Photo indicates potential pipeline safety hazards
To the editor:
The photo on the front page of the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Salem News depicting pipeline crews laying gas gathering lines in Salem Township should cause anyone familiar with trenching and excavation work to cringe.
A sheer-sided trench appears to be deeper than the height of a worker standing in the trench, who appears unprotected from cave in by any conventional measures (sloping or cage). Multiple track hoes appear to be precariously perched on adjacent sloped backfill material with buckets extended over the trench, with workers seemingly standing under the boom and bucket.
This picture would appear to be a textbook illustration of avoidable hazards of trenching excavation, particularly when simple logic, as well as basic safety standards appears to be ignored. The oil and gas industry claims to be "self regulating" in many respects.
It looks like it might not be doing a very good job. Safety inspectors, please take notice, and inspect these pipeline excavation sites. My concerns are based on legal experience with the aftermaths of a number of tragic, preventable trenching and excavation accidents.
ALAN D. WENGER,
Reader enjoyed the 'pothole' series of photos
To the editor:
To Celeste Baronzzi:
I want you to know that you made my day with your "pothole" pictures.
I don't have Facebook etc., so I'm glad you had these published in the Salem News. So ingenious! So funny! So entertaining! Wonderful imagination!
Even though these potholes are monsters to us when we're on the highways (and a danger) it's nice to see a little humor in them.
JOYCE OURS HILLBERRY,
Mother of murder victim: He is entitled to justice
To the editor:
I am writing to ask the people of Columbiana County if they think I am wrong to feel that my murdered son Michael Williams deserves to have justice?
If you have a child put yourself in my place. How would you feel if they were murdered?
Michael was a good citizen. He worked every day. He paid his taxes. He was not into drugs using or selling. He was never arrested for any kind of wrongdoing. Yet he has been put into a class with all the other murder victims around there and no one works on solving his case.
I watch TV shows and when someone is murdered law enforcement gets into it right away. They don't just put it on the back burner. I lived outside of Charlotte, N.C., for a year and they had 18 homicides in the first six months of 2011. Someone had been arrested in all 18 murders before nine months had gone by. They were not put on the back burners where they wait for someone to come in and confess.
I don't understand why law enforcement feels it is OK for the families of murdered love ones to just wait or better yet just forget about it! I bet if it was one of their loved ones it wouldn't be put on the back burner!
I have put billboards up with a $20,000 reward. I have put ads in the paper. There were vigils every year for all the murdered and missing loved ones around there.
Recently I have written to the sheriff's office and ask them to submit Mike's case to the show "Cold Justice" to have them investigate. I figured since the sheriff's office doesn't have the time or resources to solve Mike's case what is wrong with enlisting some help? So far I have had no reply from them.
My heart aches for my only child. I feel he is entitled to justice!
If you were his mother - how would you feel?
SHIRLEY (WILLIAMS) WINN,