Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:
I hope the Concerned Citizens want jobs to come to this county. Rosebud will provide some jobs for people who reside in the county and the miners who come here with experience will teach the ones who get hired from here and they will live here and pay taxes to the county.
If you are concerned about your water supply, you should not have sold your coal rights. A note here: They were originally sold to Consol Coal back in the sixties. Then they were sold recently to Rosebud by Consol. If you are worried about subsidence, it only occurs if the miners are reducing the size of the pillars that support the roof and they will notify you if that happens.
I was born and raised in a coal and coke region of western Pennsylvania and there I lived in an area that was mined out and never collapsed.
In ending this letter, I would hope all of those Concerned Citizens will vote for the next school levy.
To the Editor:
As chairperson of the first Treasures of Time Antique Appraisals and Auction fundraising event, I want to express my sincere thanks to so many in the community who made the event a success.
Our event was held March 21 in the Days Inn. It turned out to be a great success and strengthens the capacity of Hospice of Tuscarawas, Stark and Carroll Counties to serve the area. Hospice provides a variety of services to those living in our area, including nursing care, music and art therapy, bereavement counseling and chaplain services. As a non-profit organization, funds raised through events such as Treasures of Time allow Hospice to serve all regardless of ability to pay.
The turnout and support for the event was so positive, the second Treasures of Time Antique Appraisals and Auction has been scheduled for March 20, 2011. Watch for information as we get closer to the event date.
Treasures of Time
To the Editor:
This article was written to express my admiration for the Carrollton Fairness Policy. The essence of this policy is to treat strangers and travelers to Carrollton with the same fairness and courtesy as you would treat your friends and neighbors. It’s a Carrollton tradition.
I was reminded of this policy on my last visit in April. I lived in Carrollton from 1938-1958 and thoroughly enjoyed my younger days in the town. One of the scenic sights of Carrollton was the central square with its bandstand, trees, park benches, flagpole and its cannon. As a teenager, one of the favorite past times was to “cruise the square,” which brings me to the actual layout of our public square. As a resident of Carrollton, I understood the square, as did all the other residents of the town. It is a one-way counter clockwise pattern around the square and everyone yielded to square traffic on the south end. At the north end, everyone followed the traffic light. Simple… until someone wanted to make a left turn or someone backed out of the angle parking at the Cummings Bank. On these latter occasions, the Carrollton residents knew the rules of the square and all went well. Even resident pedestrians could cross the square without getting run down.
But, bring in a stranger or an out-of-town tourist and the square became chaotic. Strangers went the wrong way, yielded when they shouldn’t have, didn’t yield when they should have and simply didn’t know how to make a left turn.
I remember when my wife, a Cleveland suburb native, first came to Carrollton. Her comment about the square was, “It’s pretty, but how does it work?” I tried to explain it to her. And she tried driving around it. After several attempts I told her to just do the best she could with the square and blow her horn as she traveled around it.
“Carrollton people will hear the noise, see the strange license plate and make room for you.” But it was plain to see that unless you lived in Carrollton, you were not going to understand the square. And this hardly seemed fair if you were a visitor, guest or an outsider spouse.
Well, this is where the fairness policy came into practice. The good people of Carrollton could see this situation was not fair to the outsiders. So those same people had large meetings and small meetings at the Virginia, Heartland Restaurant, Municipal Building and maybe even at Bluebird Farm. They decided the town should do something to make the square traffic fair for all.
It took a lot of planning by many people. It took some uprooting of curbs and lawns. It required some extra internal lanes to be formed and paved. The existing lanes were separated, given lane markers and painted with arrows. A new traffic light system with pedestrian light replaced the old traffic light. It must have taken a fair amount of money and time to re-do the square into its present configuration.
However, it has proven to be a worthwhile effort. The Carrollton square is not a beacon of fairness to all. On my recent visit to the town, I observed the traffic around the square and, sure enough, no one understands it! It doesn’t matter if you were born and raised in Carrollton, you don’t understand the arrows or the different lanes. Even the town residents don’t know what the lanes are for. Traffic still comes to a stop when someone pulls out of the angle parking; only now there are several lanes blocked with traffic. And no one can make a left turn. Now Carrollton people are just as baffled by their own square as the visitors are. It is a matter of pride for the community and everyone is treated equally. It’s a shining example of the Carrollton Fairness Policy.
The Asian Carp infestation of Lake Michigan has gained much attention in Ohio, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers consideration to shut down the Chicago waterway. I have previously advocated that Asian Carp would disrupt the ecosystem of the Great Lakes and that a permanent solution is needed. However there is little evidence that the USACE needs to close the locks. The current barriers are effective and shutting down the locks could cause economic distress.
According to a recent study by DePaul University, data shows closing the shipping locks would cause a loss of more than $582 million in the first year and $4.7 billion over the next 20 years to the Chicago-region. Closing the locks would have a ripple effect in the Great Lakes region and hurt small business and manufacture jobs in Ohio.
Shipping by barges is less detrimental to the environment and reduces the number of trucks on the road. It also provides a safer transport of potentially hazardous materials. For more than 160 years boat traffic has moved through natural man-made waterways linking rivers to the Great Lakes – now isn’t the time to change that process.
The USACE should rely on facts and not inconclusive experiments before taking action. The Great Lakes are an economic lifeline for Ohio and must be protected.
State Senator Joe Schiavoni
Ohio 33rd District
To the Editor:
I have been following with concern the recent articles about the Carroll Concerned Citizens in regard to the proposed mining by Rosebud Coal Co. This group is concerned about their “rights” (water, land, reasonable use, etc.) but there is no mention of the property rights of Rosebud, who owns or leases the mineral rights on the 30,000 acres in question. It seems to me that Rosebud Coal Co. has every bit as much right to access and utilize the portion of these properties it owns underground as any of the surface owners have above ground.
Moreover, each of the owners of these properties either sold or leased their mineral rights to Rosebud or bought their properties knowing full well the minerals were not included and someday the owners of those rights could choose to utilize them. As for the property values, what about the value of Rosebud’s property if it can’t be mined?
In the last edition of the FPS (May 13), Mr. Paul Feezel was quoted as saying, “There is $7 billion in coal under Carroll County… Who is going to receive the economic gain?” Well, Mr. Feezel, unless we’ve all gone socialist without knowing it, that would be the people who own the coal and dig it out of the ground. Who else would you expect to be entitled to it?
This situation reminds me of the stories I used to hear about city folks who moved to the country and then took legal action against the neighboring farmer for spreading manure on his fields.