Green citizens, say 'yes'

A ‘‘yes’’ vote Nov. 6 for Issue 14 for an independent law director allows a common-sense amendment to Green’s City Charter.

This charter amendment was devised by experienced attorneys who live in our city and was sponsored and approved by the Citizens for Responsible Green Government PAC, as well as over 1,000 residents who signed the petition to place it on the ballot. This initiative was modeled after Stow’s charter language; Stow elects both its law director and finance director. Issue 14 only provides for the law director in Green to be elected, starting in 2019 alongside each mayoral election.

Green would join the communities of Tallmadge, Barberton, Westlake, Wilmington, Shelby, Mansfield, Findlay, Zanesville and Salem, which all elect their law directors. Even the state of Ohio elects a law director, our attorney general. Currently, Green’s law director is appointed by the mayor and affirmed by City Council.

There is a significant qualified pool of lawyers in Green to run for office. Requiring residency will allow the new law director to have a pulse on the community and an understanding of the residents’ needs.

Issue 14 is a long time coming. Efforts have been made in the past to change the city charter, but it never happened because Charter Commission members are appointed by the mayor. The city’s history has demonstrated that the appointed law directors have been little more than a mayor’s personal attorney, rarely opposing anything that any mayor has wanted to do. If residents disagreed, the law directors always sided with their boss, the mayor.

Green needs an independent law director who is not at the beck and call of the mayor and will enforce and defend our city charter and provide impartial legal advice to Green City Council.

Members of Citizens for Responsible Green Government: Elaine Selzer, Greer Kabb-Langkamp, Tammy Daly, Susan Ridgeway, Diane Petrella

 

Democrats turn pathetic

This is truly pathetic. How can anybody not see this hogwash about an alleged groping 36 years ago by high school students as anything except another desperation move by sore loser liberal Democrats? Hard as they have tried, they cannot find any legitimate reasons to derail the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation they are soiling themselves over. They get Christine Blasey Ford to go public with something about the candidate and count on women being automatically sympathetic and removing support for an otherwise perfectly qualified candidate. Don’t worry about proof in this tortuous #MeToo era; if she says he did it, he must have, right? Just the accusation is enough. How sad that a genuine problem can be exploited by such unprincipled actors.

Still weeping over their loss, the liberal Democrats will say or do anything to soothe their wounds. What they have accomplished is to persuade me, who has not voted since Ronald Reagan, to register to vote against their destructive utopian fantasies.

Dan Williams, Barberton

 

Common sense restored

Regarding the Sept. 26 article ‘‘City plans to restore Exchange traffic pattern,’’ apparently there are some Akron city officials who possess enough common sense to realize that the idiotic placement of barriers was a dangerous and foolish mistake that needed to be corrected. Thank God, the debacle will soon be eliminated before a pedestrian, motorist or bicyclist is killed.

Removal of these barriers and the resumption of a normal traffic pattern can’t come soon enough. Hopefully, those who concocted and implemented this ridiculous scheme will be removed along with the barriers.

Robert Toth, Akron

 

Let's share the road

I’m sorry that some people want to waste public space by having two lanes of traffic when one is needed. The current generation prefers bike lanes. Let them have a chance.

Rick Hawksley, Kent