Few men or women have the courage to step up and put themselves under the light to make a change to help us all. Mr. Yates is not one of those people.
Officer Yates showed great courage when even the union denied to assist him. Please understand, I am one of those who have been injured on the job as the SOCF administration has turned its back on me.
I have undergone several incidents of harassment since I blew the whistle on supervisors who allowed an inmate to beat me unconscious with a crutch he was not allowed to have.
I cannot state my case any further because of the fact our administrative assistant has given me a direct order not to take my case to the media. However, anybody interested can find the state inspector general's report under the case number 2006199 or http://www.sciotocountycpcourt.o! rg case 06cr001271.
I also would like to express my appreciation to our county prosecutor's office. The past years have been very rough for correction officers in our county.
Throwing feces and urine or even assault of a staff member has been looked past. With our new prosecutor and his staff, these actions, called harassment by the SOCF administration, are now seen as a serious offense to Mr. Kuhn.
I ask that voters take note and ask a corrections officer you may know, I understand election time is not even in our minds, but Mr. Kuhn and his staff have worked very hard to make SOCF a safer place to work and provide for our families.
PHS students' video not seen as imaginative, not an embarrassment
This letter is in response to another letter to the editor on the “Portsmouth Back” video.
I personally do not think anybody should be embarrassed, or disturbed, by the video. Also, if you find the Channel 25 programming disturbing or “part of a continuous loop of mostly garbage broadcast” then you have to ask, why watch it?
The video has caused anything but bad publicity. If anything the video has done extremely well. Bill Murray from WSAZ came to Portsmouth City Schools and did a story on it.
The people who made this music video most likely did not do this to embarrass anybody. The video was made as a school assignment to teach the people how to use the equipment for broadcasting.
If you were embarrassed well you shouldn't be. This music video has done absolutely nothing to embarrass you. It was all in good fun. In fact, it was on a worldwide television show and had a one in three chance of winning $10,000.
When I discover something disturbing on cable TV, I simply don't watch it. So instead of bashing teenagers with an imagination, why don't you keep an open mind and help bring “Portsmouth Back.”
Former resident thanks those that are working to make Scioto County better
As a former Portsmouth resident, I felt compelled to respond to a letter recently submitted by another former resident. That writer's concern was the number of buildings being torn down in the city, stating that her memories were being destroyed.
My question to her is, why did you leave Portsmouth in the first place? Presumably, it was to explore other options, either personal or professional.
That's why I left nearly 30 years ago, to pursue career opportunities not available at the time in Southern Ohio.
However, it's important for all of us to remember, that despite our absence, life goes on in Portsmouth.
I am in Portsmouth often, visiting family and friends who still reside there. I've seen buildings important to my childhood torn down, but what I see is progress - progress that is lacking in other Appalachian Ohio municipalities.
My elementary school (Lincoln) was razed to make way for a cancer hospital serving the health care needs of the region. My church (Wesley, formerly Trinity) was torn down, where congregants raised money to construct a new building that more efficiently meets the faith needs of a good portion of the community. My high school (PHS) was razed and a new, modern building is now supporting the efforts to educate young people.
The expansions at Shawnee State University are helping to keep the city vibrant through economic development, cultural attractions and access to higher education, realizing the vision of the late Ohio House Speaker Vern Riffe, when the university was created.
While some seem to want the city to remain a museum to their childhood, thankfully others have the vision to realize it can be much more. I salute the local, state and federal officials that are keeping progress alive in Scioto County.