WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH
Saturday’s headline concerning “EPA takes action against Sunny Farms” was a ray of hope for Fostorians.
So, it almost seems as a blatant act of defiance that Saturday night the landfill stench was released with a vengeance, again. My wife, my neighbor and I have all had nosebleeds and breathing issues the last few days with a little nausea thrown in to enhance the experience.
This side effect or maybe symptom of breathing foul air is becoming a major factor in all Fostorians’ lives. If you are young and healthy, that is good, but the problem is how long can you remain healthy?
Youth is chronological age, being healthy determines how much longer you will feel young. Saturday’s stench release almost seems like Sunny Farms standing atop “Stink Mountain” giving a one-finger salute to all Fostorians.
This is the equivalent of saying to us: “You can complain, and go to the authorities. Do anything you want, Sunny Farms will prevail!”
The state has banned open burning, and our local officials enforce that law. If the state does not now have a law against harassment by stench, it needs to write one.
What measures have been taken against the large corporate hog farms? Whatever remedies have been applied there should be used to aid Fostoria.
New York has Love Canal. Michigan has Flint. Russia has Chernobyl. Maybe Ohio’s claim to fame will be Stench Mountain of Fostoria. Maybe we can change our name to “Chernobtoria.” I feel that would capture the essence and future of this town if something is not done soon.
Words and meetings shine a light on the problem but they are not enough. Fines, lawsuits and punitive damages make corporations pay attention.
PUBLIC RECORD IS INCOMPLETE
Last year, The Courier listened to its readers and started to respond in the way the layout for the news was handled.
Being a small-city newspaper, it felt what the readers were telling them was to have more local news stories right up front on Page 1 and the national news moved back in the paper. This was done, and even more pages of local interest moved forward, too. A new section called Life became a part of things as well.
As a subscriber for years, I must say I like most of the changes they did. My favorite pages are one, three and four.
But I am not happy with the changes made in the Public Record on Page 3. It is no longer a complete record.
As a citizen who has been following the happenings in our courthouse for 10 years by being there in person, I find that for several months now I can’t rely on The Courier reporting the sentencings coming out of the court.
Time has changed my health, and I can’t be in the courts as often as I used to be and stay up-to-date.
Somehow, The Courier can list the sentencings of those involved in misdemeanor cases through the municipal court by name and punishment, but not the even more expensive cases going on through the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. My question is, why?
As a taxpayer and subscriber, I hope this has been only an oversight and will be corrected.
A SOLUTION TO THE ISSUE?
Involuntary servitude refers to being forced through coercion to work for another.
Early in 2018, a gentleman wrote a letter to the editor that defined forced pregnancies as “involuntary servitude.” What a perfect description.
In essence, women who are refused safe abortions are enslaved by those who demand all pregnancies be brought to term.
The following is a solution to this issue: All politicians and members of groups who support involuntary servitude shall be required to sign onto a national adoption registry.
Each signer must support the women for the duration of their pregnancies with a salary, housing, food, insurance, and prenatal care. Upon birth, signers shall adopt each child as they are born — regardless of any health issues.
CITY COULD LEARN FROM VILLAGE
During the recent cold and snow outbreak, I could not help but notice what a great job McComb’s village employees did on snow removal.
My wife and I drove to Findlay for lunch and the roads were all plowed nicely — until we hit the Findlay city limits. It appears that the city could take some lessons from the small towns on snowplowing!