Letters to the editor
Freedom means decent living for all Americans
I am not an isolationist, but I do believe that we as Americans must jealously guard our borders. I know that this United States of America was and is made up of aliens. My father was an alien, as were my grandparents, but they came legally.
I believe in legal immigration and that most people that come to our borders come legally and follow the laws set forth for becoming citizens of the USA.
I ask, what is so wrong in being legal? I want to know how can we continue to allow an influx of Illegal immigrants at our borders? What is wrong with believing that laws are set forth to reduce crime or actions that violate our Constitution?
The other beliefs that I have are that anyone wanting to be a citizen of the U.S., to the best of their abilities, study and accept the language spoken here as their language, that the schools be attended be the schools that are in the spoken language of the U.S., and that our American language be the designated language for all.
I was born here to an immigrant father and first-generation mother. All of my life I can recall my father working to speak the language of his new country and I cannot recall that he ever spoke with an accent from his home country. He always said he came to America to be an American, and he was. He went forward and taught me how much he loved this country and so should I. And I do!
I believe in free enterprise and a free economy that makes its profits from putting people to work, not by the government or paid by the government, but private enterprise and by working for a fair and legal wage.
Government jobs are necessary, such as our police and fire departments, our law-making and execution of these laws and other necessary departments. We need, to an extent, departments of taxation, auditing of spent monies and oversight.
We do not need an overwhelming number of people on the government dole. Most of the handouts that we see today could be eliminated with the free enterprise and free economy that was spoken about earlier.
The freedom of being able to work for a living means realizing that there is an entry level and ability to work up to the top levels of competence, a decent living could be had by all. Not all jobs are there to be giving a living wage. The minimum wage should be a starting wage, and from there you should work up to another level to obtain the wages that allow you to have purchasing power for homes, cars, etc.
Let us all realize that we should have enough love of ourselves and our country to go and make it free from undo government pressure and live as our Constitution was set up for all legal Americans.
Rescue helicopters create safety hazard
We are a fortunate community to have Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) at Trumbull Memorial Hospital (TMH). I know of several people who owe their lives to this service and its ability to get them to a facility in a timely manner. Thank you to the team of professionals: administrators, doctors, pilots, paramedics, nurses and all others that enable this service for us.
As a neighbor of TMH for 25 years, I have seen this service increase dramatically and have some safety concerns about these helicopters as they approach and depart the helipad. Many of the helicopters approach the hospital at a very low altitude, sometimes not much higher than treetop level. If you live anywhere near the hospital, you have experienced your home being disturbed by the shaking, rattling, vibrating and very loud noise as a low-approaching copter flies overhead. This does not have to be.
Additionally, there are very tall, high-power lines that lead to TMH. These power lines are two to three times taller than most telephone poles, carry high voltage and lead into TMH from two directions. I have witnessed helicopters fly within 15 feet of these lines. As a pilot myself, I believe that is too close for safety. Ohio Edison was contacted about installing warning balls on these power lines, the FAA was contacted about these several years ago, but nothing has changed.
Some helicopter pilots approach TMH at a high altitude and they descend over the large parking lot as they approach the helipad. This seems to be the safest way to avoid power lines and the least disturbing to the neighborhoods. Others do not approach this way and it is consistently the same helicopters and pilots that approach in an unsafe manner. Perhaps, like at airports, a well-planned and consistent landing pattern utilizing altitude and the wide open parking lot should be established.
The HEMS industry is a very profitable business. It’s also an industry with a troubled safety record. Medical helicopters account for only 18 percent of the turbine helicopter fleet in America, yet they account for 59 percent of the fatal accidents. This is a nationwide problem, Google ”medical helicopter safety” to see a plethora of articles on fatal HEMS accidents.
If you are a concerned citizen, please speak out about the noise and safety issues. Administrators of TMH should go outside to observe the various helicopter approaches to see if some improvements can be made and a landing pattern established. Let’s reduce noise levels for the east side of Warren and stop a potential disaster before it happens.
Letters to the editor
Thankful for words of peace
Thank you, Richard and Eva Rollison.
On Oct. 26, 2013, Richard Rollinson IV was fatally wounded at the Sunoco Service Station on West Market Street in Warren. Not once did his parents cry for revenge. They did cry; I know, because I cried with them.
The city was afraid that more violence would follow. The high school football game was canceled. I don’t think many people agreed with that decision. State troopers were called to assist the Warren Police Department.
Warren seemed to be sitting on a powder keg.
My wife and I went to a vigil for Richard Rollison IV. I saw groups of young men with anger in their eyes. More than anything, these young men wanted Mr. Rollison to say, ”OK, get revenge,” then that powder keg would have been lit. But that’s not what they heard.
In a calm, tearful voice, Mr. Rollison asked for the violence to stop.
And it did.
This thing was about to get really, really bad. If not for parents like Richard and Eva Rollison who love the Lord and their son, it would.
It seems the city didn’t give you a proper thank you.
Thank you, Richard and Eva Rollison.
Trade Cheney for Bergdahl
Regarding the prisoners exchange, keep the Guantanamo Bay prisoners and give them Dick Cheney for the American soldier. After all, he’s the one who got us in this mess to begin with.
Letters to the Editor
Lordstown Energy Center equals a $95 million boost
I would like to respond to a letter by Phyllis Chaney that was published May 25. There has been two public meetings totaling five hours of presentations, facts and discussion. Some of the statements made by Ms. Chaney don’t fully or properly represent the actual public record.
There seemed to be some concern over the Lordstown Energy Center (LEC) Project being located on a site zoned residential. The facts are that the proposed site contains both business and residential zoning, where the Peterson Hardware store existed.
It was also pointed out that LEC seeks to locate under existing high voltage (HV) power lines. Within the village, there are 95,040 feet of HV lines and not one single home has located under them, to date. LEC is the only entity seeking to do so.
Also, there are 33,370 feet of common border between R-1 and I-1 zoned property. The idea of I-1 land locating adjacent to R-1 land is by no means a new concept originated by LEC … it has been this way for years.
Ms. Chaney points out, ”The only reason the owners want to put the (LEC Project) here is because it’s convenient.”
It is this confusion of facts as noted by Ms. Chaney that leads to the fallacy of there being a ”magical” alternative I-1 site. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Over a seven-month feasibility period, every single I-1 and non I-1 parcel was examined for viability. Due to many ”fatal flaw” issues associated with sites remote from the existing HV lines, the Hardware site was selected.
Convenience had nothing to do with the site selection, but technical, environmental and engineering information had everything to do with site selection.
It has been shown that if nothing were done with the current site, the village would obtain $125,000 in tax revenue over the immediate future, compared to $95.5-plus million from the LEC Project at Salt Springs Road. Due to the ”fatal flaws” of other I-1 sites, this is what is at stake for the citizens of the village.
Practical, local economic benefit to the village is the issue at hand, not ”convenience.”
William Siderewicz, P.E.
Siderewicz is president of Clean Energy Future
Residents want plant, but in area already zoned for it
If you are like me, many times you look at a letter to the editor and think this has nothing to do with me. So you don’t read it. That’s why I began my letter in this manner.
The subject of this letter is the proposed power plant in Lordstown, where I live, and the request for a change of zoning. At first you may feel this has nothing to do with you, but this is not about the building of the plant; it’s about zoning.
If you live in an area with zoning regulations, you know that those regulations have been put in place to protect you, the landowner, in order to allow for the peaceful enjoyment of your property. Peaceful enjoyment from the inappropriate intrusion of situations such as an industrial zone being placed where you and your children live.
As such, those regulations should be strictly adhered to for the protection of residents. After all, do you want a scrap yard built on that empty lot near you or some other inappropriate business? Of course not.
So it is with our situation in Lordstown.
The proposition that has been presented to the residents of Lordstown is not whether we want the plant. Most people I have spoken with are in favor of the location of the proposed power plant in our community.
However, the majority of residents believe that the plant should be located on property already zoned for this purpose. The request for the rezoning of property should be denied.
Is that unreasonable? No, and if the same were happening where you live I know you would agree.
Unfortunately, those in the position to make the decision for rezoning have been blinded by the prospect of tax dollars and the presentation of the representative of the company. As for the tax dollars, this isn’t about money. It’s about the protection of the residents they are sworn to represent.
As for the presentation made by the company; I’ve seen the presentation, and it reminds me of the scene in the film ”The Wizard of Oz,” where Dorothy and her companions stand before the image of the wizard with the smoke and flames billowing along with the loud admonitions from the wizard against disagreement with his commands. Then the little dog Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal that it was all a charade.
So it is with the presentation from the company. That presentation would have you believe that this is the only acceptable site in Lordstown. And, the charade here is this: If the company is not allowed the zone change, then ”it will take its ball and go home,” so to speak.
That’s rubbish. There are at least three other sites that will meet the criteria of the company. The true reason for wanting the rezoning has been withheld from the residents of our community.
Mark R. McGrail
Spot zoning makes for bad planning in Lordstown
Once again, a zoning change in Lordstown has made the front page of the Tribune Chronicle. Press releases by the Realtor, developers and the mayor have managed to disguise the facts.
Very few people actually oppose building a power plant in Lordstown, but many oppose the spot zoning of 57 acres to build it.
The plant only requires 15 to 17 acres, leaving a surplus of acreage zoned industrial. When zoning is changed despite promises by the developer, anything that meets R1 requirements can be built on that site in the future and only can be changed back with a request from the owner at that time.
With one-third of the village already zoned industrial, the obvious question is why does it have to go where there are so many detrimental effects to the nearby residents?
The answer given was the developer said there were no other available suitable sites and stated at a special school board meeting he would go elsewhere if the zoning for this site was not changed.
After the last planning commission meeting, it seemed as though zoning might not be changed and two other sites close to required power lines were offered. The sites are zoned properly and the wetlands areas have been delineated and mitigated, which to my knowledge has not been done on the 57-acre site.
Last week, the developer through his Realtor approached the mayor about utilizing one of the existing industrial zoned sites, but had questions concerning rights-of-way for power lines from the power plant to high voltage lines a short distance away. Mayor Arno Hill chose not to release this information, but rather release a petition from Warren Fabricating to change the zoning.
Moving the site would eliminate spot zoning without consequences for area homeowners. There would be no change in the amount of dollars or timing to the school system. Construction traffic and further congestion would be limited to state Route 45.
We are on the same team here and need to eliminate the current controversy. Everyone needs to understand that they have approached the mayor to move the site. Using outside groups to try to influence our zoning is foolish.