The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Students Must Evaluate Their Place in Local Elections

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

October 5, 2018

As critical midterm elections approach, Oberlin students need to again consider where and how we will vote. Many of us are transient residents both in Oberlin and Ohio more generally; thus, we need to think about what our role in these communities should be. Consider Issue 11, which will be on Oberlin’s ballot this November. It’s the first phase of a levy that would consolidate Oberlin City Schools into a single building by 2025, increasing the tax burden of many Oberlin homeowners. Because of its impact on local taxes, Issue 11 is highly controversial. Many Oberlin residents feel that their taxes are already too high, and that has driven people out of town in the past. A significant percentage of the city’s...

Community Should Support Issue 11

John and Linda Gates, Oberlin Residents

October 5, 2018

Our schools reflect what we value. In the upcoming election, Oberlin residents will have the opportunity to vote on Issue 11, the bond issue that will result in the construction of “a state-of-the-art, cost-efficient, centralized educational campus that will be a key investment in the future of Oberlin designed for 21st-century learning practices, safety and security, sustainability, and community use.” This description is taken directly from the oberlinyes.org website that details the goal, the rationale, the cost savings per year for maintenance and upkeep of the current buildings, the amount of income the bond issue will generate, the timetable, how the project will be financed, and the projected cost per household....

Issue 11 Will Not Solve District’s Problems

Sandra Redd, Oberlin Resident

October 5, 2018

I attended Oberlin City Schools and so did my children. I do not remember a time that the community said “no” to higher school taxes. We had approximately 250 students that parents chose to send to non-OCS schools last year. One reason was bullying, and it is my understanding that we have a teacher who remains in the school system that many parents have said bullied their child. Do you really think we will draw people into the district because of a new building? No, families look at outcomes — are students ready for college and are they receiving a quality education? If your report card is an “F” now, it will not change just because of a new building. I was a part of the committee that proposed alternatives...

Community-College Ties Strengthened by City Council Representation

David Sokoll, OC '10

September 4, 2015

Dear new and returning Oberlin students, Crafting this letter, I began as any good student would: I googled “letter to the editor.” It turns out these things are for sharing an opinion on a local issue. Today, the issue I’d like to talk about is our local government, and my opinion is that myself and other young adults are alienated from formal democracy in Oberlin and beyond. I graduated from Oberlin College in 2010, and while most of my classmates scattered to pursue their dreams, I chose to pursue mine right here in town. Since then, I have been involved in community organizations and non-profits throughout Lorain County. I have worked for food justice by bringing fresh local produce to residents of all ...

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