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Your Opinion: Letters from readers


Senior levy helps mother get a nutritious meal

The Washington County Senior Services Levy has helped me by providing my mother who lives in Belpre with the Meals on Wheels. She is 80 years old and cannot cook for herself because of her stroke four years ago. She is homebound; I take her to all of her appointments.

I can work part time because I don’t have to worry about her not getting a hot, nutritious lunch because I can depend on Meals-on-Wheels from Monday through Friday.

She loves the food and the people who deliver her lunch. Thank you so much!

Gail McGinnis

Vienna, W.Va.

All explanations aside,

county’s air unacceptable

A recent letter to the editor entitled “Eramet trying to clean a mess it inherited” doesn’t ease the pain of families who have lost loved ones from cancer or other illnesses most likely caused by toxic emissions.

Saying Eramet is not as dirty as Union Carbide and Elkem Metals during 1951 to 1986 is no excuse for 5.83 million pounds of toxic releases into the environment 20 to 50 years later.

Eramet, together with AEP-Muskingum River Plant, Energizer Battery Manufacturing Inc., AMP Ohio, and Kraton Polymers are the top five facilities contributing 22,740,583 pounds of pollution into the air that we breathe. How many of us can even fathom those numbers? Perhaps that’s why we have had our heads in the sand for so long; it seemed a massive undertaking.

It has been known for years that the air quality in Washington County and surrounding areas is some of the worst in the United States. We have also been told over the years that the cancer rate in this area is one of the highest in the nation.

Who will speak up against this atrocity if we don’t choose to do it ourselves? We should all be outraged because the air that our children and grandchildren breathe here in Washington County is simply unacceptable.

Joan Dearth

Marietta

 

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