Fire and Motion:
How Battles Are
One of the most fascinating blogs on the Internet, at least for computer
programmers (like me), is run by a New York City
software developer named Joel Spolsky at the website www.joelonsoftware.com. He writes with common sense, and does so
extremely well. One of his essays in
and Motion, describes quite nicely how the most fundamental of military
tactics can be applied to winning contests outside the field of battle. The notion is simple: Use covering fire to
stay in motion. Change the attack
constantly. Keep the other guy off guard. Do not allow your opponent to choose the
terms of engagement. Joel said it much
better in his article.
I’m trying to provide as much motion as possible, but at this point I think
it would also be good to ramp up the cover fire, too. This page provides some suggested e-mail addresses and web-mail-enabled
sites to which you may wish to write.
Most of the listings below also show some of the results from the 39 rider questionnaires
I collected at the train station for Congressman Fitzpatrick. Questionnaires mailed in to his office are
not, at this point, included in the tally.
Both absolute numbers and percentage of riders represented by the various
individuals in government are given.
The Heads of the Five Major Transportation Organizations
Deciding The Fate of Cornwells Heights
I would suggest politely but firmly requesting that these individuals
cooperate to solve our station’s problems.
You may wish to cite some of the arguments advanced elsewhere on this
David Gunn, Amtrak President and CEO
Faye Moore, SEPTA General Manager
email@example.com Mr. Allen
Biehler, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation
firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. George
Warrington, New Jersey Transit Executive Director
John Coscia, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Executive Director
[Note: E-mail sent to
Mr. David Gunn and to Mr. George Warrington may “bounce back” as
undeliverable. Neither of them appear
to have ever published an e-mail address that would allow members of the
general public to write to them directly.
Undeliverable messages, however, are usually kept and occasionally scanned
through by the receiving website. If
either Mr. Gunn or Mr. Warrington would like to see their “undeliverable”
messages, they can certainly do so.]
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives with Cornwells
Heights Riders as Constituents
Generally speaking, Representatives are quite sympathetic with constituents’
concerns. Representative Michael
Fitzpatrick is currently leading the fight to keep our station alive. (You don’t need to argue the merits with
him, but thanking him or giving him a good new piece of ammunition is a good
reason to write.) Of the six
congressional districts from which Cornwells Heights draws ridership, two are
in New Jersey.
email@example.com 27 (69%) Representative Michael G.
Fitzpatrick PA District 8
http://schwartz.house.gov 7 (18%) Representative Allyson
Y. Schwartz PA District 13
http://www.house.gov/andrews 2 ( 5%) Representative Robert E.
'Rob' Andrews NJ District 1
http://www.house.gov/saxton 1 ( 2%) Representative H. James
'Jim' Saxton NJ District 3
http://www.house.gov/robertbrady 1 ( 2%) Representative Robert A.
Brady PA District 1
http://www.house.gov/fattah 1 ( 2%) Representative Chaka
Fattah PA District 2
Members of the U.S. Senate with Cornwells Heights Riders
Senator Arlen Specter has already sent a letter of concern to David Gunn
regarding Amtrak issues, including Amtrak’s abandonment of Cornwells
Heights. It is noteworthy that 8% of
the riders surveyed drove to Cornwells Heights from New Jersey. Cornwells Heights is the most convenient
Amtrak stop for nearby sections of New Jersey.
http://specter.senate.gov 36 (92%) Senator Arlen Specter PA Whole State
36 (92%) Senator Richard J. 'Rick' Santorum PA Whole State
http://corzine.senate.gov 3 ( 8%) Senator Jon Stevens Corzine NJ Whole State
3 ( 8%) Senator Frank R.
Lautenberg NJ Whole State
State Governors with Cornwells Heights Riders as
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell may be able to exercise influence over Amtrak
Keystone trains – perhaps enough to save the station – and investigate and
manage state contracts with Amtrak. New
Jersey Governor Codey may or may not even be aware that the people of his state
may lose Amtrak access if Cornwells Heights is taken off Amtrak’s schedule.
http://www.governor.state.pa.us 36 (92%) Governor Edward G. 'Ed' Rendell PA Whole State
http://www.state.nj.us/governor 3 ( 8%) Governor Richard J. Codey NJ Whole State
Bensalem’s Pennsylvania State Senator and State Representative
These are the local men who fight for right and justice in Harrisburg. Check http://www.vote-smart.org
if you don’t live in Bensalem and want to find out who fights for right for
firstname.lastname@example.org 15 (38%) State Senator Robert M. 'Tommy'
Tomlinson PA District 6
email@example.com 15 (38%) Representative Gene D. DiGirolamo PA District 18
Newspaper ‘Letters to the Editor’ Addresses
Newspapers discovered spam long before the Internet. They value letters that appear specifically
crafted for their particular subscriber audience. If they think other papers got the same letter, it’s less likely
to be considered for reporting action or publication. I’m partial to playing on the theme of the station that Amtrak
ran as a covert operation for eight years (where even the station manager didn’t
know when the Keystones and Clockers would run -- sort of like the movie Chinatown,
but with trains instead of water), one hour outside Manhattan on the Northeast
Corridor in a great neighborhood with 800 parking spaces we can’t even give
away. Truly stranger than fiction.
gpetroziello@phillyBurbs.com Bucks County Courier Times Opinion Editor Mr. Guy
firstname.lastname@example.org The Philadelphia Inquirer
email@example.com The New York Times
Helpful Websites for Finding Out Who One’s Governmental
http://www.vote-smart.org - A good place to find the elected officials in your
district maps - Districts: Bucks 8,
Montgomery 13+8, NE Philadelphia 13+8+1+2
NJ congressional district
maps - Districts: Camden 1, Cinnaminson 3
If You Would Like to CC This Website for the Record…
A log of letters sent to transit organizations, politicians, and newspapers
luck with the writing. Clean but firm
usually does the trick.