April 23, 2014

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Our Readers Write... In Support of State Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dale Dietrich   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:15 AM

Dear Editor:

The voters of Monroe County have the opportunity to continue to have the State of Ohio help with funding of local infrastructure within the county.  Issue I will be on the ballot and it allows the state to sell bonds to fund these projects.  Monroe County is in District projects ranging from road paving/water projects and sanitary sewer systems. This is the third time that this Issue has been on the ballot and the length of this Issue will be 10 years.

Over the past 28 years, Monroe County, has received 16.8 million in grants and loans to fund water systems, paving of village streets, township roads and county roads.  It has also helped to replace or furbish several county bridges and culverts, as well as repairing several slips in our townships.  

Our Readers Write... Enemies of Coal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert E. Murray   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:14 AM

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

You gave $50,000,000.00 to the Sierra Club for their “Beyond Coal” campaign, which has the single purpose of terminating the use of coal in America.

As a result of these combined efforts, hundreds of thousands of coal mining jobs, and secondary jobs dependent on them, have now been eliminated in some of the most depressed areas of our Country.

Yesterday, you were quoted as saying that you give “a lot of money to the Sierra Club” to close coal-fired power plants, but you added that we have to “have some compassion to do it gently.”  If you said this, Mr.  Bloomberg, you are insincere, insulting and hypocritical!

Our Readers Write... Disagreement With Deer Herd Management PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Wilhelm   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:14 PM

Dear Editor:

The glory days of whitetail deer hunting are over.  The Department of Natural Resources, which is required to conserve the deer herd, has instead destroyed it.

The bureaucrats that run the division, Chief Scott Zody and Deer Herd Administrator Mike Tonkovich, have no incentive to protect the herd.  Instead, they can take a lucrative retirement from the state and walk out with a smile on their faces.

Mr. Tonkovich has repeatedly stated that a smaller deer herd is a good thing because it means fewer farmer complaints and vehicle accidents.  This begs the question.  Who is he really representing, big agriculture and insurance companies or his duty to protect and preserve wildlife?

Our Readers Write... Benefits to "Boom" Era PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Howell   
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:29 PM

Dear Editor:

I agree with Dale Dietrich’s letter to the editor in the March 12 issue. The oil and gas boom is upon us and the problems for the citizens in our area are just beginning. We need honest strong leadership in our elected officials to not only help guide Woodsfield and Monroe County, but also to help our area prosper through these next few years.

Our elected officials should also consider the imposition on the citizens, the increased costs involved with increased population and heavy equipment traffic. We have to live here during all the construction and traffic. So far, I have not seen anything except the citizens being imposed upon and others just lining their pockets. Why wasn't some kind of a use tax or something imposed on these companies coming into our area before the problems started? The Woodsfield police department has stopped the low income and disabled from temporarily  parking in front of the church food bank 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday mornings because of increased truck traffic. They also stopped free parking meters for the month of December. I guess they need the revenue. I wonder why? 

Our Readers Write... Testing Your Drinking Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dale Dietrich, President, County Township Association   
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:44 PM

Dear Editor,
March 9 the Monroe County Health Board held their annual budget meeting as required by the Ohio Revised Code. Towns/ Villages and Townships must approve and provide the appropriations for this budget. Township officials are constantly facing budget crises themselves because of recent state funding cuts to local governments.