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Truth in labeling

of fracking fluid

While driving the upper west shore road of Keuka Lake, Yates County Road 76, I saw some old-style vertical gas wells that had obviously been "fracked" to extend the productive phase of the wells. Each has a white polyethylene tank labeled "produced water." So there is a water separation process to dry the gas, and the tanks hold the water for periodic emptying. What is in the "produced water"?

We have not been told that in detail, but there is a required placard, which readers have likely seen in other places: a square array of four inner squares, displayed diamond-fashion, standing on one of the corners. At the gas wells, the blue square to the left has the number "4" displayed. According to the National Fire Protection Association Regulation code 704, that means that the contents present a health hazard and that the stored amount is more than 10 gallons.

The NFPA code is a system used by professional emergency and health and safety workers. These well sites are at the roadside or are connected by driveways without barriers. A better system for such public exposure would be the OSHA Globally Harmonized System of pictograms, which in this instance would display the skull and crossbones to warn against drinking the fluid; another, human torso symbol to indicate health hazard for contact or inhalation, and a tree symbol to show environmental hazard.

Or the letters on the tank could say: "Poison – stay away."


Movie messages

City reviewed "That's My Boy" at the same time the Greece bus-monitor incident went viral (film review, June 20). As the reviewer said, it isn't a good film, but its irresponsible message and language are played out in the lives of our children.

A sad image of our society.



Obama's actions

Bravo to Urban Journal's "War, Counter-terrorism, and the Presidency" (June 20). It's gratifying to see a newspaper exercise its mission to ask the uncomfortable questions in the search for truth and present the information in non-biased way. We should be asking questions about rendition, drone strikes, terrorist hit lists, and the administration's refusal to come clean with Congress and the People.

Why back in April of this year did the Department of Homeland Security order 450 million rounds of 40-caliber hollow-point ammo from the ATK company? The Geneva Convention forbids its use by the military. It's for domestic use. It's for "home-grown terrorists."

Why did Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently testify in front of Congress that the US military responds to the needs of the UN, NATO, and the prerogatives of the president?

Why was the National Defense Authorization Act passed in the dead of night?

It is the duty of every citizen to be involved with the running of our government. This means asking uncomfortable questions. Dissent is part of the American DNA.


Bug Jar fallout

I don't think the incident outside the bug jar had anything to do with live entertainment or alcohol ("Bug Jar Breakdown," June 27). The main cause of this incident is the points system in Rochester, which causes businesses not to call police for fear that they will be shut down. So a minor fight inside the bar ends up causing a major fight outside the bar, thereby causing one person to get a gun from their car and kill an innocent young man who was trying to be a peacemaker.

In other cities where the points system does not exist, a business will call the police at the first sign of trouble. The person is then arrested on minor charges and taken to jail. This provides a wakeup call to this person that their conduct is inappropriate and allows the business to better serve their law-abiding customers.


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If any bar owner does not call the police when there is violence or a threat of violence because they are afraid of the point system, they do not have the ethics or responsibility to operate such an establishment. The bar owner's first priority is to the safety of your patrons, regardless of the city's policies.


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Um... I don't remember reading that it was the owner or affiliates of the Bug Jar who shot this person. Perhaps the blame belongs on the shoulders of the individual who made the conscious decision to take another life? Absurd idea, huh.


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Richards' take on

Brooks and MCC

On Rochester Mayor Tom Richards' comments about MCC and County Executive Maggie Brooks' suggestion that MCC might pull out of downtown if it can't move to the Kodak site ("MCC: Afghanistan Campus?" News Blog): Mister Mayor, as a Democrat, I voted for you. As a downtown MCC employee, however, I must point out that you are the one acting like the child who can't get his way.

When MCC was ready to move to Kodak instead of signing an overly long, overly expensive new lease this spring, most of us know the city was the one who refused to give MCC the permits to do so, even though it was in its power.

MCC has gone out of its way to encourage a downtown campus. They could have moved temporarily to someplace like Irondequoit Mall, but they signed a lease at Sibley instead, for longer than what they expect to need. If they were considering abandoning downtown, why would they take this leap?

Safety is only one factor in the desire for a different location. WinnDevelopment likes to portray Sibley as an inexpensive option, but it isn't. The equipment there is in desperate need of repair. Whenever the AC or the escalators break down, they have to salvage parts or have them specially made.


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The city is run by the uni-party City Council. There is precious little Maggie has to do with the running of anything in the city that is not directly related to Monroe County business. Like the Monroe County Community College, for example. She's protecting resources of ALL county residents.


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