I am writing to respond to your Sunday "Onion" aimed at Liberty Township Trustee Jodi Stoyak.
During her tenure as a township trustee, Ms. Stoyak has worked harder than most elected officials to research issues to determine the best way to protect her constituents and promote Liberty Township.
Unlike many elected officials, she has not pocketed money from the oil and gas industry; therefore, they don't "own" her or direct how she conducts official business.
It is appalling that Trumbull County and Warren elected officials would promote a "counter-rally" opposing citizens who want to protect our communities from the potential of catastrophic contamination of our irreplaceable water supplies from the industrialization of our communities by the drilling industry.
To those officials - be careful, your financial conflict of interest is showing. How can they operate without bias when being influenced by the oil and gas industry?
Ms. Stoyak has a right to attend any public function she wishes to attend. I suspect she attended the rally to learn more about injection wells, which are flooding our state with toxic drilling waste.
Since you were too busy with the counter-rally to report this important fact - it was announced at the rally that more than 7,892,815,182 gallons of toxic waste has been dumped in Ohio injection wells to date. That is not a number to be proud of, not to mention the fact that Trumbull and Portage counties have become the dumping cesspool for the drilling industry's toxic chemicals.
It would be interesting to know how many of our politicians have really studied the possible long-term effects of the dumping of gas and oil industry's waste could have on our communities, as Ms. Stoyak has.
The decision to chastise her for working for the best interests of the public's health and the well-being of Liberty residents shows that the only "Onion" should go to the Tribune Chronicle and the politicians mentioned in your "Orchids." As elected officials, they should represent all their constituents, not just a temporary, transient industry.