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Home Opinions/Columns Letters Week of 7/8/13
Week of 7/8/13
Written by Press Readers   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:30

A brighter day
To the editor: The City of Northwood has left a bitter taste in the mouth of residents in surrounding communities for quite some time.

Furthermore, the manner in which the city collected thousands of dollars from both locals and outsiders under the pretense that it was about “safety” screamed, “have you no shame?” From the speed trap by I-280, the mobile van that was parked in ever-so-convenient spots (most of which took advantage of already struggling college students), to the red light and speed cameras placed at intersections.

Consequently, even mentioning the city of Northwood, in most respects, drew the response, “avoid it like the plague.”

Personally, I have taken pride in doing everything in my power to “hate” on the city of Northwood. During this period of “making the streets of Northwood safer” (aka lightweight robbery) I can honestly say, I would drive 30 minutes across town to visit the same business that was 10 minutes away in Northwood. This decision was out of sheer principle. Clearly, I was spending more time, gas, and money to go across town. Even the thought of going through Northwood became non-existent the moment the city decided to use its streets as a method to create revenue.

Enough with the negative, though. I am very happy and excited to see that the city made the right decision. The people have spoken over the past few years and it seems as if one by one, these money-making disgraces to the city have fallen. As it pertains to safety, it would be foolish to claim that the implementation of these devices would not be of any help at all, however, is the juice worth the squeeze?

The city of Northwood could have the safest streets in America, but at what cost? Moreover, if the city wants to continue practices that “maintain road safety,” then do so in a manner that is not deceptive and sneaky. The reputation of the city and businesses have suffered long enough.
Brandon Barber
Oregon


More lies
To the editor; In the June 17 issue of The Press, an article by Cynthia L. Jacoby entitled, “Sales tax becoming touchy issue in Ottawa County,” there was a serious distortion of facts.

The writer had extensively interviewed and quoted Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern. Redfern, for an article that was supposed to be about taxation and took advantage of the opportunity to again falsely accuse former County Commissioner Mark Stahl of wrongdoing. He repeated untruths that Stahl had used Ottawa County resources in his personal business.

Mark Stahl filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) against the Ohio Democratic Party, headed by Chris Redfern, for campaign literature the party mailed during the November 2012 election that falsely maligned him. The OEC found probable cause of a violation of state election laws (against the Ohio Democratic Party). Jacoby did not include that fact in her article. Had she interviewed others, such as an OEC representative, she could have written a more fair and balanced report and not just filed another blatantly false and malicious accusation by Chris Redfern.

The last statement in the article was, “Redfern said, “He (referring to Mark Stahl) knows he’s guilty.” Presumably, Redfern thinks he can make this statement because Stahl chose not to go forward with the hearing since that would have been at his personal expense, while Redfern would have been using Democratic Party funds.

Not only is Redfern’s statement not true, but as the last statement in the article, it leaves the reader with the impression that Mark Stahl has done something wrong. Although we have come to expect these tactics from the chairman of the Democratic Party, the article is not responsible journalism.
Dave Amerine
Ottawa County Conservatives Club

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