Upper Arlington

Shred Day benefits both the environment and community

We would like to thank everyone who helped make the fourth annual Golden Bear Shred Day/Food & Clothing Drive at Upper Arlington High School on Saturday, April 16, a great success.
Worthington

City's oldest living tree doesn't receive the notice it deserves

Friday, April 29, is Arbor Day, the day on which we recognize the importance of trees.
Upper Arlington

Council needs to listen to residents about Northam Park

The city posted to its website the transcript of the comments provided at the April 7 public meeting for Northam Park Phase II.
Powell

Wayward range balls are costly, dangerous

We live in the Villas at Woodcutter condominium community directly across from the Kinsale Golf driving range. We shudder to think about this new golf season.
Upper Arlington

Flags should have been lowered as a sign of respect

On Wednesday, April 13, the Columbus mayor asked everyone to honor Columbus Police Department Officer Steven Smith, who was killed in action, by lowering American flags to half-staff.
Upper Arlington

Kids can do their part to help protect trees in Northam Park

For the children who climb the trees at the playground in Northam Park, I know how much you like to play in those trees.
Orange Township

Township messed up in spurning Amazon facility

I find it appalling that Orange turned down a good revenue stream and allowed Amazon to take their distribution facilities to New Albany.
Worthington

Story misses that residents don't want sidewalks

News reports about interviews with politicians are best understood by considering what is not said or written.
Clintonville

Those who display religious symbols divide neighborhood

I have watched with wonder the plethora of religious symbols and signs posted in Clintonville. I have lived here a long time and never experienced this need of neighbors to display one's religious beliefs.
Upper Arlington

'Dramatic modifications' still unwanted in Northam Park

Having wasted untold thousands of dollars in consulting fees to develop the August 2015 Northam master plan that was so soundly rejected by the community, the city has now spent tens of thousands more for consultants to manage the community outreach and a new plan for the park.
Westerville

Homestead exemption for taxes is not dead

An Ohio constitutional amendment in 1970 created lower property taxes for qualifying senior citizens.
Worthington

Suggestions from study should make for an interesting read

The story "City poised to opt in for route review," in the March 31 edition of ThisWeek Worthington News, which concerned the state Route 161 study, had me wondering if Ohio Department of Transportation District 6 Administrator Tom Slack had already completed the study.
Upper Arlington

Big buildings not as welcome as shops, eateries

There is no question that walking to restaurants and shops has become more desirable among homeowners.
Hilliard

Respectful debate on feminism is necessary

As a young female in today's society, the ever-continuing controversy over feminism is something that I have encountered countless times as I have grown up. In the past few months, this has become a hot topic at my school, Davidson High School, sparked by articles published in the school's student-led magazine, The Wildcat.
Upper Arlington

Priority should be on street repairs, not park improvements

Based on the location and amount of traffic, my street is ranked as a collector street. According to the UA engineering coordinator, portions of it (my block, I am sure) are among the worst rated in the city.
Upper Arlington

Let UA voters decide if they want a community center

Recent letters promoting the need for an Upper Arlington community center deserve a brief history lesson.
Upper Arlington

Hiring communications expert is not good use of city money

With all of the talent on the Upper Arlington city staff, do we really need to spend $105,000 on a communications expert to help the city communicate with UA residents?
Gahanna

Gahanna has normal people who love Lincoln teams, doughnuts

I'm responding to ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise's March 17 story, "Planners: Community input won't top 'sexy list' but is key."
Olentangy/Powell

Many share credit for district's success in classroom, at polls

I would like to thank the Olentangy community for supporting our school district's ballot issue.
Olentangy/Powell

Planned South Old State sound wall a graffiti-covered mistake

I am responding to the article, "Homeowners near Old State Road are up against a wall" (ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News, March 10), relating to the widening of Old State Road and the construction of a new multiuse path and sidewalks from just south of Polaris Parkway to just north of Orange Road.
Olentangy/Powell

Voters: Keep economy in mind when approaching ballot box

As a former Ohioan based in Lewis Center who's currently a student at a university in Montreal, I have been closely following the U.S. presidential election. As a current student in a class called "Political Economy of Trade Policy," I am very interested in the proposed economic policies of the numerous candidates.
Upper Arlington

Keep Mike Schadek's values on Upper Arlington City Council

Many of the 7,653 residents who voted to re-elect Mike Schadek last November were surprised and saddened to read of his resignation as a City Council member.
Upper Arlington

Math for Arlington Gateway seems too good to be true

The economic impact study submitted for the proposed Arlington Gateway project, a seven-story building on Lane Avenue, claims that the project would generate $4.87 million in annual income taxes for the city.
Upper Arlington

UA has much to offer, except for a needed community center

Barbara and Steven Lichtblau's letter in the March 10 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News hit the nail on the head.

Whitehall's development plans ignore neighborhoods

To the Editor:

CAC needs new voices to help shape future of community

To the Editor:
Worthington

Funds would be better spent on bridge option

Up to $80,000 has already been allocated to study a proposed extension of the Olentangy Greenway Trail.
Orange Township

It's time for growing Orange Township to become a city

It has been exciting to watch our community in Orange Township grow: the building of the library, expansion of the pool, new schools and a growing sense of community.
Upper Arlington

Northam Park playground doesn't need renovations

An ode to a playground ...
Upper Arlington

UA Stage produced another 'rousing success' for seniors

The Upper Arlington Civic Association and its community partners once again brought UA Stage to 400 Upper Arlington senior citizens on Feb. 24. The event, now in its fourth year, was a rousing success.
Upper Arlington

City plans need more analysis before they are implemented

This letter is a tale of two entrances. The first is the new entrance to the Tremont library lot and the second is the mysterious $1 million entrance to Northam Park.
Westerville

Huber Village Park becoming a messy place to walk or play

I am fortunate enough to live next to the beautiful Huber Village Park. It is a delight to the neighborhood children and my grandchildren.
Upper Arlington

Infrastructure work ignored in favor of 'frivolous' amenities

As a resident of Upper Arlington for over 60 years and, as a result of Issue 23, one of the privileged income tax-payers, I am keenly interested in our civic process for allocating those funds to improve the city's undeniably crumbling infrastructure.
Worthington

Northern Gateway residents group eyes corridor concerns

An article that appeared in The Columbus Dispatch Aug. 13, 2015, "43085 Tops Most for Hottest Home Sales," confirmed what we already know: that Worthington is an outstanding community and a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Upper Arlington

Upper Arlington does need to build a community center

We are writing in response to the letter submitted by Jim Cross which appeared in ThisWeek Upper Arlington News on Feb. 25.
New Albany

School board needs to revamp meetings

I applaud Phil Derrow for his position on the "clarifying" language offered by the New Albany-Plain Local school board regarding the board's regular meetings.
Clintonville

Brave the Future put area's pride in Whetstone on display

I want to extend a thank you to the community and ThisWeek Booster for embracing our recent Brave the Future open house at Whetstone High School.
Delaware

Bed tax would ensure traditions continue at county fairgrounds

On March 15, voters of Delaware County will decide on a hotel bed tax of 3 percent over a period of five years that will benefit the fairgrounds.
Delaware

Delaware schools' responsible levy won't increase your taxes

The League of Women Voters of Delaware County urges the voters of the Delaware City School District to vote "yes" on March 15 on the district's operating levy.
Delaware

Fuller, a true public servant, stands above political artifice

In what's unfolding as one of the most bizarre primary elections ever to happen in this nation, voters are seeing the reality of politics. It seems people who profess not to be politicians, yet viciously seek elected office, often aren't motivated by the desire to be public servants.
Delaware

Fuller's experience, demeanor well-suited for new judgeship

The state of Ohio has established a domestic relations court in Delaware County to handle family law matters. There is a contested primary to choose the Republican candidate to head that court. Randall Fuller is the candidate endorsed by the Republican Party for that post.
Delaware

Hotel-tax hike wrong way to fund fairgrounds fix-ups

The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association opposes a 3 percent lodging tax on Delaware County's March ballot.
Delaware

New domestic relations court deserves judge with local roots

There are two candidates running to serve as judge with the Delaware County Domestic Relations Court in the March 15 primary election. The candidate worthy of voter support is Randall Fuller.
Westerville

Fire division has done its best, needs levy

On March 15, I encourage Westerville and Blendon Township voters to vote yes for the $2.8 million levy to maintain the fire and emergency medical services provided by the Westerville Division of Fire.
Grove City

Grove City leaders should take a stand on puppy mills

At the first public hearing on the "puppy-mill bill," our mayor made the statement that this is a problem that needs to be addressed at the state and national level. Now I read that one of our councilmen is agreeing with that statement.
Upper Arlington

Leadership UA forum will not be focused on local issues

In response to the story "Leadership UA aims to bring civility to the forefront" in the Feb. 25 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News, we'd like to address the way the event was characterized because we feel that it is misrepresented.
Worthington

Public meetings should be part of building trust

Our city council is making a habit of going into executive session at its regular public meetings. When in an executive session, the council is literally behind closed doors, no minutes are kept and its proceedings are forever inaccessible to the public.
Westerville

State cuts have left mark on fire service, levy key

On March 15, voters in Westerville and Blendon Township will be asked to approve a levy, which is the primary funding mechanism for the Westerville Division of Fire.
Westerville

We need to answer call from fire personnel

There is nothing more fundamental or basic to the needs of a thriving community than public safety.
Olentangy Local schools

'Yes' vote on Olentangy levy crucial to keep district strong

I am writing in support of Olentangy Local Schools' combined levies and bond issue on the March 15 ballot.
Olentangy Local schools

'Yes' vote for Olentangy ballot issue benefits all area residents

How fortunate we are to have one of the top school systems in the state of Ohio.
Olentangy Local schools

Olentangy prepared my boys well for challenges of college

My family will be voting "yes" on the Olentangy school issue.
Olentangy Local Schools

Olentangy levy's passage a must to maintain excellence

Olentangy Local Schools is asking the Olentangy community for continued support of our acknowledged excellence in academics, extracurricular opportunities and fiscal management.
Olentangy Local schools

Olentangy doesn't need money it's asking from taxpayers

There a few things to consider when deciding whether to support the Olentangy levy.
Delaware

Bed tax would ensure traditions continue at county fairgrounds

On March 15, voters of Delaware County will decide on a hotel bed tax of 3 percent over a period of five years that will benefit the fairgrounds.
Olentangy Local schools

Levy will help write next chapter of Olentangy's success story

The Olentangy Local School District has a great story to tell.
Olentangy Local schools

Look inside schools reveals need for ballot issue's passage

I am writing this letter in support of the March 15 Olentangy ballot issue.
Hilliard

Issue 9's prohibitions are not a solution to Hilliard's problems

I dislike politics more than the drama that litters social media. As a resident of Hilliard in an area that would be directly impacted by the proposed Tarlton Meadows development, I am trying to make an informed decision regarding Issue 9 on March 15.
Hilliard

Issue 9's multiple points would be better considered discretely

After attending the meeting at the Hilliard library on Feb. 17, I, like other citizens, was disappointed that our city leaders couldn't work out this matter. The disappointment includes leaders on both sides of the issue.
Hilliard

'Consequences' of Issue 9 must be explained with facts

I have been following Issue 9 very closely, especially since it is the first time in my 16 years in Hilliard that I have witnessed a pulse from the community related to local politics. I am not a member of the "committee," nor did I sign the petition, but it is difficult to ignore when 1,000 of your neighbors rise to the occasion.