Recently, Gov. John Kasich announced his opposition to hydraulic fracturing in Ohio’s state parks. I thank him for making that decision. I assume he made it based on his concern after drilling down deeper into how this industrial extraction of resources is unfolding in our state.

Some take a more cynical view and charge that this turnaround is in response to recent revelations by the Columbus Dispatch concerning the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ plans to initiate a public relations campaign to promote hydraulic fracturing in the state parks. Some might say it is an attempt to sway environmentalists for the upcoming election.

In any case, the governor’s decision certainly flies in the face of some powerful forces pushing for “no holds barred” drilling in this state and elsewhere.

Among them are industry lobbyists, who have made contributions in far greater amounts to Senate candidates from states with hydraulic fracturing than from those without it.

It also includes the forces that have exempted the drilling industry from many of the regulations of the Clean Water Act through the Halliburton loophole. It also includes our state legislature, which wants to tax the industry at a rate called “a giveaway” by state Rep. Mike Foley.

The industry and its supporters have not shown themselves to be open, as evidenced by the lack of transparency even in regard to details of the extraction process and waste disposal.

They have not shown themselves to be good stewards of the environment, as demonstrated by accidents that have already occurred in our state. They have taken advantage of the citizens of Ohio and our lack of home rule by pushing drilling operations across the state.

I hope these are the kinds of things that Gov. Kasich considered when he made his decision concerning Ohio parks. I hope he goes further and calls a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state until legislators, scientists and concerned citizens can decide how best to proceed, what safeguards need to be in place and what oversight is necessary.

Gerald Sgro

Cleveland Heights

Quick to judge

So now we are considering granting commercial establishments the right of restricting service to homosexuals? How, exactly, are they to identify these persons? By adopting Hitler’s scheme of requiring them to wear badges?

And why is this idea, apparently biblically based, applied only to homosexuals? How about fornicators?

Let’s use the driver’s license application to identify these folks. Ask their sexual preference and issue a badge. (I suggest different colors.)

My religion identifies acts of homosexuality and fornication as sinful, forgivable only through reconciliation. My religion also makes it sinful for me to pass judgment on the souls of others. That judgment is restricted solely to our Maker. Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Thomas E. Giffels

Akron

Speculation

In a Feb. 25 story about the State of the State address (“Kasich talks education, jobs”), staff writer Doug Livingston wrote: “If there was apprehension among the audience members, they bit their tongues instead of voicing frustration with anything the governor said.”

This is pure speculation. Opinion belongs on the editorial page, not in a front-page report.

The article is blatant criticism of Gov. Kasich, focusing mainly on protesters and Democratic gripes.

Yolanda Sparks

Canal Fulton

Legacy of ?innovation

This year will see the closing of Akron’s (and Phoenix’s) most inventive, leading-edge technology organization.

In my 40-plus years with what began as Goodyear Zeppelin and ended as Lockheed Martin, I was struck by the incredible number of areas in which people across the company produced ground-breaking innovations.

Company employees came up with and produced dozens of critical products in air vehicles, radars, guidance systems, simulators, undersea weapons and early advanced computers. They made leading-edge contributions to stealth, countermeasures, space and a wide- ranging catalogue of new products.

Significant contributions were made to the nation’s defense, greatly helping to keep the Cold War cold. In one case, a device developed in Akron was instrumental in a major weapons draw down by the Soviet Union and the U.S.

This letter is a requiem for the organization and all its people.

Joe Huber Jr.

Cuyahoga Falls

Living proof

The “oversold weapon” has saved my lovely wife’s life — twice (“An oversold weapon against breast cancer,” Feb. 18). Mammograms are not an oversell in my family.

Joseph C. Gardner

Akron