Stop the development

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “Young people love shopping, dense development and lots of amenities, and if our community is going to continue to prosper, let alone grow, it has to adapt to the tastes of the next generation.” While this argument may be true for some young people, it’s not true for all, and those of us looking to raise our budding families want communities that are rural, small and not overpopulated.

I raise this point because of the recent announcement by Industrial Commercial Properties LLC’s plan for the development of the Geauga Lake district. Although Bainbridge is rapidly becoming overdeveloped and crowded, with natural space being chopped down for yet more housing developments, the rapid “Beachwoodification” of our township continues unopposed. ICP’s redevelopment plan adds more housing and shopping. This is being sold as a win for the township because it will add more tax revenue.

But while it may add more dollars to the revenue side, the new souls and shopping areas will certainly add more dollars to the cost side of the ledger as well. Public services, already overtaxed, will have to respond to ever more shoplifting and other nuisance calls. Our roads, such as Route 306, will become even more crowded with nearly a thousand more people added to the township. The quiet of the area will be replaced by the dull roar of thousands of commuters hustling to and fro. Animals and nature? Out, to be replaced by ever-more big box stores selling imported trinkets from China.

Let’s be frank with ourselves. No one moves to Bainbridge Township and the Chagrin Valley because they want more retail chain shopping (or for that matter, more neighbors). They move to the Chagrin area because of its rural atmosphere, the lack of density, and the rich endowments of natural spaces and parkland.

ICP, owned by people who do not even live in the area, may win this battle and develop the former parkland into yet another yuppie beehive. However, caution is warranted for the leaders of the area. Continued development will destroy the small community feel of the area and irrevocably destroy one of Cleveland’s, and indeed Ohio’s, great assets: the Chagrin Valley. Nature, once lost to the forces of development, can never be recovered.

Dane Davis

Bainbridge

Another view on masks

Our governments are further expanding mask orders and if you feel safer wearing a face mask then you should. However, the public deserves to understand that they are continuing to be deceived regarding the effectiveness of face masks in protecting you or others. Unfortunately, it is a highly politically charged issue. The public deserves common-sense information about masks. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not endorse face masks at the beginning of COVID-19 because they were trying to avoid a mask shortage for medical workers, it’s because they knew that decades worth of science demonstrated that cloth and surgical masks do little to protect people from submicron size viruses.

Now eight months later the CDC declares that masks protect the wearer from droplets expelled by others. The CDC only speaks of total droplets and particles when they claim “upwards of 80 percent blockage has been achieved in human experiments that have measured blocking of all respiratory droplets.” What CDC doesn’t say is that all droplets includes the heavy 20-30 micron droplets which account for most of the weight versus the tiny COVID-19 particles that are 300 times smaller and account for almost no weight in the 80 percent effectiveness calculation and because it’s the submicron particles that pass most easily through a mask. It is the respiratory droplets that fall to the ground in seconds while submicron particles can remain airborne for hours. The CDC also states that multiple layered masks are better. What they don’t tell you is the greater the number of layers the more resistance there is for your exhaled air to pass through the mask. The greater the resistance of the fabric the more leakage occurs at the edges of the mask. Also, mask wearers have to speak louder which means you are forcing more particles out of the edges of the mask.

One needs to ask, why is there a worldwide surge in COVID-19 cases even where mask wearing was deemed to be so much better than in the United States? Our governor said back on July 23 that “if all of us, put on face coverings now, we could drive this epidemic to the ground.” Do you see low mask usage in public places? Does it make sense for our governments to blame the few people not wearing masks in public as a significant cause of the current increase in cases? Isn’t it more likely that the case rate is increasing because we have 100 years of experience that virus cases climb during the fall and winter months and maybe that mask wearing is giving us all a false sense of security? To this end, I offer readers to be better informed by reading the link found at https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/29/these-12-graphs-show-mask-mandates-do-nothing-to-stop-covid/. I understand that some label the Federalist as right-leaning but I can tell you that this article aligns well with my 40 years of knowledge as a respiratory protection professional. You should compare this information to what you hear on a daily basis and come to your own conclusion.

Marc Kolanz

Chagrin Falls

Editor’s note: The CDC website recommends wearing masks in combination with other precautions including social distancing and hand cleansing with soap and water or hand sanitizers. The website also reviews the pros and cons of different types of masks. Visit https://bit.ly/3kBC3fD for detailed information.

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