2007-02-24 / Editorials & Letters

Writer says Baltimore has many junkyards

Editor:

If Baltimore's "junkyard dogs" succeed in ridding the village of the salvage yard on east Ohio 256, they should consider further expending their energies in preserving the town's otherwise pristine image by attacking the village's other and more extensive junkyards. Straddling Ohio 256 on the west, there exists possibly the finest example of an agricultural junkyard in FairfieldCounty. What the villagers miss most is the choking odor of cow manure that was previously dumped as fertilizer along the Ohio 256 roadway. The VFW's neat and honorable location has been largely destroyed by the clutter of unsightly businesses that line the highway. And if the huge propane tank at the railroad were to be dropped on Iran, the explosion would obliterate that nation's entire nuclear capability.

Since the village has many junkyards, it becomes necessary to specify what section of the town that we are referring to. Occupying the center of the village, we have a unique and long-time facility for producing hydrogen sulfideand other foul-smelling gasses. As a byproduct to this operation, the plant also produces some paper.

Approaching from the north, we pass a slaughter house and what appears to be a graveyard for old tractor trailers before we reach downtown. Here we are greeted by a row of ancient structures that, mercifully, could be obliterated by a good demolition crew and imploded into a pile of rubble in probably 45 minutes. Front loaders could then have the entire mess in the backs of trucks and out of town within the week. But what if this was to happen? The present administration, with its lack of foresight, would probably replace the whole complex with blacksmith, buggy and harness shops.

For guidance, Baltimore should look eastward to the Village of Thurston. Without exception, this town has clean and uncluttered highway approaches to their village - north, east, south and west. Congratulations to the Village of Thurston.

Although there is probably few who would welcome a salvage yard in the village, in truth, the site is far less noticeable and unsightly than the other locations mentioned above. The village sports many sites equally objectionable. The administration constantly makes light of the progress made by the Pickerington community, but, at the same time, conducts its officialbusiness out of a renovated blacksmith shop in the basement of a 102 year-old Town Hall. But I am not not making fun. I myself have lived in the village for more than 58 years. I am simply saying that the village deserves better. But change cannot come until the residents realize that our officials are incompetent and are without leadership or foresight.

But one must be wary in their observations. Free speech seldom comes without a price and there is a fringe element in every village who would burn-you-out for criticizing their operations. (The barn fireof some years ago south of the village was clearly an act of arson).

And now, as the sun sets slowly on our easternmost junkyard and the western sky darkens, I crouch at my door, garden hose in hand, waiting for the burn-out.

Dave Mooney Baltimore

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