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Stand up and defend your property

| Thursday, March 11, 2004

As Abraham Lincoln said, this is a "government of the people, by the people and for the people." I think most public servants forgot that. It's not, of the rich corporations, by the rich corporations and for the rich corporations, as you must think.

Our government's, first and main responsibility is to defend the homes and the families of our people. Our homes and the safety of our families are the important factors, not coal or how much money com-panies can make from it.

The situation in Fallowfield Township is getting worse by the minute. In the areas that are being undermined, the people are living in terror. They are afraid to enter their homes for fear that it may collapse on top of them. They are afraid to let their children go out in their yard to play because they may fall into the large, bottomless cracks in the ground caused by this mining company.

This disaster is man made. It is caused by The Maple Creek Mining Company using the continuous mining method of extracting coal from beneath our community.

This method of mining was invented in Europe but was soon outlawed because of the enormous amount of property damage it caused.

In the area of Fallowfield, which has already been undermined, not only have some homes been destroyed but also highways (481) are buckled, sewer, water and gas lines are broken.

The mining company is the major property owner in Fallowfield. Its property is an enormous amount of high-grade coal worth billions upon billions.

How much property tax did they pay to Fallowfield in 2003• $10,045.96.

Don't laugh. It's no joke. This is a sad situation. They then complained the Washington County assessment was too high. So the county lowered it again by $274,538.

The rich get richer and the poor lose their homes. Where are these govern-ment officials who would be "of the people, by the people and for the people?"

Do they not know what is going on in Fallowfield Township or do they choose to be deaf and dumb?

My wife and I love our home. We love Fallowfield. So w e donated $1,000 to hire legal help. We must do whatever it takes to rid Fallowfield of this horrible nightmare.

I find no respect for a man or woman who will not stand up and defend their home, family and community.

Clinton W. Griffith Fallowfield Township

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