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.