People’s column

League offered both sides

Editor, OBSERVER:

I’m writing to correct an error in a commentary (April 21), “Dunkirk residents should vote on fracking.”

The author of the article states that the League of Women Voters “took sides against the Niagara Mohawk Power Plant.” This is completely untrue.

On Jan. 30, 2013 our luncheon topic was “The Future of NRG” and our speaker was a manager in that company who set forth plans for an ambitious project to convert the Dunkirk plant to gas.

On Sept. 17, our luncheon topic was alternative energies and our speaker, from the Sierra Club in Buffalo, talked about the economic benefits to a community of the manufacturing involved in producing renewable energy. The League took no position on the conversion of NRG, and neither did the Sierra Club speaker. NRG itself sees gas as a transitional source of energy, and has prudently invested in renewables.

As to fracking – the author of the commentary attributes amazing power to the League of Women Voters and shows little respect for the ability of Dunkirk Common Council members to do their own research. Lead advocates for the Dunkirk fracking decision were Dunkirk residents Skeeter Tower and Mary and Steve Rees: the council is hardly located in LWV’s palm.

If the author and any other concerned citizens wish to learn more about the pros and cons of horizontal high volume hydrofracking, they should mark their calendars for a forum to be held at 7 p.m. on June 10 in Fenton Hall, Room 105, on the SUNY Fredonia campus. The forum will feature heads of local gas companies, an energy lawyer, a science teacher, and a person who works on county watershed issues.

It will be moderated by a well-known SUNY professor and is being organized by the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, which promises not to place spells on people who attend.

MINDA RAE AMIRAN,

Fredonia

Nevada issue close to home

Editor, OBSERVER:

What has our country come to when government agents can run you off the property your family has lived on five generations, paid taxes on, and maintained faithfully, because of concocted reasons. It is scary.

This is what is happening to two ranchers, one in Nevada and one in Texas.

This means if our government can get away with it they can do it to any one of us.

Our president and justice department make up the rules without due process of the law. The Constitution means nothing to them. What is it going to take to get our country back? Elections are being rigged so it is harder to get a fair election.

I suppose I should be afraid to write this letter for fear the IRS, which has become our KGB, will be knocking on my door in the middle of the night. What can they do to me? I am 85 years old so losing my life won’t hurt me.

They can kill me but they can’t kill my spirit and spirit of all those who think like me.

WILLIAM SKAKAL,

Irving