Fracking is here. Our state government has welcomed this industry with open arms. Initial fracking wells are outproducing industry projections, and the oil and gas companies and lease owners are laughing all the way to the bank while we look the other way.

The fracking industry is raping our land, and I wonít stand by while our aquifers are befouled with toxic, life-threatening chemicals, our state parks and wildlife reserves are leased away in hushed deals, our air quality tailspins and our burgeoning sustainable energy industry is knocked off the table for this get-rich-quick, immediate gratification, gold rush free-for-all.

Ohio has shale. Itís not going anywhere. We must legislate ecological safety and tax the fracking industry.

We must do it now to protect our drinking water, the water that sustains our food, the air we breathe and the industry empowering freedom from carbon dependence.

Itís evident the Kasich administration is not concerned about the toxic wastes from fracking.

So, fellow Ohioans, connect with and join other concerned citizens. Go see a fracking well for yourself, and the injection wells in Youngstown that set off an unprecedented number of earthquakes. Watch the documentary, Gasland.

Ohio Citizens, stand up, speak out and take action, before our clean water, land and air are no more.

Carolyn Harding

Bexley

How to keep ?students in line

Just a note to express my opinion about the riot in Kent (ďSaturday revelry planned in Kent,Ē April 26). If it was hinted that my kids were in that drunken mess, among those spoiled brats, they would suddenly be paying for their own college education.

I donít pay for children to drink, act dumb, cause trouble for others, destroy property and endanger people. I pay for almost adults to go to school to get training so they can support themselves for the rest of their lives.

I sent an email to the University of Kentucky telling them how they could have stopped the second riot there.

After Kentucky had qualified for the championship playoff game, and students decided to riot in the streets, someone in charge, assuming someone is in charge, should have come out and said that because of the actions of a few the team would not be playing in the championship game.

The second riot would never have happened.

Colleges today are letting the inmates run the institutions.

Elizabeth McCulley

Stow

Looking for ?a third choice

The upcoming race for Summit County fiscal officer goes a long way to showcase why the public holds politicians in contempt.

Who are my choices?

The incumbent Democrat has flouted all standards of anti-nepotism and hired the daughter of fellow party cronies. Competitive candidates for the position were not even sought or interviewed.

The opposing Republican is a grandee living in baronial splendor in a nine-bedroom, million-dollar house on which the property taxes were paid late three times.

My hope is that some worthy candidate will throw his or her hat into the ring as a write-in; that person would certainly have my vote.

Patrick A. Lofgren

Akron