Re "School mourns art teacher" (Obituary, Dec. 10): The death of popular teacher and talented artist Kathy Carlisle last week was surely a tragedy that will affect many lives of the people who knew and loved her.
Yet, there are two other people who will be significantly affected by this death -- the engineer and the conductor of the train that struck Kathy Carlisle. The thoughts going through the minds of these railroaders must have been horrifying as their train bore down on a person on the tracks and the realization that they could not stop the 8,000 or more tons they controlled.
Carlisle tragically was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a very dangerous place to be, but of her own, unwise, choosing. Railroad tracks are for trains, not people.
-- Stan Kistler, Grass Valley