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Boardman clergy urge support for police levy at Sunday march



Published: Fri, June 24, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Boardman clergy urge support for police levy at Sunday march

The members of the Board- man Ministerial Association invite all Boardman registered voters to support the police levy on Aug. 2.

Boardman is at a crossroads. Just a few years ago, we had 63 police officers; now we’re down to just 47. A few years ago there were about 12 drug busts per year, now we average one to two per week. In addition the Boardman Police Department has identified over 300 suspected drug dealing locations — many more than can be effectively addressed. The criminals know these facts. It’s time for us to make sure all our residents know them as well.

Over the last several years, our police force has been shrinking while crime has been increasing. That places every person in our community at risk. The police now face a situation where they are, for the most part, responding to crime instead of deterring it. You can help draw the line against crime.

Voting yes for the police levy will result in the hiring of 10 new officers and retain two additional ones. Also, eight additional people will be hired in support positions, freeing up officers from clerical responsibilities and better serving our youth and community.

Boardman has been a good place to call home for many years. It’s up to each of us to pass on to our children a safe and strong community. It is the opinion of the clergy of Boardman Township that this police levy is a critical necessity. We know that passing this levy will cost you a little more money (on average homeowners will pay just over $100 per year). However, unless we act now, crime will continue to increase, our quality of life will decrease, the value of our properties will decline, and homeowner expenses will increase.

We invite everyone to join us for a Candlelight Walk Against Crime at 8 p.m. Sunday.

We will leave from Good Hope Lutheran Church at 98 Homestead Drive (off Southern Boulevard) and walk to Market Street Elementary School. The purpose of the candlelight procession is to take a stand against increasing crime in our community. Stopping for prayer along the way will be an important part of the march.

Pastor Bob Quaintance, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Boardman and other members of the Boardman Ministerial Association


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1paulparks(235 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"It is the opinion of the clergy of Boardman Township that this police levy is a critical necessity."

Much as I hate to criticize a group like this, I believe this organization has no business endorsing this levy.

I say that because this levy does not constitute a moral issue. Pray for the police. Pray for a safe community, but I think it is wrong to give the impression that it is morally wrong to vote against this levy.

What's the next endorsement? ...for a school levy or against SB5? I don't think this is good course for this organization to take.

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2BeefyOsito(7 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I have no problem with the local clergy who are very much part of the core of our community to ask those who's quality of life within the community are impacted by the problems it is facing to support our police force.

Every day Boardman becomes a less attractive place to live, and we can do something about this. Yes, money is tight for all of us, but the quality of our community is at stake and ignoring the burdgoening crime problem will only exacerabate it while those who prey upon others benefit from their crimes.

We are Boardman, and as a result we are responsible for what kind of place we call home, what kind of place we raise our families in, where we live our lives and ultimately what kind of community we create.

Miguel De La Hoz
Boardman, OH

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Churches do not pay property taxes - they want everyone else to pay for their protection. What a joke.

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4youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

This is laughable. In fact this article seems cut and pasted straight from the Boardman "Coalition Against Crime" website. The police blotter speaks for itself. There is 0 "violent or threatening crime" to the general population. Until these idiots wanting levies realize that Boardman will ALWAYS have lots more crime than surrounding communities because let's face it, there are practically no other shopping centers with as many options as Boardman has. The Wal-Mart crowd that everyone loves to cut down hasn't taken their crime into the neighborhoods surrounding the store and until they do, there is no reason to vote for this. They should make more benefit cuts. They have the ability to make it work.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"the Boardman Police Department has identified over 300 suspected drug dealing locations — many more than can be effectively addressed."

The culture is gaining control . It is but a matter of time befor they come in and take the church collection baskets .

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