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Oberlin Voters Must Evaluate Building Proposal Carefully

Jim Walsh, Professor of Mathematics

October 6, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Kudos to the Review for reporting on local town issues, namely the desire of Oberlin city school officials to have a new building built at a cost to taxpayers of $36 million. Any attempt to help the campus community learn about life in our town — and vice versa — is a good thing. I do wish, however, to alert readers of the Review to the fact that there is a growing group of concerned Oberlin residents questioning whether the board’s proposal is in the best interests of the city and its people. It is a fact that Oberlin residents have generously supported city schools by voting for the tax levies frequently appearing on the ballot. For example, we pay property taxes in support of city schools f...

Singleton Provides Honest, Committed Council Candidate

Marianne Caldwell, Oberlin Resident

October 6, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Kelley Singleton deserves to be reelected to Oberlin City Council. As a registered Oberlin voter and one that attends most council meetings, I have been impressed by Kelley’s efforts to execute his council role representing all residents in a professional and engaged manner. In my opinion, Kelley has steadily given thoughtful consideration to issues presented for discussion and/or review amongst fellow councilmembers and/or fellow residents. Kelley listens attentively, asks pertinent questions, and voices his concerns in an appropriate and calm manner. Kelley is committed to standing up for what is right for all community residents. Kelley addresses concerns realistically with sensible solutions....

Environmental Work Sets Adelman Apart

Yael Reichler, OC ’19

October 6, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Election day is Nov. 7. It is important that those of us students who vote in Oberlin learn more about the experience, goals, and passions of the candidates for City Council. I’d like to tell you about one candidate that stands out in the race. Heather Adelman is a first-time candidate who brings fresh ideas based on her extensive experience of environmental and community work. From working with tribal communities around issues of environmental justice for almost a decade to currently sitting on both the Oberlin Resource Conservation and Recovery Commission and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management Policy Committee, Heather shows through her actions and her commitments that caring about the environ...

Rimbert, Jindra Provide Leadership Experience

Jean Foggo Simmon, Retired City Clerk/Clerk of Council

October 6, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I write in support of both Ronnie Rimbert and Bill Jindra’s bids for Oberlin City Council in this next election. Both men have prior service on the council and have proven themselves to be worthy of reelection. First, Mr. Rimbert is a fair, respected, and moral gentleman. He has served in the position of President of Council/Mayor for the City of Oberlin, and his ability to garner peace when conducting meetings before a sometimes hostile audience is remarkable. He has a no-nonsense approach to the business that comes before the council and reaches out to the community to gather input so he can make grounded decisions in sometimes difficult situations. Secondly, Mr. Jindra served in the same position several...

Plant-Rich Diet, Carbon Fee Key to Fighting Climate Change

John Sabin, Volunteer Group Leader; Oberlin Chapter, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

October 6, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I appreciated Sheridan Blitz’s piece on the values of veganism, “Veganism Offers Sustainable Choice” (The Oberlin Review, Sept. 29, 2017). Paul Hawken’s book, Drawdown, lists “the top 100 solutions to global warming,” and the number four most effective action, according to Hawken’s team, is a “plant-rich diet.” Hawken writes, “If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. According to a 2016 study, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. Making the transition to a plant-based diet may be the m...

Oberlin Citizens Should Look to Rimbert, Jindra for Council

Sharon Fairchild Soucy, Member of Oberlin City Council

September 29, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It’s difficult to imagine two stronger candidates for Oberlin City Council than Ron Rimbert and Bill Jindra. Ron is one of the finest councilmembers I have had the privilege of working with. Ron’s greatest strength is his dedication to serving all of Oberlin, while bringing a personal perspective from our southeast neighborhoods. Ron was involved in Oberlin’s earliest conversations about sustainability. He suggested and established a “super rebate” program, doubling the city’s financial incentives for the replacement of outdated, energy-wasting appliances. Ron has served on the council for 16 years, including as vice chair and most recently as chair. As chair, Ron has guided...

Citizens Must Engage in All Levels of Elections

Cindy Frantz, Professor of Psychology

September 29, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Are you happy with how things are going in our country? If not, what are you doing to change things? The strength of our democracy rests on the engagement of its citizens. One of the most important things we do as citizens is vote. We need active citizen participation on ballot issues at every level of government. We need strong, ethical candidates at every level of government. We need to vote in every election for which we are eligible. This November, Oberlin residents will vote on important local and state issues and they will elect a new city council. Oberlin students are eligible to vote here. If you love this community, cast your vote here. You can register to vote until Oct. 10 ...

Voters Can Correct City Council’s Mistakes

Steve Hammond and John Elder

September 22, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Two issues related to the use of Oberlin’s renewable energy credits (RECs) will be on the ballot this November. Why? Because voters need the opportunity to correct two Oberlin City Council actions. In 2004 Oberlin College began seeking renewable energy, and in 2007 the City Council established by ordinance, with the College’s encouragement, a Sustainable Reserve Program “for the sole purpose” of depositing the revenue from the sale of what are now known as RECs for a Sustainable Reserve Fund “to provide funding opportunities for community-based, utility-related, environmentally-friendly initiatives demonstrating energy efficiency, energy conservation, greenhouse gas reductions and/or dev...

Review Comes to Senses on Oxford Comma

Victoria Garber, OC ’17

September 15, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Let me begin by admitting that, like my esteemed former colleague Sami Mericle, I harbor a certain amount of resentment that the Oxford comma was implemented only after I was forced to remove it from countless articles during my time at the Review. This objectionable comma convention was indeed a favorite target for complaint, but still I rejoice at its end despite the long-standing nature of the tradition. On the matter of such breaks with Review tradition being inherently negative developments, I would also remind everyone that my own Arts and Culture section used to rate the films it reviewed not in stars or on a scale but with distinctly rabid-looking white squirrel icons. The tradition was th...

United States Must Lead in Avoiding War

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

September 15, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: A view holds that we should use our superior nuclear power to “Make America Great Again.” In any nuclear war, even against Russia, China, or both combined, America would likely win. Another view is that such a victory would be a Pyrrhic one at best. For while we could destroy all of those nations, perhaps no more than a fraction of ours would remain, and those few remaining cities would present a life worse than those we witnessed at the heights of Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, and Irma all together, but with no help from the outside world ever arriving. In effect, virtually the entire world would be on fire rather than submerged in water, with the earth’s environment being almost totally des...

“Financial Update From Chris Canavan ’84, Chair-elect, Board of Trustees”

Chris Canavan, OC ’84

September 8, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: The following is an email sent June 14, 2017 to the Oberlin College faculty and staff by the chair of the Board of Trustees. This was not submitted to the Review as a Letter to the Editors, but as it is addressed to the Oberlin community, we feel it appropriate to publish the text in full. To the Oberlin community: Oberlin’s Board of Trustees met last week. It was a bittersweet meeting because Oberlin is going through so many transitions. President Marvin Krislov will soon depart for Pace University. We bid farewell to Mike Frandsen, Sandhya Subramanian, and Debra Chermonte. But we also welcomed Oberlin’s 15th president, Carmen Ambar, and we’re lucky to have Alan Norton, Donica Varner...

Review Breaks Tradition with Oxford Comma

Sami Mericle, OC ’17

September 8, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: While I was impressed by the reporting in the semester’s first issue of the Review, I was jolted by the use of the Oxford comma, a stylistic change that has evidently been implemented since I left staff at the end of last year. I consider myself a dedicated fan of the Oxford comma in most situations. It provides rhythm, clarity, and fairness to lists. But this change in the style guide is objectionable for two reasons: First, it breaks with years of Review tradition. The paper has a continual problem with a short institutional memory, which is inevitable for a student newspaper with a transient staff. But should the staff toss aside old conventions at the whim of each new production edit...

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