Not everyone loves the parade

Not everyone loves the parade

After 5 years of living in Ohio, I finally got to one of the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Boardman. The experience was a total flop, and I won’t be back.

People can be so rude and inconsiderate. My husband and I arrived near Kia of Boardman about 45 minutes before the parade began. We had chairs and positioned them near the corner of the street next to a guardrail and were prepared to sit tight till the parade was to start. Every minute that inched closer to the parade beginning, the crowd moved in closer and closer. I realized that we were not going to be able to sit and watch the parade as we do every year at Pennsylvania parades. I finally stood up and moved closer to the road off the grassy area next to my husband. About 6 minutes before the start of the parade a couple with two teenage girls stood smack dab in front of me. They came six minutes before the start and got front row standing areas. Then the girls took off their hats and used them to hold all the candy that was handed out, blocking the other younger kids in the area where we were standing.

About half way through the event, sirens going off and important people now walking through waving at everyone, another small little redheaded girl out of nowhere entered into my already crowded area and stood so close in front of me I had to take a step back. Within seconds the mother and another younger woman entered the same small area I was standing in to be next to this little girl. At this point I could no longer enjoy the rest of the parade. I grabbed the chairs and told my husband I had had enough. Ohio people can be so inconsiderate and never think twice about having some kind of manners. I have heard from a couple other people that they don’t attend the parade any longer because of these thoughtless parade goers.

Needless to say, this couple will no longer attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade or any other parade in Ohio. We will drive the distance to Pennsylvania where people have some manners and all can enjoy the events going on.

Glenda J. Porterfield, Austintown

Protect the park from fracking

The fracking of Mill Creek Park is a very real possibility. In June of 2011, Ohio Buckeye Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, one of the leaders of hydraulic fracturing, began steadily acquiring the deep-drilling rights to all of Everflow Eastern’s wells that were slant-drilled under the park in the ’80s and ’90s. According to Clark Johnson, executive director of the park, there are 20 wells on park property and another 40 on private property that were slant-drilled into the park. The park has been receiving royalties from these wells for many years. According to the Mill Creek Watershed Action Plan, which was written in April of 2007, the following live in the Mill Creek watershed:

7 endangered species of birds

6 threatened species of birds (likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future)

1 endangered/threatened species (the bald eagle)

4 plant species that are rare, threatened, and endangered.

The toxic wastewater resulting from fracking contains neurotoxins and cancer-causing chemicals, such as benzene and formaldehyde, along with radioactive elements. These poisons are also released into the air as a result of fracking. What effect will this pollution have on these endangered/threatened species and other wildlife? What about the health of park patrons and property owners whose land borders the park?

Back before the Boardman Sewage Treatment plant was built, you could watch hellbenders, beautiful aquatic salamanders, swimming in Mill Creek. They are all gone now due to the polluting of the park’s waters and are, in fact endangered in Ohio.

As John Muir once warned, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” What unforeseen dangers lie in store for us as a result of the fracking of Mill Creek Park?

Chris Khumprakob, Youngstown

Women get pills; what do men get?

Now we have it. The gov- ernment wants to make the pill paid for by the taxpayers for free sex without the worry of getting pregnant. Remember, that is the reason women use the pill.

If the pill falls into the free category, why do women only get this offer? What about men? Can they not demand the same consideration and want condoms to be free also? If not, why not? They perform the same service as the pill.

This government has turned into the biggest farce on the planet, both Republican and Democrat. What we need the government to do is get American jobs back from the foreign countries because we cannot compete with their work ethics or lack of government controls.

We also need to demand the oil companies that refine crude oil here must supply the products made from those refineries to the USA first before they can sell one ounce to any other country.

Rea Buttermore, Boardman