What impact two primaries would have on Franklin County, Ohio

Portman and Brown should apologize for selfish morons on behalf of Ohio

I have old ideas running through my head. I got the idea that being a United States senator meant something special.

Since my childhood, I have believed that being a United States senator was synonymous with integrity and honesty, public service and wisdom.

Recent Supreme Court hearings have made it clear that the office has become something very different.

Committee Republicans seem to be all about mugging for the cameras, chasing fundraising dollars, feeding their own egos and trying to be popular on Twitter.

Continued:Ted Cruz was right: babies are super racist. A Supreme Court nominee should know that.

It seems they will do almost anything to make that happen, from distortion and grandstanding to just making stuff up. They don’t have to love Ketanji Brown Jackson as a Supreme Court nominee, but the disrespect with which they castigated this skilled, hardworking, distinguished mother and judge is appalling. It strongly reflects their own characters rather than hers.

Continued:Race and gender become factors in Supreme Court confirmation battle before Biden names pick

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My idea that being a United States senator meant more than being a selfish moron was probably outdated, anyway. Still, I’m sad about it. I am sad that we have elected people who are so far from being men and women of stature and substance.

Continued:Two-thirds of Americans back Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court, poll finds

Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are not members of this committee. May they have the courage to apologize to the candidate.

“For myself and on behalf of the people of Ohio, I am deeply sorry for the treatment you have received.”

I hope that as citizens we will have the courage and insight to elect people of integrity to every office.

John Schmieding, Athens

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Continued:How to Submit a Letter to the Editor for The Columbus Dispatch

Monday launch of the “Then What Happened” podcast

The “Then What Happened” podcast hosted by Dispatch Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson will launch Monday, April 4.

Robinson will tell you true stories of intriguing and inspiring people who bring this community to life during the show twice a month.

The podcast, an extension of Dispatch’s Conversation section, will be available on Dispatch.com, Apple Podcast, Spotify and other podcast services.

New flood insurance pricing system will benefit some customers

Some describe my job as Franklin County Recorder as the equivalent of being the County Filer.

Simply put, a big part of what my office does is record deeds and mortgages for homes that are bought and sold in Franklin County. It is rewarding to be part of the home buying process for residents of Franklin County.

As a homeowner myself, I know the joy that comes with home ownership. That’s why I support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s updated rating methodology for the National Flood Insurance Program (known as Risk Rating 2.0), which creates premiums of more transparent and fair flood insurance for homes and businesses.

Continued:Flood-prone homeowners could see big rate hikes in FEMA’s flood insurance changes, new research finds

More than 2,000 homes and businesses benefit from FEMA flood insurance in Franklin County and under the 2.0 risk rating, more than 49% of those insured will see their monthly premiums reduced by single digits. more than $100 per month.

Meanwhile, about 47% of flood insurance policyholders in the county will see an increase of less than $20 per month.

This long overdue update will allow residents to properly prepare for flooding, the nation’s costliest natural disaster that Franklin County residents see all too often.

Danny O’Connor, Grandview

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Two primaries too many for tellers

We are poll workers for this year’s Ohio primaries. We spend part of our retirement working in the polls because we believe it is our civic duty. However, being a poll worker is not easy.

It requires prior training, set-up the day before the election, and usually works 2 p.m. on election day.

Continued:Secretary of State Frank LaRose Says Legislative Election Won’t Make May 3 Primary

Now we are told there will be two primaries because the majority of the General Assembly, who are Republicans, refuse to move the date of the primaries from May 3, 2022 to an August date.

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the Ohio primary election at a polling place in Cleveland Heights.  Amy Sancetta |  Associated press

We don’t know the reason for the insistence on two primaries, but many of us are not interested in working on two primaries in addition to working on the general election.

Continued:After Ohio Supreme Court rejects cards, Senate GOP leader offers costly solution: 2 primaries

As Aaron Ockerman, executive director of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, was quoted in the February 9 Columbus Dispatch, “That would be an outcome (two primaries) we hope to avoid at all costs.”

Please move the main date from May 3 to a date in August.

Anne Light Hoke, Christopher Columbus; Jan Patton, Christopher Columbus; Susan Storck Miller, Highland County

Let’s discuss body-shaming instead of ‘The Slap’

While the whole world is discussing the slap in the face of Will Smith, a very important topic has disappeared: why aren’t we talking about the fact that it’s still okay to make fun of women’s bodies – the elephant in the living room, for so to speak.

Continued:Opinion: Will Smith should use his voice, not his fist, to educate about alopecia

It’s great that people are now aware of alopecia and the intense pain it causes. And it’s a very good thing to talk about violence and peaceful resolution. Can we now look at the misogyny of humor on the female body?

Continued:What causes alopecia? Here’s what Jada Pinkett Smith said about the condition

If we watch him do it with impunity on stage, can we better understand the pain and anguish that teenage girls go through every day. How many have taken their own precious lives over this form of bullying.

Diana Donato, Christopher Columbus

Peaceful Transfer of Power Keeps Democracy Alive

I read a sermon today written by a Lutheran pastor named Nadia Bolz-Weber and it gave me something new to think about. She wrote that perhaps “the opposite of fear is not bravery. Maybe the opposite of fear is love.

Fear feeds the ego, and the ego can cause a person to destroy everything in their path, believing they are working for good. Love, on the other hand, forgives, cares, seeks understanding and loves to act, but love never destroys.

Continued:America is in danger of collapsing. We must act now before it is too late.

This country has a long history of fierce debate and, unfortunately, demonization on the other side. Demonization is the work of fear. However, if we can think of the opposite of fear as love, the urge to destroy will be lessened. In the attack on the Capitol building on January 6, people were killed and lives were destroyed on both sides.

The United States of America has a long history of disputes, but then of peaceful transfer of power. The peaceful transfer of power is essential to the survival of democracy. There is always another election. Our democracy has weathered many crises and has asserted itself through the peaceful transfer of power.

Janet Schulte, Christopher Columbus

Matt Dolan ‘unmatched’ in Ohio Senate race

Having developed real estate (Easton Town Center) and supported economic development in central Ohio for decades, I cannot stress enough the need for stability, partnership and competence in government. It drives collaboration and results, for job creators, builders, taxpayers and consumers.

Looking at the current race for the US Senate, it’s clear that Matt Dolan is the only candidate with the skills and understanding from Ohio to serve effectively as our next US Senator.

Continued:Ohio Sen. Matt Dolan enters U.S. Senate race, bringing establishment voice to GOP primary

Our country faces significant challenges due to supply chain issues, rising inflation, and much-needed investments in workforce development and training. During his tenure in the Legislative Assembly, Senator Dolan lowered income tax rates, reduced regulations, and encouraged businesses to invest and locate in Ohio.

Continued:The ‘nicest villain’: Republican Senator Matt Dolan plans to run for US Senate

Take for example Intel’s recent announcement that they intend to create tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in our region. As Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Matt Dolan has been instrumental in advocating for growth-friendly project incentives to make this dream a reality for Ohio.

While other fiercely partisan candidates in this race offer little more than divisive rhetoric and conspiracy theories, Matt Dolan met with voters and offered positive solutions statewide.

Continued:Ohio Senate candidate Matt Dolan talks politics, not Trump. Are GOP voters interested?

His candor, knowledge and work ethic are second to none. He led with integrity. In the US Senate, he will lead with honor and focus on the needs of Ohio.

Yaromir Steiner, New Albany

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