Letters to the editor

There are many good things in Groveport Madison
I am a 1994 graduate of Groveport Schools and my dad class of 1963. My brother and sister-in-law teach in the Groveport district. They love their jobs and their students.

Considering we have strong roots to Groveport and live here we are vested in the community.

I understand that we live in a new day with more violence and torment. Schools, students, and teachers have taken on a new look in this day. The recent edition of the Groveport Messenger spotlights this topic. It is of utmost concern that we make it a safe place to learn, teach, grow and form positive relationships. The students are our future – good or bad. I appreciate learning how law enforcment is working with the schools. Many of the officers are former Cruisers themselves. Fortunately we all have fond memories of Groveport from the 1990s.

In another small article in the Messenger I read a blurb about students learning different trades. I am reaching out to request the Messenger to spotlight more good like this in the student body and the good the staff are doing at Groveport. We read about so many negative things today. It would be impactful to share more stories such as this. I am a nurse and I see so many levels of needs. I believe that having students get involved in ideas that sparks their creative side or lead them to find what they are good at.

Spotlighting what these kids are into may even open interest from the community to share their business with the students. Maybe even open doors for employment.

In closing my greatest ask is we demonstrate more good with the Groveport Cruisers. For there is so much of it. Thank you for your time.
Andrea Warren
Groveport Cruiser

Dads on Duty
It was discouraging to read the recent articles in the Messenger about the problems in the Groveport Madison schools. While I applaud the law enforcement efforts and the multi-tiered system of support, I would imagine those are only addressing symptoms. I warrant that most of the individuals involved in the recent altercations on school property do not have a strong father figure in their lives, and this is a huge problem.

Southwood High School in Louisiana experienced a week of violent fights which saw 23 students arrested in three days. Their solution was to form Dads on Duty, which consists of around 40 fathers who take shifts at the high school and greet the students and establish a positive environment. The article I read said there hadn’t been a single incident on campus since the dads showed up.

Are there any fathers who would be willing to step forward? If they could become invested in the students’ lives as even part-time mentors, that would be even better. I would strongly encourage the schools to consider this option.
Carla Brown

Changes we go through
I was driving down the street one day and noticed each house had about three or four cars in the driveway – one house, multiple cars.

Memories came to my mind. What I remember was, one house, one car. The dad drove to work and the children walked, rode their bikes, or took the bus to school. Dad worked to pay the bills while mom stayed home, did the laundry, ironed the clothes, cleaned the house, and cooked and served meals for the whole family.

Then, better times came, or so they say.

An automatic washing machine was invented – of course for a price – but it helped mom. Then came a dryer, a television, a dishwasher, and so on, all at a cost. So mom had to get a part time job to help pay for all these new work savers. Mom bought a new robe to wear around the house as her house dresses just would not do. Then came babysitter fees. Mom had to get a full time job so now she needed a car to get to work. A car that needed gasoline and insurance, more expenses.

The kids grew up, moved out, and got married. That didn’t last long. One of the kids and his or her mate moved back home to save money for a house, washing machine, dryer, television, etc. You get the picture. So now we have four cars in the driveway!

Mom’s getting tired by now, so they eat out more often – another expense.
In time the kids move out and mom goes on Social Security. She also goes back to washing clothes, cooking, cleaning, and taking naps. She takes care of the grandchildren so their parents can go to work and buy cars, washing machines, televisions, etc.

Now there is just one car in the driveway. But other cars are coming and going all day long. This makes grandma and grandpa happy knowing they are still needed to take care of their grandchildren. They are still wanted and loved.

And they are especially happy that all their appliances are paid for, including the car in the driveway!
Patty Brown

Neighborhood survey part of property reappraisal
As we approach 2023, your auditor’s office is completing a monumental undertaking – the Mass Property Reappraisal, during which the office reappraises every property in the county to determine appropriate current values.

As we conduct the reappraisal, as required by state law, I am dedicated to leading an office with programs and initiatives that will help existing homeowners afford to stay in their neighborhoods as well as promote more affordable housing.

The auditor’s office wants to engage residents and make them an integral part of the reappraisal process, ensuring their voices are heard about their home values.

For the first time ever, the office is conducting a Neighborhood Survey, where residents tell us about their neighborhoods to help appraisers assign more accurate home valuations. No one understands a neighborhood better than the people who live in it, and in seeking the direct input of residents before tentative value are established, the auditor’s office seeks to eliminate bias in the reappraisal process.

After appraisers have determined tentative values in the fall of 2023, the office will again offer opportunities, both in-person and virtual for Informal Value Review sessions, where homeowners who feel their values are too low or too high can have one-on-one meetings with auditor’s office appraisers. You’ll hear more about these sessions throughout the year.

The auditor’s office will continue to serve Franklin County residents and businesses with forward-thinking initiatives and programs that help make our community the very best place to live and work. I look forward to engaging with the community throughout 2023 and taking the opportunity to help Franklin County residents as we complete the reappraisal.

To participate in the Neighborhood Survey, visit franklincountyauditor.com/neighborhoodsurvey.
Michael Stinziano
Franklin County Auditor


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