Dr. Janet Everhard
Dr. Janet Everhard
Dr. Janet Everhard
Democratic candidate for
Ohio's Second
Congressional District

Your cellphone chimes cheerily, abruptly awakening you, and an unfamiliar voice mechanically informs you of distressing news.

A 20-inch, high-pressure, high-capacity pipeline transporting natural gas from fracking fields to shipping ports will be built adjacent to your densely populated neighborhood. Or a mountainous nuclear waste dump that could leak TCE, PCB and arsenic through fractures in the bedrock into the aquifer below will be built near your community.

"Whew! Thank goodness it's only a dream," you reassure yourself before turning over and dropping back to sleep.

Except it's not a dream.

It’s a nightmarish reality potentially involving hundreds of thousands of citizens on either side of the eight-county swath of Ohio's Second Congressional District.

If you live along Duke Energy's proposed natural gas transmission pipeline route through Hamilton County suburbs like Blue Ash, Reading and Amberley Village (https://nopecincy.org/pipeline-failure-app/) or your Pike County address abuts the decommissioned uranium processing facility (formerly the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant), or your drinking water comes from anywhere along the Ohio River, that means you.

Fortunately, you are not alone. Concerned citizens have banded together to advocate for their families' health and safety in two groups on opposite ends of the Second District. Hamilton County's NOPE (Neighbors Opposed to Pipeline Expansion, https://nopecincy.org/) and Pike County's CARD (Citizens Against a Radioactive Dump, https://tinyurl.com/y8je47zh)are vigorously protesting these potential environmental disasters. 

Researching the health threats to our families and our planet, these concerned citizens have hired expert advisers to confirm their findings. They have met to discuss strategy and have pleaded to the persistently deaf ears of our representatives in the Ohio General Assembly and U.S. Congress. 

Please support NOPE and CARD by joining, investing and educating yourself and others. Don't let a disturbing nightmare become your family's present and future health risk.

We the people of the Second Congressional District are stuck for now with a lack of representation by an establishment Washington politician whose campaign funds are stuffed with thousands of dollars from Duke Energy (https://tinyurl.com/yaoz6mof) and Fluor Corporation, the Piketon plant contractor (https://tinyurl.com/yd6bxtyr).

Are those campaign donations hush money? It surely appears so.

But this longstanding pattern of constituent neglect and corporate-donor-induced silence can abruptly shift this year. You have the power to change everything with a quick visit to your county board of elections during the early voting period, requesting and completing a vote-by-mail ballot or joining the line at your polling location on election day.

Your vote before or during the May 8 Democratic primary and the Nov. 6 general election can be your personal expression of "Just say NOPE."

We the people, for a change!

Dr. Janet Everhard is a physician and volunteer to veterans from the historic river town of New Richmond in Clermont County. She is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative in Ohio’s Second Congressional District.