After reading the July 8 letter headlined “Failed leadership in Norton,” I, too, feel compelled to clear the record. The sewer project in Norton is not against the will of all people, as the writer would like us to believe.
I would like to know why he feels the entire community should carry the burden of replacing failing septic systems. I know many people who paid for their own sewer and water. I don’t understand why he and others think we should all bear the cost with them.
Scare tactics? We did not “overbuild” our fire station; it came in under budget and provides a much needed facility for the people who risk their lives every day to keep people safe in our community. It’s not luxurious but functional.
The writer said the city cut emergency medical services after midnight to “scare” residents. He neglected to mention that our dedicated firefighters and paramedics worked for free for several months in order to respond to emergencies through the night. The fire station had to be closed only after the levy failed a second time. You need money to pay employees. No levy, no money.
I am sick and tired of the people who call themselves “Citizens 4 Norton.” Here’s how they recently chose to spend our hard-earned money:
They sued the city over broadcast of council meetings. I didn’t want one penny of my tax dollars going to broadcast council meetings, and yet my tax dollars went to defend a lawsuit. This is money the city doesn’t have. If they quit suing the city, we may be able to operate in the black.
This group never looks at the big picture. Why do they think Norton has not experienced any growth over the last few decades? Perhaps they should put together a five- , 10- and 15-year plan for the city. This city will not grow without excellent safety forces, schools, and city water and sewer. So far, nothing they have brought to the table has or will have a positive effect on Norton.
Regarding the July 7 article “Bessemer Farms calling it quits”: We have overeducated people behind their desks making foolish rules to make us think they are working for the public’s best interest. We import tainted food, toys and building materials from China, Mexico and other countries. No wonder our tax base is in big trouble. God bless America, American farmers and American workers.
Partners in morality?
The long, moralistic arm of the Roman Catholic Church has been invited into the medical community of Akron for purely economic reasons. What a strange chain of events. What a questionable intrusion for Akron and the patients at one of its hospitals.
The Catholic Church has a great record in building and operating quality hospitals, where its moral values are maintained. Kudos to them for this. But when Catholic moral values become part of a medical community by the back door and only for reasons of economy and efficiency something has gone awry. The decision-makers at Summa should understand this and should have taken this important community institution in a different, and less moralistic direction.
The Rev. Dick Williams