Thirty-five years ago, I had had enough of Columbus' "so-so" city services. I had noticed that UA had three fire stations, the best trash service in the USA, superior snow removal, cops that came when called, etc., and thus passed up larger homes in Clintonville to locate in UA.

To the Editor:

Thirty-five years ago, I had had enough of Columbus' "so-so" city services. I had noticed that UA had three fire stations, the best trash service in the USA, superior snow removal, cops that came when called, etc., and thus passed up larger homes in Clintonville to locate in UA.

Through the years, I have witnessed the deterioration and dismantling of what was.

Management has seemed to transition from those dedicated to serving the community to a "culture of climbers" looking to add to their resume for the next job, listing what they accomplished by cutting something, adding a new revenue stream or proposing some grandiose idea. Council has seemed to become a "rubber stamp" and marched in step.

I applaud Mike Schadek for thinking independently. More such thought is desperately needed on council before more damage is done, whether it be dismantling the 911 dispatch staff, removing park forestation or whatever is to come.

The electorate has demonstrated that construction of an elaborate community center is not a priority. However, I believe that an opportunity was lost when the Lazarus building was not pursued as a basis for remodeling for a senior center and community center -- is that still possible?

Fred Slaybaugh

Upper Arlington