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To the Editor:

As the varsity boys basketball season comes to a close, I would like to thank the followings for their continuing support of varsity sports at CHS: Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Ponderosa, Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ, Gionino’s Pizzeria and Crossroads Pizza. Each of these businesses contributed a food coupon to be redeemed after a three-point shot was made at halftime of the boys varsity games.

I would also like to thank those who helped make the three-point shot a success: the CHS Athletic Dept., Rae Knipp, Joe Krantz, Bill Grubbs, Matt, Grace, Paul and Haley Leslie and Nathan Roberts and all the other supporters of the shot.

 

Renee Leslie

Carrollton

 


 

 

Dear Editor:

Two weeks from today, Ohioans will vote in the 2016 primary election to determine the judicial candidates who will appear on the general election ballot.

JudicialVotesCount.org, a nonpartisan website that features biographies of court candidates running for judge, can assist voters. Launched in September, the website includes updated 2016 candidate information for Supreme Court, court of appeals, and common pleas court races. There are 145 seats up for election and more than 200 candidates on the ballot. County court candidates will be added after their filing deadline in August.

In addition to candidate bios, the website includes descriptions about what judges do and the duties of different courts and videos about how Ohio’s court system works. Candidates were also asked to describe their qualifications and their reasons for running for judge.

Finding this type of information in one place is crucial given results from a 2014 survey that found most Ohio voters don’t vote for judicial candidates because they don’t know enough about them.

Judicial Votes Count is a collaboration among the Ohio State Bar Association, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio Newspaper Association, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron, which houses and maintains the website, and me.

I urge all voters to go to JudicialVotesCount.org to become better educated in order to cast an informed vote for judge.

 

Maureen O’Connor

Chief Justice

Supreme Court of Ohio.

 


 

 

To the Editor,

Can one voice make a difference? Absolutely.

We attended the Carrollton Warriors boys basketball game Feb. 6 at Edison Local. As always, everyone stood for the National Anthem – silence: no music, just silence. Everyone looked around waiting but still nothing. There must have been a malfunction. Then, one person started to proudly sing the National Anthem and then another and another until voices throughout the gym joined together. What an amazing sound.

Thank you to the one person who wasn’t afraid to use their voice and lead the crowd in the singing of our National Anthem. It was truly a heartwarming moment that I am glad my family was part of.

I wondered if I should send this letter to the editor or if just writing it for myself was enough. We need to say and hear more positive things in a time when there is so much focus on the negative. Let’s start something. When someone does something nice, tell somebody else and then hopefully, that person will tell another and then another. One voice expressing something positive can make a difference.

On Feb. 6, one voice did make a difference.

 

Valerie Wohlwend

Carrollton, OH