A grass-roots group calling itself Citizens 4 Norton drafted a charter amendment that will be voted on Aug. 6. The amendment would have the city of Norton pay for all water and sewer projects, including all assessments currently being paid for by the individual property owners who received the benefit.
Citizens 4 Norton wants the money to come from the city’s general fund. Where does it think the money in the general fund comes from?
It comes from the “citizens of Norton,” through property taxes, income taxes and sewer and water usage assessments.
The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that 255 property owners in the Nash Heights neighborhood stop using their septic systems. These systems are improperly discharging human waste into local streams.
The city of Norton has to put in sewers, and the property owners have to hook up or the city will pay substantial fines. The cost of the project is $8 million, and the city is paying two-thirds.
The rest should be paid for by the property owners who will benefit from the project.
Many citizens of Norton have already paid to have sewers and water brought to their neighborhoods. Now, Citizens 4 Norton wants the citizens of Norton to pay again, for someone else’s neighborhood.
Our city leaders have threatened to cut essential services and lay off workers, including police officers and firefighters, if this amendment passes.
They know the citizens of Norton will demand that the services are reinstated and will look for another way to increase revenue.
How about eliminating the city income tax credit, the credit given to those working outside Norton city limits and paying income tax to other entities?
You know, the majority of people who live in Norton. You know, the citizens of Norton. Do you really want a 1.5 percent pay cut?
It’s time for the citizens of Norton to stand up and say “no” to the self-seeking Citizens 4 Norton.
Not for the Falls
I find it curious that the June 12 letter “Join the Falls schools,” advocating curriculum changes in the Cuyahoga Falls public schools, was not specific about the changes to make.
If the change to which the writer is referring is the Common Core curriculum, this taxpayer says, “No thank you.”
Common Core is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It espouses social outcomes.
Cuyahoga Falls schools should return to quantitative, graded results for subjects such as mathematics, constitutional American history and science, not focus on the social engineering of impressionable young minds.
Hijacking of Nitro’s law
As a voter and citizen of Ohio, I am concerned that state Sen. Keith Faber has hijacked the intent of House Bill 90, Nitro’s Law, by changing important wording without consulting the legislators who wrote the bill and by placing it in the budget bill, so voters won’t see who stands against animal abuse.
Faber’s changes make “intentional” abuse a felony but not neglect, which is a travesty.
According to Faber’s reasoning, you are not “knowingly” torturing a dog as you choose to ignore its pleas for food and water every day for the weeks that it takes to starve to death.
Any reasonable person wouldn’t or couldn’t come to this conclusion.
Neglect and intentional abuse have the same result, the painful, tortured death of a companion animal by kennel owners or their employees. They deserve the same penalty in either case.
Changes to H.B. 90 would keep the act of starvation a misdemeanor.
Studies have now convinced sociologists, lawmakers and the courts that acts of cruelty toward animals deserve our attention because they can be the first sign of a violent pathology that includes human victims.
A history of animal cruelty is one of the traits that regularly appear in FBI computer records of serial rapists and murderers.
People who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans.
Yet with a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse against them, no employers would know what this person has done. Such a person could go on to work with children, the elderly in nursing homes and with handicapped people.
Please email or write your state senators immediately. Ask them to reject the budget bill unless Nitro’s Law is removed or restored to its original intent.
Please do it now, as our senators, especially Faber, who is president of the Senate, need to hear from you immediately. The budget is coming up for a vote.
Tell Faber and other senators you are a voter and a citizen of Ohio who is outraged by the hijacking of Nitro’s law.
Uplifting performance of ‘Ragtime’
Last Saturday evening, I attended the All City Musical Ragtime, presented by students from high schools across Summit County.
The Civic Theatre, the jewel on Main Street, was a beautiful landmark for the performance.
As a teacher for over 45 years, and a nun for 54 years, I was thoroughly impressed.
I worry about the future of our children. Peace is seldom on the front page, and students are surrounded by threats of war.
As I attended the performance, I was spiritually uplifted by how each of these students has been blessed by God with such amazing talents and ability to perform.
Thank God that the arts are being used to enhance the quality of life in Summit County. The actors, musicians and all those who made this performance so successful are to be highly commended.
To me, spirituality and the arts go hand in hand. It was spellbinding to watch these students transform themselves into such a memorable history lesson and as their characters came to life — Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, Henry Ford, Coalhouse Porter, and so forth.
The racial issues that our country has gone through, World War I and the entire element of justice concluding with the song Till We Reach That Day were very poignant and moving.
The arts play an integral role in learning and retaining. We need to support programs in the arts that allow students to think, feel and grow, physically and spiritually.
To quote Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, “I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities. … The arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
Sister Carol Joy Cincerelli
Return to probable cause
I could solve the whole National Security Agency spying question with just three words: Get a warrant.
Yahoo, Google, Facebook and a host of others are collecting information on all of us. If someone, even the government, wants to see that information, they should go to a judge to show him or her probable cause.
If he or she agrees, the judge will issue the appropriate warrant.
It should be against the law for any of these organizations to disseminate any of this information to anyone without a court order to do so.
When this data become useless to government agencies and potentially toxic, they’ll stop collecting it.
They simply won’t want to know any more about you than they absolutely need to know.
No peace in revenge
On May 29, our CIA, with a drone airstrike, killed a Taliban officer in Pakistan. They were seeking revenge for the Taliban’s killing of seven CIA employees in 2009 who were stationed in Afghanistan.
If the CIA function is to obtain intelligence that will prevent more killings of Americans, like those done on 9/11 in New York, then why is it in the Middle East fighting with drones alongside our armed forces? As 10 years of war have shown, revenge does not end killings but only results in more killings.
As surely anticipated by the CIA, the day after their killing of the Taliban officer, the Pakistan Taliban withdrew their offer of peace talks, which could have ended the Middle East war.
Thus, instead of putting an end to the killing of Americans, our CIA will be the cause of more such killings, for it is inevitable that the Taliban will now seek revenge for the CIA’s killing of one of its officers.
Maybe we should change the name of the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency, to CLIA, the Central Lack of Intelligence Agency.