To the editor:

To the editor:

My husband is pro-chicken. He and my daughter helped start the group working for legal hens in Westerville.

I am not on board yet. I'm not anti-chicken so much as anti-animal I really don't want them around the house. Getting a dog for the kids was a very big adjustment.

If chickens came to our backyard, it would be after discussion, negotiations and compromise. I could express my concerns, and he can show me sound factual evidence. It's a disappointment to me that such a spirit of openness and cooperation is lacking in our community. I see people presented with a new, unfamiliar idea, and rather than reviewing it in a reasonable, factual way, they dismiss it.

I see the letters to the editor that claim these animals would bring smell, odor, insects and disease. They make it sound like the end of the world. But the world has not come to an end in the places where chickens are legal. Why?

My logical mind tells me that chickens are not the problem, people are. The anti-chicken crowd sees folks who are different, who may be outside the mainstream, who seek life a step or two away from the majority, and they react with fear, anger, ignorance and prejudice.

For me, this issue is much bigger than a few chickens. An idea or concept ought to be judged on fact and merit, not on secondhand knowledge and ill-informed opinion.

The lack of openness to anything new or different really disturbs me. I feel we are being targeted not because we want chickens, but because we want something different. It is sad to notice that hello's, waves and common courtesies have diminished just for the fact that we differ in opinion.

We've taught our kids this big world of ours has room for many different people and different ideas.

These ideals are backed up with school lessons that praise diversity of thought and action, and that stress the value of new ideas and originality.

It has been very educational for them to see that outside the classroom and the home, those ideals have very little value.

Jacqueline Passerrello

Westerville

To the editor:

This November, the citizens of the Westerville City School District will be asked to vote on a combined earned income tax and property tax levy to fund the operations of our schools.

There will be people on both sides of the issue. Living in a democratic society, we have the right to voice our feelings for or against this issue.

No one has the right to use the classroom as a soapbox, or our students as a conduit to reach the parents.

The board of education and our school administration need to remove our students from the heat of this debate. We need the administration and the board to require that all campaigning be kept out of the classroom. All employees of the district should be strongly cautioned to not display any pro-levy T-shirts, posters or signs in the classroom.

The board and the administration should work to find expense-cutting measures without threatening to harm parents and students with the proverbial cuts in busing, arts programs and extracurricular activities.

Open debate about the pros and cons of a levy is fine and great, but please keep it out of the classroom.

Mary Medors

Westerville

To the editor:

At this year's Westerville Area Chamber Golf Outing, held on Aug. 22, chamber members and non-members began the day at Royal American Links Golf Club, where they could participate in numerous activities on the course followed by a dinner buffet and awards program.

Golfers had the chance to partake in games and skill contests such as mulligans, string it out, cornhole, golfing with the pro, closest to the pin (men and women), longest putt (men and women) and longest drive (men and women).

With just under 100 golfers, beautiful weather and prizes galore, this year's outing was hard not to love.

Congratulations: Winning team (Worthington Cylinders Corp): Ty Meeks, Bob Kotarba, Jim Stebning and Jason Waters; second place (CompManagement Health Systems): Brent Isler, Lance Watkins, David Kessler and Dick Isler; third place: Glenn Epting, Edward Jones Investment, Epting, Scott Hrabcak, REAL Living/The Commercial Partnership, Jim Davis, OhioHealth and Rick Rano, RE/MAX Affiliates.

The chamber would like to thank the sponsors of the event: OhioHealth; CompManagement Inc. A Sedgwick CMS Co.; CompManagement Health Systems; Heartland Bank; Roush Honda; Nationwide Children's Hospital; Renier Construction; Blue and Co.; Edgewood Manor; Columbus Radio Group; Rife's Autobody, Westerville; AAA Ohio Auto Club; Otterbein University; Crown Benefits; REAL Living/The Commercial Partnership; Tuffy Auto Service Center; MT Business Technologies; DASCO Home Medical Equipment; Buffalo Wild Wings; Feridean Commons Senior Housing; TRIAD Architects; Pusateri, Nichols and Co., CPA's; WANA Cruise; Worthington Cylinders Corp.; RE/MAX Affiliates Rano; Time Warner Cable Business Class; Anne Gonzales, 19th District state representative; Jamison and Associates CPA's Inc.

Also a special thanks to the prize and in-kind sponsors: Royal American Links Golf Club; Bel-Lago Waterfront Bistro; AAA Ohio Auto Club; Cheryl & Co.; Sam's Club; J. Gilberts; KeyBank; Tuffy Auto Service Center; Jet's Pizza; Mitchell's Steakhouse; Jason's Deli; COSTCO; Cantina Laredo; Polaris Acupuncture and Chiropractic Center; Chocolaterie Stam; WANA Crusie; Columbus Crew; Jimmy V's Grill & Pub; Cold Stone Creamery; REAL Living The Commercial Partnership; Progressive Medical Inc.; Giammarco's Pizza and Pasta; Yabo's Tacos; Little Turtle Golf Club; Cambria Suites.

The chamber would like to recognize the committee that made this outing possible: Dave Bianconi, committee chair, Progressive Medical Inc.; Gary Kovach, Heartland Bank; Wanda Wells, WANA Cruise; Christy Stocker, Nationwide Children's Hospital; and Erin Glaser, Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Erin Glaser

Westerville Area

Chamber of Commerce