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Letters: Sherrod Brown is Ohio's 'last hope in a vaste wasteland of ignorance'

The Columbus Dispatch 11/28/2022 Letters to the Editor

Sherrod Brown is our only hope

Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced that he will be running for re-election to the Senate in 2024. 

Our wonderful senator is our last hope in a vaste wasteland of ignorance and totally illegal control of our State. I am not exaggerating.

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Look it up. 

The GOP has ignored an Ohio Supreme Court order to solve school funding for over 20 years. The GOP has illegally funded energy companies (some not even in Ohio) for years. The GOP has ignored bi-partisan Ohio Supreme Court orders to fix gerrymandering (we technically voted using illegal districts), to the point that Federal and State primaries had to take place on different days, at the cost of millions of dollars.

How is that "conservative?"

Voters then voted to replace the retiring GOP chief justice who supported legal districts with a GOP candidate supporting illegal districts.

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Oh- one justice who is a supporter of illegal districts happens to be the son of our weak governor, who sat on the board that was supposed to fix districts but sat and did nothing, per usual, except when he actually did a good job early with COVID and was chastised by the far right GOP majority.

(The medical head of his COVID team was actually threatened and she was forced to quit).

Spineless Mike DeWine also promised to help fix our gun problems after the Dayton massacre, and instead allowed bills allowing totally untrained concealed carry and nearly untrained teachers to carry in schools. Again, these are facts.

Sen. Brown faces a tough task.

Time to get our act together, FLOhio.

Greg Ward, Dublin

Where are the 'experts' when we 'need' their help with RSV?

With cases of Respiratory syncytial virus flu on the rise, the nation needs to call on a trio of its great medical minds — Donald Trump, Rand Paul and president-in-waiting Ron DeSantis, are my top picks to guide us through this potential health crisis. 

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These three contend they had all the answers during COVID so why not ride that expertise again?

Jon Armstrong, Columbus

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This feels a lot like fascism

So let me see if I get this straight.

Rather than have issues decided by popular vote, which would be the clearest expression of the majority of the voters, the Republicans want to require a super majority of 60% to be required for a change to the Ohio Constitution.

Of course, at the same time, a mere majority in the Legislature will suffice for legislation coming from districts so gerrymandered that the legislation might only be supported by a fraction of the populace. (Nov. 19 "GOP proposes change to Ohio constitution")

Why don't they just be more transparent and propose what it is clear that they ultimately want - no elections at all and only one political party allowed.

Isn't that the way of fascists?

Christopher Gallutia, Reynoldsburg

Keep animals safe from campers

While reading the Camper Report, I recently learned that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s The Wilds has proposed a 59-acre RV campground in the heart of their conservation preserve.

Details will emerge closer to the park’s opening in 2023 or 2024 but the article promised the chance to “experience wildlife up close and personal.”

For the welfare of both animals and people, I hope that claim is not true.

Lady Freethinker, a national animal protection nonprofit, published a 2022 report about how featured human-animal interactions, including at drive-thru safaris, often result in suffering and death for animals.

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At one drive-thru safari in nearby Indiana, park staff shot an emu to death after a visitor drove over the animal’s leg. At another drive-thru safari, a Watusi rammed a vehicle containing children, prompting a response from the New York State Police.

While The Wilds’ proposed campground likely would improve tourism, that gain should not come at the expense of the park’s innocent animals.

We hope The Wilds will not encourage people to interact with wildlife, as such encounters almost never end well for the animals, and will instead emphasize responsible stewardship of the land and its animals.

Nina Jackel, founder and president, Lady Freethinker

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