There seems to

be a great deal of emotion surrounding the issue of allowing crematoria. It is, after all, a project to construct a human body incineration facility. Sounds rather distasteful, to say the least.

Now, let's be honest here. Did any of us know that there wasn't a crematorium close by when we bought our house? Did we think to investigate that while home shopping ? I know it never occurred to me while looking to buy in Stow. I suspect you would agree.

There is no evidence that property values are affected by the presence of local crematoriums in this area. To my knowledge, the establishment of crematoriums in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, and Fairlawn did not adversely impact property values.

And as for mercury emissions: the average coal-fired power generating plant emits 48 tons of mercury into the air each year. The average crematorium, used 100 times annually . . . about 2 pounds. Which is why the EPA isn't particularly concerned, I would think.

I would implore all concerned to look at this issue carefully. More and more it seems that Stow citizens are becoming hostile toward the expansion of our business neighbors.

Ed Fisher, Stow