A recent study authored by opponents of shale energy made the unbelievable claim that Ohio’s oil and natural gas boom isn’t that great (“New study doubts shale employment data,” Nov. 23). The truth is that we have a new industry in our state that is creating jobs and making a major impact in the lives of Ohioans, especially here in Northeast Ohio.
Across our shale region, we are seeing many opportunities that we did not before. Of course, this is not only limited to direct industry jobs, those working for oil and natural gas companies, but it also includes jobs being created to support those workers.
From construction and manufacturing jobs to new hotels and restaurants, the article clearly ignores the thousands of jobs being supported and created as a result of oil and natural gas activity in the state. This industry is still very young, as well. What we will see over the next few decades will be even greater development.
We need to recognize the opportunities that have come and will come to our region thanks to this new industry. The jobs being created go much further than just the companies doing the drilling. We will continue to see a positive impact across the region for years.
Editor’s note: The writer is director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
My wife and I went looking for an illuminated “Merry Christmas” sign. You know, one that we could use on the exterior of our house to greet our neighbors and passers-by.
We found plenty of “Happy Holiday” stuff. Lots of snow men, grinches, Santa Clauses, but not one thing that said “Merry Christmas.” We did find a door mat that said, “Merry Christmas,” though. Imagine that, a door mat.
I see a portion of our society removing from us the true meaning of Christmas and replacing it with greed and the storming of stores for sales, sometimes resulting in injuries and occasionally even death.
There was a time, I well remember, when this did not happen, until “Happy Holidays” became the phrase of the day. So when you’re out and about, just remember, it’s still OK to say “Merry Christmas.” I’m betting there’s not one in 10 who will be offended.
After spoon-feeding this arrogant, nasty baby called GM, I hear it is making money. Great.
But the shysters still owe U.S. taxpayers $5 billion, despite recent reports that they have paid it back.
It is odd that AIG and the banks paid back the government, with interest, but this deadbeat metal-bender still owes the taxpayers.
John D. Ambrose