To the editor:

To the editor:

The German Village Society board of trustees faces the challenges of a budget shortfall, staff exodus and resident discontent as a conflict between "good citizens" like themselves and others with "old beefs or hidden agendas," according to the board's July 7 "Neighbors 4 Neighbors" newsletter from board president Brigid Butler.

The board further proclaims in that letter that the challenges facing the society require the "very best sort of citizenship, the kind we have been practicing for the last 50 years." In other words, if you don't agree with the board, you are not practicing good citizenship.

My first suggestion to the board is that it apologize to all citizens who thought reasonable dissent was in fact part of the practice of good citizenship. My second suggestion to society members who desire a more open board is to join the Concerned Citizens and Businesses of German Village at grassrootsgv@gmail.com. This organization will serve as a voice for and a support group of German Village and the society.

As a self-proclaimed good citizen, I believe in the German Village Society. Unfortunately, it has been deteriorating in recent times.

I believe that with a little effort by the membership and a more transparent board of trustees, the society can quickly be brought back to health for at least another 50 years.

I encourage all society members to join the Concerned Citizens and Businesses of German Village. The only requirement for membership is that you are a member in good standing of the German Village Society.

I believe that anyone who chooses to express an opinion about the issues at hand should not do so without first joining or renewing his or her society membership.

All interested parties should stop by the society office at 588 S. Third St. or call 614-221-8888 to join or verify membership status.

I understand that one can also submit a membership application at www.germanvillage.com.

David Schooler

Member

German Village Society