Athens New LTE By Dick McGinn, Athens County Bill of Rights Committee, Jul 26, 2017

Editor Smith’s critique of proposed charter is seriously flawed “…There are three serious flaws in this paragraph alone. First, Smith begs the question of who wants a charter form of government while forgetting that it can only be answered at the ballot box. Second, he implies that the people of Athens County are better off if decisions affecting their health and the quality of their environment are made in Columbus, by politicians, most of whom don’t live here and very likely don’t care about what happens….Read...
Petition aimed at prioritizing people over pipelines

Petition aimed at prioritizing people over pipelines

A group of concerned citizens is trying to place an issue on Bowling Green’s ballot aimed to protect the city and its water supply from pipelines. The group’s goal is to prioritize people over pipelines. Brad Holmes, president of the Environmental Action Group at Bowling Green State University, talked about the charter amendment earlier this week during a City Council meeting. Read...
Elections board doesn’t certify county charter petitions

Elections board doesn’t certify county charter petitions

Lawrence Pantages  | The Gazette  | Published on July 11, 2017 MEDINA TWP. — The Medina County Board of Elections on Monday did not certify petitions with 6,494 signatures of registered voters supporting the placement of a county charter form of government on the Nov. 7 ballot. One of the leaders of Sustainable Medina County, Kathie Jones of Sharon Township, said, “I’m shocked that they voted against democracy. This is undemocratic.“They’re not lawyers,” she said, referring to the elections board members. “They can’t decide the law. Read more...
Elections board nixes county charter; next stop the courts

Elections board nixes county charter; next stop the courts

Athens News, By David DeWitt, Jul 12, 2017 “We have to follow the LAW” Elections board member Carpenter-Colvin said.” “Bill of Rights Committee member Sara Bryant maintained that the Board of Elections is not a judicial branch of government and shouldn’t be interpreting law. It’s an egregious breach of separation of powers,  she said.” Read more here....