We are writing to comment on your news article of 12-13-12 “King Bows Out”. Your history of Mr. King’s activity here in Warren was well summarized regarding the Convention Center and the Allegheny Center for the Arts projects. However, your reporting on his planned Marcellus Shale Wastewater Treatment Plant was inaccurate in the following ways:
1)You minimize and dismiss the plans and grant monies obtained for them by stating “the treatment plant idea was subsequently dropped”, as if it was of little consequence to the developers and to city residents. In fact, this project was an essential card in a whole house of cards dealt by Mr. King. He planned to (in his own words) “capture industrial heat from that facility and transfer it through pipes to the downtown” project areas to use for geothermal heating. He presented the plan publicly twice: at the Holiday Inn October 5, 2010 and at a public forum October 7, 2010 at the Salvation Army Hall. This informational meeting was taped. Anyone who wishes to see Mr. King’s one-half-hour presentation and one-half-hour of citizens questions may call 723-7538 for a copy of the DVD, at no charge. This is now a piece of our history. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
2)We also object to your attribution of these plans to Chris Cheronis in your article. Let’s stop blaming Ms. Cheronis for everything that’s gone wrong in the City for the last 2 years. She was an employee (of Gro-Warren), not a boss, nor a public servant charged with the well being of our City and its citizens. Although they took an oath to obey the Constitution of the Commonwealth, to preserve and protect its citizens and to discharge the duties of their office with fidelity, those who were the bosses and held public office have constantly tried to shift the blame away from themselves. We challenge this newspaper and its writers and readers to stop letting them get away with it.
Editor’s note: Our references to Christine Cheronis, former executive director of GROWarren, did not attribute any plans to her, but merely stated in her own words the relationship of herself and her organization to those plans. Our statement that plans for a wastewater treatment plant on Warren’s west side were subseqently dropped does not infer that those plans never existed.