A press release issued Thursday afternoon indicated Mayor Christina Muryn, Findlay City Council and zoning officials are in the process of updating/changing zoning for the entire city with direct changes to about 6,700 properties or about 40 percent of all city properties.

Finally, city government provided some information to the public even though this has been in progress for over two years with nearly zero input from the public or any stakeholders.

The new zoning map and regulations are currently in the draft phase with plans to finalize sometime in the near future.

The press release was inaccurate in that zoning regs/maps were changed about nine years ago.

The mayor and City Council failed to ask for any input from the public stakeholders then, causing headaches for property owners wanting to improve their properties.

Once again, city officials planned on ramming through changes without giving the public fair notice, had it not been for the efforts of Matt Cordonnier.

Cordonnier is the director of HRPC and the person responsible for the “nuts and bolts” of zoning.

Fortunately, Matt petitioned City Council for some additional time before council proceeded with changes, allowing for public/stakeholder input.

Ramming through changes without listening to public input would cause chaos in the city, and erodes trust in city government.

It is imperative that every Findlay property owner visit the city’s website and open the handy link set up by Cordonnier that shows a table with current zoning for each property and the future/proposed changes.

Zoning changes can affect the ability of a property owner to exercise free property rights. Front, side and rear set-back changes, lot coverage allowances and lot usage are all changing for many residents — some for the better and some with greater restrictions.

If you have questions or wish to challenge the zoning change, it must be done now before officials approve the rule change without regard to public input, as they have done most recently with regard to unwanted and unnecessary bike paths.

Cordonnier deserves accolades for providing good information and pushing back on the rush to pass the zoning changes.

Tom Ross



To all those people here in Findlay who did not or do not vote: I want to congratulate you. I’m beginning to believe there is no reason to vote any more in Findlay.

We vote for people we believe will do what the people want done, but not here in Findlay.

So everyone, stop voting!

We have elected officials that do not care what we think. They are running Findlay as they want to. Doesn’t it matter what people who do vote want?

We told them in meetings — when we are able to speak at those meetings — what and why we don’t want the bicycle lanes on Blanchard and Lincoln streets. But the elected officials don’t care.

This is their decision because we don’t know anything.

The only smart people living here, I guess, are our elected officials. But who put them in their positions? Who? We did.

They told us they would listen to us. But no, not a chance. They are doing what they want and we’re to live with it. Isn’t this beginning to be Russia in the U.S.? It seems like it to me.

So, let’s just stop voting completely — and see who has offices after we do.

Joyce A. Butcher



The commentary by Marc Thiessen in Wednesday’s paper (Viewpoint) prompted some thoughts of my own.

It seems almost incomprehensible that some European nations have such short memories. If it were not for the support, finances and sacrifice of American soldiers, all of Europe would have been subject to Germany after World War I or, worse yet, the Third Reich’s horrendous philosophy leading up to World War II.

As stated in the commentary, Germany (and I add Japan) would be second-class world citizens if not for the generous policies and financial aid from the good old USA after World War II.

How soon some forget history and the blessings they have received. That leads me to ponder what history and blessings I have forgotten.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we all would do well to consider the blessings (hint — they are not all financial) that are ours. We have so much to be thankful for. Every day we have a reason to give thanks.

However, the reality is that sometimes the constant demands, struggles, and worries do more to create a spirit of defeat than a heart of thanks.

We can easily forget, in the midst of our busyness, to pause, take a deep breath, and give thanks to God for all that he has done and will continue to do in our lives.

Chuck Gerringer



I thought I would wish some previous Readers’ Views writers, Judith Donaldson (Nov. 9) and Bill Stock (Nov. 12) some electric weeks of entertainment as the impeachment hearings take over the airwaves.

Judith doesn’t think the Democrats are doing their jobs and spending too much time impeaching.

Maybe fact-checking might help to enlighten the fact that as of August, over 300 bills passed by the House have been stalled in the Senate. So it looks like the GOP has some work to do.

As for Stock, his drooling over “The Donald” may need some fact-checking, too.

First of all, Trump cannot take all the credit for the increase in jobs. Trump’s job growth has actually fallen 130,000 short of Obama’s last three years, according to Forbes.

And, according to “The Faith of Donald J. Trump,” a new book by David Brody, “Donald Trump is the most thoroughgoing heathen we’ve ever installed in the White House.”

Brody describes Trump as having wrung the bell loudly and publicly on at least six of seven deadly sins in the church — lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, envy, and pride. “Religion has been as much in evidence in Donald Trump’s public life as vegetables have been.”

Several years ago there was an event called “Washington for Jesus,” for the religious right. The moderator asked whether the newly energized Christian right would support a candidate who was an atheist, as long as that candidate took the preferred position on abortion or the rights of gay people.

Watching the so-called Christian community line up behind Donald Trump has made me realize how very right that guy was.

Delusion is real! Enough said!

Salena Maazaoui