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To the Editor:
The lagging economy has forced business owners to examine every aspect of their enterprises to achieve efficiency. County government, funded by business and individual taxpayers, has an obligation to do the same.

In the name of efficiency and accountability, some counties in Oho are considering changes in their government structure. Under these protocols, voters would elect a county executive responsible for government operations and economic development and elect a county council to set policy.

This fall, voters in Cuyahoga County will choose their first county executives from a pool of eight candidates and seat a total of 11 council members out of 86 in the running. As business people, you may question how moving from three county commissioners to 12 public officials at an annual payroll of $670,000 (not including additional staff and benefits such as health insurance) achieves efficiency. Furthermore, the county’s chief fiscal officer (CFO) akin to the county auditor, will no longer be elected. Instead, the county executive will hire a CFO, keeper of the county books. How does this improve accountability? I say it does not.

My interest is not to tell voters in other counties what is best for them, but for voters in our county to understand the value of an elected fiscal officer who answers to the people. It is tempting to think the county government structure under which Carroll County and 86 other counties have operated for more than 150 years must be antiquated. Yet, upon examination, our system of government responds well because its top officials are voted in (or out) directly by a vote of the people.

As Carroll County Auditor, I am accountable to the voters for the county’s fiscal management. Now imagine county auditors who want to please the executives who gave them their jobs. It is highly possible the appointed CFO would be pressured to sign a risky loan or alter property appraisals to generate more money or even “borrow” from another county fund improperly.

Your county auditor, the holder of the county’s checkbook, must remain independently elected and answerable to the voters.

E. Leroy VanHorne
Carroll County Auditor

To the Editor:
We would like to thank everyone who helped to make Dancing on the Bridge 2010 a great success!  It takes many people to put on this festival, including the planning committee, volunteers, vendors, donors, car show exhibitors, Malvern staff members, musicians, magicians and, of course, all the residents who attended the event.

The night before Dancing on the Bridge, Joanne and Bob Cinson had a terrific tailgate party for all donors.  It kicked off the event very well, and on Saturday, the car show began early and attracted more exhibitors than ever. Spikeman, the area’s renowned car show deejay, spun tunes and the winners in the various classes were delighted with their wins.  The free children’s area was hopping from noon until 6 pm, and featured face painting, games, prizes, candy and a lot of fun.  As they have every year, the vendors brought excellent food which was enjoyed by the crowd.  Sports fans watched the Ohio State game in the Beer Garden and the Basket Raffle brought in a record amount!  Tim Angeloni, magician, performed, and various dancers and singers added to the event.  The main stage band, Rudy and the Professionals, stayed through the hour-long downpour, and after the rain provided music for dancing in the street. 

We raised enough money to resurface the basketball court and plant eight new trees in the park.   I am very pleased with the strong support given to these projects, and proud that residents of the Malvern area are so generous and have such great community spirit.

Alan Artzner
Malvern Community Development Fund
Steve Adams, Mayor

To the Editor:
Another year has come and gone and it’s time to collect the “tabs for kids” again. I will be taking them in the middle of October. Anyone who has tabs to go, call me at 330-739-5501 and I will collect them. I have been taking the tabs to Akron Children’s Hospital since 1999. I take them to the dialysis department. They cash them in to buy games, videos, books and other things so the kids don’t get bored while taking treatments.

They also have birthday parties for the kids and, if the family needs money for gas or medicines, they give it to them.

We have people from the surrounding areas of Carrollton and, it is because of them, I took 236 pounds last year. Hopefully, this year will be more than last year. Thanks so much to everyone who continues to save the tabs for the kids. I know the families really appreciate it.

Judy Stidom
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor:
On Sept. 11, 2010, Harsh Memorial Church held a fundraiser dinner/auction for Rylie Little, who was born with a tethered spinal cord (a form of Spina Bifida Occulta).

We would like to say it was a great success!  All the money received will be placed into a Riley Little Benefit account and can only be used for medical expenses.

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, donations and help.  God Bless each of you.

Darrell and Christine Howell
Harsh Memorial Church, Harlem Springs

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