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Planning commission decision not to annex is commendable

It was refreshing to read of the Planning Commission’s recommendation to reject annexation of a portion of the 200 acres belonging to Mr. Won Bong Cha along Township Road 179. I can only hope the council members will pay heed to this as well.

Township Road 179 is a heavily traveled road due to its connection from county roads 10 and 29 as well as State Route 540. The nearness of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and the medical offices on Sloan Boulevard also make this road appealing. Unfortunately, there are no speed limit signs on this road from Sloan Blvd. to County Road 10 and the contours of the road make it difficult to see oncoming traffic and dangerous for those who jog.

In 2013 the city of Bellefontaine paved the section of 179 between Whispering Pines and White Pines and also corrected a drainage issue that was caused by Mr. Cha’s previous backhoe work. Improvements by Jefferson Township are lacking.

If this area were to be annexed there would need to be traffic studies conducted to ensure safety and control of access to the developing property. Also, this would increase fire and police coverage and response time, leaving other areas vulnerable. Council and citizens should take into consideration the infrastructure of the city and continue improving those instead of developing further away from the center point.

Finally, while I find Mr. Cha’s desire to supplement an orphanage in  his native country of North Korea commendable, as Americans we must remember this is a country of oppression. This is a country that imprisons Americans and does not advocate contact with the rest of the world. The question becomes apparent: Will the revenue from Mr. Cha’s development actually go to an orphanage or will the monies be subject to confiscation by the government of North Korea?

John A. Stockdale Jr.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Resources available about Shawnee development proposal

With all development projects there are rumors and false information. The great thing about the Eastern Shawnee resort project is that there are many independent resources to make an informed decision.

There are numerous videos on YouTube about the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and Chief Glenna Wallace. A good resource on law is American Indians And The Law, by N. Bruce Duthu, Penguin Press. The Native North American Almanac provides information on all the tribes. It is published by Gale Group. There is the native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, Colo. 80302

Souring Eagle Resort in Michigan is very similar to the one planned here. Contact the chamber of commerce and public officials at Mount Pleasant for their opinion.

Many Web sites and videos are available on all issues. My facebook page is public and has some of these resources.

Mike Grundish
Russells Point

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Champaign County Commisioners should support Buckeye Wind Project

This letter is to encourage the Champaign County Commissioners to support the Buckeye Wind projects and to grant the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program. Over one million dollars would be generated for our county, townships and schools annually.

In these lean times and seasons of state fund cuts, our schools could really use this revenue. Close to a half million dollars annually would come to Triad Local School alone, not affecting the funding from the state.

Commissioners, we need  your support.

Wind energy is clean, renewable and affordable. The EPA is mandating more restrictions and harsh guidelines for fossil fuel generated power plants, driving the cost of electricity higher. We need to be focused on our future. We need to be prepared for the changes. We need to explore, embrace and build cleaner, renewable and more cost efficient sources of electricity.

This is our, your, chance to make the future a better place for all of us. Please support the Buckeye Wind projects and the PILOT program.

Tammy Bullard, sec.
OPSEA Local 693
Cable, Ohio

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Veterans get much deserved recognition

Tuesday, Nov. 11, I had the privilege of attending a Veteran’s Day Service at Benjamin Logan High School with my father.

We were greeted by students, served a delicious breakfast, the choir sang, the band played, Logan County Honor Guard taught how to properly fold the American flag, all followed by a moving speech by Marine Staff Sgt. Dony Storey.

I am so grateful to see patriotism being taught to our students.

Thank you to the staff and students of Benjamin Logan for a special service.

Luann Culp
West Mansfield

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014

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