Might as well work at White Castle
This equates to $17.50 per hour. Starting salary at the White Castle on Hamilton Road? Fifteen dollars an hour.
Rick Stone, Athens
The fox must not guard the chicken coop
Bill Bush is to be commended for his July 13 article, “Leaders disagree on head of the civil service,” alerting voters to Mayor Andrew Ginther’s outrageous plan to eliminate competitive testing in the hiring of municipal employees.
The mayor’s proposed charter change harkens back to the corrupt days of the 19th century golden age.
At the time, political hacks made up the vast majority of government employees at local and national levels. Government employees could be hired and fired at will by political bosses.
Good government progressives in the early 20th century aimed to change that.
One of their proposals inaugurated civil service systems for civil servants. One of these reforms mandatory competitive tests for hiring. This requirement was intended to assure taxpayers that a new public service employee had at least minimum qualifications.
Progressive-era reforms also established public service commissions.
In Columbus, Ginther has already eroded that reform by falsely claiming that the executive director of the city’s Public Service Commission works for him.
No, Mayor Ginther, the city charter— approved at the height of the Progressive Era — requires the CEO to be an employee of the Commission.
In other words, the charter prohibits the fox from guarding the chicken coop.
Robert Ruth, Grove Town
Inflation, gas prices not Biden’s fault
Is President Biden responsible for global inflation?
Global inflation over the past two years Pew Research Center Reports that 12 countries with advanced economies have higher inflation rates than the United States.
Is President Biden responsible for the US gas prices.?
According to Newsweek, gasoline prices in the United States are cheaper than in 90 countries and more expensive than in 70 countries.
Is this whole problem really his fault?
Clare Anderson, Christopher Columbus
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Portman is for the birds
Migratory birds are in trouble.
Of climate change and the destruction of cat habitat, pesticides and glass, the birds face various threats and federal legislation is needed to protect them.
Fortunately, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), alongside Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), introduced the Neotropical Migratory Birds Conservation Act.
This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Birds Conservation Act, the only federal grant program dedicated to the conservation of migratory birds across the Americas.
By increase funding for the Neotropical Migratory Birds Conservation Act and by lowering grant requirements, Senator Portman is working to ensure that more high-quality conservation projects are started that protect Ohio’s iconic species like mallards and mountain warblers.
Portman is a true champion of birds and of Ohio, which benefits from the roughly $100 million that ornithologists contribute to the economy.
The American Bird Conservation Action Fund, dedicated to building political support for the American Bird Conservancy’s mission to conserve wild birds and their habitats across the Americas, salutes Portman’s leadership.
Annie Connolly, American Bird Conservation Action Fund