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Youngstown voters still blind to fracking propaganda. Why?

Published: Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Youngstown voters still blind to fracking propaganda. Why?

Once again I am dismayed that the people of Youngstown have voted against the Community Bill of Rights charter amendment. I know that a great deal of money was spent by the opposition to mislead voters, but I still believe that the people of Youngstown could see through propaganda and realize the facts.

The major — actually the only — point made by the opposition was that the bill is a “job-killer.” The oil and gas industry and those whom they have managed to deceive or, even worse, to buy, have used this argument for three elections. Yet not one of the pro-frackers have specifically cited any section of the bill that prohibits the creation of jobs.

Of course, some say that to prohibit fracking in Youngstown prevents jobs from coming to the city. These jobs are literally “coming to” areas where fracking is being allowed. The drilling crews are not composed of local people, and the high-paying jobs already belong to the executives who drive into local communities in their new trucks with out-of-state plates.

The jobs that involve creating the tools and the materials needed for fracking are not prohibited by the Community Bill of Rights. A section of the bill specifically states this fact.

At the polls on May 6, I was struck by three things. First, those telling voters to vote “No” on the bill were paid for doing so; those who were telling voters to vote “Yes” were not. If you know that you are asking voters to vote for what is best for them and is just plain right, you don’t need to be paid.

The second thing that struck me was that no one from the opposition mentioned that by voting “No” residents of Youngstown were voting to give up so many of their fundamental and inalienable rights. The bill specifically gives the people of Youngstown the right to determine what happens to their city and all who live within it. I’m totally shocked that so many God-given rights could be bought with empty promises.

The third striking thing was that the shirts worn by those asking voters to vote “No” had printed on the back “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.” Wow, at last, some “truth!” Youngstowners should have already had enough of the lies, the deceit, the political manipulation, and the false premise that the people of Youngstown can be so easily duped.

Pauline Beck, West Middlesex, Pa.


1handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The first striking thing I see about Pauline's comments is that she doesn't understand that people voted it down because they don't want it.
The second striking thing about her comments is because people voted it down they are somehow wrong.
The third striking thing is that Paula lives in West Middlesex Pennsylvania and should worry about what's happening there instead of here.

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2bpack(1 comment)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Great letter Pauline. I am seeing the adverse effects of fracking related activities first hand. My family is dealing with it now. I also see what is happening over in Pennsylvania as I drive to work.
If people would just research Bradford County, Tioga County, Washington County, Dimock and other places in Pennsylvania, they too would understand why there are those of us that are for banning this whole process.
Despite big gas and oil propaganda, anyone that has to live near this activity should be very afraid, and against it. There is a 2007 Congressional Report that gives a long list of the chemicals involved in this process, most of which are toxic. Take some time, look these things up as well as MSDS sheets for the chemicals listed. Just because they claim that the amounts are small, doesn't mean that the volume in which they are used is not damaging to the environment or any living thing. They don't discuss the possibility of reactivity between those chemicals, but the chemicals alone are bad enough.
The jobs are minimal at best, and most entail being around these known toxins. The money being made for the moment is not worth the price we all will pay in the long run. Especially those exposed in close proximity.

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