The Athens NEWS urges Athens city voters to approve Issue 4 on the city ballot in the Nov. 2 election. The 0.1 percent street improvements levy will replace an existing one of the same amount, and extend for 10 more years. Because of urgent need for bridge and other repairs, the two levies would overlap for one year before the old one ends and the new one continues.
For those Athens Countians voting in Ohio's 18th
Congressional District race, we recommend that you grab your nose and
squeeze it hard before casting your vote for incumbent U.S. Rep. Zack
Much more than his opponent, he will have the flexibility
and moral authority to advocate tax increases when they become
necessary. And make no mistake, anyone who has examined the numbers
involved in Ohio's budget crisis knows that filling a projected $6
billion to $8 billion hole in the 2012-13 budget will require a mixture
of tax hikes and deep spending cuts.
We urge our readers to vote for Maryellen O'Shaughnessy
for Ohio secretary of state in the Nov. 2 election. She is more likely
than her opponent, state Sen. Jon Husted, R-Kettering, to take a
non-partisan, non-ideological approach to the office.
The Athens NEWSrecommends
the approval of Issue 3, an emergency medical services levy, on the
Nov. 2 ballot. This tax renewal will provide continued funding for these
crucial services in our community.
In the race for Ohio Attorney General, we strongly
recommend the re-election of Richard Cordray. He has done a masterful
job rehabilitating the AG's office since taking over for sleazebag Mark
Dann in 2008.
We urge Athens County voters to support Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce in his election bid on Nov. 2. Since being appointed treasurer nearly two years ago, Boyce has saved the state money by putting certain contracts out to bid, and has generally carried on the good work of his predecessor, Richard Cordray.
The Athens NEWS strongly supports a renewal of a 2-mill levy for
the county's Children Services agency. The 10-year renewal of an
existing levy, Issue 1 on the Athens County ballot, will ensure that our
county's most vulnerable citizens, its children, are protected.
The Athens NEWS recommends the election of Lee Fisher as U.S.
senator for Ohio. Moderate Democrat Fisher's election will pile another
sandbag on the dike protecting America from legislative rule by a
Republican Party that's as cynical in its pursuit of power as it is
lacking in knowledge of basic history and arithmetic.