Letters to the Editor week of 4-8-10


More zoning

To the Editor:

The Commissioners meeting was last Monday. I was there with my little recording device to learn what I could, and as promised to share what I learn.

Wisely, since there was a healthy turnout of concerned residents the Board made the Comprehensive Plan and zoning and ordinance changes the first topic on the agenda. Evelina Brown presented the Board with the signed petitions demanding the end of the proposed changes. She asked the current status and direction of the zoning proposals.

The Board, as I understand it, has had enough of the controversy and wants nothing to do with it. They made a motion to repeal both the zoning and code and ordinance changes, and the entire 2008 Comprehensive Plan, going back to the original 1996 zoning and codes. They also moved to cease enforcement of the new ordinances. This all was voted on and passed.

Don’t celebrate just yet, because this cockroach of a plan isn’t dead yet, folks.

Now it goes back to the Planning Board for them to vote on. A representative told us at Monday’s meeting that the public notice we have long awaited should be in this very issue of the Vevay newspapers. When a resident demanded to know what took them so long to submit the public notice, the response was that the Planning Board was required to give notice 10 days before their next meeting. I take this to mean that they stalled on the public notice submission until the moment they were legally obligated to turn it in. This does not inspire confidence in me that the Planning Board will finally follow the wishes of the residents and vote this detested mess into oblivion.

Their next meeting is on Wednesday, April 21st, 6 p.m., at the courthouse. If you care about protecting your property values and rights, I strongly suggest that you be there. The past growing numbers of protesting public attending commissioners’ meetings is what has kept the proposed ordinances from slithering quietly into place. Believe it or not, the Planning Board could still vote to keep the comprehensive plan and the ordinance changes, despite the overwhelming public opposition by Switzerland County residents and the vote by the county commission. We need to be at that next meeting to continue to show our concern and interest in the repeal of all parts of the plan and its enforcement, and to witness and remember who and how our elected officials choose to vote. My recorder and I will be there.

Thanks to Dan Christopher for that very enlightening article he copied and shared with us from American Thinker “UN Agenda 21-Coming to a Neighborhood near You”. The article confirmed my own impression of the comprehensive plan and its intended use to devalue my land and take away my rights.

Traci Weber

Switzerland County Resident

Autism awareness


Dear Editor:

April is National Autism Awareness month so I am taking this opportunity to relate a few facts concerning this serious developmental disability. Autism affects one in 150 children and is more common in boys (1 in 94). Sixty-seven (67) children are diagnosed with autism per day. It is the fastest growing developmental disorder in this country. Despite the high incidence of this disorder, Autism receives less that 5 percent of research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases (cited from austismspeaks.org).

Those facts don’t tell the entire story. My husband and I, as well as many families who live in the communities of Ohio and Switzerland counties, are raising children with autism. Although I can’t speak for these other families, I can be the voice for ours. When Brandon was born, like most parents, Kyle and I had dreams of what his future would be like – would he cure cancer or be president? Who would he become? But as he grew older, it became apparent that something was wrong. When he was finally diagnosed, it was very painful. It was like watching a dream for my son’s future die.

As time has passed, new dreams for my son have emerged. We have been very fortunate. Brandon is in first grade and is learning to read. He has friends and can communicate with them. Occasionally, we have to deal with a tantrum or other behavior issues as well as criticism from outsiders who judge Kyle and myself with the attitude that if we spank Brandon, he wouldn’t act the way he does. Wrong! But we are fortunate. Brandon communicates. He is social. Not all parents of children with Autism are as lucky.

On May 22nd, my husband and I are participating in the 2010 Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Cincinnati at Coney Island. This organization raises money for Autism research as well as awareness for autism. Kyle and I are asking for volunteers to walk with us and help raise money for Autism Speaks. If anyone in the community is interested in participating, please contact us at 534-3675. Any help that can be offered is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Tammy Weaver

Near Aberdeen

Think smart, stay safe

Dear Editor:

A program is being offered at Jeff Craig Elementary School to 5th grade students, by a team of ladies and men who volunteer their time to help bring self awareness to the students. This program from Community Mental Health is offered once a week for four weeks at several of the schools in our nearby counties. There is a main group leader and team leaders as well. Some of the topics that are addressed are the special strengths that each child has and some of the behaviors that can be adopted to help build their personalities. We address being the “true you personality”, the “passive personality” and the “aggressive personality.”

True You Personality helps children develop the skills to deal with perpetrators and bullies. We work with the children in small team groups and do role plays, watch videos of different situations in which children have to think about what is the best action to take, for example a child is offered a ride by a stranger or somebody they might know but not very w ell. What do you do?

Another topic that is addressed is that children can count on a support system of caring adults that will be there to help them and that if the children find themselves in vulnerable situations they can talk to an adult that cares.

Barbara Fletcher

Switzerland County

Prevent Child Abuse Council