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March 22, 2013

No joke: Kudos to Sound Off

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Tonawanda News — Stan’s argument against fracking has just one point that needs clarifying: “The low polluting natural gas” as he calls it, delivers high polluting consequences with non-biodegradable pollutants left in the ground and “goodies” like methane gas and toxic chemicals that leach out from the system ready to contaminate nearby ground water as well as the polluted water with chemicals that is returned to the surface from digging the well.

Is there money to be had? Of course. Is it needed particularly by farmers who are having a difficult time staying in business? Certainly. But the other side is somewhat challenging — how much do we care about the condition of the environment for our children and grandchildren? 

It’s interesting to note that land owners in the Southern Tier are trying to stop windmills from being built. Same cause as those opposing fracking: the dangers to our soil, air, water and of course, us.

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For those of you who like to recall days gone by, Here are some statistics from 1910:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years, fuel for a car was sold in drug stores only, only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub

and eight percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads (no mention of signals) as the maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The average U.S. wage was 22 cents per hour and the average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home and 90 percent of doctors had no college education, instead attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as ‘substandard.’

Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen, coffee was 15 cents a pound.

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