Driving to work this morning, I saw a tractor trailer crushed under a low railroad bridge across St. Paul Boulevard. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come...
According to the NYS Department of Transportation, railroads can move a ton of freight an average of 436 miles with each gallon of fuel. A single intermodal freight train (those trains with containers placed on flat cars) can take nearly three-hundred trucks off the Thruway.
I was just thinking about how the news media responded the day we found out former Governor Eliot Spitzer was allegedly paying to have sex with a prostitute. In the ensuing hours, days, and week, reporters were turning over every stone to find people who were even remotely connected to the story. News teams brainstormed to come up with every possible angle. Thousands upon thousands of articles were published or broadcast. Every new detail became a headline, no matter how small.
There was not much stone turning going on last week, when Daniel Davis was murdered.
"Ten years ago, coming out was an adult process. Now it's an adolescent process."
That's a quote from Jim Anderson, a former spokesman for Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York Magazine, about six years ago.
And the trend continues.
There are hundreds of area teenagers who are openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. They are coming out at 12, 13, 14 years of age. Many adult gays and lesbians will tell you they knew their sexual identity at that age, but they didn't tell anyone until they reached their twenties (or beyond.)