Every time I think we need a third-party I am reminded we need a Democrat president. That is because we can’t let another Republican be elected president and appoint Supreme Court justices. The conservative 5 to 4 majority we now have on the court is giving the country away to wealthy corporations. Then again I ashamed of Democrats when I see ones like Youngstown Mayor John McNally and Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras. I say that about them because they are members of the Mahoning Valley Coalition on Job Growth and Investment. That organization is a front for Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber. The Regional Chamber is the organization that was all for busting public sector unions in Ohio. The Regional Chambers around the country are no friend of labor. Here in the Valley they claim they are all about bringing us jobs in the fracking (“fracking” is short for “hydraulic fracturing,” a process whereby fluid is injected underground at high pressure to fracture rock and release oil or gas trapped inside the formation) industry. They are just tools of the oil & gas industry. They have no regard to damages to our land, air or water that fracking could cause. We can’t have enough oil & gas industry caused earthquakes to get the chamber’s head out of the ass end of the energy companies.
I think religious leaders should install in their parishioners a sense of humans as God’s caretakers for his planet, Earth. In that aspect shame on New Bethel Church Pastor Rev. Kenneth Simon who has gotten in bed with these environmental wreckers of God’s gift of a home for us and our children. Much like the loan sharks in the temple in Jesus’ time Pastor Simon let the Mahoning Valley Coalition on Job Growth and Investment. (in which he is a member) into his church for a press conference. Shame also to Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 Business Agent Butch Taylor, and Jaladah Aslam, staff representative for AFSCME Ohio Council 8 for being members of the Mahoning Valley Coalition on Job Growth and Investment. They have let union members everywhere down by being in an organization with union busters like the Regional Chamber.
Thanks to all those “fracktivists” from FrackFree Mahoning Valley for getting the Community Bill of Rights charter amendment slated for the city’s May 6 primary. The charter would ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing and deep well injection in the city. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that when it comes to oil & gas workers, “Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job — an increase of more than 100 percent since 2009. In fact, the fatality rate among oil and gas workers is now nearly eight times higher than the all-industry rate of 3.2 deaths for every 100,000 workers.” That should be something for Butch Taylor and Jalah Aslam to think about if they really cared about their union brothers and sisters.
Here’s hoping the voters in Youngstown vote yes on the Community Bill of Rights. That will show they’re invested in putting the long-term health of their city before the short-term greed of the Mahoning Valley Coalition on Job Growth and Investment.
Fracking gone wrong: finding a better way.
“For greed all nature is too little.” – Seneca