Northland

Are those being trained to vote U.S. citizens?

A story in ThisWeek Northland News last week describing a group, New Americans Advocacy Forum, that is educating and registering new immigrants for November's election, was alarming news.
Delaware

Decision to end Blast from the Past tough, but had to be done

After much discussion and weighing all the pros and cons of continuing the show, the Vintage Auto Club has decided not to continue Blast From The Past in the downtown venue.
Delaware

Do research on judicial hopefuls

Thomas Suddes, a former legislative reporter with The Plain Dealer, recently wrote a column titled "Voters ignore judicial elections at their own peril."
Westerville

Contributions of Rano, Stowers deserved a note in parks piece

After reading the City Notes column in the Aug. 4 issue of ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion, I had an overwhelming sense that something was missing.
Bexley

Maccabi Games reflected work behind the scenes

When the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus was founded in 1913, the underlying goal was to "relate the members of the organizations meeting within its walls to each other, to their families, to the community and, finally, to humanity" ...
Upper Arlington

Outsourcing 911 dispatching services 'not appropriate'

The Upper Arlington city manager is aggressively preparing to outsource the community's emergency dispatching.
Clintonville

Questions unanswered on Indianola Avenue changes

Members of the Clintonville Area Commission and city planning staff presented plans Aug. 9 for road modifications to be done on Indianola Avenue, from North Broadway to Morse, and High Street medians to be added from Oakland Park, several blocks north.
Grove City

Schreiner's experience as an educator would help in House

With about 90 days left to Election Day and 90 days to suffer more hatefulness and rancor on social and other media, it is refreshing to know there is a local candidate who is an example of quite the opposite.
Upper Arlington

Trash, the great equalizer for UA residents

Even in the early morning light I could tell. He was well-groomed and attired but I knew what he was by his eyes. He was just like me -- a lawbreaker.
Westerville

Festival organizers appreciate backing of many

Thank you for your support of the 2016 Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival, sponsored by Heartland Bank.
Upper Arlington

Attempt to recall council members is a stain on city

We are writing to express our opposition to the Upper Arlington recall election.
Upper Arlington

City Council members have given of themselves to help UA

I want to encourage residents to vote against the recall of all four Upper Arlington City Council members on Aug. 23.
Upper Arlington

Cost of special election could turn out to be money well spent

There have been three letters recently (ThisWeek Upper Arlington News July 28, Aug. 4) which decry the cost of the recall election. $63,000 is a lot of money, but let's compare it to some recent city expenditures.
Upper Arlington

Council actions are reasons to vote in favor of recall

As a lifelong resident of Upper Arlington, I have been proud of our schools and our city.
Upper Arlington

Council members have acted in best interests of the city

While I applaud the efforts of the Save Northam Park group to bring the founding principle of popular sovereignty to life for Upper Arlington High School government students, I take exception to the insinuations of malfeasance against one of our current council members.
Upper Arlington

Council members' letter did not respond to recall concerns

Why, in their Aug. 4 letter to the editor, didn't City Council members up for recall react to any of the six concerns "Yes for Accountability" notes on its flier?
Upper Arlington

Council's plan for tax revenue was a calculated move

A thumbnail sketch of my experience in the Financial Review Task Force: requested a prioritized list of infrastructure programs needing funding -- denied; requested information for a budgeting technique ...
Upper Arlington

Council's use of frequently changing labels is confusing

In a recent letter to the editor, four City Council members accused recall advocates of "half-truths and exaggerations."
Upper Arlington

Disagreements should not mean disunion in community

Vote no on the recall of City Council members John Adams, David DeCapua, Kip Greenhill and Debbie Johnson.
Upper Arlington

Duly elected council members should be retained in office

The Aug. 23 recall election is no longer about a park.
Upper Arlington

Park plans not the only reason recall election is necessary

The campaigns for both sides in the Upper Arlington recall election Aug. 23 are in full swing.
Upper Arlington

Reasons to vote against recall of City Council members

My husband and I both grew up in Upper Arlington and raised our four children here.
Upper Arlington

Recall effort not something new in Upper Arlington

Recalls, initiatives and referendums are clearly spelled out in the Ohio Revised Code as well as the Upper Arlington city charter, and they are valuable tools that have been used effectively right here in our backyard.
Upper Arlington

Recall would result in negative, divisive environment in city

I strongly urge my fellow citizens to vote "no" in the Aug. 23 special election to recall four City Council members.
Upper Arlington

Residents felt 'blindsided' by city's plans for Northam Park

We voted for Issue 23, just as we have voted for city, school and library levies in the past.
Upper Arlington

Residents should have been allowed to speak at meeting

I attended the special Upper Arlington City Council meeting July 18 regarding Resolution No. 10-2016, which set the recall election date.
Violet Township

Survey proves community center isn't wanted

I disagree with the article, "Survey shows interest; questions abound," which stated a strong interest was indicated for a community center in the Pickerington/Violet Township area.
Upper Arlington

Those pushing recall vote need a larger perspective

Raging floodwaters have devastated the lives of residents of West Virginia. Mass shootings have devastated the lives of residents in Orlando and Dallas. However, in Upper Arlington, a small but very vocal group of residents believe their lives have been devastated by whether "infrastructure" includes public park land, the placement of tennis courts or the design of a new swimming pool.
Upper Arlington

Unanswered questions remain about plans for Northam Park

The city's planned overhaul for Northam Park has created a firestorm of opposition and divided our community, as did plans for Fancyburg Park, 911 outsourcing and "the Point."
Upper Arlington

Upper Arlington City Council has lost the people's trust

On Aug. 23, the citizens of Upper Arlington will vote on whether four City Council members should be recalled -- something that has not happened in living memory.
Upper Arlington

City sets an example with its new bike lanes on Tremont

As a commuting bicycle rider, I'd like to thank the city of Upper Arlington for the recent installation of dedicated bike lanes on Tremont Avenue.
Clintonville

Loss of Olympic's outdoor pool still felt

I have lived in Clintonville for the last few years and found it very discouraging to lose the outdoor pool.
Upper Arlington

Common sense prevailed when petition protest was dismissed

I want to call attention to the civics lesson presented to us by a former mayor of Upper Arlington.
Upper Arlington

Considered reasons for voting in favor of recall

I am voting yes in the upcoming recall election of City Council members and I urge my fellow citizens of Upper Arlington to join me in doing the same on Aug. 23.
Westerville

Contributions from many made tour a success

I would like to thank all those who helped make the 25th anniversary WesterFlora Garden Tour a huge success.
Upper Arlington

Council has nothing to do with Upper Arlington's bond rating

Recently, there have been some discussion as to how City Council is responsible for the city of Upper Arlington's AAA bond rating.
Westerville

Hunting isn't effective plan for coping with deer

Westerville is growing, and as it builds homes and businesses in previously wooded and undeveloped areas, the deer population is forced to forage in residential areas, leaving many residents with destroyed gardens and trees.
Whitehall

In helping raccoon, officer shone as public servant

During a recent downpour, I heard an animal in distress. Thinking it was my cat, I investigated the pitiful cries emanating from the flooded Mason Run.
Upper Arlington

'Lack of listening' still an issue among City Council members

Mounting dissatisfaction with City Council stems from the council's lack of listening. Maybe it doesn't want to hear.
Grove City

Local first responders made great 'buddies'

The Grove City Buddy Ball League provides individuals with unique needs the opportunity to play baseball, with the assistance of a "buddy."
Upper Arlington

No evidence of City Council malfeasance or misfeasance

I would encourage Upper Arlington residents who need further information to make an informed decision on the council recall to visit believeinua.org and click on "Issues."
Upper Arlington

Points to ponder before making a decision on recall election

If you aren't sure which way to vote on the recall, consider these points:
Upper Arlington

Public money won't be used to build community center

Let's be clear: City Council has never even suggested using public monies to construct a community center.
Upper Arlington

Recall election affects more than fate of Northam Park

In his July 20 letter, Neal Mastruserio implies that the upcoming recall election is about Northam Park.
Upper Arlington

Recall is a chance to send a message about accountablity

I can't imagine there being any properties displaying "No Recall" signs south of Lane Avenue, where water and sewer lines are more than 100 years old.
Upper Arlington

Recall issue needs 'informed' voters, not 'manipulated' ones

Amid all the recall furor, I thought it would be useful to review what we voted on a few years ago. Issue 23 was as follows:
Upper Arlington

Recent actions showed what's wrong with city government

The special City Council session to set the date for the recall election was a perfect example of everything that's been wrong with Upper Arlington's governance for the past two years.
Upper Arlington

Residents have a right to ask questions of city leaders

A conversation with an angry lifelong Upper Arlington resident went along these lines:
Upper Arlington

Voting to recall City Council members is 'irresponsible'

The rationale behind the Upper Arlington recall initiative continues to amaze.
Upper Arlington

Both sides need to consider what happens after election

Regardless of whether the recall succeeds or fails, we are all neighbors, and after the recall election, we will need to act like neighbors and recognize that we all share a common goal -- a healthy, thriving UA.
Upper Arlington

City Council did inform residents about Issue 23

How can you have deception without deceit?
Upper Arlington

City Council needs to be transparent and responsive

There has been much public discussion about the best way to improve our premier community of Upper Arlington.
Upper Arlington

Council acted appropriately; recall is expensive, unneeded

We will have a recall election coming soon that will cost Upper Arlington an unnecessary expense and could do serious damage to our community if approved for any City Council member.
Upper Arlington

Council has shown it has more money than sense

In recent letters to the editor, the opponents of the Northam Park plans have been called "settlers" who are backward-thinking, who supposedly think ...
Upper Arlington

Council recall campaign has included many misconceptions

There are misconceptions about the Upper Arlington City Council recall campaign.
Worthington

Decision on pay raise doesn't pass 'smell test'

When I was a kid, I used to dream of a scenario where my teachers would let me determine my own grade.
Upper Arlington

Issue 23 funds were supposed to fix city 'needs,' not 'wants'

City Council sold Issue 23 as a need to fix infrastructure -- roads, water and sewer lines, curbs and gutters.
Upper Arlington

Recall effort is 'divisive and destructive' for Upper Arlington

Sadly, some of my fellow Upper Arlington residents have seen fit to escalate disagreements regarding improvements to our community to the radical step of initiating a recall of a majority of our City Council members.
Grandview

Removing extracurricular fees creates 'level field for learning'

I would like to compliment the Grandview Heights school board on its recent decision to offer all extracurricular activities without charge for students of the district.
Bexley

Success of club's tour depends on community

The Bexley Women's Club has many people to thank for the success of the recent House & Garden Tour ...
Upper Arlington

City's actions regarding Northam Park led to recall

There has been a lot of finger-pointing over the upcoming UA City Council recall.
Upper Arlington

City's challenge still is to reconcile wants, needs, income

Soon we vote to determine whether several elected city officials should be removed from office.
Upper Arlington

Johnson has been a helpful, efficient member of council

Last spring, I met Upper Arlington mayor and City Council member Debbie Johnson at a Windermere Elementary ukulele orchestra concert.
Gahanna

Lions Club helped honor memory of July 4 grand marshal

There are times when you realize just how wonderful your community is. My father, Carl Lang, recently passed away, just months before he was supposed to serve as the grand marshal of Gahanna's Fourth of July parade.
Clintonville

Long-planned medians will benefit Clintonville

I would like to provide some context regarding statements and impressions made in the recent letter to the editor by Virginia H. Songstad.
Upper Arlington

City's dispatching choice needs to focus on lives, not money

Over a year ago, our city administration entered negotiations with the intent of outsourcing our highly responsive emergency dispatching to Columbus, which has been shown through public records to be fraught with operational problems, chronically understaffed and ...
Upper Arlington

Election outcome will be vital to community's future

We would like to thank the thousands of people who turned out for the Upper Arlington parade and the other activities over the Fourth of July weekend. As we walked the parade route, it was reassuring to be reminded why we volunteered to run for and serve on City Council.
Upper Arlington

Making changes doesn't always bring improvements

Mr. Hoyle asserts in his July 7 letter that those advocating recall are "opposed to development, opposed to improvements, opposed to progress and opposed to change of any kind."
Upper Arlington

'Petulance, not patriotism' is a hallmark of recall effort

Upper Arlington is facing a crossroads in our nearly 100-year history. A faction within our community has chosen to file recall petitions against the majority of our City Council.
Upper Arlington

Recall reflects will of the people, not a small faction

The four council members subject to recall are claiming that the more than 3,100 petition signers (more than 15 percent of the number of voters in the last election) are a "faction" that has "opposed every city, school or library levy."
Upper Arlington

Are recall supporters really a 'vocal minority' of residents?

Is it really a "vocal minority" in UA?
Upper Arlington

City Council recall effort is unfortunate necessity

It was with a heavy heart that I read that recall petitions had been filed with the board of elections.
Delaware

Pets should not be impulse purchases

For the past few months, a pet store in Lewis Center has had people standing on corners with huge signs that say "Puppies!"
Upper Arlington

Questions on survey about 911 system seemed biased

This evening I participated in a city-sponsored telephone survey that purportedly accurately sampled resident opinion related to the 911 issue.
Upper Arlington

Recall threatens city traditions, excellence, forward thinking

We are approaching one of my favorite times in Upper Arlington, July 4.
Upper Arlington

City Council members should not be up for recall

I am saddened and dismayed to see that our community's chronic detractors persisted in the pursuit of recall action against four members of City Council.
Violet Township

Township shouldn't allow refuse-hauling monopoly

I'm very concerned about the Violet Township's actions to take away our choice in garbage service.