2013-08-24 / Editorials & Letters

More thought needed on proposals

Editor:

First, I thought it was dumb for any official to suggest calling 9-1-1 to report barking dogs. That’s not what I’d call a life-threatening emergency. Then I found it really strange for someone to propose building condos in the cornfields surrounding this village. But it never fails to amaze me how people move here from the city, attracted by the small town, quaint atmosphere of a place like Millersport. Then suddenly, they want the place to grow - and grow - and grow. Some call this progress; I call it a shame.

The latest idea takes the cake. Now, because someone leaves their trash cans out too long, officials want to make a law that everyone has to have their trash out by a certain time and day and in by a certain time and day. Didn’t we all learn in 3rd grade that it’s wrong to punish everyone for the bad actions of a few? Wouldn’t it make more sense to give warnings to the people who are committing this horrendous crime and then ticket THEM for 25 bucks if they don’t comply, instead of “big brothering” the rest of us?

I believe the report also said the trash cans were in the roadway. I’m sure there is already a law against that somewhere in the ORC. Enforce it. That seems simple enough. Use what we already have on the books and quit wasting time writing new laws.

As far as the yard sales go, you’re all politicians. How soon do you put your signs up and how long are they up, and how soon do you take them down? Is it realistic to limit advertising a sale for just 12 hours? And who are you to tell people what they can and cannot do on their own property - 3 yard sales per year? Is that like requiring term limits for elected officials? Better give this some more thought.

Barb Hanners
Millersport

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