Letters to the editor

Against cameras used to issue ‘speeding’ tickets

To the editor:

Years ago, Steubenville had photo tickets, these were deemed unconstituitioal through a class action lawsuit. The cameras were taken down.

On Feb. 21, our daughter came home to Toronto from Akron and got a ticket the same place we had gotten our ticket in July 2018. It was the same deal, she was ticketed going 47 in a 35 mph zone. Our ticket was 49 mph in 35 zone. This is a trap no doubt because the post from 50 to 35 is a blink of an eye.

We need to continue to fight this injustice. Technically, no one was speeding. You would have to be a professional driver to navigate the various posted speed limits which are very close together. I guess drivers could drive at 25 mph through this area of trapping. This might cause some frustration if no one could be ticketed.

I call for a class action lawsuit naming the city of East Liverpool for entrapment. I have spoken to many others who have gotten tickets and the mph violations numbers are very similar so it sounds fishy. I am asking anyone who gets a photo ticket to copy all the paperwork you get and this can be compared to other tickets and maybe we can prove that an injustice is being commited. Who will suffer? The business district because who will want to go through the town of entrapment?

Marianne Cooper,

Toronto, Ohio

Superintendent: ‘Let’s celebrate the goodness…’

To the editor:

The last few days have been eventful to say the least. It is unfortunate sometimes that adult issues over shadow the great works of our children and teachers. When I grew up on the farm, one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings was believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. I guess the same is true in school systems.

In small towns schools are the primary focus. That is normally a good thing, but sometimes messages are given that stifle the productivity of our children and teachers.

First, let me say that I have worked in many counties over the years and I have not seen such an outstanding group of administrators. I value the strengths of each one and try to assist them with their struggles. That is what superintendent’s do. Our children are blessed to have such great schools and faculties.

This is contract season for superintendent’s and lately there has been a lot of focus on my contract. This not unusual especially when a superintendent has facilitated change. Change is appreciated by some and others are more reluctant. Nevertheless, let’s put our focus on what really matters and that is our children. We have so much to celebrate in Hancock County. We are truly a shining star in this state.

Superintendents come and go, that is simply the nature of what we do. Superintendents take this risk when we sign up for the job. We can’t take it personal or choose sides as that creates havoc in a county. I think we have witnessed these circumstances. Let’s continue to celebrate our wonderful children and terrific teachers.

Finally, boards of education have very difficult jobs. Not many other elected officials have the daily, direct contact with their constituents as do board members. They have continuous conversations with many people. People have varied opinions on how a school system should or should not be run. When boards make decisions on superintendents I truly believe most do so out love for their children. Everything works out in time and for now I hope the focus returns to our children, and teachers. Let’s celebrate the goodness in our county.

Tim Woodward,

New Cumberland, W.Va.