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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 5

February 05, 2013

Adoption is always an alternative to abortion

To the editor:

Last week was the 40th sad remembrance of the Roe v. Wade legalization of abortion. A sea of humanity demonstrated in Washington, D.C., protesting this injustice to the unborn.

Each year, the crowds swell more and more. It was estimated that 500,000 young people and families were there from about every state in the United States marching for life. They came by the busloads in very freezing weather.

These unborn babies are the poorest of the poor because there is no protection for their lives to be saved, but in them lies the pure gold of love. When there is an injustice like this that is so prevalent, it really is an injustice to all.

There is a foolproof remedy for this, and it is always adoption. Pray for an end to abortion.

Dorothy Panettiere
Hagerstown


Fracking not without adverse economic impact

To the editor:

A story in The Herald-Mail about fracking in Garrett and Allegany counties focused on the beneficial economic impacts of natural gas drilling in Maryland. However, it only considered the negative environmental effects of fracking, and made no mention of its adverse economic impact.

The environmental problems associated with fracking have direct monetary implications. When fracking destroys local forests, damages local roads from increased traffic, contaminates groundwater and harms the health of local residents, the economic costs are very real. Unfortunately, taxpayers are usually left with the bill. Estimates say that the process of delivering supplies to one well site can cause as much damage to roads as 3.5 million car trips. The cost of repairing and maintaining roads alone can be in the millions of dollars for local governments, and this is just one example of how municipalities lose out from fracking.

The issue of fracking is not a choice between the environment and economy. Even if fracking produces more jobs to boost the local economy in the short run, the long-term effects on tourism and other industries can depress economic growth and leave the area worse off than it had previously been. Washington County and state officials must keep these costs in mind when considering the impact of fracking. Preventing fracking in Maryland would help protect our land and residents from bearing the costs of fracking’s damage.

Erika Burns, organizer
Environment Maryland

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