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February 4, 2013

Pipeline will violate our civil rights

Pipeline will violate our civil rights

Mr. Dick Downey, I absolutely agree with a comment of yours in the article “Promised Land takes liberties with the truth.” That comment is “the gullible are conned.” 

You refer to how anti-fracking individuals are applying it to worst-case scenarios of ordinary situations. You are correct; the gullible are easily conned. Regardless of whether you are anti- or pro- pipeline, there is one undisputed fact that no one is taking into account, especially (or ironically) local, state and federal governments. That fact is that the pipeline, if it goes in (wherever that route may be), it will be built on the backs of people’s civil rights. 

Are you seriously suggesting that people ignore others’ civil rights, specifically the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and 14th Amendments, for the greater good? Or more to the point, the promised greater good. The pipeline people have not paid any promised money yet; there is promised monies and future gain, but no one has seen or has any of it. 

The reality of that is that I too can promise money and future gain, except for that is called fraud, yet when big business does it, it is called good business. The question to you is this: what civil rights are you willing to give up for my financial gain? This is exactly what you are demanding of me, as well as several others in my circumstance. 

If you are saying that people have the right to work in the gas field environment, you are absolutely accurate. There is a town called Dimock, Pa. — I hear the water there is enlightening. According to my research, they are hiring in that area, so all those that want the supposed natural gas “benefits” should go and enjoy. Meanwhile, the rest need to respect people’s civil rights!

Janel Whitbeck


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