YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Lending support for Judge Pike

To the editor:

Judge Ashley Pike has an excellent record of service, integrity and knowledge of the law in Columbiana County. His dedication to the people of Columbiana County is documented by the many cases, sentences and order in our court systems, both Common Pleas and Juvenile.

As a retired educator, I remember his assistance with a student who did not have good parental guidance. Judge Pike immediately offered his assistance when I asked for advice.

Judge Pike’s expertise has frequently been recognized outside the political boundaries of Columbiana County. He was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Grievances and Discipline. He also served as chair of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and as a member of the court’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Judge Ashley Pike’s record as a Common Pleas Judge is stellar. I will proudly vote for him in May and November.

MARILYN A. PARKES,

Lisbon

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Expanding sexual assault prevention efforts

To the editor:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Engaging New Voices,” builds on the idea that we are stronger together, and that new partners and community members are needed to expand sexual assault prevention efforts. There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from practicing or providing consent to speaking out against stereotypes or gender biases.

We can all help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of sexual assault (Black et al., 2011). We all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence in our community. Our actions, big and small, have a ripple effect on those we teach, guide, and influence. From modeling healthy behavior to addressing inappropriate conduct, everyone can make a difference. Changing beliefs which contribute to sexual violence starts with believing survivors of sexual violence when they share their stories. You can help by calling out victim-blaming comments or rape jokes if you see them online. Remind those around you that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Seemingly small actions like this make a critical impact.

We all have a unique role to play in prevention and changing the culture. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexual violence and consent, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety. All of our voices have power. It’s time for everyone to find that voice and embrace it.

Get engaged this April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us in embracing your role in ending sexual assault. Learn more about how you can use your voice to change the culture at www.nsvrc.org/saam.

NICKIE OSTICK,

Lisbon

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Dems need to be riding the Bernie Blue Wave

To the editor:

The 6th Congressional District was deviously designed by party bosses to be a Grand Old Party (GOP) fortress, and its hard-working residents have suffered the painful consequences through eight long years of disastrous misrepresentation by the imported incumbent. The pain in this gerrymandered district needs to end this year and it can end if the right candidate wins the Democratic Party primary. Namely, Rev. Dr. Werner Lange.

Lange is, by comparison, the clear choice in the primary and your best chance, by far, for victory in blue this November. Why? Because, as the only Berniecrat in the race, his truly progressive platform offers a clear alternative to the GOP quagmire and stands in stark contrast to the counterproductive business-as-usual approach in the Democratic Party which has resulted in continual loss of support in this hard-pressed district in recent elections. Democrats need to proudly and passionately reclaim our status as the party of working families and social progress in order to build the Blue Wave this year. Not just any blue will do: it’s a Bernie Blue Wave or bust.

As a veteran educator and ordained minister, Lange is a man of principle who speaks truth to power fearlessly; a seasoned activist, who has deep faith in the power of the people to overcome the corrupt people in power. He is a man of action who practices what he preaches. When machinists were forced to go on strike recently in Tuscarawas County, he joined them on the picket line; when America’s youth rose in righteous anger against gun violence, he helped facilitate a March for Our Lives protest in Steubenville; when misguided authorities leased more of our Wayne National Forest for fracking, he stood in public protest at the Marietta Unit; when the right-wing warmonger Sebastian Gorka addressed the local GOP, he publicly protested his appearance in Salem; and when the call went out from the Ohio Council of Churches to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s (MLK’s) murder and honor his prophetic legacy, he went to Washington D.C. and stood in solidarity with thousands of other people of faith dedicated to ending the national scourge of racism.

As the Democratic nominee and subsequent Congressman, Lange will vigorously embrace that same lifelong passion for justice; pursuit of peace; dedication to truth; commitment to equality; and dogged determination to help America live up to all her noble ideals and help lift up quality of life for all in Appalachian Ohio. The Blue Wave will keep on rolling relentlessly here with Lange for Congress.

ROXANNE LANGE,

Newton Falls

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