SIDE STREETS BEING IGNORED
After watching with interest the last several months as our city streets have been torn asunder and curbs replaced, I have to wonder why are we so hell-bent on getting Main Street outfitted with bump outs, assorted flora and fauna islands, and mid-street crosswalks when there is still unfinished work to be completed in our residential neighborhoods.
On Hardin Street, between Western Avenue and Liberty Street, the road was torn up for almost two months as crews replaced a sewer line.
Since the sewer line was installed over a year ago, Hardin Street was repaved in such a slipshod manner that the street looks like the crew was either drunk or irresponsible.
Next, South West Street, from West Main Cross to West Sandusky Street, had its curbs replaced on both sides of the street early this summer.
While the curbs themselves look great, the work to mate the road with the curb still has yet to be completed. Orange traffic cones are still out there and no one has finished the job.
Again, shoddy work that the citizens of Findlay are paying taxes for and this is the level of workmanship we get?
Can we expect the same level of workmanship on the Main Street project as well? And why are we so concerned right now about imaginary visitors to our yet-to-be completed downtown, when there are Findlay citizens whose streets look like my kids did the work?
I know better than to expect a reply, but I just wanted to light a fire under a couple of people’s cabooses to get these issues rectified.
WE HAVE DONE NOTHING TO HELP
Once again, we Americans have been heartbroken from the tragedy in Las Vegas. We are without words on why these things keep happening.
All we ever get done after these mass shootings is to pray for the victims and their families.
I say, “pray for us, too.” We have done nothing to help.
We, as a nation, have failed to pass adequate gun-control legislation that would help stop such horrible acts on humanity. We need a congressional study on gun violence. We need to ban all assault weapons. We need background checks. We need our elected leaders to stand up to the NRA and their big money and say, “no more!”
What we don’t need is more prayers for victims while doing nothing to prevent these occurrences.
I pray for us. It is time to act.
CELEBRATE OUR OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
October is National Energy Awareness Month. Here in Ohio, this has special significance due to the enormous impact of our state’s oil and natural gas industry.
For over 150 years, this industry has been a reliable economic engine moving our state forward.
Even today, discussion of the industry has focused on its promising contributions to Ohio’s overall prosperity. Announcements of record natural gas production, technology advances, new processing facilities — and the job opportunities they bring — are vital to our state’s economic future.
Also important, and often overlooked, is the positive impact the industry has on the modern quality of life we all enjoy.
There are over 6,000 products made from refined or processed crude oil and natural gas.
In fact, the average person uses three gallons of these products each day. Toothpaste, aspirin, shampoo, shoes, cosmetics and, of course, fuels are just some of the necessities of our modern life made possible because of our dynamic oil and natural gas industry.
It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without these products. A morning jog wouldn’t be the same without a Dri-FIT shirt, digital music player and your favorite running shoes, all made from refined crude oil and natural gas.
Getting up for work or school becomes that much more difficult without hair dryers, combs and, most importantly, an alarm clock.
In addition, firefighter equipment, medicines, bandages, artificial hearts and other lifesaving devices are all possible thanks to refined petroleum products.
That’s why bringing attention to these modern achievements is so important. It’s amazing to consider how these essential items would not be possible without petrochemicals.
During October, I encourage all Ohioans to reflect on how these products have become indispensable in our modern lives and celebrate the achievements of our nation’s great oil and natural gas industry.
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and Ohio Energy Proud