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How many chances?
To the editor: When will those who make our laws understand what is happening here in our country? Crime against our citizens who try to do the right thing is out of control.

If we pay attention to newspapers, we read the reports that display crimes and criminals and we see that almost all of these sick people who make our lives fearful have been in trouble with the law many, many times in the past. This is a situation that needs to be addressed now.

Why are they allowed to live in our midst? I personally would pay more taxes to insure they would never be allowed to return to our streets.

An old friend of mine once told me that crimes create jobs – jobs that pay big money to government officials such as police, jail-keepers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and prison workers. He said if we have criminals walking our streets committing crimes, that all of these jobs would be gone.

Wouldn’t that be great – to walk our streets without fear of being a victim? Our taxes would be greatly decreased. Why should we have to pay attorneys to try to get these people off the hook? Some of these cases cost us thousands of dollars in taxes.

How many chances should one be given before we put them in the trash bin?

Victims have rights – who pays for their recovery? No one.
Larry Erard

A positive for Woodmore
To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to support the upcoming proposed tax levy to be used for building a new Woodmore Elementary School.

As mayor of Elmore, we have finished several projects that could have only been done with extra funding from the state level. The Elmore Eastern road project was done as a partnership with Ottawa County and State Issue 2 funding and the Dischinger Road project was completed through a partnership with Harris Township and State Issue 2 monies. Other projects within the village have also been done with the help of state money.

These projects couldn’t have been done without our partnerships. To try to complete them without this help would have put an extreme tax hardship on our residents.

Woodmore is facing the same dilemma. The elementary school should be replaced. The estimated renovation cost for the current school is $12.04 million. There are no state monies available for renovation. Woodmore can build a new elementary school for $15.70 million. For $3 million more, a new elementary school can be built that will have improved safety, be more efficient, have better technology to help prepare our students for their future and help provide larger classrooms for our students.

Our school system has one last opportunity to receive state assistance to help us build our new school. Woodmore can receive $7.01 million from the state, which will offset nearly 32 percent of the $21.9 million needed to build it. This is comparable to the percentage of the funding we received from the state to help complete our road projects. As I mentioned earlier, without the state funding, we could not have finished our local projects without placing an added burden on our taxpayers. This rings true for the school system also.

As mayor, I also realize the important role our school system plays in bringing new residents to our village. The Eagleview subdivision is a fine example of families moving to Elmore to enjoy amenities of small-town life. Woodville residents can also see the growth in their community as families look to settle there. A great school system is also an invitation for industry and businesses to move into the community. This helps create jobs, which gives the village a larger tax base. It also gives the school system a larger tax base to help support the schools.

An area city is a perfect example of negative growth. As people move out of the city, the tax burden falls on fewer and fewer people. Eventually, services get cut because the city can no longer provide them.

I want families to move to our communities. It is a positive for everyone. A new elementary school and a first-rate school system is an invitation for families to settle here and an opportunity for our communities to thrive for generations to come.
Lowell Krumnow
Mayor of Elmore

Respect your neighbors
To the editor: According to recent news stories, newcomers to snowmobiling drove off a field in Jerusalem Township. Did these snowmobilers have permission to ride in the soybean field or on the pond owners’ property? Keeping up your property is expensive. Every year, we rake stones off our grass and redo our stone driveway because of ruts made by snowmobilers; not to mention replacing trees and shrubs that have been run over.

Why are snowmobilers allowed to destroy private property in Oregon? Isn’t it against the law? Shouldn’t they have to pay for damage done to the owner’s property?

If you don’t have a place to have your snowmobile to ride or have your own land to ride on, don’t own a snowmobile, ATV or dirt bike. Respect your neighbors as you would like to be respected.
Shirley Clyde

Refresher course needed
To the editor: I wasn’t surprised the Republicans would not have anything nice or productive to say about the State of the Union address.

Congressman Bob Latta’s office remarked on the speech and also had a press release about the Keystone pipeline project that crosses 1,700 miles over one of the largest drinking water sources. The reasons manufacturers don’t want to hear this is because there will be strict regulations on putting this line in. President Obama and the Democratic Party are for safe regulations and good healthy jobs.

Not once did Mr. Latta ever mention the safety and health of us here in the U.S. Apparently, Mr. Latta and his party just don’t like the word “regulations.” I have contacted Mr. Latta about fracking and as of today, he has not responded to my concerns. We should all be very concerned about this procedure.

It may already be causing earthquakes in Youngstown. The shale drilling industry and other drilling companies will inform their investors of a litany of possible disasters such as leaks, spills, explosions, bodily injury and even death, but regularly fail to mention these risk when persuading homeowners to sign leases for drilling rights. There are many who have signed leases and unknowingly put their water, homes and health at risk.
Joann Schiavone

Professional and concerned
To the editor: Going through the letters in your Jan. 30 issue, I was shocked and dumfounded by the complaints by Ms. Elchert, of Millbury.

In the 22 years our company has been located in Lake Township, we have found every officer in every situation to act with total and complete professionalism, care, and concern, including during the extremely high-pressure events during and after the tornado in 2010.

In 2005, we moved in behind the Lake Township Police Department. Due to their presence, our commercial construction site did not experience any building material theft. In addition to traffic safety, these officers are seen in all of the towns and villages they are serving to deter crime and promote safety among the citizens.

Maybe Lake Township doesn’t tout its drug enforcement activities strongly enough for the citizens to be aware of. Back in 2006, a small group of trucking-related business near LTPD donated more than $15,000 to purchase their first drug K-9. Since that time, they now have two K-9 dogs and have seized over $200,000 in cash and property from drug-related arrests.

Additionally, because of the effort that Lake Township puts into the drug trafficking trade, they have removed over $175,000 worth of drugs from the streets and out of our neighborhoods

I rarely write responses to letters to the editor, but this one was so egregious that a reply was imperative to defend the good name of a wonderful department.
Edwin J. Nagle III
President, CEO, Nagle Companies

Chief responds
To the editor: I’m writing in response to the letter submitted last week by Lorrie Elchert of Lake Township. Upon review and investigation of the allegations in her letter, I felt compelled to add some factual information to the scenarios she wrote about.

She complains about her first encounter with the Lake Township Police, an egregious allegation of wrongdoing by an officer at an injury accident. When I contacted Ms. Elchert about this incident, she could only remember what she allegedly witnessed and that it occurred “either this past summer or the summer before.” She did recall that it was near the intersection of Pemberville Road and Ayers Road and that the officer was “tall, balding and wearing sunglasses.”

In checking both our records and that of the State Highway Patrol and Medic 50, I could find no accident that included the elements of her allegation. What is also of concern is if she did really witness what she wrote in her letter, why was there not immediate protest and a written complaint filed.

As a licensed medical professional (physician’s assistant), isn’t she duty-bound to notify the responding emergency medical providers, a police supervisor, or an elected official? There was no notification until her letter was published. Again, with the limited information provided, we could not confirm that this incident indeed happened. In reviewing all of the accidents that occurred during the timeframe and location noted, none had the details provided. All of the officers were questioned, and no one remembers anything even close to this allegation.

Her second encounter involved her getting a speeding ticket on Bradner Road in 2010. She complains that the officer checked the wrong time box (a.m./p.m.), of which he is guilty. She pled no contest to this citation, but writes that the judge encouraged her to fight the ticket. He did, but only after she offered testimony in court the officer who cited her was in an “unmarked car.” Our radio and duty logs clearly reflect that the officer who cited her was driving cruiser L-22, a fully marked and lighted Chevrolet Tahoe. I have the videotaped arraignment of her provided by the court. She was found guilty of going 51 in a 35 mile per hour zone.

Ms. Elchert goes on to complain her son had recently received a ticket for no front plate. He did and he was also cited in 2008 for 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone and in 2009 for 68 in a 55 mile per hour zone. On the occasion of his last offense, a vehicle matching the car he was driving was reported via a 911 call of reckless operation on I-280. While checking the area, the officer observed the defendant’s vehicle (her son) exit I-280 at Walbridge Road. The officer observed the equipment violation and stopped the car. The defendant was advised of the nature of the complaint and he did tell the officer he had been on I-280 and was probably going around 70 miles per hour.

It was then Ms. Elchert’s son recognized the officer as the one who had cited him before. This contradicts her statements. He was issued a ticket for the equipment violation and released. Ms. Elchert’s son has not filed any complaints with this office and in speaking with him, other than being upset that he got a ticket – which is understandable – he stated that he did not have any issues with the officer who wrote it, or their communications at the traffic stop.

Ms. Elchert next complains that we should be spending more time on decreasing drug trafficking and the sex trade. Lake Township was on a news documentary because our officers provided the FBI key and crucial information that facilitated the break-up of one of the largest juvenile sex trade operations to date. This information was gleaned by years of professional police work by the officers of Lake Township.

We have active participation with the FBI Task Force and have officers working with surrounding agencies and the DEA to curb drug trafficking. Lake Township currently has the only two narcotic-detecting K9s in the area and they have been instrumental in the fight against drugs. It should be noted that the largest drug arrest by this agency involved 400 pounds of marijuana and a no-front plate violation.

As far as being money hungry, as a township, we receive approximately 3 percent of an actual traffic fine – hardly a money-making venture. The citations issued are to make our roadways safe for all who traverse them. Her opinions that the officers are unethical and unprofessional are merely that – her opinion. I beg to differ.

The Lake Township Police Department is the finest I have ever had the opportunity to serve with and their dedication to our community has been proven time and time again.

In closing, I would like to  thank our community for its continued support and note two things: Ms. Elchert, you do not live in the incorporated Village of Millbury, so please don’t vote there. You could get in trouble. Second, your letter is titled “Tired of tickets.” I have a simple solution – please obey the law.
E. Mark Hummer
Chief of Police, Lake Township

An honest answer
To the editor: Property-owners are led to believe that the passage of a school levy increases the value of their home.

Anyone who has had their home appraised in the last year knows that this premise is not true. Despite several recently passed levies, the average home in the Woodmore School District has lost 20 to 40 percent of its value in the last four years. If schools have such influence on property values, why have property values gone down?

The sad part is that property taxes have not been adjusted to the lower home values. On March 6, property-owners are being asked to approve a 6.96-mill levy to construct a new building housing kindergarten through eighth grade. This, while property-owners are struggling from the effects of a down economy. School officials say they must have a new building because the state is supplying $7 million. Where did the state get this money to give? Contrary to what the board tells you, it comes from taxation paid to the state in one form or another. The only way government receives money is through taxation.

School officials are reluctant to repair the present building, saving property-owners millions of dollars and a long-term debt. Why?

The upkeep of the existing building has not been a priority. Tearing down the existing building is the mindset. The condition of the present building is due to poor maintenance and upkeep. If the problems in this building had been taken care of immediately, there would be no need for extensive renovation or a new building. There are many buildings in use in this area older than the existing building in Woodville. The newly renovated school administrative office building is an example. Why was this building salvageable and not the elementary school?

A query that begs for an honest answer.
Terrylee Dembowski

A bad law
To the editor: Ohio’s Cognovit law is what the legal profession calls a “bad law” that needs to be repealed. Other states have done it. Why hasn’t Ohio?

I have sent the following to the governor, the House of Representatives and the State Senate asking for its repeal. I believe any business person will find this law to be a boondoggle and a charade that needs to be exposed and repealed.

I am hereby asking for a review and repeal of Ohio’s Cognovit Note Law, Ohio Revised Code Section 2323.13. Only Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware continue to allow the use of cognovits promissory notes. These notes affect commercial loans made in Ohio. The last paragraph of the Ohio form of a cognovits noted reads as follows:

“Warning. By signing this paper, you give up your right to notice and a court trial. If you do not pay on time, a court judgment may be taken against you without your prior knowledge and the powers of a court can be used to collect from you regardless of any claims you may have against the creditor, whether for returned goods, faulty goods, failure on his part to comply with the agreement or any other cause.”

It is estimated that 90 percent of borrowers do not read or are not made aware of the meaning of the above verbiage. If a borrower would refuse to sign the note with this paragraph included, the loan would not be granted. In other words, the borrower is, in effect, forced to agree to such unfair and outrageous terms on order to get the loan. To require a borrower to forego due process and to affect the rights of other creditors is force and duress, constructive if not actual.

When a lender decides to foreclose on a loan under the cognovits note law, the lender chooses an attorney and proceeds to the court, without the knowledge of the borrower and his or her other creditors. It is not until the court has ordered the foreclosure and a judgment is rendered that the borrower and any other lien holders discover the action that has been taken. It is evident when this transpires that justice has not been served. The law is predatory and leads to misrepresentation, exploitation and fraud.

It does a great injustice to Ohio businesses, lenders and Ohio’s economy. What business would come to Ohio if they knew of our cognovits note law, or what incentive would they have to expand their business or refinance if they knew the consequences? Borrowers have lost millions of dollars under the summary nature of the cognovit note law and Ohio loses tax revenue.

I would ask your assistance in repealing this law so that all interested parties and lien holders to real property would be put on proper notice of any foreclosure action so they are able to protect their interests accordingly.
John A. (Jack) Laskey

Dedicated department
To the editor: The Lake Township trustees wish to express their concern regarding the unwarranted allegations made in a recent letter to the editor against the professional men and women of the township police department.

The members of the police department have always placed duty and dedication first and foremost in their service to the Lake Township community.

Recently, department members declined and gave back to the community their scheduled raise – a selfless gesture that defines the high caliber of the department.

On June 5, 2010 just a few hours after the devastating tornado had torn through the Township, the entire police department without being called in, showed up at the emergency center located at Nagle Trucking Company in uniform ready to work.  Ready to serve the community to the best of their abilities. 

This is not a group of people deserving to be called “money hungry, unprofessional or unethical”.  This is a group of people who have repeatedly and consistently demonstrated what the word hero is all about.

Our doors are always open to questions and concerns regarding any department within the township.  We stand ready and willing to address all issues concerning our employees. 

It has been a great honor for us to serve with the professional, dedicated and caring members of the police department.
Melanie  Bowen
Ron Sims
Richard Welling
Lake Township Trustees

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