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Letters to the Editor for May 12, 2010

To the Editor:
I am writing to thank the Carrollton Concert Band and directors Dave Dickerhoof and Heather Shives for giving us a great year. The band competed at district competition and earned straight I’s. They were then eligible for state competition. They went to state competition April 30 for the first time since the 1980s. Although the band didn’t obtain a I from state, we are proud of you for representing our community and school in an outstanding manner.

Thank you to the community for the support you have given the band, Mr. Davis for providing dinner before state competition, all the businesses that agreed to do signage as the band left town, Ace Hardware, Ponderosa, Consumer’s Bank and Wendy’s and Jessica  Taylor for painting all the signs that lined SR 43. Thanks to Tom Mesler for arranging fire trucks to escort the band upon its return to Carrollton and Firemen James Rininger, Robert House and Tom for participating in the escort around Public Square Friday night. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Beth Taylor
Band mom
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor:
This letter is in regard to the Booster Club bingo. I am one who goes every week (with few exceptions) thus supporting the sports of Carrollton. I have two sons (now adults ages 25 and 21) who never played any sports. I don’t have any nieces or nephews in Carrollton Schools, yet I have supported bingo ever since they opened the doors. Why? I don’t really know because I only go one night a week and I could choose almost any other night and go where they pay more, but I don’t.

Carrollton Schools is suppose to be big on sports. They get support at games, so why don’t they get the support they need at bingo? Only on rare occasions do they get support by the players. They can’t even get the parents and coaches to help at bingo. I am sure there are enough parents and coaches to volunteer a few hours on a Wednesday night, unless their bedtime is before 9:30 p.m. because after cleanup they are out of there by that time. I know this because the last couple weeks we have been helping them clean up after bingo.

Most nights I can count the workers on one hand not counting the ones who are there every week. To be sure they have a caller, I am volunteering to become a full-time caller. Since Louie retired there seems to be no one who wants to take on the job. Because of this I won’t be financially supporting the Booster Club bingo any longer, but will be helping where they need the help.

Debbie Brown
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor,
As public policy issues go, climate change is as thorny as they come. Congress, federal agencies, environmental groups, industries and state governments have wrangled for decades over ways and means to clean up pollution without crippling the economy.

But the battle for jurisdiction took a new turn last week compliments of Senator George Voinovich (R-OH). It’s a turn in the right direction.

Prior to the introduction of an ambitious climate bill by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Voinovich is floating an amendment that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency and states from regulating greenhouse gases.

Opponents say the Voinovich amendment would usher in “one-size-fits-all climate change policy.”  Well, yes. The proposal would eliminate the conflicting patchwork of state regulations and the EPA and rsquo;s overreaching regulatory authority in order to establish a single national program that works for all Americans.

Senator Voinovich is right on this one. Climate change is a global issue and a comprehensive, workable solution should come not from the states, and not from a federal agency, but from our elected representatives in Congress. 

Brad Mayer
Columbus, OH

To the Editor:
VFW Post 3301 Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank the many individuals and groups who donated items and money in support of our collection for our American troops, veterans and their families. Your outpouring of love and support has enabled us to send boxes filled to capacity.

We would like to send special thank you’s to Rick Hannon and Fusion Ceramics for paying postage on all the boxes, Days Inn, Crossroads Pizza (Carrollton)  and VFW Post 3301 for graciously collecting the items, Walt and Betty Shaver for the inspiration and the hand-carved eagle and the many men and women of VFW Post 3301 who  helped in many ways to complete our mission.

Special congratulations to Jerry Haynam on winning the hand-carved eagle. The love and support of Carroll countians has proved to us how proud we are of our soldiers.

VFW Post 3301 Ladies Auxiliary
Troop Fund Committee
Janice Dunlap

To the Editor:
I would like to thank the talented Carrollton High School Concert Band students for their hard work and dedication this year. Not only did they give a superior performance at District contest, but they did an amazing job at state as well. I am extremely proud of them. I would also like to thank the Taylor family for their great support and kind words. I would also like to thank all the parents who came to support the band at State Contest. A special thanks to Tom Mesler and the Carrollton Fire Department for their time on Friday night.

Mr. Dave Dickerhoof
Head Band Director

To the Editor:
I don’t know who specifically is in charge of the youth activities at Carrollton schools or if it is a team effort, but I would like to say I am very impressed by the services some of the young people are doing for the elderly and disabled residents of the county.

The unique and well thought out ideas are very much appreciated. It is this kind of positive behavior that needs to be recognized and rewarded with words of praise.

Michael and Ollie Hawkins
Lester and Olive Scott
Resident of the Carroll Golden Age Retreat

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