Letters to the editor


Vote for Mike Turner

Editor:

A vote for Mike Turner is a vote for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and for Greene County. Congressman Turner has been a leader in assuring WP AFB, and our county, and our country have prospered from past BRAC base realignments,. We need to keep him in Congress when these programs continue to be reviewed.

Please join us in voting for Congressman Turner.

— Laurel Mayer, Fairborn

Expand opportunities for our students

Editor:

As President of the Greene County Career Center’s Board of Education, I have seen first-hand the exemplary work of current and former students as they make a dramatic impact on the local workforce. The opportunities we are providing through focused hands-on training have given thousands of graduates a head start on careers that affect us all.

Our Board’s decision to seek voter approval of Issue 2 came after much research and deliberation. From the job market study executed by The Greentree Group to the community survey done by Fallon and Associates, the facts led us to the conclusion that building a new career center was the best thing for generations of future students seeking the kinds of skills that translate directly into the workplace. This levy is about workforce development and keeping jobs in the area. Companies are losing business opportunities due to a shortage of workers in areas such as engineering technology, aircraft maintenance and Information Technology. In addition, there is a shortage of skilled technicians in many traditional local businesses, including plumbers, welders and mechanics.

We sought alternative funding through the State of Ohio and even solicited donations from private industry. Governor Kasich vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to fund career-technical schools like they do K-12 schools. Private industry has enthusiastically offered assistance with curriculum development and equipment, but is unable to commit dollars to the facilities project itself.

A new Greene County Career Center will be a facility that brings pride to all Greene County communities. Of the seven Boards of Education in Greene County, Beavercreek, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, Cedar Cliff, Fairborn, Greeneview and Xenia have all passed resolutions endorsing Issue 2. This indicates that they see the value of what the Career Center offers and how it has a strong impact on economic development. I urge you to vote “for” Issue 2 to fund this project so we can ensure opportunities for generations to come.

— Mike Uecker, Greene County Career Center Board of Education President

Vote for GMH renewal levy

Editor:

Greene Memorial Hospital is an integral part of Greene County having provided medical services to the community for nearly 70 years.

The hospital is a haven for those who are ill or needing surgery. The emergency department is without par, and the patient rooms are inviting and comfortable.

The staff is caring, and the patients are treated with the utmost courtesy.

As a volunteer, it is my pleasure to see patients being escorted from the hospital with smiles on their faces, having experienced a relaxing and healing experience at Greene Memorial.

A five-year levy is on the ballot for the November mid-term election which will greatly benefit the hospital and allow continued premier service to the community. There will be no new tax with this levy, it is a renewal

I urge you to vote for this renewal.

— Joan Baxter, President Greene Memorial Auxiliary