We are writing to ask for assistance in getting Nexus to reroute its 36-inch, high-pressure pipeline to a safer, less-populated area. We are appalled by the apparent lack of concern about protecting communities from this potential catastrophe in the making.

We have never asked Nexus to halt the pipeline, merely to move it. A study was done by the city of Green proposing a safer, more southerly route, but Nexus has refused to even consider it. It seems as if it would be safer, and it makes sense to have one or two corridors for pipelines than to have them crisscrossing the state.

We realize this development is important, but at what cost? We were advised to reach out to federal and state agencies. We have, but to no avail. Our frustration mounts that no one cares and our opinions do not count.

Nexus is threatening those who resist with eminent domain. The Ohio Constitution states that eminent domain has to be for the benefit of the people. This pipeline is not for our benefit. Homeowners who cannot really afford it are being forced to hire attorneys to protect their property.

This is not only a violation of our rights, but this pipeline is a very serious safety issue. We need emergency legislation forcing Nexus to use an alternate route and find a safe corridor for these companies to run their pipelines. Would you want this pipeline next to your house? Please join in the fight to get this pipeline rerouted.

Norman and Carol First

New Franklin

Sound investment ?in Manchester

In the Manchester school district, we have always defined ourselves by our commitment to our schools and students. Now our schools are getting to the age where we need to make a commitment to them.

Just as you invest in a new car when repair costs outweigh the value, it has come time to invest in new school buildings. The existing buildings have been well maintained for more than 50 years, but the old infrastructure is starting to wear out.

Short-term repairs will cost more and will not add value to our schools. It is not going to be free, but your investment will pay off by maintaining our high standards and property values.

Please join me in supporting our community and vote on March 15 for Issue 18, the proposed bond issue and tax levy.

Randy Hoppe

Member, Manchester Board of Education

New Franklin

Cutting funding, ?risking lives

Just a few questions. Does anyone know of a man who has been faced with an unwanted pregnancy, no matter the circumstances?

How many men have been faced with breast, ovarian and uterine cancers that could have been treated with proper screening? How many womenís lives have been saved due to the services provided by Planned Parenthood?

But we are going to put Planned Parenthood on the chopping block because they provide abortions ó which are not paid with federal funds in almost all cases.

The bogus videos against Planned Parenthood have been shown to be a sham with the indictments of those who wished to discredit this necessary and vital support network for women, men and children.

Another sad day in politics.

Sandi Riffle

Tallmadge

Of integrity ?and principle

I wonder, are we past the point of no return? Is America in an inexorable decline? Probably. Does that mean I give up fighting for her? Absolutely not. I refuse to relinquish the republic to those who would contort and corrupt her for personal gain.

Itís time to send real, local folk to Washington. Neighbors we know, people of integrity and principle. I recently met with Matt Lynch, who is running in the 14th U.S. House District Republican primary.

He spoke about his beliefs, beliefs that founded this country, celebrate the limitless possibilities of hard-working men and women and recognize the true nature of man, not imaginary portrayals of how man should be.

Iím endorsing Lynch. My interest is in the preservation of our God-given rights as Americans as clearly stated in the Bill of Rights.

Benito Alvarez

Chesterland