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Norton PAC questioning group’s actions

7/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I am the treasurer for a political action committee (PAC) in Norton called POP, or People of Progress. I am a normal Norton resident, with kids in the Norton school district, and, yes, my dad is [Norton City] Council president there. I have avoided politics in general because of a group called Citizens 4 Norton (C4N). They are a select few residents that are on a mission to make Norton look like the last place anyone would want to move to. They argue, they fight, they are untruthful, to put it nicely. I am now involved.

They came to our second POP meeting a few weeks ago and bombarded us with ridiculous questions, yelled, hooted, hollered and told one of our members first, that she could not read, then, to shut the [expletive] up. Granted I threw him out of the meeting and called him a choice name myself. I am not proud of it, but it felt really good!

I enjoyed the article written in the June 27 [2013] West Side Leader under “Community News,” titled “Members of Norton Council strongly opposing Issue No.1.” I have some thoughts on this article; bear with my quotes, I try to be truthful when doing so:

  1. Mowery said “… Right or wrong, I have to say I’m with the people.” I have to guess he means the people that signed the petition to get the charter amendment on the ballot. These would likely be the same people that were told that the charter amendment was to look “for other funding solutions for the sewer.” Doesn’t even begin to describe it, does it?
  2. Mowery also added that he believes it’s the mayor’s job to make sure the city service don’t falter. So maybe the mayor has a golden goose that lays golden eggs to ensure that these city services don’t falter, or maybe Mowery forgot that taxpayers fund Norton, not the mayor?
  3. Mowery’s expectation is that the measure will end up being ping-ponged back and forth in court. That would be great for the C4N as they love to say that Norton administration spends too much money on legal fees. Duh! We have to do that to fight your ridiculous amendments!
  4. I still cannot believe that [Councilwoman] Charlotte Whipkey [at large] voted with almost all the other Council members!
  5. Charlotte did come back around at the end of the meeting by voting against “applying to the Ohio Public Works Commission for funding a sanitary sewer project to service the Wadsworth/Summit roads extension and authorizing a memorandum of understanding with the city of Barberton.”

This is a grant! This means free money! So to all the C4N cronies out there, this is yet another grant that we really “aren’t applying for.” It’s all a figment of your imagination!

Norton residents, if you read this, grab a marker and write “vote no” on your calendar on Aug. 6. You can get more information on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/nortonprogress.

Melissa Sabo, treasurer, People of Progress, Norton

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