs, no tourism, few people with educations higher than the 11th grade. There is a shortage of skilled workers in laPorte county and an abundance of minimum wage boobs. Great, build intermodals, ruin the way the county looks, smells, etc and eliminate any future hope of bringing clean, high tech, good paying jobs here... forever. The rich clean up and the dumb LaPorteans get their intermodals to go with Deercroft, Ingeniro Toxic Incinerator and maybe a nice big Chicago sewage treatment plant... JOBS! LaPorte county is the last county west of Elkhart that is clean and has not been paved over. That's why a lot of us live here and have lived here for generations. You want to live in a dump, move to Gary or Merrillville, etc...
TR in UM

Westland, MI

#10 Sep 7, 2007
I am a resident in Union Mills and I moved here for the small town and rural environment. I will not just stand here and allow big business or politicians to destroy the lifestyle that I have chosen. Don't be fooled, there are alot of us who are against the intermodal and it is NOT being welcomed with open arms. There is no good for the communities affected by this business. It may bring some jobs but you can bet that in our "right to work" state, they won't pay a decent wage and a tax break is a joke since they changed the rules to allow big business to pick up less of the tax burden. I agree with all of the posters who say no to the intermodal. I keep moving away from the city environment but this is where I am taking a stand. NO, the intermodal is not wanted by this resident and I hope that others in my community will dig in and take a stand against it and hopefully not be so gullible as to buy into the hype of those who support this business.
MEP

Auburn Hills, MI

#11 Sep 12, 2007
stilbo wrote:
Build the damn things in Porter County! Better yet, Gary! Air and water pollution, devalued property, warehouse blight from LaPorte to Westville, JOBS THAT WILL PAY ABOUT THE SAME AS WALMART BECAUSE THE CHINESE CRAP BROUGHT INTO THE INTERMODALS WILL GO INTO WALMART WAREHOUSING THESE ARE LOW TECH/LOW PAYING JOBS. THE SITING CRITERIA FOR CENTER POINT INTERMODAL INCLUDED: "WILLINGNESS OF THE LOCAL WORKFORCE TO WORK FOR LOWER PAY". Thousands of trucks on two lane roads, cutting the county into three emergency response section, forcing emissions checks on vehicles due to diesel soot and carbon monoxide, affecting wells within the county due to the fragile glacial hydrology (512 Dump), Make LaPorte county look like Hammond/Whiting and we have lost everything. No high tech jobs, no tourism, few people with educations higher than the 11th grade. There is a shortage of skilled workers in laPorte county and an abundance of minimum wage boobs. Great, build intermodals, ruin the way the county looks, smells, etc and eliminate any future hope of bringing clean, high tech, good paying jobs here... forever. The rich clean up and the dumb LaPorteans get their intermodals to go with Deercroft, Ingeniro Toxic Incinerator and maybe a nice big Chicago sewage treatment plant... JOBS! LaPorte county is the last county west of Elkhart that is clean and has not been paved over. That's why a lot of us live here and have lived here for generations. You want to live in a dump, move to Gary or Merrillville, etc...
I love the way you get your point across. I hope you will attend the Meeting tomorrow night at PNC in the LSF building (lower level) at 6:30pm Thurs 9/13/07
MEP

Auburn Hills, MI

#12 Sep 12, 2007
We need as many people as possible in LaPorte and Porter Counties to contact their public officials to voice their objections to the proposed intermodal. WWW.IN.GOV Tell everyone you know, read and get involved. This will be the worst thing that ever happened to northwest Indiana. Porter county will not be as desirable a place to live as it is now. Alot of affluent people want to see this happen, but we still live in America where they don't always get what they want as long as WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!
PinolaResident

Chicago, IL

#13 Sep 17, 2007
I would love to put a "Yes Intermodal" sign in my yard, how long do you think it would be there before it or my property was damaged? I think there are PLENTY of residents who support the intermodal. You are really only hearing from the naysayers.
AR permanent UM resident

Michigan City, IN

#14 Oct 1, 2007
NO INTERMODAL!!! When people ask, "Where are you from?"; and I reply, "Union Mills", they always say "where's that". That is my home. That is where I was raised; in the middle of a corn field with the comfort of friendly, safe neighbors and with peace and quiet away from all the hustle and bustle from work. Not all areas need to be big time industrialized or urban. They stereotype a small-town by what and how many big time money making businesses reside there, or lack of; it shouldn't be what, but whom. I know Bill down the road, AM across the street, Brian up the hill, Joe 3 doors down, Bud around the corner, and my closest neighbor Chuck. These are the people who make UM a beautiful, loving small-town. I love my backyard and the park for my kids to play at. I'm not a city girl and never will be. Some things are perfect just the way they are. So listen up Corporate, I'm not moving; I have roots here that are deeper than your pockets and I refuse to haul my family of 5 into a tiny house in the city because a tiny house is all that this 2-income- blue-collar-hard-working family can afford! We fought hard just to get our home; we'll fight even harder to keep it. We're not leaving and you're not welcome.
living in unionmills

United States

#15 Oct 9, 2007
PinolaResident wrote:
I would love to put a "Yes Intermodal" sign in my yard, how long do you think it would be there before it or my property was damaged? I think there are PLENTY of residents who support the intermodal. You are really only hearing from the naysayers.
great put your sign up along with the intermodal in pinola. do you have any idea of how the project will change the dynamics of laporte county. traffic crime it will all follow along with the project.there are not that many people who arent naysayers.
living in unionmills

United States

#16 Oct 9, 2007
what are you talking about.put your sign up along with the intermodal in your backyard.you might want to move to elwood. there arent many people in laporte county supporting this project.only the moeny hungry politicians.
oldie but not stupid

United States

#17 Oct 11, 2007
There are areas in northern laporte that does not even have a community of houses on 39. Mayor put it on your turf. I am very economic growth but like another commentator said earlier. We cannot keep destroying farmland. I personally do not want to depend on China for anything!!!! They hate Americans deep down just like Iran and Iraq. They all just like our money and our resources. Sometime I wonder if our own congress and industries like Americans. I know that answer, they like our money we spend for them to become billionaires. Silly me.
Marvin

Knox, IN

#18 Oct 15, 2007
What's wrong with Knox just south of Laporte County,put it in Stark county we got rail's and need job's.
Steve

AOL

#19 Nov 1, 2007
Why does this "Intermodal" have to be so big? I have heard as big as from hiway 49 West. To U.S. 35 East, and from U.S. 6, North to U.S. 30 South. Lord, THAT'S HUGE!!! WTF PEOPLE???
Steve

AOL

#20 Nov 1, 2007
How can there be so much product that a "wharehousing depot" the big is necessary???

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