YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Encourages a ‘no’ vote on Issue 1

To the editor:

California billionaire George Soros, through many organizations, has spent millions to bypass the locally elected Ohio Legislature, and is pushing a change to the Ohio Constitution through Issue 1 on the November ballot.

Mr. Soros’ plan would change drug penalties and make individuals using or possessing drugs a misdemeanor, punishable at the most, a six-month county jail term.

Under present state law, if an individual was found with just under 1 kilogram of marijuana, or just under 10 grams cocaine, or just under 5 grams of heroin, they would be punished with a fourth-degree felony and be subject to state prison time. However the threat of prison is the greatest tool for the Ohio 167 drug courts which offers treatment in lieu of incarceration. Surely participation in treatment would drop if there is no threat of imprisonment.

The worst of the small print in the proposed constitutional amendment deals with the drug fentanyl.

So anyone caught with less than 20 grams of fentanyl would face a misdemeanor instead of prison time.

A lethal dose of fentanyl can be as small as 2 milligrams. That means 20 grams could kill as many as 10,000 people.

Who Supports Issue 1? Billionaire George Soros, Democratic governor candidate Rich Cordray, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Open Society Policy Center.

Who Opposes Issue 1? Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice O’Connor, The Ohio Judicial Conference, The Ohio State Bar Association, The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and many more.

Please vote No on Issue I

Atty. GEOFFREY GOLL,

Salem

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Former teacher urges support of Crestview School levy

To the editor: I taught full time in the Crestview School System for 29 years and have been a volunteered teacher for the past 25 years. Teaching has been very rewarding for me personally. Based on my experience, I know how great the teachers, administrators, and students are in our system.

I also know we must either repair or replace the supporting infrastructure. The buildings making up this infrastructure need improved safety, security, buildings, and an updated learning environment. The cost is much more expensive to achieve this if we choose to do these upgrades without accepting the State of Ohio funds.

Please vote for the Crestview Bond Issue. Your vote will help our students immensely, and will be less expensive for taxpayers than trying to achieve these improvements on our own. We need to keep the Crestview School system one of the best in the State to assist future generations of students and continue to be a school district people want to move to and not out of. Your vote counts!

Elsie J. McConville,

New Waterford

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