As a Canadian I have no right to comment on your internal politics, however as an Amtrak customer I feel I have the ability to write about my current feelings regarding Amtrak. I have been using Amtrak since the 70's starting with trips to San Diego and Seattle. I have made it a point to take at least one trip to Portland every year for the last eight years and at least one transcontinental trip for the last 7 years. Last year we did a 4 week tour through the US with the South East the only area we missed. I am an Amtrak select member and have a considerable balance. My first observation is the drop in service regarding sleeper service. The removal of the welcome amenities, silverware and plates from the LD trains was just the start. Other degradations in the service are well detailed in many posts over the last 6 years. I don't know how much was 'saved' but I doubt it was more than 1% of my fares over the last 7 years. I travel by train because I enjoy it. I am enjoying it less and less and for travel in the US and it has passed south of the enjoyment/cost ratio. A further major hit to the ratio has occured due to your current administrationon's attitude towards visitors (foreigners) and their counties, particularly Canada. I will leave it at that but will mention my last vacation was to the UK and Europe and that my next will be to South Africa. Although I enjoy both Seattle and Portland I have no plans to visit either in the near future. I cannot vote with a ballot but I can with my pocket book. Maybe I'll catch you again in a couple of years.