Athens County Democratic Party Chair Susan Gwinn has filed an appeal of a decision by the Ohio Elections Commission, which found in June that she broke state elections law during her campaign for the county prosecutor seat in 2008.
The special prosecutor who put together the case against Gwinn, however, has reportedly filed a motion asking a Franklin County judge to dismiss Gwinn's appeal.
TUCSON - Arizona is the New South and the new South Africa. It is the home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, where racial profiling is official policy. Now, in another form of profiling, State Superintendent of Schools Tom Horne wants to eliminate ethnic studies.
At his behest and by a 4-3 Arizona Senate panel vote, an amendment to education bill S.B. 1069 was passed that emphasizes the teaching of individualism at the expense of ethnic studies. The bill would permit the Department of Education to withhold 10 percent of state monies if ethnic studies continue to exist. The full legislature is expected to pass it within several weeks, and Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to sign it into law.
Horne has spent two and a half years pushing this bill, and it will effectively send Arizona school children into the dark ages. Overriding the concept of local control, Horne wants Arizona teachers to impose one view of America upon the state's children.
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is spending most of his time trying to win the support of international leaders in his war against terrorism. His summit with EU President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic and his visit to NATO's headquarters in Brussels last Thursday were a major effort to convince the international community that Pakistan is serious about defeating terrorism. Those leaders may have affirmed their support publicly, but many of them are still cautious.
To the Editor:
On behalf of the League of Ohio Sportsmen, I would like to thank Congressman Zack Space for supporting the American Clean Energy and Security Act. This bill will help protect America's fish, wildlife and forests, along with the rural economies that depend on these resources. The bill will create new jobs in Ohio's 18th District. We have worked with several companies in the district involved with clean energy products and technologies. We expect these companies to grow in size and number.
Zack Space has proved once again that he is a friend of sportsmen on issues ranging from gun rights to protecting the fish and wildlife habitats that support our way of life.
Climate Change Committee Chairman
League of Ohio Sportsmen
Canal Winchester, Ohio
To the Editor:
As a member of the Action Committee and a regular attendee and organizer of house shows in Athens, Ohio, I am highly disappointed that the City of Athens Office of Code Enforcement has chosen to go out of its way to shut down the positive, constructive and community-enriching DIY scene. Not only this, but I am appalled that, instead of confronting us about our actions during the course of the past school year when there could be an active dialogue between our supporters and city officials, the Office of Code Enforcement cowardly waited until many of the students who would be able to defend us and present our side of the story left town for the summer, assuming that this would ensure little opposition to their enforcement/interpretation of the zoning code.
To the Editor:
I tip my hat to Dover Township Trustee David Bobo, who promptly responded to a large heap of garbage dumped near a drainage culvert 20 feet from the Hocking River beside Hamley Run Road parallel to the bike path on June 15.
Not only did Mr. Bobo contact the Athens County Sheriff's Office but he put on his gloves to assist the deputy in digging into the garbage to try and find a clue that could link the garbage to the culprit who dumped it!
Could you please print a photo of a common garbage can (also known as a trash can). Apparently, some folks in these parts have forgotten what one looks like.
P.S. Your paper works as a great weed barrier in the garden.
I am a senior at Ohio University. As a performer in Athens for the past four years, I've been involved in many different environments when it comes to the local music scene. I've performed in coffee shops, bars and living rooms with either my band or just solo. This has led me to meet great performers and some of my best friends. These experiences sum up the most beneficial memories and opportunities that I have had at OU. Without them, I wouldn't have the chance to understand the local music scene and growing DIY community.
I believe 35 Brown has achieved something that is imperative to the local arts and music scene. The house has provided something I never thought I'd see while being a showgoer - a positive, alcohol-free environment that encourages the artistic expression of musicians and creative thinkers alike. This, along with the policy of holding all-ages shows at a free cost, is something I'd hate to see leave Athens.
Excuse me.... Maybe I'm just an irrational Republican in a sea of rational Democrats, but does anybody else think that this shenanigan by Athens City Council to purchase 600 acres from University Estates is a completely irresponsible use of taxpayers' money? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm for protecting our city's water source as well as its view-shed.
Speaking of view-sheds, has anyone taken a recent walk around some of the uptown neighborhoods? If by chance you have, maybe you've noticed that we have some of the worst sidewalks and curbs I've ever seen. Yet, we can spend millions of dollars on land that will never profit the city, only cost it money - money that adds up to millions of dollars that would be better spent on police officers, firefighters, improving waterlines on the east side, improving residential development of the west side, or helping our libraries. Our own mayor said that Athens is below state average for police officers.
The American Clean Energy and Security Bill, otherwise known as "úcap and trade," was narrowly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday. Its purpose is to reduce the emissions causing climate change, and shift our energy use from fossil fuels to renewable resources, like wind, solar and biofuel. There are also provisions requiring higher fuel efficiency.
The bill has been watered down significantly from its introduction to accommodate the concerns of coal-state lawmakers, and due to pressure from the coal, oil and agriculture lobbyists. Even as weak as it is, it may not pass the more "úbusiness-friendly" Senate.