Supporting Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio would like to thank all of those who purchased Girl Scout Cookies this year, as well as our retail partners who hosted cookie booths outside their storefronts.

It’s amazing what a huge impact a box of Girl Scout Cookies can have. Cuyahoga County is all the better for it!

By participating in the largest girl-led business program in the world, Girl Scouts develop valuable skills, including goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

They discover their inner leadership potential as well as use their earnings to fund troop projects and important programming at the local level, such as travel, outdoor adventure and STEM activities.

Many girls put their earnings toward community projects, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local officials and state legislators to change laws.

When consumers purchase cookies from a Girl Scout, they’re giving back to their community.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is also proud to announce that Operation Sweet Appreciation, a cookie donation program to our military members overseas, received 53,526 donated boxes of cookies. Thank you to all who donated.

Though the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program has officially ended, the benefits to both the girls and the community will continue for years to come. Thank you for helping us build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place!

Laura Watson Schultz

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Commitment important

If the business of the Geauga Park District is not important enough to the commissioners appointed by Geauga County Probate Judge Timothy Grendell for them to attend all meetings of the board of commissioners, then they should be replaced.  If a candidate for commissioner has business or other activities that are more important to him or her than attending the meetings, they should decline the appointment.

Every township in Geauga County has three township trustees.  How many of them don’t attend every township meeting.  If they didn’t, would they get re-elected?  Do we need to get the Ohio State Legislature to change the laws to allow more than three trustees per township?  Sen. John Eklund?

Donald E. Dozer

Munson Township

Learn about family first act

This letter is in response to use of taxpayer money for self-promotion that was delivered to my mailbox. If people wanted to know, the information about the court budget is public.  If our newspapers did regular critical analysis and performance checking, without some crisis popping up, we might be routinely informed about the specifics of agency budgets and actions. The U.S. Congress had to pass a federal law to fix the way Geauga County, and Ohio, treats families and children, signed by the president last year called the Family First Prevention Services Act.  Fact is we have been hurting children and families.

What people want to know who care about those issues and are knowledgeable is

1. How many children in county custody were placed in institutions instead of with family last year, last month, last week, today?

2. How many kids were put in juvenile detention who could have been served by private or community agencies?

3. How many extended family members were shut out because of having complained about the way members of our flawed county juvenile systems act?

4. How many people and children were punished directly for complaining?  There are counties, like Cuyahoga, that provide some of that information, on their agency websites.

5. How will Geauga County work to comply with the FFPSA?  Or will people in charge continue to be in denial and brag about themselves when the FFPSA and Ohio’s statistics are proof there has been harm done?

6.Will Geauga County be taking advantage of the matching funds offered by the federal government to provide attorneys for the children in the court system?  The funding for the family members?  Or will our county continue to simply offer a “help desk” and tell them to hire attorneys with money they likely do not have?  Or, is that a wrongful use of federal matching funds?

7. What do those who work in Geauga County juvenile systems, all of them, know about why the FFPSA was necessary in the first place?  I wonder.   

Robin Neff

Chardon

Food for thought

The Democrats repeatedly malign individuals who do not support climate change and say that science proves it.

I am not writing this letter to debate climate change, but to examine a much greater and more important subject, late-term abortions and infanticide after birth to harvest organs or for whatever purpose.

While Democrats extol the virtues of science to push their agenda of climate change, they totally ignore the science concerned with life. There can be no doubt that life begins at conception and that babies within weeks can feel pain. Yet they continue to support tearing babies apart.

Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.”

Jeremiah 1:5a says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.”

Matthew 10:30 says, “But the very hairs of your head are numbered.”

Psalm 139:13 and 14 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it.”

A warning is also given in Luke 17:2 which says, “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, then that he offend (should bring injury to) one of these little ones.”

The Senate defeated (on Feb. 26) the Born Alive Bill which would have mandated medical care for survivors of abortions. Lawmakers in New Jersey were considering a bill that would make it illegal to kill a pregnant cow. Apparently cows have more value than unborn or even born humans.

We have numerous veterans who have lost limbs protecting our country. I wonder how Gov. Cuomo of New York or Gov. Northam of Virginia or governors of the other eight states which are proposing similar legislation would feel about having their arms or legs ripped off to provide limbs for injured veterans.

Dan Workman

Middlefield

Judge launches newsletter

It seems the National Enquirer wasn’t enough for the potentate of probate. Nope, Geauga County Probate Court Judge Timothy Grendell put on his reporter’s fedora hat, grabbed his reporter’s pad and went to work. With the help of his trusty patronage staff and our public money he created “Grendell’s Grandstand News.”

By now every house in Geauga has received a copy. This guy is amazing. With so much work to do shuffling papers and banging his gavel he still finds time to take on this new project. And it’s a good thing for all of us. If it wasn’t for this self-celebratory compendium, how would we know how wonderful a jurist he is? Grendell tells us that his newsletter is “outreach” to the community. Well sort of, if he means he’s reaching out and taking your public money to pay for publishing it.

When you mail to the 35,000 Geauga households it gets pricey. Similar mailings cost over $20,000. But since we are paying, he’s OK with it. So as Grendell begins work on the next edition of the “Grandstand News” we know he is following the time-honored journalistic advice to “never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” So enjoy!  You paid to be told how brightly the stars shine down on his premier probate presence. 

Dave Partington

Munson Township

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