“Even if the tax were approved, Summit would still have one of the lowest sales tax rates in the state, Dodson said.”
— Akron Beacon Journal
• The speaker: Jason Dodson, chief of staff for Summit County Executive Russ Pry.
• The tax: countywide sales tax, which now stands at 6.75 percent.
• The proposal (likely to appear on the November ballot): jacking up the rate to 7 percent, which would raise $20 million more per year, a third of which would go toward building an 8,500-seat arena in downtown Akron and the rest going to county projects mainly involving public safety.
Now, you can argue, quite credibly, that the increase would be worthwhile. You can also argue that a couple of counties have much higher rates. But you cannot say 7 percent would be “one of the lowest” in the state.
If Summit jacks up its tax rate to 7 percent, it would be among 37 counties that have the same rate or lower.
Ohio has 88 counties. That means 42 percent of Ohio’s counties would have the same rate or lower than Summit.
Twenty-two counties — 25 percent — would have a lower rate.
That’s not even close to being “one of the lowest.”
While our high-strung managing editor was on a beach vacation last week, he emailed a couple of comments and suggestions to editors about articles he had read on Ohio.com. In other words, the guy was working while he should have been sunning.
So assistant metro editor Craig Webb tried to point him in the right direction. Webb shot back an email that read:
“Why don’t you go enter a pet-the-jellyfish contest?”
When David Post read a column last week about the huge BJ letters from the old Beacon Journal clock tower being displayed in a museum, he was transported back to his childhood.
Post, 79, delivered the BJ while growing up in West Akron. He remembered a little game he and his young buddies would play in the years after the merger of the Beacon Journal and the Times-Press.
“There was a little gimmick,” he recalled. “Kids would take their finger and push on their buddy’s forehead — [and say] “Akron” — then bring it down to the chin — press “Beacon” — right cheek — “Journal” — and then left cheek — “Times” — then press the nose real hard — “Press.”
“That was the biggest kick at the time.”
Here’s the entirety of an unsolicited email I received from a reader who signed his name but shall remain nameless because I don’t want my readers to get fired and go broke and end up on welfare.
“I screwed up and printed the entire document instead of just current page. Too late, already in the printer’s memory, and a power cycle wasn’t going to stop this loyal employee.
“I sat there reading an article about the theory of relativity as I observed the randomness of papers falling to the floor every time the oscillating fan rotated.
“Yes, I was smoking pot.
“While seeming to be random as hell, there was a pattern. It all depended on the latency of the page, if another page would weight it down, and the time it took for the fan to rotate. All calculable if I took that next class and all.”