Protesters, not rioters, will receive settlement from the city

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Peaceful protesters, not destructive rioters, receiving settlement

The Dispatch chose to lead letters to the editor about the $ 5.75 million project with a letter that demonstrated the clear disregard for facts and acceptance of emotions that has divided Americans to the point that a public discussion on important issues is nearly impossible.

Following:Letters: $ 5.75 million to protesters? “I almost spilled my coffee. “

The letter states that “of the thousands of people who rioted, looted and destroyed several business establishments, only 32 suffered injuries worthy of legal action for financial assistance.”

Thousands of people did not riot.

Thousands of people demonstrated peacefully, as is their right under our First Amendment. At most, several hundred people have damaged property criminally. No place of business has been “destroyed”.

The rioters should be prosecuted. Several have been. It could be more if passers-by who knew their identity communicated this information to the police.

The 32 people who lodged a complaint say they were demonstrating peacefully when the police injured them; if so, they are entitled to compensation.

Unfortunately, the businesses that suffered damage were injured by rioters, and not by police officers who were there to protect their property.

If business owners believe the city has been negligent in the way it has provided this protection, then they have a moral claim for compensation, although it is unlikely to be a legal claim. enforceable.

Police in Columbus used pepper spray to disperse protesters after George Floyd's death last May.

As a longtime Columbus resident, it is appalling that $ 5.75 million in our taxes can be spent because police injured peaceful protesters. But distorting the facts and igniting the fire of emotions will not make the lawsuits go away.

Instead, all residents of our city should come together to find solutions to the racial inequalities that plague our non-white communities, to hold police officers who violate the law or the department’s code of conduct accountable for their actions, and to find community ways to work with police to reduce violent crime and make every neighborhood in Columbus a safe place to live and raise a family.

Mark Abel, Columbus

The city should collect “rioters”, not pay them millions

When I read the article from December 11 “Columbus could pay protesters $ 5.75 million” I was totally shocked and dismayed.

Then I started to think it was the city of Columbus, which has no one with any qualms in charge.

Following:Letters: $ 5.75 million to protesters? “I almost spilled my coffee. “

I can just imagine the future when news of this ridiculous settlement spreads to other states. Forget college, come to Columbus, grab a wooden bullet in the leg, or get sprayed with tear gas and you’re financially ready for life.

Following:Protesters sue Columbus, chief of police, officers, citing injuries

From my perspective and from the damage, the events that unfolded downtown in 2020 were not the result of a peaceful protest, but rather a riot.

Instead of paying the “rioters,” the city of Columbus should collect from them the damages and police overtime incurred by the city. This “precedent” will cost the city millions in the future and I am sure many local lawyers are just waiting for the next “peaceful protest”.


Ron Six, Reynoldsburg


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Restaurants that do not require vaccination certificates should be boycotted

Thanks to Patrick Cooley for his article of December 12 “Natalie’s takes position: No shots, no entry.

Following:Vaccine Requirements Make Natalie’s Unique Among Greater Columbus Restaurants

Also, thank you for including the appalling comment from Ohio Restaurant Association President John Barker regarding restaurant vaccination practices in Ohio: “It’s 1% of restaurants at best. “

Columbus Dispatch reporter Patrick Cooley in the newsroom at 62 E. Broad St. on Monday, November 8, 2021.

In my view, the fact that Barker and the association do not actively promote the monitoring of proof of vaccination in all restaurants makes them complicit in the spread of the virus and the associated hospitalizations and deaths.

I understand that the waiters and other restaurant staff have been assaulted by anti-vaccination patrons.

John Barker is President and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association.

However, adjusting to aggressive behavior puts all clients, including those of us who are vaccinated, at risk for contracting the virus.

Before the pandemic, aggressive customer behavior would result in denial of access or service, now it is being rewarded. Following Barker’s remark, I’m not going to patronize the remaining 99% of the restaurants and encourage other vaccinated customers to boycott restaurants that don’t check and let them know why.

I suggest the restaurants that are doing the right thing come together to let us know who they are so that we can support them.

Chris Kloth, Columbus

‘Dumb’ student loan decisions shouldn’t be bailed out with taxpayer dollars

I have heard and read a lot about the crushing student loan debt that some young people have upon graduation.

Following:Could full or partial student loan cancellation happen soon? It’s hard to say

The students interviewed always seem totally surprised by the salary they will earn in their chosen field and their ability to repay the enormous debt they have accumulated during their journey towards acquiring the education they desire. so much.

Why haven’t the student himself, the study program he is participating in, or the money-lending programs, look to the future and determine the average salary for their chosen field and have it? compared to the debt they are accumulating?

Following:Opinion: New program a ‘promise’ for Columbus students to graduate from college debt-free

The average salary for any occupation is readily available. It sounds like economics 101 or fourth grade math to me.

Even Homer Simpson could figure this one out. Oh !

Homer Simpson on "The simpsons" on FOX.

Much like getting a home loan, there should be a requirement for the student, the educational program they are attending, and the people donating the money to look ahead and put limits in place to end the loan. this nonsense.

It is totally preventable.

Moreover, politicians asking taxpayers to bail people out for excessive student loans that can easily be predicted are even more absurd. It’s time to wake up and make some changes, but don’t give up on the stupid decisions of charging students with tax dollars.

Following:Editorial: Cancellation of student loans must be targeted

We taxpayers are already bailing out enough of the stupid decisions of politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Chet Ridenour, Worthington

Jane Timken’s “math” doesn’t check

It takes a daring politician to openly state that she will provide zero dollars to fund programs that will help prepare Ohio students for the jobs of the future, but in her December 15 column “‘Parents First’ will save the children of progressives,” This is exactly what Republican candidate for the United States Senate, Jane Timken, does.

If elected, Timken pledges to fund critical race theory education in Ohio schools and use that money to fund programs “including Advanced Placement, STEM, Career Tech Education, a dual track community college, financial literacy and more ”.

Following:Jane Timken: The “Parents First” reform will save the classroom from frightening progressive tendencies.

The only problem is that its calculations (the “M” in STEM, by the way) don’t check. Critical Race Theory is not taught in K-12 schools in Ohio, and no funds have ever been allocated for its teaching. Timken therefore pledges not to spend any dollars on programs it deems crucial for Ohio students.

Following:Opinion: Critical Race Theory Debates “Attempt to Maintain Systemic Racism”

Joe Mischler, Columbus

Kaleb Haramy, left, and Spencer Hughes are shown at a table for a sold-out show by General Manager Kara Jones at Natalie's Music Hall and Kitchen on King Avenue in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Give the gift of life by being a living organ donor

I have read recent and wonderful articles on organ transplantation.

Following:Living with kidney failure: “My blood is taken from my body and purified during a 4 hour ritual”

My sister’s granddaughter has been waiting for a kidney for almost four years and she is only 22 years old. As of this writing, she is undergoing her ninth surgery (in just over a year) to have the tubes fitted for home dialysis.

Please be a living donor if you can. You can also designate yourself as a donor on your driver’s license.

Good luck to all who are waiting.

Alice Brusadin, Columbus

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