A constitutional amendment will curb the influence of money on politics
It was encouraging to read that 13 elected Republican leaders in Licking County and 25 non-partisan leaders in Coshocton County have called for the overthrow of State Representative Larry Householder for wanting responsible representation in Ohio lawmakers. Certainly they speak for all Ohio citizens represented by lawmakers who respond to super-PACS, monetary interests, and their own gratifications rather than the needs of their communities.
A post-2020 citizen data poll found that 68% of Ohioans across all political parties support a proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow Congress and state law to tighten limits on political contributions and spending in state and federal elections can set. This constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 1, was introduced in the US House of Representatives.
It is big and dark money in elections that caused this corruption in Ohio. We want Ohio lawmakers to address the needs of the Coshocton and Licking Counties communities. But we also want our legislators to take measures to stop the cause of this corruption. A US constitutional amendment is needed to stop this flow of money. 22 states have committed to ratify this amendment. We want Ohio to support this initiative and ratify this amendment when it is passed by Congress. We want people to rule, not money.
Ellen Greene Bush, Ohio American Promise
Hold those who do not carry out weapon reforms accountable
We wake up again with the heading, “Mass Murder On (fill in the blank) by a concerned man. (Fill in the blank) dead. “Although the vast majority of Americans from both parties and neither party are in favor of reasonable gun safety legislation, excuses are made, we are encouraged to send” thoughts and prayers, “and nothing is done.
Soon the same headline will appear over and over again. It is now time not for thought, not for prayer, but for action. Write a letter. Call your representative and senator. Don’t accept lame excuses like those from Louisiana Senator John Kennedy (R) who said, “We should control drunk drivers, not all drivers.” Senator Kennedy, imagine the carnage if we had lawmakers committed to the alcohol industry and a small percentage of unethical voters who prevented us from legislating on drunk driving.
There are just no excuses. Even the conservative Justice Scalia said the second amendment was not “pure” and could be interpreted to allow restrictions. Make sure you hold those in government or elected judicial positions accountable for the carnage as well. The time is now
Greg Ward, Dublin
The city’s climate protection plan is a good step, but it could go further
I respond to the March 11th shipping article: “Critics say Columbus needs more savings on CO2 emissions.” The Columbus Climate Change Plan is a massive undertaking that the city guides have been working on, and I am grateful that the attention is focused on reducing emissions and making our city more sustainable.
I have become familiar with the 30 strategies and goals in the plan and believe that certain actions can and should be more ambitious.
For example, Goal 8.1 is to reduce commercial energy consumption by 10% and reduce municipal energy consumption by 20% by 2030. I believe Columbus could use programs and incentives to increase energy efficiency in buildings and reduce energy consumption by 25% in commercial, municipal and private.
Goal 10.1 is for 1% of off-street parking spaces to have EV chargers by 2030. The demand for electric vehicles is expected to grow sharply, but a lack of charging is an obstacle to that. Can Smart Columbus, the leading agency for this goal, develop more solutions for the public and private charging infrastructure?
Columbus should consider how increasing targets in key areas can also support the regional economy.
Rachel Wagner, Southern Orchards, Columbus
The complexity of climate change makes it difficult to find solutions
Two articles in the March 18 mailing on Great Lakes water quality were intended to remind us of the complexity of the world’s ecosystems and how much is still unknown to our scientists. In “Climate-Whipped Sea Breezes That Are Hazards” I read that gusts associated with global warming affect water quality and pose a threat to fish in Lake Erie, as extremely strong winds occasionally stir up deep, phosphorus-rich water and push it shallower Waters in the western part of the lake.
In Quagga Clams Taking Over the Great Lakes, I read that new research has shown that invasive species have a previously unknown influence on the phosphorus cycle in the Great Lakes, which affects the shift of phosphorus from deep to shallow water Contributing to this is the formation of algal blooms and frustrating efforts to regulate the flow of phosphorus into the Great Lakes. I’ve also read that better scientific models are needed to account for the effects of the quagga mussel and more effectively control water quality in the Great Lakes.
Could it be that some of the so-called climate deniers are better at assessing the nature of the scientific evidence and its inherent limitations than those promoting substantial policy change to limit the effects of a changing climate when the costs of change are significant and the Benefit is uncertain when so much is still unknown about our planet’s ecosystems.
David Fowler, Westerville
Yost’s stimulus lawsuit is only more political
Ohio AG Yost Republican is suing the government over a COVID relief provision that bans the use of the funds in support of tax cuts, according to a March 19 shipping article.
Why? Doesn’t federal legislation granting government spending always place restrictions on how the money is used? No Congressional Republicans at all supported the measure. Is there any money left for Ohio after unemployment benefits, payroll, restaurant and venue support, vaccination, testing, and school opening protocols, and whatever is more advanced?
Yost is just wasting Ohio tax dollars on the more obstructive GOP size. This is not a law enforcement. It’s a political playground bullying tactic. Just stop.
Mark Levy, Columbus
The misleading headline about Boy Scouts showed bias
The March 3 article, “The Boy Scouts’ Plan to End Bankruptcy, which is deemed” Totally Inadequate “,” referred only to the Boy Scouts of America and not to the Girl Scouts of USA.
Doesn’t the term “Boy Scouts” apply to both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts? The use of the general term “Boy Scouts” in the heading of an article about Boy Scouts only is biased. It neglects the existence of the Girl Scouts as if they weren’t real Girl Scouts. It’s also misleading because the issue, in this case bankruptcy and sexual abuse, can be wrongly ascribed to both Boy Scout organizations.
As a long-time scout who has benefited greatly from the organization, I find this oversight irritating and unfair.
Carol J. Branscomb, Columbus
OSU should not end relationship with Wendy because of unsubstantiated allegation
I reply to Julia Allwein’s letter of March 21: “The OSU has to listen to the students, support the farm workers, not Wendy’s.” Ms. Allwein advocates ending a long-term and beneficial relationship between Ohio State University and Wendy’s because of alleged unspecified farm workers in Wendy’s supply chain. No evidence of wrongdoing is produced, only condemnation of a simple target with a reputation for protection.
I encourage OSU to ignore this bullying and encourage all of your readers to enjoy a delicious burger, fries and frosty from America’s best fast food restaurant. I know that I will.
John Stark, Sunbury
Columbus continues to shower developers with tax breaks
Again, Columbus politicians grant developers unfair tax breaks (Wednesday article “City grants data center tax breaks”). First, it was Ohio Health’s payday with exchange 315; Now the $ 54 million tax break for Hartman Farm’s data center. Politicians should disclose what the consideration is.
Michael Oser, Columbus