To the Editor:

I want to take this opportunity to express my satisfaction and gratitude for the good work done by the city of Westlake brush collection crew. On March 9 at 10:30 a.m., the crew just finished collecting a large bunch of brush from my tree lawn.

The Dec. 1 snow/ice storm felled several trees in my backyard. A friend of mine cut them up, but because of my health issues I was unable to further break them down into smaller pieces for collections as specified by Westlake city protocols. Nevertheless, our city’s fine crew collected all of this brush, and I’m so very grateful to them for going above and beyond to do so. These workers are seldom mentioned publicly for the good work they do; so I want to ensure that they receive some well-deserved praise.

Tom Cardello

Westlake

To the Editor:

In light of comments of Tucker Carlson, who never served in the U.S. armed forces, in which he disparaged and diminished the role of women in the United States military, the Veteran & Military Community Caucus of the Ohio Democratic Party issues the following statement:

The Veteran and Military Community Caucus tends to agree with the attorneys for Mr. Carlson when they defended him in a defamation lawsuit by stating that “given Mr. Carlson's reputation, any reasonable viewer arrives with an appropriate amount of skepticism about the statements he makes.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, the person who brought that case was a woman.

This will be the first and last statement from this Caucus regarding anything Mr. Carlson states. We need not give air to entertainment personalities who never served in the military and whose main goal is to divide our country through stunts such as insulting the heroic efforts of the women warriors serving our nation.

We will instead continue to work to support and improve the lives of Ohio veterans and their families, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, or political party. Our current focus on expanding veteran treatment courts, improving care for elderly veterans, and enhancing veteran and military family access to health care reflects our values and priorities.

Connie Pillich

Columbus

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