Floods are nature's wayof showing who's boss
In response to the letter of March 27, regarding the annual flooding of Mill Creek Park, some important facts must be noted.
It is true that the flooding is a temporary hindrance to golfers and others, but Mill Creek Park is basically left to the forces of nature. This yearly inundation is inevitable, because of our unique local topography. We live in an area called the glaciated Appalachian Plateau. This type of landform has a flat to rolling surface with creeks flowing downstream to a main river, creating valleys (such as Mill Creek flowing into the Mahoning River). The portion of Mill Creek from Shields Road to U.S. Route 224 is level. The next downstream portion of Mill Creek from Shields Road to the Mahoning River, flows through a narrow gorge that restricts the water, preventing flooding.
Our area in question, from Shields Road to U.S, 224 is within a wide shallow valley. Without a narrow valley to contain the waters, flooding occurs over a wide area. This spring flooding is evident to all of us as we drive the stretch of U.S. 224 between Lockwood Boulevard and Pinetree Lane. Virtually all of this one-mile wide flood plain is under water.
This inconvenient yearly flooding is completely natural, and any type of development such as the Mill Creek Golf Course is at risk. Trying to contain these waters is absurd, and such a project would be a gargantuan effort. Surely, Mill Creek Park or the townships in these affected areas do not have the time or money to spend on such an inconceivable notion.
These floods are part of a natural cycle for the Mill Creek flood plain. A month of flooding is a small price to pay to enjoy our park the rest of the year.
JOSEPH J. KRAMAR
Checks and balances are as American as apple pie
As one of many Americans dedicated to our traditional American principles, I write in opposition to the Republican so-called "nuclear option" on which the Senate may vote soon. It is not too dramatic to say that, should this option be embraced, it would be a dangerous step closer to total control by one party and the loss of democratic systems which have been working for centuries.
This is about gaining too much control over the Supreme Court. Worst of all, it is about money and paybacks. Our senators must stand up for centuries of checks and balances that have served Americans well.
This is not about Democrats or Republicans. It would be a dangerous precedent no matter which party is in office. No one party should ever have absolute power. Don't neglect to consider what has happened in any country throughout history when one person or one group had absolute power. It is un-American.
Father JOSEPH A. FATA
One councilman's sour note
Artis Gillam is obviously a powerful man. He has proven thatif he doesn't like the way the Youngstown Symphony conducts its internal affairs, he can hold back $50,000 from its funding. He has also proven that he is small-minded.
In what surely must be a paradigm for cutting off a nose to spite a face, he has tried to hobble the symphony -- one of Youngstown's crown jewels -- because he disagrees with its methods. The nonrenewal of Isaiah Jackson's contract was surely bungled. Many, including myself, question whether it had to happen at all. But that is no excuse to petulantly withdraw promised funds.
With or without Jackson, Gillam's role as a city councilman should be to ensure that the symphony survives -- not take his ball and go home. The symphony is valuable to our community, and it is more important than any one person. Is this kind of behavior a harbinger of other City Council actions as Youngstown struggles to revive itself?
SCOTT C. ESSAD
Another tale of woe from the dog pound
A letter in last Sunday's Vindicator told of a woman's experience with the dog pound. I also had a similar but less unfortunate incident.
I have a friend at work, and about six months ago she had a stray dog hanging around her house. My boyfriend and I decided to adopt the dog, but before we could tell her, she and her husband, with no other choice, dropped him off at the pound. That same day I called the pound and told them the situation, they refused to let me get the dog that day. They told me that I had to wait a week to pick him up because they needed to administer shots. They assured me that they would hold him for me, proceeded to take my information and said I could pick him up at 10 a.m.
When that day came I arrived at the pound promptly at 10 o'clock to find that they had let someone adopt him the day before, after they had told me I had to wait until that morning. Luckily, the man who had adopted the dog the day before walked into the pound during this whole fiasco. He was there to return the dog because his other dog and this one didn't get along. While I was getting the license for my new dog the lady behind the counter told me the dog did not receive any shots during his stay -- the whole point of the week long wait, or so I was told.
Although my situation turned out for the good, and we now have a great dog, I was still very angry with the pound. After reading last Sunday's letter I am now twice as angry as I was then. Somehow a better system needs to be put in place for these animals.