Readers' Opinions

Raise Taxes, Kill Jobs

As a small business owner I understand the challenges that the businesses in our community are facing, and I am committed to expanding employment opportunities and making Ohio more business-friendly. Now more than ever, it is essential that state leaders focus on getting people back to work by attracting businesses and jobs to our state, and the first crucial step is reexamining our tax laws to ensure that we are providing enough incentives to start or expand a business in Ohio. 

Today’s global market is highly competitive and highly mobile, and businesses frequently relocate from high-tax states to low-tax states where they have the best chance for economic success. However, Ohio has the 7th highest tax burden in the nation and conveys a strong message that we punish, not reward, economic success. Thus, the growing financial burden on taxpayers will ultimately inhibit business growth and job creation in Ohio.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:13 PM, 09.08.2009

View from the Cheap Seats

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In fact, I’ve always wanted to write a periodic newspaper column. My wife says it’s because I was born with a little known mental impairment called Recreational Self Abuse Disorder (commonly known as RSAD). Given a choice, people with RSAD will choose whatever action makes their life more miserable. In any case, when I saw the Observer and talked to the Observer staff, I came to understand how this publication works, and I got really excited (RSAD sufferers get excited any time they see an opportunity to make things more difficult for themselves).
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:58 PM, 09.05.2009

The Bay Library Needs Our Help

With the tight presidential race and the contentious casino gambling issue garnering much of the election spotlight this year, one important issue may not be at the forefront of voters' minds. The Cuyahoga County Library system has a 2.5 mill levy (Issue 127) on the ballot, and the sagging economy may cause voters to tighten their purse strings at the polls.
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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:37 PM, 10.11.2008