A true community spirit prevails throughout Hilliard

Community spirit and volunteerism continues to thrive in Hilliard year round.
Upper Arlington

Answers needed about city employee benefits

In the recently published 2013 Financial Report for the city of Upper Arlington, two expense categories -- public safety and general government -- comprise close to 75 percent of total government expenditures.

Community's support has helped St. James give back

For each of the past 31 years, St. James Lutheran Church has hosted its annual Brats and Crafts Festival during the first full weekend of August.
Dublin, Hilliard

Hilliard's Sept. 11 memorial ceremony was moving

The 9/11 memorial in Hilliard was a solemn and beautiful ceremony.
Upper Arlington

Issue 23 is an investment in city's future

As a UA resident, you have a choice to make, voting for or against Issue 23. As a fellow UA resident, I urge you to take the time to find the facts on Issue 23 for yourself.
Upper Arlington

Issue 23 small price for continued quality of life

My wife and I were both raised in Upper Arlington; we both grew up with all the benefits our city offers. So when it came time to start our family, there was really no choice at all -- we were going to make UA our home.

Alternatives exist to one-party politics

Are you tired of a one-party system in Delaware County politics? I am. Please remember that there is an alternative.
Upper Arlington

Residents must pay for services, infrastructure

It was only a matter of time. Ohio legislators significantly reduced funding to local communities, most notably by ...
Upper Arlington

State choices led to UA's need to seek tax increase

I take issue with William Gable's Sept. 11 comments regarding Issue 23, which would increase the Upper Arlington city income tax rate from 2 to 2.5 percent.
Upper Arlington

Statistic comparison not favorable to UA schools

I would like to call attention to some unsettling recent statistics regarding the ranking of our Upper Arlington High School among other Ohio high schools by the highly regarded U. S. News and World Report.

Teacher contracts should be fair to taxpayers, too

In a Jan. 19, 2014 article ("Local grads less ready for college") The Columbus Dispatch reported, "Even suburban districts with top ratings on state report cards graduated hundreds of students who were assigned to remedial classes. Almost half of Reynoldsburg High School graduates who went to Ohio public colleges needed remediation."

Teachers, district should resume contract talks

I urge the superintendent of our schools and our board of education members to sit down soon and to sit down often with the negotiating team that represents the Reynoldsburg teachers until a contract that is acceptable to all is signed.
Upper Arlington

UA sends strong message about attracting business

As a member of the Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corp. (CIC), it was great to see this week's paper highlight the city's recent agreement with the up-and-coming insurance firm, Overmyer Hall.
Grove City

Also seeing 'lure of fast money' at work in city

I appreciated Nicholas Russell's "Where are the beets?" (letter to the editor, ThisWeek Grove City Record, Sept. 4, 2014) about the farmers market. ... I stopped visiting the area when it became evident that many of the produce displays appeared to be lots purchased from wholesale purveyors or were being shipped in from counties with more desirable weather, etc.

City's parks tax has provided much; support renewal to provide more

I believe the crown jewel of our beautiful city is the Westerville Community Center located on Cleveland Avenue. This facility is the envy of many other cities and towns as it serves central Ohio with services second to none.
Orange Township

Community center campaign of '$4.09' obscures true cost

A recent news article in ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News quoted Mark Robertson, a former trustee and member of Friends of Orange Township, saying the bond issue to build the community center would only cost $4.09 per month.
Upper Arlington

Fiber optics provide more than 'bells and whistles'

I write in response to George Momirov's letter from Aug. 28.

Freshman orientation has many benefits for students

I would like to share my thoughts on freshman orientation.

Olympic may be gone, but its influence will last decades

I would like to add my tears and sadness to the many lifeguards, staff, families and neighbors young and old, who, in celebration and reverence, said final goodbyes to summer with one last lap, splash, dip or dive off the 16-foot platform at the Olympic Swim Club.
Upper Arlington

Other means needed to cover budget shortage

It seems that Upper Arlington officials are lobbying furiously for an increase in income tax rates.
Upper Arlington

'Outside interference' unwelcome in election

I am angered by Americans for Prosperity inserting themselves into our local tax issue.

Raises for council members not the best use of city taxes

Recently, some members of Whitehall City Council were surprised to learn that they had agreed to put forward legislation to increase their pay and the pay of other city administrators, effective 2016 and 2018.