Letters to Editor

Keeping workers in poverty is neither just nor moral: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network (Opinion)

Keeping workers in poverty is neither just nor moral: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network (Opinion)

August 07, 2016 Why is fear being used to convince people that raising workers’ wages will bring down the city? Some of the arguments against raising the minimum wage are the same arguments that were made when talk of ending slavery surfaced back in the 1800s. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. economist to know that if you have “free” labor, prices can be cheaper and profits for corporations higher. Read Full Op-Ed... read more

Elections board got charter initiative ruling wrong

By Mike Rowe Updated Jul 16, 2016 On Friday, July 8, 2016, the Athens County Board of Elections, after consulting with Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, voted not to allow the Athens County charter initiative on the November ballot, despite the fact that it had over 1700 certified signatures (~2400 in all). Read Full... read more

Guest Blog: Updating EPA Frack Waste Regulations: Let’s Call it What it Is

May 18, 2016by Tish O’Dell, Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) Why are we, concerned residents and environmentalists, asking for new rules to be written, instead of asking for the harmful activity to be stopped? Why do we need more rules that will simply allow the destruction of our communities, one permit and one regulation at a time? Don’t we have enough evidence that this system is NOT protecting the environment at all? Read more... read more
Community rights versus environmental destruction: Time to turn the page

Community rights versus environmental destruction: Time to turn the page

Guest Column By Cliff Willmeng –April 14, 2016 In a moment of insight and truthfulness, Mike Foote looked at the proposed legislation —legislation that would remove the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s legal means to sue his community of Lafayette and others like it — and told us, “Nothing passes the Colorado legislature that oil and gas doesn’t want passed.” Read full column... read more

Friedrick’s recent column had some incorrect information

Adam Friedrick’s recent column in The Post had some misinformation regarding the citizen-led petition for a County Charter. First, signing the petition does not commit the signer or the county to anything. Getting petition signatures is the first step in the long process for “we the people” to propose laws or charters directly to the people. This is called “direct democracy” or “participatory democracy” and this is what the American Revolution was fought for. Since the people cannot compete with the corporations and their lobbyists on a monetary level, they must do the leg work of gathering thousands of signatures to give the people in Medina County a chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box.  Read more... read more

Medina County: We have the right to clean air, water, soil

This letter is in response to Commissioner Adam Friedrick’s column on April 2. I’m one of the “well-intentioned” county charter petition supporters who encourage the people of Medina County to read the petition prior to signing it. Mr. Friedrick infers that we home rule supporters are pulling the wool over the people’s eyes. Read more... read more

Appeals court in fracking case should stand up for basic rights

To the Editor: On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cleveland considered a suit brought against the state of Ohio by Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood (MADION) intended to uphold a popular vote in their city of Broadview Heights to prevent further fracking in the city. In its 13 square miles Broadview Heights already has 90 wells.

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