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Home Opinions/Columns Letters 9/07/09
9/07/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 03 September 2009 14:14

Priorities revealed
To the editor: Rep. Matt Szollosi’s actions in the last-minute legislative slight of hand that incorporated an expediting of the ERAC ruling on the proposed FDS Coke plant smacks of the same bad politics and policies that put the Oregon Schools destroying House Bill 66 in our laps.

Getting that rider slipped into the budget at the last second and somehow forgetting to slip in a rider that got the promised “make whole” clause for the Oregon schools shows me what is more important to Mr. Szollosi.

One would think as an Oregon resident Mr. Szollosi, given his level of power in Columbus, could have traded his influence for a special rider to help our schools.

Instead, cashing all those contribution checks proved more influential than beating the drum for the ONLY viable solution our schools face. Columbus caused this mess and only a solution from the state can solve it. Having someone of Mr. Szollosi’s stature at the Statehouse could and should be able to get this done.

I hope all of you who read this will first tell all your neighbors and friends and then call or write or email Mr. Szollosi to let him know the less than $100,000 the coke plant might bring the schools if built is a drop in the bucket compared to the millions the state took away with HB66. Perhaps all of us letting him know will remind him what his highest priority should be in Columbus.
Marty Bihn
Oregon


Support appreciated
To the editor: We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to the residents of Northwood, especially those along Curtice Road and Wise Street, for their support in opposition to the proposed rezoning submitted by the developer, George Oravecz.

Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner and the planning commission are to be commended for their backing of the residents’ request to defeat a zoning change.

Any new development in the area would put the homeowners in this area at a far greater risk of flooding than that which has occurred in the past. Finally, it is hoped that any development in this area be delayed until such time that the drainage ditches and culverts to Lake Erie are updated.
Bob and Darlene Folk

 

A joke
To the editor: The letter from Lois Murray regarding the Jerusalem Township Trustees is a joke.

I have attended several meetings and Joe Gray and Rod Graffis constantly badger and harass Julie Van Nest, the fiscal officer.

She is trying to do her job and the two “Gs” attack her. Contact Julie or trustee Joe Kiss to make arrangements to hear it for yourself. The harassment is right there on the tapes.

The taxpayers had to pay for an assistant for Don Murray, the former fiscal officer. She’s still here as a trustee’s assistant, paid $18 an hour and she won’t do anything for Mr. Kiss. (Why can’t Gray and Graffis do their own work and save taxpayers dollars?)

Our former fiscal officer is the one who started paying Graffis for his insurance.  Van Nest has all of her receipts. Her unnamed assistant is only recording minutes of the meeting and is not receiving any pay, therefore she does not require bonding.

About the Nissen group: Mrs. Nissen ran the food pantry and started the Jerusalem Journal and never received one penny.

Don Murray got paid for every thing he did for this township – check the minutes. I would also like to know why taxpayers’ dollars paid for Don Murray to attend a fiscal officers’ seminar two days before his term was up.
 
Brenda Tank
Curtice


Not a secret
To the editor: I confess –I am the so-called “unnamed volunteer assistant” to Jerusalem Township fiscal officer Julie Van Nest. Apparently, Mrs. Murray didn’t read the last issue of the Jerusalem Journal or she would have seen that Julie thanked me for volunteering my assistance (although, my name was spelled incorrectly).

If you come to a trustee meeting, I will be the one in the front row taking notes and videotaping the meeting. I now videotape the meetings due to the fact that Mr. Gray will not use Julie’s disk in the recorder because Mr. Graffis can’t listen to the formatted copies in his truck. It is also kind of comical to rewind and watch Mr. Gray over and over, get so upset with residents, that he jumps out of his seat, yells at them to “shut up,” and then calls 911 to have them removed by the sheriff.

Neither Julie nor I have ever tried to keep it a secret that I am taking the notes for her minutes. Mr. Gray asked two months ago who was taking notes for Julie and I told him it was me. I transcribe the meetings on paper and Julie puts whatever she feels is necessary in the minutes.

Mr. Graffis questioned whether or not I am bonded. I am not. If a person needs to be bonded to come to a public meeting, take notes and/or videotape, then there are quite a few other people in the audience that will also qualify.

Speaking of videotape, Mr. Graffis has gone on record saying that he wants a copy of the video. Well, for the record Mr. Graffis, if you pay me for the price of a videotape, I will be happy to make you a copy. If I want a copy of something from the township, I have to pay for it. Mrs. Van Nest does not supply me with blank videotape, therefore, it does not belong to the township.

I do not receive any compensation from the taxpayers of the township for the help I give Julie, unlike the former fiscal officer’s assistant who was paid over $18 an hour and who is currently assisting a couple of the trustees for the same pay.
Tracy Hansen
Curtice


Remember
To the editor: I received the following by e-mail and I felt it my part to pass it on and pray you in some way will feel compelled to do the same:

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism.

Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

So here’s what we need to do:

On Friday Sept. 11, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office and store in the United States. Every individual should make it his or her duty to display an American flag on the eighth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don’t, then at least make it a priority on this day. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.
Yvonne Darling
Elmore

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