As a Christian, I am concerned with the direction our state is taking about the environment (“Bay Shore’s downsizing,” editorial, Jan. 28).
Instead of embracing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new mercury emissions standards, FirstEnergy and other utilities are closing coal-fired power plants in Ohio and elsewhere.
Closing the plants rather than complying with the standards has put hundreds out of work. If these utilities updated their infrastructure, they would have to hire more people to perform the work.
On March 1, the State of Ohio celebrated its 209th birthday. With no jobs and high debts, will anyone be around in the next 209 years to breathe the not-so-free air?
Commenting via Facebook criticized
It is bad enough that so many people devote so much of their time to Facebook. Now we cannot comment on The Blade’s Web site without being a member of that social medium (“Blade issues new rule for comments on Web sites; Facebook membership required under policy,” March 14).
Although I do not agree with a lot of the opinions of people who regularly comment on The Blade’s articles, I read the comments to see what people are feeling about issues. I sometimes take part in the conversation.
I refuse to join Facebook. It is a monopolistic corporation. That does not mean that I should be excluded from the community’s discussion of the news.
Why are you supporting and encouraging this monopoly? It is a shame that you changed the policy of your comment section. This was a bad decision.
New comment policy bemoaned
I have enjoyed the opportunity to comment on news articles, columns, and editorials in The Blade. The new policy requiring a Facebook account was the last straw.
I refuse to open a Facebook account for no other purpose than to make a comment. I do not agree with a number of Facebook’s policies and the information security it provides.
I worked hard to keep my comments focused and civil, and would continue to do so given the opportunity. It would be easy to bar people whose comments violated your policy without requiring a Facebook account.
I will miss the opportunity to make comments, but it is your newspaper and you make the rules.
R. Gregory Stein
Insider trading compromise a joke
The U.S. Senate accepted the scaled-down House version of legislation that would prohibit lawmakers from making investments based on insider information (“Senate compromises on insider trading bill,” March 21).
Should we have expected anything different? The crooks are in charge.