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Letters to the editor - updated Oct. 9
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Franklin County should have payment plans for its water
I am writing in response to the story, “County addresses water issues,” published in Sept. 16 edition of the Westside Messenger.
My water bill has taken a toll on me. I have been without water for a few months now. I am a disabled widow with four children, two who live at home.
I have been fighting for my disability and live on a fixed income. I just worked out my mortgage so I can keep my home, now this. It is very frustrating how my water bill is so high and there is not a payment plan in place.
Franklin County tested my home for leaks and nothing was found, but a leak was found under the intersection of Buena Vista and Kanard avenues. My driveway sank at this same corner. They fixed my driveway and the leak in August.
I wonder if I was paying for some of that leak? I remodeled my bathroom and the workers discovered around six leaks, but Franklin County found nothing?
I’m willing to pay my bill and have had many, many conversations with county officials about my situation. Why is there no payment plan? I know I cannot be the only resident having issues. I have tried to get help for at least a month or more, call after call, and no one can give an answer.
Columbia Gas has a payment plan, American Electric Power has a payment plan and the Columbus Water Company has a payment plan. Why is this unheard of here?
Westland High School football needs more attention
I attend the football games at Westland High School and, from where I am sitting, the staff is not concerned with the outcome of the games. Others and myself feel they need to go back to the drawing board and change some different options.
The team has some valuable players. Where would you be as a team if you did not have a good center, a good quarterback and good receivers? Westland has all of the above. They have good offense and defense members.
The staff should look around and put some effort in making changes and be proud of the Westland Cougars. Grove City and Central Crossing high schools get more attention from the district than Westland. In my way of thinking, all schools should get the same attention, which consist of:
• Good athletic director.
• Coaching staff who instruct good plays.
• All team members give the game their all.
After sitting through the Hilliard Davidson game, I had to say something. Even at this game the team was still driving hard. And what do we see? The coaches gave up. Instead of letting them drive down the field, they put in JV and others. There is no problem giving everyone chances to play, but do it at games that are not so close.
The play calls take forever. For a no huddle offense, they lose at least 10 minutes, because they are waiting on the play. And are they that blind? It’s the same routine at every game. Everyone knows what’s coming, because that’s all they do.
And what kind of tackling is this? Hardly anyone tackles. The reach and grab usually doesn’t work! Where are the backs? We have one of the biggest lines, offense and defense, but get ran over constantly. I wish we could get things together. The boys deserve a chance to show their love and their skills for football.
Without a good staff, team members and parent support, you have a football team that does not care. Westland High School is a good school and needs to be recognized.
The liberal bed bug
One terrorist has the world frozen with fear and it’s less than a quarter inch long and has a translucent body except when gorged with blood.
It’s called a bed bug. Like so many scourges we thought we eradicated years ago, these bugs have come back with a vengeance.
It turns out this is another case of good intentions gone wrong. I know there are people who are not old enough to remember the book, “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson.
Carson’s book made bureaucrats in Washington order a stop to DDT. The man who made DDT said he would eat a handful of the stuff to show it was not harmful to humans.
Like typical liberals, who use the “blind men and the elephant” approach to solve every problem, they would not listen. The result is a worldwide infestation of the “liberal bed bug.”
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