Nothing to fear when it comes to fracking

Re: “Balancing risks, rewards of hydraulic fracturing” (News Analysis, April 21). 

?I know that the subject matter of hydraulic fracturing is a contentious issue with people. However, I want to alleviate people’s fears concerning this procedure. 

We own and have fractured oil and gas wells. We have one well that has been in production for almost 100 years and so we have a lot of history behind us as concerning the safety of hydrofracking and its end results. In Ohio, where we are, we abide by very strict Ohio EPA and federal regulations concerning the safety of drilling.  

We know what goes into how the pipe is cemented in so as not to contaminate the ground water. We don’t want it contaminated either, as we also drink our water from the aquifer. But we also know that if there is one accident, then the media will over blow the problem. One accident, a disaster does not make. Also the fracturing, once it gets a mile or so below the surface of the earth, has no contact with any water whatsoever.   

I know the Church has very good guidelines and cautions on making sure the poor are taken care of, however, the Church has plenty to do about other very egregious conditions that are presenting themselves as bigger than the fracking conditions. I would suggest that the issues concerning contraception, abortion and the breakup of the family cause more harm to the poor than anything else. This is where they need to put their money and their emphasis. 

Jeanne Schmelzer, Bremen, Ohio

Tainting discussion

“Balancing risks, rewards of hydraulic fracturing” was an interesting article with insights into difficult decisions communities and companies must make to provide the goods and services the people need.   

As always, in all ways, there are common-good decisions that must be made, death or life. For example, sharing the wealth with those who do the work. Hopefully everyone has agreed to the terms and the terms are fair. 

Perhaps another reason the poor are blessed, not much extra to spend on the crimes that your article cites, all real but not related to this issue in particular but everywhere man comes to live and work. It was a shame you had to taint the discussion with these innuendos. 

 — Dennis Wichterman, Naples, Fla.

What’s the solution?

Re: “A delicate balance” (Editorial, April 14). 

I’m puzzled. I must have missed something. Although, after a third reading, I think I’ve gathered all there is to be gathered from your editorial. I thought the purpose of an editor’s (or editorial board’s) column was to observe a situation, take a position and put forth a solution. The situation is “same-sex marriage.” The other two aspects of a column appear to be absent. You ask… “How does the Church defend itself? How does it act pastorally while still upholding what it knows to be true?” No answer. What is offered is… “It’s our challenge, with God’s help, to unite the two approaches to the Faith: To teach both with compassion and a firm conviction.” And “It’s not easy. But when the head and the heart unite, the body as a whole becomes stronger.” 

Fortunately, the same lack of solution is not apparent in “Failing our children” (Editorial, April 21). You rightly quote Deirdre McQuade when she said that the federal court “acted irresponsibly by making this powerful drug available without a prescription to minor children.” And then you finish your column with “All Catholics should join the USCCB in demanding this ruling be appealed, for it appears that children are once again being betrayed by the very adults — judges and doctors — who should be protecting them.” 

Luke Nover, LaPorte, Ind.

Blame inflation

Re: “Why the disconnect between recovery and poverty?” (News Analysis, April 21). 

I’m getting sick of seeing articles encouraging Catholics to lobby the government for more programs to end poverty. Especially since it is the government that causes poverty. Have you ever taken the time to think about how inflation pushes people out of the middle class and into the ranks of the poor? Companies don’t just arbitrarily decide to raise food and gas prices every year.  The Fed deliberately creates 3-5 percent inflation by flooding America with freshly printed paper money on the wacko theory that it will encourage growth. It doesn’t work. 

Why shouldn’t the money we earned 10 years ago, and put away for a rainy day, be worth the same amount of goods and services this year? It always did, before the Fed started manipulating the money supply.  

Government handouts and more taxes on the rich are not the answer. We have to stop this fraud that has been perpetrated on us for decades. Congress has the responsibility to stabilize the money supply.  

Do that, and poor families can save for the future and claw their way out of poverty and into the middle class. Some might even be able to afford their own businesses, and achieve the American dream. 

Jim Canale, Homer, N.Y.

Poverty-marriage link

William Bole did not mention the large percentage of children born by single mothers. Many of these children are among our citizens living below the poverty line. Did Mr. Bole find any correlation between poverty and marriage status? 

Sarah Griffin, Fremont, N.H.