October 31st Letters to the Editor
Issue 2 – the proposed constitutional amendment seeking to reform our redistricting process – is
not the right solution. As a member of the Ohio community, I recognize that the redistricting process needs change. But as a member of the legal community, I am voting No on Issue 2 for one simple reason – it inappropriately involves Ohio’s judiciary in one of the most high-stakes political processes we undergo – redistricting.
Judges were never intended to be part of a political process like redistricting. The judiciary must remain fair, impartial and independent to interpret the laws and the constitution. Their job is to be the umpire, not the player on the field. Let’s keep it that way. On November 6, Vote No on Issue 2.
Belinda S. Barnes, Esq. Ohio State Bar Association,
Board of Governors, District 7 RepresentativeDear
The Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities is the Individuals that the board serves and the individuals on the waiting list. They are our neighbors and we need to show compassion for them. We need to take the time to meet them and extend our hand to them. To look them in the eyes and tell them Yes. Show them we do care and are willing to help. Don’t hold against the individuals that need services decisions that were made by previous administrations. The Board is asking for money to help keep their doors open. The staff members work very hard to give some of our community members a chance to make a difference in their own lives and the communityin which they live.
The Republican and Democratic Parties both have given their endorsement for this levy. You can make a real difference in someone’s life. Vote Yes for the Whetstone. Board of Developmental Disabilities replacement with an increase levy.
Carolyn (Cookie) Armstrong, Cardington
To the Editor,
So, in which state are you planning to vote? Oh, that’s right, you do not have a choice. In 2008, I watched 3 coach busses park on the Ohio State University campus to register students to vote. A couple weeks ago, I watched a similar bus on my university’s campus to register college students for the vote. I wrongly assumed the bus was after Ohio residents. The next day, an article appeared in the campus newspaper encouraging all students to register to vote and encouraging them to give their campus address if they wanted to vote in Ohio. I then stopped at one of the voter registration tables on campus and asked, “What should I tell my out-of-state students about registering to vote in Ohio?” The nice woman manning the table told me to tell the students, “…they can vote in the state of their political concern.”
Family and friends have argued with me stating that out-of-state-students cannot vote in Ohio or that someone has to be a resident for 6 months. Neither is true. One of my students from Virginia has already placed her Ohio vote…the day after attending Mrs. Obama’s speech on campus…and the student came to Ohio in mid-August. There is even a web site, www.countmore.org, designed to help college students decide whether their votes are more valuable in their ‘home’ state or their college state. There are at least 69 colleges/universities in Ohio and at least 72,645 out-of-state students at these institutions, based on data I calculated from the Ohio Board of Regents and the College Tool Kit. No wonder someone keeps pouring large amounts of money into coach busses to travel to Ohio campuses.
As for another concern, President Obama claims that his executive orders are needed because we have a ‘do nothing congress.’ The country is split almost 50/50 based on voting polls. In a representative form of government, this even divide should mean that our representatives are split and that no movement should be happening on controversial issues. The congress is doing nothing because America is divided.
I am tired of a party that constantly thumbs its nose at our representative form of government by this push to affect Ohio’s vote and the over use of executive orders. The only way I can think to fight back is to be sure that every REAL Ohioan votes. We are the ones that have to live here, facing the consequences of this election—please do your part!
Tanya Kunze , Mt. Gilead
Why I Am Voting NO on Issue 2
This Fall Ohioans are voting on Issue 2, a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting. We join the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), the Ohio Judicial Conference and a host of organizations and media outlets in urging people to “Vote No on Issue 2.” For us, there is a singular reason: Issue 2 inappropriately involves Ohio’s judiciary in the most high-stakes political process there is — redistricting.
Why is Issue 2 the wrong solution? Issue 2 would require a group of appellate judges to select a pool of 42 Ohioans from which a 12-member citizen commission responsible for redrawing legislative and congressional district maps would be drawn. This function makes these judges more vulnerable to political influence and undermines the public’s trust and confidence in a fair, impartial and independent judiciary—a sacred and fundamental principle of our constitutional democracy.
Issue 2 would inappropriately involve the Ohio Supreme Court. Should the 12-member commission be unable to agree on a redistricting proposal, our highest court could be responsible for selecting one of the plans this commission has debated. And if the plan is later challenged, it will be heard in the Supreme Court, the same Supreme Court that selected the very proposal being challenged. The court’s job is not to pick the plan, but to interpret the law and rule on its constitutionality.
Issue 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment, and constitutional amendments are difficult to change. They can only be changed by another constitutional amendment. This requires a great deal of time and money and could take years to accomplish. That’s why it is so important to get the language of a constitutional amendment right.
Many agree that the current redistricting process is need of reform. So do we! But, there is a better way than Issue 2. The OSBA believes that the appropriate venue is the Constitutional Modernization Commission. This commission is made up of elected officials and members of the public from both major political parties, as well as independents, with the sole purpose being to review our current state Constitution and make recommendations for change. I join the OSBA in urging the commission to make redistricting reform a priority initiative when it convenes early next year.
The judiciary was never intended to be involved in a political process like redistricting. The judiciary is intended to be fair, impartial and independent, and to interpret the laws and Constitution. Their job is to be the umpire, not the player on the field. Let’s keep it that way. Issue 2 is the wrong way to improve Ohio’s redistricting plan. It should be defeated so the people of Ohio have the time to get it right. Vote No on Issue 2, and protect justice.
To learn more about why we need to Protect Justice, please visit www.protectjusticeohio.com.
Mark S. Floyd, Member, Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors Keith A. Ashmus, Member, Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates
Richard W. Pogue
I have been a resident of Morrow County for most of my life. At this present time I am temporarily residing in Cleveland, Ohio while attending graduate school for social work at Case Western Reserve University. I have spent a great deal of my time volunteering with the at-risk youth of Cleveland, and have found many different avenues that help that help these youth stay on the right path of life. As a youth growing up in the Morrow County area, I found that activities in the area that were outside of school were lacking, also to say that the number of youths that are at-risk in Morrow County is few would be a total understatement, and these youth need a place to go where they may receive the guidance that can help them stay on the right path of life. That is why I am strongly urging the officials of Morrow County to seriously consider the fact that a recreation facility needs to be erected in Morrow County. I would like to invite any Morrow Countryman who may have questions as to how a recreation facility could benefit our county to contact me, and I would be more than glad to answer questions.
Matthew Wick, email@example.com
To the Editor,
The upcoming presidential election likely will be decided based upon our view of the future of our economic system.
Socialism is an economic system of social organization by which the means of production and distribution are controlled, managed or owned by the government. If we believe that this is the correct course of action for our country, we should vote for President Obama.
Capitalism is an economic system based upon the ownership of land, factories and other means of production by private individuals who compete with one another, using the hired labor of other persons, to produce goods and services for a free market for whatever profit may be obtainable. If we believe that this is the correct course of action for our country, we should vote for Governor Romney.
James Duvall, Worthington
In 1999 I became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), from the school of practical nursing at Tri Rivers Career Center. My skills and education have lead me to a life of helping others at the bed side and as an educator for a state tested nurse aide (STNA) classes in Marion, Oh.
Thirteen years later I find myself back at Tri Rivers pursuing my education to become a Registered Nurse (RN) in the LPN to RN transition program for Adult Education. I feel that Tri Rivers is not just a high school career center, but a lifelong learning center that gives back to the community in the quality students that become the workforce of tomorrow.
Please support the levy for Tri Rivers to keep the future workforce in Marion and surrounding counties growing strong with knowledge.
Angela High, Cardington
Dear Sir or Madam,
It is my opinion that allowing folks to vote as much as a month early is an asinine idea, on several levels.
First and foremost, if you don’t think anymore of your right to vote, and are not smart enough to figure a way to take the time out of your busy schedule to vote, considering how many people over the years have fought and died to give you that right, you probably aren’t smart enough to distinguish who would be the better candidate or which way to vote on any issue and you should probably just not even bother to vote. The whole country would benefit by that decision.
Then we have those folks who really are only concerned with being on the winning side, because by having early voting, these folks who want to go with the flow, with their mob mentality, if you will, will listen to the polls and put their fingers in the wind and vote, having no consideration as to what the issues are or what the candidates stand for.
Then there are what I would call the Pseudo-Intellectuals who would have us believe they are smarter than you and I, whether they have drank the Kool-Aid of their Liberal Professors, or their supposedly smarter friends or the liberal media, have convinced them that it is the Politically Correct thing to do and they don’t really have to research the issues or candidates.
Last but not least there is the likelyhood that a candidate you vote for could be involved in a terrible Scandal, between the time the ballot is cast and the actual election day (in which case his or her V.P. could become President) which, if known about, could very likely have changed the whole parameters of the election, or the Candidate could be deceased or disabled for any number of reasons.
I would hope whomever is able to take us back to Election Day voting, except for the conventional absentee ballot, would rethink this fiasco.
Darl “Paranoid Pete” Mills, Mt. Gilead
Smaller government entities, specifically townships, are an asset to Ohio and should remain in their current state without forced consolidation. Ohio’s smaller local governments are more accessible and responsive, and they spend less. They are closer to the people and are better for Ohio.
A recent report by the Ohio Township Association indicates that townships spend less, borrow less and have lower taxes per capita than other local governments. The report is in response to the claim that smaller governments duplicate services, costs residents more money and could be reduced by joining with other government entities.
According to the report, all of Ohio’s local governments spend a total of approximately $48 billion per year. Municipalities spend 21.3 percent of this amount, while townships spend only 2.7 percent with the balance of the spending by school districts, counties and special districts. And, in Ohio metropolitan areas, cities with more than 100,000 residents spent more than five times the per capita rate of local governments with populations of 1,000 to 2,500. The report also showed that per capita spending of Ohio’s larger townships, with populations as high as 60,000, is less than cities of comparable size.
Townships have also entered the state’s Local Government Fiscal Distress program less frequently than other government entities. Also, local taxes are less per capita in townships, both statewide and in metropolitan areas. And, townships spend less per capita and have less per capita debt service payments than villages and cities in the same population category.
Townships provide an attractive business climate and quality of life for their residents. In fact, virtually all of Ohio’s population growth between 2000 and 2010 was in townships, with the growth rate being four times the state population growth rate.
As residents of Canaan Township for over 40 years we have enjoyed the benefits of a frugal and efficient township government that has provided us with a well-maintained infrastructure and a safe environment.
Township governments are successfully delivering on the democratic values of superior accessibility and responsiveness, while competing economically with lower taxes and spending. Townships are an asset to Ohio and should remain in their current state without consolidation.
Robert & Deana Detwiler, Edison
To the Editor,
”Democracy dies as soon as people realize they can vote themselves money.” Alexis de Tocqueville. “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson
My fellow Americans, We The People of these United States are addicted to entitlements. Like all addicts we face the choice of weaning ourselves off of entitlements with a little pain or going cold turkey with a lot of pain. We can wean ourselves off of entitlements by asking and then requiring our political leaders to take action. It requires leadership and courage, but we will need to do this to avoid having our children and grandchildren paying off the entitlement debt that we have accumulated.
Here are some things we can do. We can slowly raise the tax rates and end various deductions for everyone. We ran up this debt and we need to pay it down. Deductions for various business expenses, health insurance and health care, state and local taxes, charity giving and mortgage interest should be ended. Employee health benefits should be taxed as income. In five years federal revenue should be 20% of GNP.
Then we need to wean ourselves off entitlements. By the way, tax deductions and credits are entitlements. We should do a needs test for Social Security and Medicare. If we have over $500,000 in savings and investments at retirement we should pay our own way in life. We should also pay for our own health insurance. We should slowly end all farm subsidies so that in five years they no longer exist. We should end subsidies for energy from oil to ethanol over the next five years. We spend more on defense than the next 17 nations combined. We have 11 aircraft carrier battle groups and no other nation has one. We should freeze defense spending at present levels and slowly lower it over the next five years. In five years federal spending should be 20% of the GNP.
That balances our budget and provides the politicians with plenty of money to provide for the national defense and promote the general welfare as well as pay down our debt. If we are truly a nation of self sufficient individuals then we should live like it. If we do this over the next five years we will have some pain. However, if we put this off and kick the challenges down the road the pain will be great and threaten the very fabric of American society.
Richard Jones, Chesterville
Are we headed toward Socialism and away from the Constitution?
By Nelson Hack
Why do so many hate our country and our Constitution? As a kid that grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s, where in school, in the news and movies, we were proud of our country, the “best in the World”. How naïve I was! It was around the end of the Reagan years I began to wake up. I would wonder why, when “Conservatives” were in office, none of the liberal (Progressive) agenda was ever turned back. All of my life, no matter which of the two main parties was in power, our government grew larger and more liberal. As I started reading and seeking out the facts, I learned this has been going on for most of the time since our founding and especially since 1912.
Edward Mandell House was the chief adviser of President Woodrow Wilson. House was a Marxist whose goal was to socialize the United States. In 1912 House wrote the book, “Philip Dru – Administrator”. In it, he said he was working for “Socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx “. The original edition of the book did not name House as its author, but he made it clear in numerous ways that he indeed was its creator. In Philip Dru: Administrator, House laid out a fictionalized plan for the conquest of America. He told of a “conspiracy” (the word is his) which would gain control of both the Democrat and Republican parties, and use them as instruments in the creation of a socialistic world government. This book called for the passage of a graduated income tax and for the establishment of a state-controlled central bank as steps toward the ultimate goal. Both of these proposals are also planks in “The Communist Manifesto”. In addition, both became law in 1913, during the very first year of the House-dominated Wilson Administration. During that same time, the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution was passed destroying the check and balances the framers of our Representative Republic built in. Yes, a Representative Republic, not a Democracy.
House and his friends then formed the Council on Foreign Relations, whose purpose right from its inception was to destroy the freedom and independence of the United States and lead our nation into a world government through a world organization. The first try “The League of Nations”, failed. The CFR continued and, to this day, their members are active in both Democrat and Republican Parties. Yes, it is Democrat, not Democratic. As a Marxist Socialism believing origination, their beliefs and plans are right up front for anyone to see if they would only look for it. “The Communist Manifesto”, written by Karl Marx and published by the Communist League February 1848, listed as follows;
Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes
A heavy progressive or graduated income tax
Abolition of all rights of inheritance
Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels
Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly
Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state
Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan
Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture
Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country
Free education for all children in public schools, abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form, combination of education with industrial production.
How many of the 10 points have been enacted in the United States of America since the time of Woodrow Wilson?
The point is the constant enactment of the Progress agenda throughout almost every administration since.
David Rockefeller, the longtime chairman of the CFR, acknowledged their role in trying to lead the U.S. in the one world direction in his book “Memoirs”. In it, he stated, “Some believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure —- one world, if you please. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and am proud of it.” As we vote the rascals out of the office of President, the players behind the scene stay the same. Almost every administration since FDR is or was filled with CFR members directing the policies of our government. These people believe that government controls We the People’s rights. Our Founding Fathers believed in GOD given rights.
As stated in the Bible, 2 Timothy 3:1–5 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” Does this remind you of anyone today?
The answer to our nation’s condition today is also in the Bible, 2 Chronicles 7: 14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”