In response to Cal Taylor's letter to the editor in the Aug. 23 edition of ThisWeek, I must respond to his erroneous allegations regarding the American Legion Post 239. The items listed were mistruths and should be clarified.


Baseless attacks on Post 239 require response

To the editor:

In response to Cal Taylor's letter to the editor in the Aug. 23 edition of ThisWeek, I must respond to his erroneous allegations regarding the American Legion Post 239. The items listed were mistruths and should be clarified.

1. A "settlement agreement" was delivered to the administrative committee of the Sharon Memorial Hall board Aug. 22. During the November Legion meeting in 2011, the membership authorized an initial payment for an escrow account for the replacement/reconstruction of the parking lot. At no time did the Legion assert any other ownership of the parking lot than the Sharon Memorial Hall. During the May 1 Sharon Memorial Hall board meeting, I informed the board that an agreement was forthcoming in June or July. A brief hospitalization caused a postponement of that delivery. The process of writing and approval for this agreement was time-consuming and an involved process and required Legion membership approval.

2. As Cal Taylor reported, a member of Post 239 and he were involved in an altercation last summer. As post commander, I asked for a 60-day moratorium on any further actions to provide a cooling-off period, as emotions on both sides were running too high.

3. Legion members have always served on the Sharon Memorial Hall board. Both Cal Taylor and Larry France were members of the Legion at the time of their appointment. Many others have served and are now serving as board members and members of the American Legion.

4. Cal Taylor's assertion that the veterans of this post are unlawful and have employed underhanded tactics is nothing more than malicious pandering. The Sharon Memorial Hall board should be respectful of all veterans regardless of disagreements.

5. As to damages done to the parking lot by a waste-disposal truck and a delivery truck, they were repaired when reported to me, and notification was given to the Sharon Memorial Hall board. Corrective measures regarding deliveries were implemented.

6. It should be noted that Cal Taylor has never called me directly to inquire about programs, payments or procedures regarding the Legion. American Legion Post 239 financial records are available to anyone who requests them. Payments have been made for snow removal and maintenance costs, and the proposed "settlement agreement" has been delivered.

David M. Kelly
Commander, American Legion Post 239

Memorial Hall board president is a bully

To the editor:

As a graduate of Worthington schools, it was blazoned upon my mind to be auto-nomous and a lifelong learner, and on the playground I learned that you stand up for your friends and family. And no one talks trash about my mother.

Over the past few months, I've watched my parents be bullied, harassed and (attempted to be) intimidated by the president of the Sharon Memorial Hall board.

Now I feel it's necessary to stand up and call a bully a bully.
Contrary to statements made, my father served his country honorably in the military, his community through his years of support of community activities and his family by raising his children and supporting his wife.

My mother grew up in a military household as the daughter of a highly decorated Army officer and veteran, served her community as a school teacher, her family by raising her own children and foster children and as an example of strength as a six-year cancer survivor.
There is nothing in either background to warrant the baseless and aggressive statements that were spewed forth in a recent letter to the editor.

If the Sharon Memorial Hall board president continues to engage in mistruths, personal attacks and attempted bullying of my parents, he does so at the risk of further alienating himself from the community and continuing to show that he is unfit for service to the community in any role of leadership.

A leader is not one who uses fear and intimidation (i.e Biff Tannen, Nelson Munce, Captain Thaddeus Harris, Bill Lumbergh, Draco Malfoy and other movie characters) but rather one who leads through example, a clear head and thoughtful words.

He would do well to remember that everyone deserves respect, especially when talking about someone's mother.

Megan D. Kelly
Daughter of Pam and David Kelly

Colonial Hills PTA welcomes Partlow

To the editor:

On behalf of the Colonial Hills Elementary School PTA, I would like to welcome our new principal, Dr. Madeline Partlow, to our family. She has really stepped in and impressed us with all of her preparations for the new school year. She is a perfect fit for our dedicated staff at the school.

On another note, I would like to thank our PTA crew for our amazing, 'Back to School Bash' and ice cream social. Rachael and Paul Estepp really did a fantastic job of preparing for the social. I would also like to thank the following people for putting in volunteer hours for our school: Jodi Nichols, the Estepp kids, Cindy Molnar, Pam Britton, Julie Werbovetz, David Nadolny, Jessi Lagergren, Rosa Huff, Dan Button (Boy Scouts), Lena Winkler (Girl Scouts), Patrick Terrien (Y Tribes), Generation Green, Courtney Jolley (Spirit Wear), Jennifer Button, Jeff and Denise Barnes, Colby Srsic and all the other parents who offered their help.
We appreciate them.

Meredith Bruns
PTA President Colonial Hills Elementary School

New Albany

New Albany taxes taking big bites from earnings

To the editor:

Our local income and property taxes continue to take an increasing share of our wallets.

I have spent 29 years as a tax practitioner, including working as a tax partner with a "Big Four" accounting firm and currently as the head of tax for a large public company. The figures in this letter were obtained from the Franklin County Auditor's Office and New Albany websites, as well as old tax bills.

For many years, the rate of property taxes in Ohio as a function of market value was in the range of 1.8 to 2 percent. However, an individual who currently works and lives in New Albany pays approximately 2.92 percent of the market value of his or her home in property taxes in addition to another 2 percent of his or her salary in New Albany income taxes. Back in 2002, this same individual would have paid approximately 2.1 percent of the market value of his or her home in property taxes in addition to 1 percent of his or her salary in New Albany income taxes.

New Albany taxes are not the only ones that have increased over time, but they are higher relative to other communities in central Ohio. For example, an individual who currently works and lives in Dublin pays approximately 2.57 percent of the market value of his or her home in property tax and 2 percent of his or her salary in Dublin income taxes.

These points perhaps are best illustrated with an example: Assume an individual has a salary of $100,000 and lives in a $250,000 house. If this individual works and lives in New Albany, the person pays approximately $9,300 in property taxes and local income taxes. However, if the individual works and lives in Dublin, the taxes owed would be approximately $8,425.

Back in 2002, the New Albany worker and resident would have paid approximately $6,250 on the same level of income and home value. The New Albany person in this example would have a tax increase of more than $3,000 in 2011 as compared to 2002, enough money perhaps to fund a new car payment. Now that is a big bite.

Everett Gallagher
New Albany

Upper Arlington

Boys exhibited true neighborhood spirit

To the editor:

The storm of June 29 affected most everyone in UA, whether by damage to landscape and property or by the loss of power, food and comfort.

We experienced all of the above, but we also experienced something very positive and heartwarming. Before we returned from dinner on the 29th, four neighbor boys were hard at work in our yard, clearing major debris from my gardens. Headlamps allowed them to work in darkness. They returned Saturday morning, along with several others, seven in all ranging from second to eighth grade.

Several of them have assisted me with garden care in my absence and most young neighbors know how much I love my gardens. Their selflessness, thoughtfulness and neighborhood spirit touched me beyond words.

All their help was unsolicited.

I am privileged and proud to live in Westwood Acres. These seven boys are a testament to the caliber of fine families that live here.

Permit me to introduce my young friends: Casey and Trevor Williams, Ben and Jack Tjaden, Ben Walkerly, Billy Hosket and Jack Feller.

Mimi Loveland
Upper Arlington