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Air pollution spreads beyond immediate areas of plants


Air pollution is different. It comes to you. In fact, if you live in the Mid-Ohio Valley, it comes directly to your home.

Nobody really wants to live along Ohio 7 between Marietta and Belpre. We all know the air is terrible there. But we also know that you don’t have to live along Ohio 7 to enjoy that stinking air. That bad air is going to get you anyway if you live in the Marietta-Williamstown area.

If somebody drove a dump truck to your house and piled a load of garbage on your porch and your lawn, you’d be able to do something about it. You’d be able to sue the guy that did it and have him arrested for vandalism, at least.

But what can you do about the air pollution? Where’s the EPA? Where’s George Bush’s “clear skies” initiative? Yeah, I know. That’s all political double-talk.

Some people say that we should be thankful for the pollution because it means industry and jobs. Well then, we should also remember to be thankful for disease and death as well, because without them we’d have to go on smelling their stinking pollution forever.

L.P. McGovern

Williamstown

History repeats itself

in thoughts about war

“To the folks at home, I’m writing to say that I’m here in the war zone in a hotel, usually safe. Soon, we in command will be required, from those higher up, to send more soldiers into battle. At a designated time, soon the Roll of Honor of recent casualties, must be read.”

Above are the thoughts of Siegfried Sassoon, written in 1918. It is said that if we don’t learn, “History repeats itself.”

Faye Schwartz

Fifth Street, Marietta

 

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