The love shared in Chagrin Falls 

On behalf of the entire Clegg family, we wanted to thank the extended community of Chagrin Falls for the outpouring of love and compassion shared at the recent passing of our husband and dad and grandfather and Friend, John C. Clegg.

To have experienced 50 years of friends coming from the Chagrin Falls community, Chagrin Falls Schools, CAA sports, Chagrin Valley Rec Center, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Chagrin Boosters Club and 50 years of teachers, coaches, students, clergy, business community, church guilds and friends humbled and reminded our family members exactly why we have chosen to make Chagrin Falls our home for this past half-century.

Our Town is filled with loving, compassionate and caring families and reminded us of a line our dad used many times. When asked how long it took him as a New Yorker to get used to small town life in Chagrin. He’d say, “About 5 minutes.”

Clegg Family

Chagrin Falls

Writers miss purpose of program

How sad.

John Augustine and the Partingtons apparently hate Geauga County Probate and Juvenile Judge Tim Grendell so much that they attack a valuable therapeutic, pro-social program that helps youths deal with anger and anxiety issues.

They also totally missed the point as to the program’s purpose. The purpose is to use boxing as a method for teaching control of one’s anger and as a release of anxiety to prevent angry or aggressive outbursts that could cause harm to others. Had Mr. Augustine or the Partingtons called me or visited my gym, they would have learned the facts.

Mr. Augustine and the Partingtons are putting politics ahead of protecting children and that is disheartening. They advocate for protecting parks that need no additional protection and against children who do.

If Judge Grendell ran into a burning house and saved a mother and child from the fire, Mr. Augustine and the Partingtons would write a letter to the newspapers alleging that Judge Grendell committed trespassing. How sad.

The Rev. Morris Eason

Russell

Thanks to Sarah LaTourette

I wanted to take the time to honor the service of State Rep. Sarah LaTourette, R-Chester, who is moving forward in a great opportunity to assist Ohio’s children.

As a state representative, Sarah stabilized and elevated the political discourse in Geauga County during a tumultuous time.

A quick history lesson is needed. In 2011 Hunter Morrison, the former planning director for the City of Cleveland during the Voinovich Administration, was tasked to lead an effort to benchmark our current land use and then to project the corresponding transportation needs of our region. This historic $4.25 million study, known as “Vibrant NEO 2040,” was funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT).

At the same time, I had been hired to lead the government affairs effort for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). NOACA was a partner in the development of Vibrant NEO 2040.

By 2013 Hunter was finishing the Vibrant NEO project and had begun the public engagement. No doubt the findings were controversial and the policy prescriptions were bold. This was in the midst of the rise of the Tea Party.

As a point of fact, I can remember attending a vivid public engagement meeting at Cuyahoga Community College that could only be described as part-circus and part-show-trial.

To adequately describe the scene that day I was reminded of William F. Buckley who (while debating his good friend and fellow conservative Ronald Reagan) explained, “We’ve allowed ourselves to be traumatized by a quite understandable bitterness at the way we’ve been kicked around.” An understandable grass roots movement felt kicked around. But was it so traumatized so as to effectuate policy? Unfortunately, this was the case in my estimation.

That said, to compete for funds within what I call “The Showcase Showdown” at the USDOT, it is vital to appear as a grown-up. And this should make basic sense. Grown-ups should have less risk exposure than children when entrusted with millions of dollars.

My observation was that the anger during the Vibrant NEO years cut into our ability as a region to compete for federal transportation dollars-when perceptions of unity were key.

Fast forward to December 2018. Middlefield was awarded $9.6 million by the USDOT for the improvement of buggy lanes. The same transportation programs in which we as a region could not even get to the starting line on in 2013, had garnered different results.

Clearly times change and new people enter the stage and even big personalities learn on the stage too. In that way, the Middlefield win truly was an iterative team effort and Sarah was an important part of that.

Being aware of this narrative is important to know as the powers that be in Columbus consider a candidate to replace Sarah. Musical chairs and temporary appointees created the vacuum that let to the recalcitrance I observed. We need to build on the momentum of Middlefield.

All and all, thank you Sarah for your service. It garnered tremendous results. Thank you!

Patrick Holtz

South Russell

Joining West G right move

Newbury Township residents have a long and proud history of supporting their local school system by approving tax levies for both renewals and additional revenue. Newbury voters passed a new 8 mill levy in 2014. The residents have shown that they care about the students and desire quality education.

Since 2013, the school system has seen a 30-percent decline in enrollment. In addition, Newbury has fewer class offerings and extra-curricular activities than neighboring school districts. While taxes have steadily increased over the previous decades our school system has declined. Newbury’s current school taxes are significantly higher than both West Geauga and Berkshire.

Our residents persevered and remained dedicated to maintaining an independent local school system. There was no other alternative until Berkshire offered a merger with Newbury in 2013, and later in 2016, West Geauga offered a merger.    

As residents of Newbury Township, we support the consolidation of Newbury School with the West Geauga School District in the form of a territory transfer for the following reasons:

West G is rated 26th out of 610 public school systems in Ohio and earned an “A” grade on the state report card.

West G ranked fourth in value added among Ohio’s 610 public schools in 2018.

West G offers nearly double the class curriculum, sports and extra-curricular activities and many more advanced courses.

Newbury property owners will enjoy a significant property tax reduction.

Newbury property values could increase as West Geauga Schools become a selling point.

The Newbury community will enjoy renewed confidence and stability in its new school system.

Julie Barnes, Lori O’Brien, Daniel Bond, Sue and John Bond, Linda DeCredico, George Arruda, Judy Chess, Doug and Linda Cooley, Maureen Doerner, Geoffrey White, Gisele and Tim Jarvie, Sally and Steve Koepke, Landa and Dave Lair, Leslie and Ed Linsky, Colleen and Dave Lair Jr., Stacia and Bill Gilbert, Jan Ludwig, Donna and Dan MacDonald, Janice Matteucci, Parnell Tillotson, John Jefferson, Kenzie and Mario Mormile, Cheryl and Wayne Moster, Robert Jefferson, Samantha and Tom O’Brien, Frieda and Dan Piscura, Terri and Don Rice, Helen and Scott Ullman, Kelly and Mike Williams, Ben Calkins, Jennifer and Tyler Zella, Kathleen Saunders-Reinker, Lilian Hill, Dana and Jon Pavick, Bobbi and Roger Prinkey, Hanna Stefanchik, Joanne and Bill Majeski, Chris and Rose Yaecker, Amy Carver, Mary Yaecker, Stephanie and Larry Welker, Shirley Bizjak, Melissa Orange, Jodie Swartout, Angela Miniard, Melissa and Mike Ferry, Dick and Fran Dittrich, Melissa Miller, Bob Robertson, Mary and Chuck Masilonis, Sara Steimle, Bill Ward and Mary Cseplo, Kate and Seth Musick, Dedra and Ray Fidel, Mr. and Mrs. Mohammed Bagheri, Kathy Markiewicz, Jan Stefanchik

Newbury

Play by the rules

If you cannot accept the election of a president, impeach him, find him in contempt or create a scenario in which he is a conspirator with an arch enemy.      

If you cannot accept the appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court judge, create a scenario in which he was a drunk and a sexual predator in his high school and college years.

If all else fails and you cannot win by the rules, you must change them.

First you must abolish the Electoral College thus allowing large liberal states (California, New York) to win the popular vote and thus the election. The problem is that this would require a constitutional amendment which would be very difficult to accomplish. A Democrat Party alternative is called “The

National Popular Vote Compact” requiring state electors to throw in their votes for the winner of the national popular vote. Is this truly representative of the people in each state?

In the case of the Supreme Court, increase the number of judges which would require the support of a Democrat Party, president and Congress.

Is this the agenda of the Democrat Party? God bless the U.S.A.

Sheila Collins

Solon

Time for change

Yes perhaps it is time for a change of the poem on the statue of liberty. Things are extremely different from the days when this country welcomed immigrants on boats to Ellis Island.

Travelers of decades past, in hopes of a better life, bet it all on a boat ride and their skills to survive. They needed to learn the language, find a job, buy a home, and with almost no help. There were no government programs to help pay for healthcare, food or housing and contact with your relatives was at least several days away through paper mail correspondence.

People who spoke your native language were few and far between. Low skill labor jobs were in high demand and offered a decent wage. You sent your kids to school to learn English, American history and how to fit in to American society. To survive you needed an unwavering dedication to becoming American, and for a great many they did not have it, so they returned home.

Today immigration is a breeze by comparison, and I’m speaking legally. The sad fact is it’s becoming acceptable to compare those who defy our laws and border to the real immigrants who fight through the red tape and paperwork to truly become an American. What is still so hard to understand about this debate? Illegal immigrants are absolutely not to be confused with those who wish to become fellow citizens by law.

Winning the game of red rover that is our half barricaded border does not make one a U.S. citizen. When there are organizations dedicated to helping illegal immigrants earn public benefits, it’s hardly guaranteed that these people are here for anything other than the benefits meant to help our citizens in need. Low skill jobs that many immigrants can fill are being automated so far out of existence we are struggling to support our own citizens put out of work. They have instant contact to family with cell phones, news and information translated instantly to dozens of languages. non-English speaking is destigmatized in daily life, and at this point New York and California are working on making it perfectly legal to defy our federal immigration laws. If you think returning law breakers to their country of origin is cruel and unusual, I hope you don’t also criticize Trump for his crass reference to other countries being waste dumps. And more over he is wrong, by American standards most other countries do appear lacking, but humans have been making decent lives for themselves across the entire globe for hundreds of years.

This debate is about respecting this country and the value of being one of its citizens.

Alex Lavrich

Chardon

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