Mahoning County needs change, not Chance
Do we, the taxpayers of Mahoning County, need another Chance? Give me a break.
Our once-illustrious and dubious sheriff, Phil Chance, who was convicted and sentenced under the RICO law, now has two of his loyal supporters back on the county's payroll, thanks to an outlandish and out-of-touch ruling by an arbitrator and a judge, who ruled in favor of Chance's brother Jeff being re-instated.
These men, in my own honest opinion, will never uphold the law nor possess the integrity that's required by any person or persons sworn by oath to do so.
Don't give me another Chance. What I and other law-abiding tax-paying citizens are really looking for is a change in the way this county and particularly the city address the problems that have been destroying our city for far too long. Change not Chance is what we want.
OBOR brief complicates educational funding
I see that the Ohio Board of Regents has filed a friend-of-the-court brief requesting that the Ohio Supreme Court dismiss the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how the state pays for public schools. Their plea is that it threatens funding for colleges and universities, and it is echoed by Chancellor Roderick Chu.
That reflects an extremely narrow and totally self-centered position. Even if the suit is dismissed, the General Assembly will still find excuses to chip away at college funding, just as they have been for decades. Support is 50 percent lower today than it was in 1955, when I graduated from Miami University of Ohio. To restore support to 1955 levels would now require an increase of 100 percent.
Face it. Ohio is one of the very worst in the United States in the support of its citizens' obtaining a post high school education.
When are Chancellor Chu and the members of the board of regents going to realize that they, the public schools and the State Board of Education, plus the State Library and the state's public libraries, must stand together and present a united and uncompromising front to the governor and General Assembly. Neither has any business in undercutting the others if they are to truly serve the best interests of the citizens of Ohio.
JEROME K. STEPHENS
To privacy's harm, big business is watching us
Big brother (in this instance Big Business) is watching. Whatever happened to an individual's rights to privacy? These disclosure inserts that the banks and credit card companies are sending us are a joke.
We give information for a mortgage, credit card, bank account etc., and that company seems to feel that they have the right to share that information with all the world, without our permission.
Even if you state that you don't want the information shared, they find loopholes to benefit them, not the consumer. They do this under the guise of "joint marketing." Now we have no rights to privacy, but to quote a company spokesman, "There are confidentiality clauses in all our contracts" -- which I interpret to mean, "We can do as we please with your information but don't ask us to explain our policies to you or any one else."
What good are laws to protect us if some slick lawyer finds a way around, over or under the law? We are slowly being undermined and losing our uniqueness and all of our privacy.