Sound off!

Here we are in the middle of a polar vortex and it is difficult to find ice melt for our sidewalks, fire starters and wood bricks for the fireplace, and all the necessary items we need to get through the winter. What are we finding in retail stores? Grills for summer picnics, bicycles, summer porch furniture and seeds for planting a garden. What we need now stores aren’t selling. Aren’t you rushing the seasons a bit?

— Braceville

Last week’s Sound-off suggestion to use water funds for “other purposes” must be addressed. The Water Department is an Enterprise Fund. Ohio law strictly forbids using enterprise funds for anything other than the use for which they are collected. If the suggestion were followed, Warren would face significant liability through penalties, interest, court fines and costs, audits and paybacks that would cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. Knee-jerk, non-researched, bone-headed, published ideas like this are what lead to misinformed and potentially penalized taxpayers.

— Warren

This is something that really irritates me: Why is it so difficult for people to say Thank You? I gave two gift cards as Christmas gifts and never got a thank you. How thoughtless can one be. There’s is no excuse! These two individuals will never get another gift from me again.

— Champion

The City of Akron had to issue an apology to its citizens for the terrible job of snow removal. I can’t imagine it being any worse than Warren. The taxpayers of Warren deserve an apology!

— Warren

I see Rep. Tim Ryan made another visit to the marijuana grower. Seems that he and former Speaker of the House John Boehner have a bipartisan interest. I didn’t see him showing up at the three GE plants, WCI / RG Steel, CSI and multiple other businesses that shut down under his “watch.” The best social program is a good job. Meaningful employment would be more beneficial to our district than just handing out marijuana.

— Braceville

After reading Warren Board of Education’s dismissive response to the public and police requests for action respecting the rule of law, academia’s elitists were unmasked for their snobbery and disdain for questioning their behavior. Just because they said it’s over, it’s over? Scary to think what they are teaching our children!

— Warren

It is nice to hear that WRTA was offering free rides due to extreme cold. Too much of news these days is negative, so it’s refreshing to read something so positive.

— Cortland

Feb. 7 will mark the one-year anniversary of my wife’s near fatal automobile accident. Her vehicle was broadsided on the driver side by a snow plow at the intersection of Ridge Road and Fairview Avenue. We are both sincerely grateful to the Howland EMTs who quickly arrived and undoubtedly saved her life. God is good.

— Warren

Snow-covered sidewalks encourage people to walk in the street. The many I have passed are dressed in dark clothes and don’t even think to step to the side. If using the street as a sidewalk at dusk or dawn, walkers should dress in reflective outerwear or light or neon colors and carry a flashlight. With poor weather conditions, slippery roads and distracted drivers, walkers must use better judgment. You have only one life!

— Newton Falls

I am fed up with people who turn their phones on during a show when the lights are down. The constant flash of screens off and on during the show is really annoying. Are they so addicted that they can’t turn them off even when the announcer states no phones or pictures? Please respect other peoples attempt to enjoy the show.

— Champion

While at the recycling boxes in Hartford, I noticed a filled plastic bag and a cardboard box which had not been broken down. Plastic bags are not supposed to be placed in the boxes and cardboard should be flattened. Please follow the rules, or we might be losing the recycling boxes in Hartford.

— Hartford

Some people have no regard or respect for other’s property. Our property and our neighbors’ are posted for no hunting and no trespassing. That seems to have no meaning. We find pop cans, we have chased hunters out and we see people on trail cameras. Our signs are torn down or shot. We were awakened by dogs barking near our house 10:30 p.m. Later, we found foot tracks in our pasture. They damaged our wire fence we spent thousands of dollars on. This is disheartening. How would they feel?

— Mesopotamia

Hartford trustees recently increased police officers’ pay from $11.75 to $12.75 per hour with a 25 cents per hour increase every 5 years. These individuals unselfishly put their lives on the line every day to rescue people in emergency situations, protect us from physical harm and deal with so many of today’s social problems. The police and first responders deserve our deepest respect and should to be compensated fairly for their training and responsibilities.

— Warren

The City of Warren must have the theory in the summer months when the streets need cleaned to wait long enough and the snow will cover them. Then in the winter months, wait long enough and spring will be here to melt the snow!

— Warren

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