Once again, political tyranny rears its ugly head as Ohio Secretary Of State Jon Husted maintains that as chief executive over elections, he is using his “unfettered authority’’ to make thousands of signatures of active voters invalid in ruling that referendums on fracking would circumvent state law.

As the official who licenses corporations and allows them to do business within the state, such as the big oil and gas industry, this smacks of crony capitalism and is disenfranchising the people’s initiative to protect their communities from rampant industrialization and the blatant takeover of corporate greed.

It is clear that the oil and gas industry – serial polluters who disregard humans, nature and the environment – have a government pass to encroach on our communities and neighborhoods with untethered abandon as the ultimate dictatorship in Ohio.

Heidi Jo Kroeck, Youngstown


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