New age of hope

By the time this is published Inauguration Day will have passed – blessedly without incident and, for those of us who are still confident that our form of government in general and the USA in particular will continue on its deeply flawed but justice ward path, with hope.

There have been many calls for national unity as we move ahead with a new Chief Executive and that means different things to different people. Let me offer my definition: Let the institutions of our government and the people who make them up do their work. Trust that the great majority of them are skilled and well intentioned. That is a big ask for we, the people. Polls and recent events – including many letters to the editor – have shown that a very large minority of us do not share that definition.

The courts, election officials, health authorities – scientists of every stripe and law enforcement have all been denigrated even by the elected overseers of their Institutions. If we are to continue as a diverse, messy democracy this has to stop. The alternative is Jan. 6, 2021 writ large.

Conrad Foley

Chagrin Falls

Trump’s legacy

Hate is defined as intense hostility; it seems to invoke a blind fury directed at its object. I am referring to the hate leveled at President Donald Trump for four years. The Democrat Party, its followers and the mainstream media bring to my mind a mob of angry villagers, armed with torches and pitchforks, in pursuit of their prey.

Mr. Trump has a brash “in-your-face” approach, which seems to be enough, in itself, to incur an irrational hate and a willingness to believe conjured lies that bedeviled him for his entire four years in office. The most recent accusation involves the incitement to riot at the Capitol, which action was planned days before the Trump rally, per warnings sent to the FBI and CNN .

The Trump legacy will live on despite his enemy’s empty accusations.

He generated a booming economy by putting America first with fair trade laws, tax reforms and tax cuts. He provided financial stimuli.  He instigated reform of the VA, the First Step Act for non-violent prisoners. We enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. He provided for charter school grants, promoted federal funding for black universities and promoted education and enterprise in black communities. He supported the police and the military.  Our borders were secured, needful in a pandemic. He moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and promoted diplomacy between Israel and Arab states. 

He brought us peace.

I am so afraid that, without him, our great country will be overtaken by the Democrat Party’s socialistic principles and a descent to “Animal Farm.”

Sheila Collins

Solon 

Look at facts

This letter is in response to the letter written by Jim and Nancy Abbott regarding whether mask wearing decreases the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In my opinion, they seem to lack an understanding of the difference between fact and opinion.  Facts are defined as “the truth about events as opposed to interpretation,”  or  “a thing known to be true.” One can watch videos of particle spread when one talks with a mask on versus with a mask off.  One can culture bacterial and virus growth or otherwise measure bacterial or viral count with and without a mask on.  These are what are called facts and both show a decrease in bacterial and viral spread with mask wearing.  An opinion is defined as ‘a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.” 

In their letter to the editor, they next cite CDC stats that show that since mask wearing was mandated in Ohio, case counts have continued to rise.  This, if anything, shows that the lack of compliance in mask wearing probably is contributing to our failure to control the spread.  Evidence exists from other countries that strict adherence to mask wearing coupled with social distancing and extensive testing and isolation decreases case counts. This is a fact.

They further cite from the CDC that death rates are continuing to decline.  Yes, that is because we now know better ways to treat COVID-19 infection and have three therapeutic drugs to treat it with.  And yes, the elderly are more at risk. With the known number of asymptomatic carriers of the virus, you cannot effectively isolate all older individuals as many live in congregate care, and it is younger people who care for them and may have the virus.

The facts that mask wearing coupled with social distancing and extensive testing and isolation decrease the spread of this virus is not open to debate. What one chooses to do with this knowledge is.  Some choose to protect their neighbors, friends and family because they believe this is the right thing to do.  This is an opinion based on beliefs.  Others decide to exercise their freedom unencumbered by the inconvenience of masks as they value their freedom more than their desire to protect others.   This is an opinion based on their beliefs.  Do you see the difference?

Anita Marlowe

Middlefield

Questions on Ursuline plan

It was with interest that I read Julie Hullett’s informative article about the Ursuline Sisters possible plans for their U2 zoned property in Pepper Pike. 

 A couple months ago at a Pepper Pike City Council meeting, I asked council and the mayor if they had been approached by the Ursuline Sisters about building on their U2 property.  The answer was yes.  At the next meeting, Medina Creative Living spoke during the resident comment period about Ursuline Sisters using 3 acres to develop independent cluster housing for adults with disabilities.  The project, as I understand zoning, would require voters to rezone to U1A (townhouse district).  At the same meeting, multiple parents of adult children who would be eligible for the housing, passionately spoke about the need for this type of housing.  Based upon what I heard, I was conditionally in agreement. 

 Now, the Ursuline Sisters may ask voters to rezone 30 U-2 acres to U-1A so that they can piggyback onto the disability housing aspect, a senior community with five houses per acre (by how I read their preliminary sketches) partnering with Fairmount Properties. 

 The Times article stated that the sisters had two offers on the property. I guess what is making me wonder, if the sisters had two identical offers for the land, one from Fairmount Properties and the other from Ursuline College, why would the sisters turn down an offer from the college in favor of Fairmount Properties?  What sweetened the deal with Fairmount Properties? Looking at the Fairmount Properties website, their portfolio is Pinecrest (rentals), Kent State (rentals), University of Rochester (rentals) and other mixed use/residential rentals. Will this planned senior development be rentals?  If they are rentals, will the sisters receive something like an annuity each month from Fairmount Properties? Are we to have another cluster rental home development like the Luxe?

 After reading the article, I have a great many unanswered questions and look forward to this being presented to the entire community for vetting. 

Lou Ann Graham

Pepper Pike

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