Thank you, Bainbridge

Dear Editor,

It is with a humble, and very grateful heart, that I bid you adieu from my role as your public servant.

When I became an Assistant Geauga County Prosecutor in 1992, I couldn’t have begun to imagine where the path would lead. I represented many county offices, but above all, my first love grew to be my township clients. I learned from the brightest and worked with the best.

Moving on from that position yielded me the opportunity to serve on our township’s Zoning Commission and then our Board of Zoning Appeals, with a stretch on our county’s Planning Commission as well. These all culminated with the last twelve years as one of your township trustees. I thank you all for your wonderful support, encouragement, and communication during all of these years.

Public service is not an easy endeavor, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve been blessed to know.

My children grew up in this wonderful community knowing that there are days when the phone never stops ringing, and times when people call you very not-so-nice names. They knew when the phone rings in the early morning hours or very late at night, and the call is from a First Responder Chief, it won’t be good news. They learned that paving and plowing local roads and the size, use, or appearance of buildings on property can generate very strong emotions. They heard the words “Ohio Revised Code” way more than any child should. And they saw how we at the township level work with one another: listening, asking, brain-storming, exploring ideas outside the box, seeking your input – how all of these people and all of these ideas flow in directions that enhance our home. Our township.

My fellow elected officials, our department heads, our employees, and our incredible volunteer board members take great pride in working for you. I’m sure I’m biased, but I kinda’ think we’ve got the best crop of people there could be. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for the service they provide to you: for the unending hours, the hurdles and problems that you never hear about, the attention to detail that drives service above self. Ya’ got good people, Bainbridge, and I love every one of them.

Thank you all for the chance to serve you. I wish you continued success as this amazing township is presented with new challenges, new promises, new successes, and both the new, and well-seasoned, residents who call Bainbridge Township our home.

And about that course of public service – it’s a genuine reward, in and of itself.

Lorrie Sass Benza

Bainbridge Township

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Newbury Township)

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through our town,

Empty school buildings sat,

On the cold frozen ground.

The children were scattered

At different county schools,

Since former school board members

Had acted like fools.

Then out on the school top,

Two drones had just landed,

The “Task Force” appeared

Near the buildings abandoned.

They were angry and sad,

This didn’t seem nice,

Their plans crumbled quickly

About buying land…twice!

The West Geauga Board

Had hired a team,

To verify the numbers

From the Task Force it seemed.

The dollars were different,

The cost much much higher,

To demolish the buildings

And then find a buyer.

But this didn’t sway them

Not one little bit,

The Task Force got angry,

And then threw a fit.

“Not Fair!” they would say

“Your numbers - off base”!

But we all knew the truth,

And their scheme…a disgrace.

The NHS President,

Ran for Newbury Trustee,

But she was defeated

It was easy to see.

The township’s not stupid,

They remembered the lies,

They didn’t get fooled,

As their taxes did rise.

Incumbents are back

But one learned a lesson,

His margin had narrowed,

He squeaked by this election.

But now, as the buildings

Sit dormant and cold,

With no kids within them,

The properties sold.

It’s Christmas in Newbury

Elections are done,

We should all be with family,

Give thanks and have fun.

My wish for all citizens

On this cold winter’s night?

Merry Christmas to all,

And to all a good night!

Phil Paradise, Jr.

Newbury Township

An open letter to Rep. Joyce

Dear Editor,

The following is an open letter to Congressman Dave Joyce.

Congressman, this letter addresses your Dec. 12 newsletter about inflation and Build Back Better. You state that inflation is “fixed by controlling government spending and easing taxes on America’s middle class.” That is NOT how you “fix” inflation. Being on the Appropriations Committee, you should already know that this inflation occurred while our economy grew dramatically under President Biden’s leadership, with a 52 year low in unemployment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics site states: “the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest rate since 1969. Both the employment–population ratio and the civilian labor force participation rate increased over the year.” A flourishing economy with maximal employment should generate some cheerleading on your part, eh?

Refuting your mistaken claim, a government “fixes” inflation by contracting its economy through a combination of increased interest rates, increased bank reserve requirements, and reducing the supply of money.

Moving on to your erroneous, nay, fallacious claim that Build Back Better would “add $3 trillion to the federal deficit”, you know perfectly well that $3 trillion is not the CBO’s estimate. Last week you said it was $4 trillion.

The CBO’s website says BBB would result in a net increase in the deficit totaling $367 billion over 10 years. https://www.cbo.gov/publication/57627. Dave: the CBO’s estimate is only 12 percent of your grossly inflated number. The statement that you delivered to us constituents is blatant propaganda created out of whole cloth by Republican leadership. You know they asked the CBO to ignore the expiration of the BBB bill, and pretend it continued indefinitely and you promoted it to mislead your own constituents.

To compare, when your constituent takes out a 20-year home mortgage, the bank tells her the entire cost of the contract including all principal and interest payments during the 20 years. What you did here was the equivalent of telling the constituent her mortgage will cost eight times that 20-year cost because she will continue to make mortgage payments in perpetuity. That is an EXACT analogy of what your leadership did. No different. You are complicit in spreading this fabrication when you know it is not factual.

Robert Chalfant

Bentleyville

About Chardon Schools

Dear Editor,

By all measures Chardon schools provide an excellent education to our students – educationally we are in the top 10% of schools in the state. We have a 96% graduation rate.

Sixty percent of students go to college and we have good programs for students who prefer to enlist or find employment right after graduation.

We have championship sports teams, long-standing and well-attended drama and music programs and award-winning art classes. Chardon Schools is doing its job.

Yet – once again – a bond levy has failed, and there are signs in the community saying “Reclaim your child’s education.”

I’ve been involved with the schools in Chardon since 1978 as a teacher, a parent, and a board member. Chardon Schools have an amazing staff who care about the kids, who love their jobs, and who have worked double and triple time over the last two years to keep up with COVID-related issues. We have amazing parents who are tireless in their efforts not only for their own children, but for the others as well. We have amazing community members who find countless ways to be of service to Chardon. Most importantly we have amazing students; they continue to be the priority for Chardon Schools and are our future.

People move to Chardon because of the reputation of the schools.

Additionally, Chardon Schools is the biggest employer in Chardon.

By any standards these facts highlight that our schools are critical to Chardon’s success. It seems logical, therefore, that people would connect the financial well-being of the schools to that of our community.

Yet, despite this connection, the district has struggled for years to gain the support of the community for proposed projects, large or small, to improve the school system.

The most recent example came in the November election in which voters soundly defeated a request for funding of several small yet impactful capital projects that would have cost a very affordable $28 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Two years ago, voters said no to a bond issue for a new building, stating that we should maintain what we have – but have now said no to that as well.

Voters have told us to do better with what we have – and we have done that. Through careful fiscal responsibility Chardon Schools has saved over $7 million dollars and will not have to come to voters for operating funds for the foreseeable future – up to 5 years, we hope. Now people are complaining that we have too much money – a “slush fund.”

There seems to be no pleasing Chardon voters. I realize that Chardon is not as “wealthy” as the state of Ohio seems to think we are in terms of the state funding we receive, but I also know that communities with far less wealth support their schools much more reliably.

Chardon Schools has tried three times under three different superintendents to pass a bond issue for a new school building.

We have barely adequate facilities: Handicapped students cannot access the building without difficulty.

Students and teachers swelter when it’s hot. Window walls are literally crumbling in parts of the high school building, and bus fumes will continue to flow into the classrooms there.

The drama program has a history of over 60 years of excellence, but no performance space at the high school, and the high school choir concerts are held at other venues completely apart from the school.

We have a back-to-back state champion football team, but many of our sports teams have to travel to other schools or areas to play their games and carry out their practices.

Through careful budgeting the turf and the scoreboard at the sports stadium have been replaced, but attendees still must use porta-potties, the press box is in terrible shape, and ADA accessible bleachers (required by law) will now have to be installed – small and barely adequate, but will meet requirements.

The board members I currently serve with and I had hoped to get a new school built – but we can’t even pass a bond issue to do basic maintenance. I believe our kids deserve better.

Madelon Horvath

Chardon

We need a candidate to step

forward and challenge Joyce

Dear Editor,

Dave Joyce was jammed down our throats in 2012 when the late Steve LaTourette retired unexpectedly from congress after he was reelected in the primary race. Because LaTourette did that, the residents were given no voice in who would be the Republican candidate in the Nov. election that year.

Joyce was named to that spot by the GOP central committee members of Northeast Ohio. He has done nothing good for Republicans since 2012 but he does show up every two years asking for money and votes.

According to politicsthatwork.com, Dave Joyce voted in favor of the wealthy 92.6% of the time and voted for taxing the middle class 92% of the time.

Now Joyce is teaming up with the intellectually deficient Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by co-sponsoring the HOPE act which would help erase penalties for the illegal use of marijuana. Joyce has been pushing for legalized marijuana for several years.

It appears that Joyce is preparing for a future with the marijuana industry, as did the equally unethical former congressman John Boehner.

A good indication is that in the 2019-20 period Joyce raised $3,085,000 in campaign money. In 2021 to 9/30/22 he has only raised $832,061. Is he not campaigning because he already has another job lined up?

We need a new candidate to step forward now to run against Joyce in the 2022 primary, a real conservative not another RINO. And we need to do it before Joyce pulls the same stunt LaTourette did and we do not get to pick the candidate of our choice.

Susan Daniels

Chardon, OH

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