WHERE’S THE VOICE OF REASON?

This is intended to reach citizens who are tired of our elected officials voting on measures which overstep their duties of being a voice for their constituency as councilmen and councilwomen when they vote to restrict property rights.

The voice of reason has to start somewhere, so now, the final reading on a measure which would cause a property owner to be in violation of an ordinance because their grass is too long?

Are we going to put up with this absurdity? What’s next?

You have to have a lawn manicured to specific guidelines or have your landscaping approved? “Sir or madam, it seems you have neglected to spray for dandelions or violets we’ve noticed growing in your yard.”

How many compliance officers do we need? Or is this Findlay’s way of contributing to economic growth? The more compliance officers, the lower the unemployment rate. How are we paying for this?

Whatever became of the first two commandments of Christ? Love God with your whole heart and then the second, love thy neighbor as thyself.

These kinds of absurd private property ordinances only drive wedges between neighbors.

Furthermore, councilmen and councilwomen should be taking these complaints and helping neighbors solve their issues after the neighbors themselves have attempted to solve the issues. We don’t need more compliance officers.

I urge every elected council person to vote “no” on the stupid grass ordinance. We do not need to sanitize Findlay with lawn restrictions, we need to come together as the beautiful little city that we purport to be.

Keep more legislation to a minimum and stop making everything an “emergency.”

Citizens of Findlay, unite to keep our officials beholding to us, not the self-serving special interest groups. Go to the City Council meetings. When no one goes, these kinds of things get passed.

Call your council people. They represent us, not the mayor, not themselves, not the NEAT police — us.

Melissa Humphress

Findlay

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR SOCIETY?

“Now is the time for the richest to contribute their fair share,” Don Iliff wrote (letter, May 10). But he never defines “fair share.”

The word fair implies that the burden, responsibility, or reward is shared, but Iliff does not say what those who cause the need for taxation should pay.

So the real question is, who is responsible for society, the person who wants to lower his/her taxes, or the person, through bad personal behavior, who causes the need for the taxes in the first place?

If a rich person is demanded to pay a “fair share” tax, can we at least expect others to practice a “fair share” behavior?

I will agree with Iliff that more prevention is needed.

Jim Stahl

Findlay

FLAG CITY PROUD

Nothing warms my heart quite like kids’ school programs.

On Thursday evening, Glenwood Junior High held their Spring Choir Concert with the sixth, seventh and eighth-grade choirs and the Northern Lights (Findlay First Edition in training) performing.

I was nearly brought to tears over the sixth-grade offering, “America, Of Thee I Sing.” The song opened with a bit of the Pledge of Allegiance and went into “America, The Beautiful.”

Can you believe? No one took a knee!

I am heartened that patriotic values are alive and well in Flag City, U.S.A.

Janet Quarrie

Findlay

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