Hubbard Township faces threat of manmade disaster
Do you remember the tornado of 1985? We do. It devastated our Kermont Heights and Chestnut Ridge neighborhoods, destroying many homes and wooded properties. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears from caring friends and strangers who rallied together to put our properties and our lives back together again. We remember caroling Girl Scouts, bringing handmade Christmas ornaments, Amish workers clearing shattered trees, church basements filled with donations of clothing and household supplies, neighbors restoring the trees, shrubs and flowers.
We chose to stay and rebuild because we love this community and want to preserve it for future generations, even better than before. The 20th anniversary of the tornado might have been a celebration of this achievement, but now desperation overwhelms us again. Why? Because a company from outside our area, with the cooperation of local landowners, is busy stripping the land of its trees and natural beauty in order to install a massive construction and demolition debris landfill which also threatens our health, our water supply, our local resources and our property values.
We had no choice and no warning when we were hit with a natural disaster 20 years ago, but we do now. We can prevent this disaster and help preserve the health of our children, grandchildren, pets and wildlife, not only here, but also throughout Ohio.
Once again we need your help. Visit our website, www.hubbardohio.net/landfill. Attend meetings of Hubbard Environmental Land Preservation (H.E.L.P.) and support our fundraisers.
By writing letters to our elected officials urging them to support current legislation, we can strengthen the weak landfill laws that have made Ohio the dumping ground for the northeastern seaboard.
PAT HERNANDEZ, MARILYN STEWART and 31 others.
Consolidation is for elitists
Elitists wish for centralized county court consolidation.
Merging the three larger county courts either into one central facility or into one court is not good for the people they serve.
The people served are those civil litigants, criminal defendants, and aggrieved business owners and local residents who appear before the county court judges and prosecutors in Boardman, Austintown, Canfield and Sebring locations.
Consolidating any of these courts will perhaps better serve us attorneys, the judges, and create an atmosphere of efficiency from a budgetary perspective.
Consolidation, however, would remove the separate neighborhood township county courts from many of the people they are intended to serve -- those who live, have businesses, or commit crimes and traffic offenses within the individual court jurisdictions.
Elitists seem to believe bigger is better and attempt to impose this concept upon others.
We should retain these four localized county courts now dispersed throughout Mahoning County. If consolidation in any form goes forward, the next push will be to abolish one or two judgeships and establish only one centralized county court to the great inconvenience of most of the people these geographically dispersed courts are intended to serve.
Atty. CARL D. RAFOTH
Thugs belong in prison
I am very upset by Bertram de Souza's column last Sunday. There is indeed a major gun violence problem in the city of Youngstown. But to suggest that those guilty of any sort of crime should be sentenced to military service so that they can be sent over to Iraq to fight and hopefully die is a disgrace. There are many men and women presently fighting and dying in the Middle East right now. These heroic individuals may have made a mistake or two before their military careers began, but the standards to even enter the military anymore have become very stringent. The men and women of our Armed Forces who have fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan did so to further the principles which they dedicated their lives to: freedom, duty, honor and country.
Those responsible for the gun violence in the city of Youngstown have no honor. Their service is to no one but themselves. They do not care about this country, nor those who have fought and died for her. The only time they ever consider their freedom is when they are arrested and incarcerated. Then they will cry for their rights. They will cry that the police used misconduct and that the prosecutor and the judge are out to get them. You will hear them complain that they are too often locked down in their cells, that the food is terrible and in small portions, that their civil rights are being violated. Yet they do not care about their victim's civil rights, such as a right to life. These thugs only care about themselves.
So, to say that these thugs should be sent to fight and die on behalf of this country is an outrage, even if the goal is for punishment. Because those who fight, bleed and die for this country do so from a sense of pride. If you want to make the punishment appropriate for the crime, lobby for prison reform. Right now those incarcerated for any crime are entitled to three hot meals everyday, free health care, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, clean clothes, clean linens, cable television and many other amenities that those law abiding citizens, who work for a living at a real job (not slinging narcotics), can barely afford.
If these thugs want to act like animals, then we should treat them accordingly. But do not disgrace the honor of the American military by saying that gun-toting street rats should fight for the very liberties for which they have no regard.
Former United States Marine
Ship out South Side Soldiers
This letter is to say well done to Bertram de Souza on his column of May 29.
Sending gang bangers to Iraq is a good solution to a bad problem here in Youngstown. Here on the South Side there is a group of young want-to-bes who go by the name South Side Solders. Here is a way for those kids to fulfill that desire and do go for the country. After that reality check, maybe they will see the light of God.
Too bad they couldn't be shipped out by the bus loads right now. This would help with jail over population also.