We have a decision to make: Do we continue to fund Metro Parks, Serving Summit County as we have? My hope and encouragement as a voter and president of Friends of Metro Parks is that we decide correctly — and pass Issue 2.
Issue 2 is the levy for our county park district. This is a renewal levy, not a new tax, and property owners would continue to pay the same amount based on their property’s valuation.
Six years ago, the park district asked voters for the current funding level on a promise that it would expand its offerings to more county residents and improve its existing lands.
Friends of Metro Parks watches the park district closely, serving as a voice for citizens who are concerned about Summit County park lands.
During these past six years, we can assuredly say that the district has been fulfilling its promise.
It opened two new parks in communities without close park access (with more to come). It completed the Towpath Trail in Summit County and began work on the multipurpose Freedom Trail to link downtown Akron with Kent.
It repaired and renovated many of its existing facilities, including the nature center at Nature Realm.
It has plans to continue this progress and development, but the district needs to maintain its funding levels to fulfill its plans and promises to the voters.
We endorse these plans and encourage the voters to, as well.
Our tax investment is well placed because the park district is a good steward of our public resources. The park district provides us with a clean, natural backyard.
It also provides us with protected conservation areas that will serve as examples of undeveloped, pristine Summit County land for generations to come.
The 5.2 million park visits last year show that our parks are an asset to the community. As our national parks remain closed, our county park district is open, with all of its programming and amenities continuing.
I and the rest of the board members of Friends of Metro Parks encourage you to vote for on Issue 2 on Nov. 5.
Allan P. Sweet
Time to reach a compromise
It is time for President Obama to stop trash-talking and name-calling and get the parties together to work out a compromise. That’s what good administrators do.
Meanwhile, Congress is writing, and the president will sign, a bill that gives furloughed government employees back pay once the shutdown has ended.
Isn’t that like giving employees an unexpected paid vacation while the citizens of the country suffer?
Impressive in Norton
My wife and I have not been as impressed with a political candidate in Norton as we now are with Danny Grether for a very long time.
He is honest, well-informed and sincerely has the best interest of the citizens at heart.
His background and people skills will serve him well to help quell the simmering feuds that always seem to plague us in Norton.
We need this type of personality in someone who will listen to all sides of an issue, instead of having a confrontational attitude that aggravates situations.
We had the pleasure of meeting his wife and daughter, and appreciate the supportive roles they will lend him, making our decision to back him even easier.
We encourage our fellow residents of Norton Ward 2 to join us on Nov. 5 in electing the best candidate to represent us, Danny Grether.
David and Julie Koontz