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May 26, 2010

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Thank you for belt check

Clermont County Safe Communities has just completed a county-wide seat belt check at all our high schools. This project was initiated to bring awareness to high school students about the importance of buckling up. In cooperation with all the county schools and UC Clermont, volunteers checked several thousand vehicles during April and early May. A project this comprehensive does not happen easily, nor without the cooperation of many people. Administrators and school resource officers from Goshen, New Richmond, Milford, Felicity, Amelia, Batavia, Grant Career Center, Live Oaks, Williamsburg, Bethel, Clermont Northeastern, Glen Este and UC Clermont were all interested and cooperative about hosting the checks. Law enforcement officials from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Goshen PD, New Richmond PD, Miami Township PD, Felicity PD, Williamsburg PD, Union Township PD and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post all assisted in this project. Student drivers that were buckled up were given a coupon from Chick-fil-A at Eastgate, courtesy of owners Tom and Callie Sutton. Thanks to all these volunteers and partners, all area high school students have had a lesson in seat belt safety. My sincere appreciation to all involved. Martha Enriquez, MS Safe communities coordinator Clermont County General Health District Bauer Road Batavia Township

Thanks for the apology

Thanks to Mayor Amy Brewer for her heartfelt apology for her little faux pas, though she appar-

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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address, cell and home phone numbers so we may verify your letter or guest column. Letters may be no more than 200 words and columns must be 500 words or less. Please include a headshot with guest columns. All submissions will be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline is noon Friday. E-mail: clermont@communitypress.com. Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: The Milford-Miami Advertiser, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Milford-Miami Advertiser may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. ently had some trouble putting her finger on just what it was all about. “If I have done something in my personal life that has offended anyone or embarrassed the city of Milford in any way ... ” Why, yes, Mayor, actually there was just one little “something” - you brought shame and disgrace to the city and contributed to the dereliction of duty by one of Milford’s finest. Not to mention adding to the further decay of public decency and morality and topping it all off by lightly dismissing it as “my personal life.” Thank you for sharing so much of your personal life, your brilliant display of leadership and for apologizing for whatever it was you were apologizing for. Robert Herbert Lynne Clara Drive Milford

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Should a U.S. Supreme Court justice have prior judicial experience? Why or why not? “The U.S. Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the law of the land. Justices need to understand all the nuances of the law and relate current questions to the precedents that have gone before. “The most important attribute is to understand the law. Being a bench judge is certainly good experience but it is not the primary duty of a Supreme Court justice. Deep judicial understanding of the law, a breadth of academic experience and exceptional logical skills and intelligence are much more important. “A new justice will have a long time to learn the skills of the bench on the job and the benefit of the best teachers in the land, his or her fellow justices.” F.S.D. “Yes, by all means. Some top jobs, like president, are filled by persons with no experience, but the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment. If a justice is found lacking in judicial skills it’s too late.” R.V. “The question is not ‘should’ – which forces a negative response to imply they should not. That would be ridiculous. “The proper question is ‘must’ – as in, ‘Must a US Supreme Court Justice have prior judicial experience?’ “My answer is no, but I would expect that he or she bring other

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This week’s question Which roads in your community are most in need of repair? Does the Reds’ early-season success make it more likely that you will go to a game, or more games, this season? Why or why not? Every week The Milford-Miami Advertiser asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to milford@communitypress.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. legal experience and qualifications to the table, such as being a long term and well-respected Harvard Law School professor. E.S. “I would think that a rational individual would respond by saying something like, ‘Isn’t that obvious?’ Likewise, the question ‘Why or why not?’ should be unnecessary. … “Serving as a magistrate in our judicial system will at least give a candidate some experience in seeing both sides of issues that end up in court, even if they remain biased. “To appoint someone who has no such judicial experience to the position of Supreme Court of the United States justice is simply ludicrous. It would be akin to appointing someone with no medical experience to head the AMA.” B.B.

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Here we go again, into Silly Season; primary elections are over and the serious business of jostling for petty interests and personal vendettas begins. It’s interesting just how out of sync our little town is. Milford comes to all issues too late. And when there are no issues to beat to death, we opt for flat-out tawdry. Witness the neo-lynching of the ex-mayor at the most recent council meeting. She was done in by the morals vigilantes – they have an agenda that is hard to decipher other than it concerns whatever they find wrong. I always enjoy scenes of metaphorical immolation mostly because I am a fan of Savonarola, (1452-1498; vehemently preached against the moral corruption . . . (was) hanged in chains from a single cross and an enormous fire was lit beneath ... (He was) executed in the same place where the “Bonfire of the Vanities” had been lit - from Wikipedia; little bit of history there). It’s always instructive to watch Karl Marx’s dictum in action: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”

But the sex thing is not the only contretemps brewing: Our zoning codes are under attack from a former council person whose lawyer is the forLen Harding mer mayor. Community Is that special Press guest or what? decide if columnist thisCan’t is a case of extortion or professional suicide; extortion because the formal council member said he will “turn in” everyone else who also violates the zoning ordinance he seeks to overturn (this is hearsay, I have not had a direct conversation with him or with city administration on the subject – only been told this by other parties involved). Professional suicide because while the former mayor may find this to be a case of protecting the sacred rights of developers who wish to do as they please, he has to realize that others will note that he did not move to change the regulation he seeks to destroy while he was on council. He’s either a charlatan (which

probably isn’t a professional kiss of death among lawyers), or too dense to see that he was in on both ends of this dispute and thus failed to act in the best interest of his client on at least one of the occasions – he either failed to protect Milford, which he swore he would do; or he is leading his client to defeat knowingly – and for pay. Either way, the city continues to be made to look foolish at the hands of those who are (and were) suppose to work in our interests. What’s worse is that while the city is allegedly worried about the expense and effort that will be required to deal with the situation of a known scofflaw, it could spend thousands on high-tech equipment and gadgetry to pursue two rather ordinary people whose real offense is philandering, something that is not really a threat to the city, just its reputation. Meanwhile, we await further development of the morals squad’s agenda. Stay tuned. Leonard Harding is a resident of Milford, where he has lived on and off since 1947. You can reach Harding at clermont@communitypress.com.

Take time to remember this Memorial Day According to a recent Gallup Poll, only 28 percent of Americans know the true meaning behind Memorial Day. Each war has taken many loved ones but it seems we have become calloused to those sacrifices that will impact a family for the rest of their lives. I can only assume this occurs because current wars touch a small portion of our society. As the old saying goes “out of sight, out of mind.” When a family loses a loved one through military action it is unimaginable that our society treats it so casually. For mothers who have a 9year-old child, I would like to give you something to think about. Imagine, in only 9 more years your child will be 18 and legally qualified to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. That also means he or she could be put in harm’s way that may require the ultimate sacrifice. I feel a true sense of sadness because it’s highly likely this will come true. I’m not saying this to be mean spirited but to simply put the situation into proper perspective that creates real feeling, sensitivity and appreciation and not

just a date on the calendar for another three-day weekend. I pray our wars will end and none of our young men and women will be taken. Dan Bare Since the RevCommunity olutionary War, Journal Guest more than 1.3warriors Columnist million have made the ultimate sacrifice. The loss of each one created great pain and suffering for their mother, father, other family members and friends. While the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may touch fewer families, and the number killed is lower than most previous wars, tell that to the mother who lost her son or daughter. This is not all about total numbers because the true heartache is felt by one mother at a time. The eldest of all the mothers that still feels the pain are those that lost a son or daughter in Vietnam. Yes, the mothers would be in their 80s but are still thinking about their child.

A friend of mine recently shared a quote from John Stuart Mill: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” This Memorial Day, think about all those fighting men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and liberties. Try to look at each one from a mother’s perspective. Please take time to honor them properly and pray for emotional and spiritual peace for their family members and especially mothers who still clearly remember the days when their son or daughter was 9 years old. Danny D. Bare is executive director of the Clermont County Veteran Service Commission. He is a Vietnam Combat Veteran.

Plan for township sidewalks rolls on I was happy to learn during the May 18 Miami Township trustees meeting that the township’s Vision2025 Comprehensive Plan on the Pathway Priorities project is moving a step closer to reality. Soon we should expect to see bids for sidewalks along Ohio 28, adding to the segments along Buckwheat and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill roads. The entire plan will take a long time, but the work of the original “pathways” committee is bearing fruit and the individuals who were involved should be commended again for their vision. I did a report on the pathways project while I was in high school and to be able to see the plan and then be on some of the roads on a regular basis I think that I can understand the value of this project, and while I was hoping to see

sidewalks on Ohio 131 before I graduated high school, maybe they will be in place by the time my brother graduates in four years. I am happy Joseph to see some visual that Langschwager evidence sidewalks are Community coming to the Press Guest area. I know Mr. Columnist Fronk, the trustees, and the Ohio Department of Transportation are working hard to get the ball rolling. Good luck to them. I hope the township can get sidewalks in place for the high and junior high school students in the next few years so students

may walk to school with less risk. I rode my bike to school most mornings so I would have benefited from bike lanes and safer crossings on main routes (such as Ohio 131 and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill). I know the plan is in the works but will take time to be implemented. I hope the township and its residents stay true to the plan, and seek to accelerate the timetable. The trustees have done a great job getting the approvals and I personally would like to see the sidewalks done well before 2025, but construction is always weather dependent and this is a huge project, so best of luck to the township. Joseph Langschwager is a member of the Milford High School Class of 2010. He lives on Eagle Ridge in Miami Township.

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