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


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


To the Editor:

A post-election poll conducted by Media Research Center* revealed that 36% of Joe Biden voters were not aware of the evidence linking him “to corrupt dealings with China through his son Hunter Biden.” Their analysis indicated that if voters had been properly informed, this would have shifted the election to Donald Trump.*

However, this is not about replaying the last election; unfortunately, that’s over. But this single instance illustrates the importance of everyone having the uncensored truth when we vote. If citizens aren’t knowledgeable about the issues facing the country, the candidates’ qualifications and how they intend to handle the issues, then they’re not likely to select the best candidates and our country will suffer as a result.

I realize this is going to sound a little grandiose, but, going forward, I think we all owe it to our country to deviate a little from our normal sources of information to ensure that we’re really getting the uncensored truth. Because of the mainstream media’s left-leaning tendencies, Democrats will obviously have to work a little harder to get complete and accurate information by occasionally viewing conservative sources. But if you really believe your candidates deserve to be elected, then you shouldn’t be afraid to make sure you’re accurately informed.

Jim Johnston

Avon Lake

Editor’s Note:

PolitiFact: “The granular details of many of the allegations about Hunter Biden’s dealings in China are supported by documentation, but larger conclusions resurrected at the end of the 2020 campaign are unsubstantiated. Foreign policy experts say these allegations do not add up to a picture of Joe Biden being corrupt or pursuing policies contrary to the national interest. There is no evidence that Hunter Biden came close to breaking the law, much less any evidence that his father has done so.”

*Media Research Center: The Media Research Center is an American content analysis group based in Reston, Virginia, founded in 1987 by L. Brent Bozell III. It characterizes itself as a media watchdog, whereas the nonpartisan media watchdog publication the Columbia Journalism Review has labeled it as "propaganda clothed as critique."

To the Editor:

I want to give a big grateful shout out to our Westlake Police Department, animal warden and Service Department. They have helped us out with some deer issues this winter and have been simply amazing. They are kind, courteous, understanding and so very nice – we are lucky to live in a community with such stellar examples of law enforcement and city support. Thank you so much!

Stacy Hess


To the Editor:

What’s going on now in the United States is very disturbing, and I, or anybody (especially to people older than I) has never seen it as bad as this in our lifetime, but it’s not that surprising to me because this has been in the works for a long time.

What happened in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 was very shocking and judging from what has occurred I’ve come to the conclusion that what has happened is a culmination of what has been building up for a very long time. The Secret Service, the intelligence agencies and the U.S. Capitol Police gave ample warning that large groups of rioters were coming to Washington, D.C. The mayor of Washington brought the National Guard but she didn’t want them saying that they got this. The Secretary of Arms of the House (Nancy Pelosi) and the Secretary of Arms of the Senate (Mitch McConnell) were also warned and ignored it. According to eyewitnesses, some members of the Capitol Police were allowing the rioters into the Capitol. All of those people should be held accountable and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter what position they hold. This is a grotesque failure of leadership.

Not only should the key politicians be prosecuted but should also be thrown out of office immediately. They were the real security threat, along with the rioters.

Tony Cardillo

Avon Lake

Editor’s note: The mayor of Washington, D.C., does not have the authority to call in the National Guard. Under § 49-409 of the D.C. Code, the president is at all times the D.C. Guard’s commander-in-chief.

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