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Dear Editor,
I am concerned about the future of OSU Extension services in Carroll County.  Last spring Carroll County voters chose not to support a levy to restore Extension to a full service office. Since then the office has closed and the employees had to find other jobs. The future of OSU Extension looked grim.

On Nov. 2 you will have the opportunity to vote on a much smaller levy to restore the presence of OSU Extension to Carroll County. With this very basic service center, children will again have the ability to learn and grow through 4-H, farmers will have access to the information they need to become more profitable; consumer science assistance will be available, as will economic development assistance. This is a wealth of knowledge for a very small price.

Although we will have a new small staff, this will again open the door to the services Carroll County has always enjoyed through OSU Extension. Please support this issue on November 2nd and make Carroll County’s future brighter!

Margie Gemind Herrington

To the Editor:
Only in America could John Kasich contribute to the cause of major unemployment while a congressman by voting to outsource 49,000 jobs to Mexico and 91,000 jobs to China and then blame Governor Strickland.  If that was not bad enough, John Kasich then voted to give American businesses tax breaks to send more jobs out of the country.

At a recent political rally, he blamed Ted Strickland for National Cash Register (NCR) moving to Georgia.  The truth is NCR moved most of the jobs to Atlanta 18 years ago because my brother-in-law was one of those transferred from Dayton.

John Kasich was employed by Lehman Brothers, where he pressured Ohio pension officials to invest hundreds of millions of dollars.  When Lehman Brothers collapsed, Ohio Pension Funds lost $480 million but John Kasich did not lose a dime, only his job.  He was given a bonus of thousands of dollars called a severance package.

If he had any self-respect, honor or integrity, he would have refused to accept the money.

A good example of Kasich’s character was when he made fun of Strickland’s childhood years when his family was forced to live in a chicken coop when their home was destroyed by fire.

Marc Blanc
North Canton

To the Editor:
I would like to thank everyone who helped to make Dancing on the Bridge 2010 a great success! From the Patron Party to the bus ride, car show, vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment, beer garden, basket raffle and just general good time, everything went very well and it took a huge team to make it happen!

The Dancing on the Bridge Committee organized, planned and made decisions regarding the event. The Committee and their areas of responsibility included Basket Raffle - Angela Lambert, Beer Garden - Corey Evans, Vehicle Show - Jack Leggett, Children’s Activities - Ellen Finnicum, Entertainment - Alan Artzner, Patron Party & Recognition - JoAnne Cinson, Publicity and Chairman - Susan Joyce, Security - Steve Adams, Site - Carol Brawley & Jim Chase, Vendors & Food - Shirley Columbo, Volunteers & Website - Jeremy Grimm,  Eunice Thompson, Kathy Ritter.

Joanne and Bob Cinson held a great party for the sponsors, and the following volunteers helped out, too: Mary Jane Tarr, Trudy Gaines, Sandy & Gary Marks, Steve and Shelley Adams, Karen Jackson, Anna Miller, Tyler Jackson, Joe Tokos, Debbie Wackerly, Jane Lindeman, Dee Dee & Rod Wise, Brian, Alese & Jacob Wise, Chuck Ferrari, Donna Wey, Peggy Jocek, Cindy Tschantz, Joe Columbo, Dick Ferguson, Carol Brawley, Jim Chase, Cliff Burwell, Connie Griffin, Alan Artzner, Susan Joyce, June Martin, Spikeman. Food donors included Crossroads Pizza, Jukebox Pizza, West End Pizza, American Legion Post 375, Joe Tokos, Joanne and Bob Cinson, Malvern Tax Services and Dan Meenan of Corell’s Potato Chips.

Sponsors make the improvements to the Village of Malvern possible, and they were, by category: Slam Dunk Donors  $1,000: VFW of Minerva, Post 4120, J. Hawk Water Service LLC, S-TEK INC. / Dave LePore, Dale’s Hair Design & Dog Grooming, Carroll Family Healthcare, Inc., and Fox Auto Salvage & Parts, Inc.

Three Point Shot Donors  $500: Michael J. Hulit, DDS, Inc., Peggy Jocek, Steve & Shelley Adams, Woods Grocery, Lake Side Storage, Deckman-Bartley Funeral Home, Karen Jeske, Hohler Heating & Cooling, Joanne & Bob Cinson.

Jump Shot Donors  $250: Linda & Lee Faa, Donald LeBeau, Dean & Ruth Kocher, Colfor Manufacturing Inc., Karen & Scott Tuttle, Summit Glove Inc., Tricia Baggott & Doug Wackerly, Tom & Kathy Chain, Furey’s Chrysler, American Legion Valley Post 375, GBS Filing Solutions, Rod, DeeDee, Brian, Alese & Jake Wise, A.L.L. Electric.

Shade in the Park Sponsors  $175: Susan Joyce, Thomas R. Mertz, The Sarbach Family, G.L. Auto Glass, Rocky’s, Shirley Columbo & Family, Wagner Construction.

Free Throw Sponsors  $125: Chuck & Carol Lutton, Karen Jackson, Joe & Dee Frank, Malvern Alpha Sorosis Women’s Club, Yola Buzzelli.

Courtside Seat Patrons  $100: Ron & Pat Suciu, John & Barbara Ross, Walt Liber—Artistic Stitches, Frank & Bonnie Chiurco, Legacy Pipeline Services, LLC,  Barbara & Dean Hochstetler, John & Sherri Agler, Chuck & Kathleen Ferrari, Cibo’s Restaurant, Karen Polony, Matt & Robyn Sprague, Ted & Sandy Gahan, Carnation Electric, Ron & Carrie Myers, Rich & Katie Mutigli, Patricia Reed, Joan & Bruce Schmidt, Lorraine R. Baldwin, Alan Artzner, Ralph & Cindy Henderson, Chad & Debbie Browning, Randy & Bette Crowl, Dan Grove & Colleen Davis, Al & Barbara Donahue, West End Inn & Pizza, David & Patty Van Horn, Joe & Ann Gamber, Marie Radabaugh, Ray & Ginny Cappelli, Patricia Tierney, Joan Shubert, Kevin & Jackie Evans, Mary Ann Hays, APM-Jeff & Karen Weber, Tim & Kim Williams, Marie R. Albrecht, Bob & Marlene Crowl, Vince & Judy Palleschi, Malvern Dairy Queen, Sheckler’s Excavating, Janis Marraccini, Todd & Heather Kenny, Zak & Max Kapron, Crowl Lumber Co Inc / Crowl Interiors & Furniture, St. Francis Xavier Men’s Club, Nick & Marilyn Carter, Cedar Outdoor Furniture Inc, Luke Slabaugh, Bruce & Missy Rodgers, Kiko Auctioneers & Realtors, Ed & JoAnn Clark, Bob & Ava Clark, Elsie & Robert Borland, Tom Furey.

Tailgate Patrons  $25: Tom & Carol Ricker, Minerva Veterinary Clinic, Andrew Opritza, MD, Florence Richards, Sue Greco, Gerald Hutchison, Janet Casper, Carol Welker, Ruth Graham, Leroy Shine, Angela Lambert, Dorothy E. Brown, Jeff & Sharon Hubbartt, Pamela & James Greene, Mike & Bonnie Stich, Marilyn & Don Furey, Charles Ross, Robert T. VanSickel, Ralph & Jean LeBeau, Bill & Donna Kettering, Rita Artzner Kenny, Jane M. Phillips, Glen & Karen Clark, Bob & Rose Pierce, Traci Castellucci, Tom & Sue Clark, Dick & Jackie Contini, Vince & Dana Slabaugh, Scott & Julie Kettering, Robert & Sara Furey, Donald & Charlyn Kulla, Joe & Joanne Saboe, Mildred Pryor, Betty L. Reed, Terry & Drinda Hanni, Karen Wackerly, Cindy’s Beauty Boutique, John & Carol Scandridge, Malvern Plumbing & Heating, Roman Plumbing Company, Dick & Linda Byrd, Frances L. Montella, Dan & Joyce Sellers, June Martin, Ted & Holli Majestic, Jerry & Teri Foster, Joe Columbo, Dawn Kaufman, Rose Murray, Tom Wheaton, Jim & Cheryl Halter, JoAnn Rennie, John & Anita Tokos, Stephen C. Dowell, DDS, Dan & Terrie Artzner, Connie Griffin.

Children’s Area volunteers were Amy Matthew, staff from Hilltop Learning Center, Laura Donnelly, Jennifer Collins.  True North Church of Minerva loaned many games.

Car Show volunteers included Nancy Yeager, Alana & Kenny Evans, Vince & Dana Slabaugh, Joe Columbo, Dave Lyon, Dick Ferguson, Chance Leggett, Tom & Kathy Chain, Gary & Roberta Chilson, Nevin Crater, Michael Duncan, Joseph Dodson, Thomas Proctor, Nathaniel Nixon, John & Elizabeth Barr, Cindy & Dominick Olivito Jr., Dale & Gretchen Leonard and Darryl Bogus.

Others who volunteered, helping to make the day great were Contini Insurance, Jimmy Cinson, Josh Lipfert, Bill Meredith, Cliff Burwell, Preston Anderson, Duane Kandel, Joe Gamber, Brad & Debbie Palmer of the Minerva Community Association, and Darryl Bogus and his son.

With the generosity of local residents, we raised enough to resurface the basketball courts in the park and buy eight new trees for the park.  Thanks to everyone for great dedication and teamwork!

Susan Joyce, Dancing on the Bridge Chairman & Malvern Community Development Coordinator

To the Editor:
I am publicly calling for the resignation of Prosecuting Attorney Donald R. Burns, as counsel for the Lee Township Trustees, as it is now a breach of fiduciary.

I am further calling for the public resignation of Trustee Walters for breaching the United States Constitution, as an officer of government.

Said group of Trustees have acted in bad faith, and created more of a liability for said Township, than a mere group of people using a public (and I stress the world public) park.

The public park is a meeting place, without restraint.  See the United States Constitution and any rulings with the first amendment associated with public park use, as a meeting ground.

Review its Fourteenth Amendment of Due Process depriving citizens of the rights of life, liberty and property.

And see the Ohio Constitution as well (which I have witnessed being breached, but won’t waste my words here; I’m not going to do your work as a lawyer for you, which I started, turning a 4-page letter into a ten page.)

The Trustees have created an issue, where none exists.

Sunday’s display of arrogance, by said Trustees, is why I am calling for Mr. Burns’s resignation as their counsel.

I arrived at our budding Harlem Harvest Market, held Sundays in the Harlem Springs Park, and spoke with the crowd of vendors, regarding the Trustees desire to force us to sign an agreement for park use, an agreement thrust on me this past Thursday, not this past Tuesday at the public Trustee meeting I attended.

An elderly lady, in her seventies, who has been part of the farmer’s market for years, stated she received a call, the evening before this event, telling her not to show up - because the Trustees were going to show up to shut us down.  She said the call was anonymous.  I told her to contact her phone company.  The call is a display of abuse, and a threat.  (I will not tolerate the sixties southern display of thuggery.)

After about a half hour discussion, said Trustees did appear.

I stated the reasons for not tolerating the vendors to sign this form, as it is more burdensome and discriminating to us, as a user group, while I do not see it protecting the Trustees in the manner they are asking because it merely says “Lee Township,” no wording of officers, Trustees or explanation of what Lee Township is.  We are merely assuming it means Lee Township Government.

Then, I inquired of Trustee Fisher, of the Church’s prior and annual use of said same park, ice cream social, held on the same piece of public property, about six weeks earlier.  Did the Trustees force them to sign any agreement?  His reply, “Don’t go there.”  I said, “I am.”  He replied, “No.”

No signage has ever attempted to prevent certain persons from using it.

It was donated by Isaac Wiggins, founder of Harlem Springs, to the village of Harlem Springs.  When the village lost its charter in the late 1800s to early 1900s, the State of Ohio assumed responsibility.  The State of Ohio no longer desired responsibility, and passed the park into the duties of said Trustees.

My actions at first, were in good faith, stating to Trustee Fisher and Noble, on Thursday’s meeting between the three of us, in said park, they appear to be creating a liability, where they have no duty, and by attempting to assume such, where no duty exists, would create a duty by foreseeability.

Mr. Burns, there are only four people who could possibly know that the Trustees would show up “to throw us out,” which was passed on to a vendor as a threat not to show, to wound people emotionally, harass, and wound them financially.

That is abuse.  No one - no one is entitled to threaten or harass people.

You are the people’s prosecutor, foremost; And now you find yourself in a situation, where your clients, albeit government officials, are acting like thugs.

They are still citizens who can be prosecuted for breaking the law.
Trustee Walters resignation:  I attended said Trustees regular monthly meeting to discuss a continued pattern use of said common grounds.  Mr. Walters launched an angry and short outburst.  First stating that “it was God’s day.”  (If God rested on the Seventh day, one would worship on Saturday; the common public and world calendar, states the seventh day is Saturday, not Sunday).

At said Tuesday meeting, I retaliated with “I believe in separation of Church and State.”  I did not long stay, as it was clear from the attitude, no one had an interest in supporting these people, or this event.  They speak words of support, but their action states different.

This was  a simple scenario.  It was a market to revitalize the area of Harlem Springs.  Something local, with offshoots of entertainment planned.  For a small donation or fee next year, said money would have been put back into the assets of the park, for all to enjoy, without the burden of taxpayer expenditure.  This is a win-win situation.  The citizens of Lee Township and the village of Harlem Springs have something to be proud about.

The funding of the park, the Trustees don’t want to accept.  They state they can accept the plantings, if people plant them.  I see no difference.  The exchange of labor and material is the same as money donated without labor.

I told my vendor group, a wrong analogy, that I should learn to employ the adage:  “You catch more flies with honey, than vinegar.”

Wrong because such methods employ use that is more burdensome, rather than employ the mind to resolve the situation more simply; Thus the use of the employed mind, or invention, is why man prefers the flyswatter.

I did not ask to create an American Gothic meets Tiananmen Square.  Like prior use, gave the Trustees prior knowledge, combined with their choice to selectively discriminate at will.  I anticipated that said Trustees, as residents, would be proud to have something positive building in their community.

Government works for people-or against.  And it is the will of the individual and the group associated with, and the political parties that band together to separate - that determines such.

Vote for independents, whose sole concern is the people, not a select group of user rights.

Ann Yeager
Harlem Springs

To the Editor:
Here we go again! Washington politics have outsourced our manufacturing jobs.

Now some current Ohio politicians and John Kasich, a candidate for the Ohio Governor’s office, want to outsource Ohio’s state worker jobs. During the last race for the Ohio Governor’s office the idea of privatizing Ohio’s turnpike for the next 100 years was floated by the losing candidate.

A turnpike the Ohio taxpayers built and paid for was going to be turned over to a private company for profit, costing the Ohio turnpike workers (also known as Ohio taxpayers and citizens of Ohio) their jobs and all of us paying a toll to a private company instead of the state of Ohio for use of our own road. All in the name of profits for a private company, profits made by paying lower wages, less road maintenance, higher tolls.

Certain Ohio politicians wanted the private company’s lease cash up front to spend, leaving the Ohio citizen on the hook for the bills for years and decades to come. Ohio’s voters saw through this. That was four years ago. They think we have forgotten.

Now, this same type of Washington politics has resurfaced in Senate Bill 269, a revamped form of privatizing. This time it’s Ohio’s prisons, the Department of Development and many other state institutions.

Again, the Ohio taxpayers will be left holding the bill so a private company can make a profit and Ohio’s workers will take the job losses, and Ohio’s institutions and our economy will take a plunge.

Check the facts for yourself, its all common sense. Ohio taxpayer money, your money, is used to pay a private company to run our state institutions, likely an out of state company or even a foreign company.

The theory is that a private company tries to run them at a lower cost by cutting jobs, cutting pay, and lowering benefits and services. When this was previously attempted, the amount saved was supposed to be up to 12%. The actual cost to the taxpayer in the previous attempt was actually higher, not lower, even after making every attempt to rig the system to work.

Even if privatizing did work and the state initially saved the 12%, the actual cost to Ohio’s economy would end up being much higher. The actual result would be that Ohio’s tax revenue would be reduced not just once but multiple times over.

We wouldn’t just have the initial tax revenue loss due to lower wages paid; we would also have the loss to the state’s economy when the private company takes profits.

They would be removing this wealth out of Ohio, no longer circulating it from Ohioan to Ohioan, no longer recreating wealth in Ohio, and no longer generating sales tax revenue for our state’s budget. This is the effect privatizing would have on our state’s economy.

This effect would be multiplied over and over, due to each time this money is earned, spent and changes hands it creates sales tax revenue for the state of Ohio. The amount of wealth and tax revenue we maintain by keeping this money in Ohio far outweighs a fictional 12% saved only once. This is basic economics and common sense.

Ohio cannot afford to outsource anymore decent paying jobs and we surely can’t afford to lose any more money out of our economy. Privatization creates lower wages for our Ohio working families, lower employment, loss of state and local tax revenue, loss of capital in our state’s economy and further burdens our unemployment and welfare programs.

Then after all of that, Ohio is still on the hook for lawsuits and settlements with little or no control of actual operations and services.

The fact is you can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility. If the Ohio average citizen understands this, why do certain politicians keep trying to implement privatization?

This raises a lot of questions that should be looked into. In Washington it appears that it is normal everyday business to be bought off by special interest money. It would be a very low price for a private company to pad a politician’s pocket or campaign fund for the opportunity to siphon millions of Ohio’s citizens’ taxpayer dollars out of Ohio into a private company’s hands.

Charlie Daniels
St. Clairsville, OH

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