To the editor: Once again, Northwood has chosen money and revenue over its own citizens, businesses and the citizens from other outlying areas.
I am not going to use the, “in today’s economy” method of reasoning because I feel even in a booming economy, the use of such traffic-control cameras is unjustified.
As a 27-year-old college student being in quite a large social group, I can honestly say Northwood and its methods of draining the outlying areas as well as their own citizens of hard-earned money with “cheap tactics” under the false pretenses that it’s about “public safety,” has come up several times in conversations over the past few years.
These conversations have ultimately led to a strong consensus about what a joke these cameras are and the negative viewpoint many have toward the city of Northwood. However, this should not be a joke at all because it is not only hurting the city’s economy, but more importantly, the businesses that have made the decision to call Northwood home.
I and many of my friends refuse to shop at Northwood businesses. To be frank, avoid the city at all costs. Word of mouth can have a strong impact in many situations pertaining to cities, businesses and just about anything that can be talked about.
If I know multiple people have said amazing things about a contractor, I am much more likely to choose him for the job. With that said, the only thing that comes to mind when the city of Northwood is mentioned is its negativity. As a result, I feel bad that I am making efforts to spend my money elsewhere, but I did not make this decision. The city of Northwood has made this decision for me.
I may only be one person, but I can surely tell you I let family and friends know how I feel about the city of Northwood. With this contract approved for the red light cameras to continue for another three years, it has solidified another three years of me avoiding the city of Northwood completely.
Brandon Joseph Barber
Support for seniors
To the editor: Thanks to all of our Ottawa County voters, our tax levy in 2007 for senior services passed by a very large majority. Because of your generosity, we were able to maintain our services to seniors as well as developing new ones.
We could not have done all of this, nor could we continue to provide these vital programs for our seniors without the support this levy provided. We are able to deliver meals to many of our seniors who are homebound and provide meals to our senior centers throughout the county, home care services, respite/adult day services, 60+ health clinics as well as to maintain our senior centers.
In this time of economic distress, we are very excited to announce that we will have a renewal tax levy (Issue 6) on the May ballot. I stress the word “renewal.” No new taxes.
These are not just words. We can continue all that we are doing for the next five years with no new taxes. The 0.3-mill tax levy will continue to provide much-needed support. All funds provided by this levy may be used only for senior service programs.
Our Ottawa County Senior Levy Committee will be working very hard to get the word out to all of our voters. Please vote for this levy on or before May 4.
In the near future, you will see yard signs throughout Ottawa County. Meanwhile, be proud that we all live in a county that supports its seniors. Feel free to visit our new Senior Resources Department in Oak Harbor (provided by the levy that passed in 2007).
Eric L. Martin, Chairman
Ottawa County Senior Advisory Board
To the editor: Here we go again. Here comes Genoa School superintendent Dennis Mock and his posse with new creative financing for the school district’s operations. There is a $1.4 million under-estimate for the high school. Will he give it back to the voters or pay down the debt we incurred? I doubt it.
How is this proposed earned income tax going to work? Ottawa County has the highest unemployment rate in the state. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Genoa Schools are in Ottawa County, therefore there are fewer jobs and less earned income tax.
I don’t see any sports that generate low participation being cut or anything else. What next? I doubt you will see a cutback on your property tax if the earned income tax doesn’t generate enough money. Just remember that when it comes up for vote.