August 8's Letters to the Editor
It may be true my pants are on fire but I am not the one that is getting burned. Any one who is thinking every thing in Washington is fine is the one who is getting burned.
It is true the bank tax has been put to bed for the time being but there is still some in congress that would like to see it put in place and would be happy to try and push it through when they feel the time is right. The new version of the bill called “Debit Free American Act” is sitting in the Ways and Means Committee with no action scheduled at this time. We can only hope it dies there.
I am so happy to find out we have the same judges on the U.S. Supreme Court that we had four years ago. With the U.N. Arms Treaty once again under discussion it is nice to know the Supreme Court has our back covered. I guess we would only have to worry about it if President Obama had appointed new judges to the bench but because he did not need to the court make up did not change, nice dream. Now for the nightmare, Obama did appoint new judges so now we have a court that is willing to do Obama’s bidding. For proof of that we only need look at how they ruled on the Obama health care issue. Not constitutional, not a problem, just change the wording and pass it. Obama would like nothing better than put more control over ownership of firearms. With judges not willing to support the constitution with one making the statement that she feels the constitution is out of date and should no longer be use as a model for other nations to follow in making there constitution for their country. The Supreme Court we now have if the treaty does get ratified by the senate there is no reason to believe this court would ever over turn it.
Duane Rasey, Congress Township
In your July 25 edition, one letter writer makes two incorrect claims about the health care bill. Viral emails, repeatedly debunked, claim a bill introduced in 2004 and never taken up in Congress is part of the Affordable Care Act. Of course Congress would not approve a bill requiring us to pay a 1% fee on every bank transaction.
Only individuals who make more than $250,000 ($500,000 for married couples) would be subject to a 3.8% sales tax on any net profit above the first $250,000 profit on the sale of their homes. This is not a tax on the middle class.
Go to factcheck.org. They will give the claims and then the actual facts, showing what is true, what is misleading, and what is totally false. They are even handed, fact checking across the political spectrum.
As to the mythical UN treaty to take away guns, it is just that, mythical.
Jill Grubb, Bennington Township
To the Editor,
In a recent letter regarding killings in the Aurora, Colorado theater the letter writer proposed that the shooter not be identified as it only encouraged further crimes. In his world the media would be the culprits and be fined or punished in some way for reporting the news. In light of the fact that the gun lobby controls so much in Washington and is in no way open to compromise it seems more likely that we should get used to mass killing much like a car wreck or a house fire. As awful as it sounds it will happen again because we can all buy a 100 round magazine even if we are unstable and violent.
Jim Clark, Marengo
This is a followup letter (Sentinel 7/18) regarding the billboard on RT 42 north of Cardington. I am concerned that the location of this billboard is a hazard to those who are driving either north or south on RT 42. There will be a meeting of the Cardington Township trustees on Aug 13 @ 7:00pm at 4064 County Rd. 132 in Cardington. I hope any concerned citizens will take the time to come to this meeting. For further infomation please check out the website @ www.billboardsafety.org.
Linda Harvey, Cardington
To the Editor:
On Thursday, August 2, Linda Harvey and I filed a complaint with Cardington Township citing the illegality of the billboards recently erected along US 42, within the Township’s jurisdiction. These billboards are located on the “triangle” where US 42 makes a sharp, near-90 degree turn as it intersects TR 143 and CR 128 and then proceeds south to the Village of Cardington .
These billboards are illegal because they violate Section VIII of the Township’s zoning requirements for outdoor advertising. There is no spot on this parcel where any billboard can be erected and be in compliance with code without a variance. Somehow a permit was issued by the Township without such a variance. As a result, according to Township zoning code, they must be torn down within 30 days.
The question arises as to whether a variance should be issued for these billboards.
The answer is “no.”
These billboards present a significant safety hazard for motorists traveling on that section of US 42. This curve is a dangerous one. No fewer than two fatalities have occurred there over the last six years, and as recently as two months ago, there was a serious accident involving a motorcycle.
Billboards are distracting. That’s their purpose, namely to distract motorists’ eyes. To place these on a tight curve compounds the safety hazard of an already dangerous curve. This danger is made even worse by the steel columns on which the billboards are affixed. Without the columns, when (not if) a motorist loses control while rounding that corner, the vehicle merely ends up in a grassy area with minor damage. With the billboards, however, there is a significant risk of the vehicle running into one of the three columns, causing severe injuries if not fatalities.
That section of road is highly-traveled not just by Township residents, but by motorists from nearby communities as well as from outlying cities and towns. The Township, therefore, has a serious responsibility to make decisions which insure the safety of motorists negotiating this curve.
To sell out the safety of drivers and passengers in order to provide financial gain for a company (a non-local one at that) is questionable at best. There is simply no reason why motorists’ safety should be placed in such jeopardy, and why the Township’s financial status should be compromised when (not if) it faces litigation after a driver and/or passenger suffers or dies as a result of having run into one of these steel beams.
“Concerned Citizens for Your Safety,” a local group of residents of which Mrs. Harvey and I are members, has been formed to address this issue. We have been asked by the Township’s Zoning Officer to present at the Trustee’s monthly public meeting on Monday, August 13 at 7 PM in the Township Building . The public is welcome to attend this meeting. We encourage anyone who is interested in this issue to come and learn more about why these billboards are illegal, why a variance should not be issued, and why they should be removed.
In the meanwhile, you can visit the CCFYS website, www.billboardsafety.org, to learn more.
Vicki Kerman, Cardington