Geoffrey Long
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Why it's good to leave Ohio.

In my hometown, someone opened up a porn-and-love-toy shop downtown. Almost instantly the place was being picketed. It's still being picketed, and the sucker's been around for a couple of years now. What's gutwrenchingly sickening is the way the community stubbornly refuses to connect the dots between the disintegration of its city and their refusal to pass operating or improvement levies for their schools or to execute their plans for a new library.

It's tragic, because I don't believe these people openly recognize how self-defeating their behavior actually is – I think they simply feel overtaxed at a point where the local economy is still completely depressed. A ton of jobs have been lost in Wooster lately, and there's no great improvements looming on the horizon. Small-town Ohioans are typically Republicans for this very reason – a dislike of higher taxes and big government. I can understand that when it comes to controversial elements like the National Endowment for the Arts and NPR, which are usually identified with the "citified New England yuppies", but when it's so clearly in your own backyard, I find that utterly unconscionable.

In the words of H.L. Mencken, "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."


Rats -- the venom of this post was leached out a bit by my being informed that they apparently just kicked out the porno store. I still stand by my opinion, though.

But your position is supported by the fact that Triway and Loudonville school districts just defeated levies yesterday, while Dalton finally passed their do-or-die (last chance before having to consolidate with another district) levy. We badly need more GOOD jobs here so people feel able to support education and the arts - this area's past record of doing so is pretty good, and the volunteer support for these activities has been fabulous. Just look at what all of your friends' parents did over the years. It's my understanding that Ohio isn't keeping up with other states in the current competition for business. When it comes to attracting and keeping industries, tax abatement is a mixed blessing, but Wayne County has to compete with places that are offering it. What does Talon's Dad have to say about this based on his experience with the Wayne County Development Association?

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