Community Opinion

“Theresa Gavarone will build on what Randy Gardner and Tim Brown have accomplished” -Doug Cubberley

I am writing in support of Theresa Gavarone for Ohio House. I have known Theresa for over 25 years and know her to be a quality individual. She served our City well while she was on the Bowling Green City Council. She promoted fiscal responsibility and demonstrated a talent for working with others to find common ground solutions too many of the issues that impact our daily lives in Bowling Green. She was part of bringing almost 1,000 jobs to Bowling Green over the past 3 years. I have also observed Theresa as an attorney who cares for her clients and advocates for them. She is the kind of person the citizens of Wood County want advocating for them in Columbus. Theresa will continue her outstanding work if elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. The economy and education are two of her top priorities. She will take her experience as an attorney, small business owner and mother to Columbus and make all of us proud of her representation. Her commitment to reducing taxes and regulations on business will continue to build on what Randy Gardner and Tim Brown have accomplished. The creation of sustainable jobs in Wood County and…


“Don’t be blinded by party affiliation” -Nathan Eberly

This election cycle, much like many in recent past, has found our communities, and even families at times, sharply divided. Much like cheering for our favorite football team, many seem to want a “side” to win it all. In this case the side is a given political party. Across the board, political parties have stark contrasts which relate to given public policy opinions. These are guided from a view of big picture federal issues through their platforms. But when it comes to local matters, do the national platforms carry the same weight? It is easy for some to discount candidates due to the letter representing their political party. However, for this election, and all elections, I am hoping people evaluate individual candidates on their merits and how it pertains to their abilities for each office, and their respective plans and policies for their offices (and what they can actually do or not do in that position). Don’t be blinded by just the political affiliation. Look at their experiences, skills, and knowledge to best understand how they may perform in office. I myself, looking at my choices, support candidates in the Democrat Party, Republican Party, Independents, and Libertarians (I am sorry…


“Why is Kelly Wicks so angry?” -Mark Pannell 

After attending the League of Women Voters Forum this past Sunday in Bowling Green, something really stood out to me; Kelly Wicks just seems like a very angry person. The very first question asked was about qualities each candidate feels they have that would translate well to the Statehouse. Instead of answering the question, Mr. Wicks proceeded to ignore the fairly simply question in favor of screaming into the mic that he pays his taxes and his opponent is a liar. Forget about the fact that public records show Mr. Wicks failed to pay his property taxes for over six months, resulting in a lien on his property. Also, forget about the fact that through social media Mr. Wicks lied by saying he was only a couple of days late on his property taxes. The second question was in reference to charter schools. This one Mr. Wicks actually did answer but again he was awfully angry. It really makes me wonder how great (or poor) an advocate he would be for Wood County in Columbus because of the strong majority Republicans have in the Statehouse. Would he take the same poor temperament he had Sunday with him to Columbus and…


“Women of Wood County would be safer with Babel-Smith as Sheriff” -Janet Parks

In response to questions relative to Donald Trump’s 2005 comments about assaulting women by kissing them without their permission and grabbing their p…..s, current Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn stated that those comments had “not changed his feelings” about the candidate, thus suggesting that Trump still has his support (BG Independent News, Oct. 9, 2016). Wasylyshyn characterized Trump’s remarks as something Trump had said “20 (sic) years ago” and implied that they were not relevant today. I strongly disagree. Sexual assault is always relevant and should be especially so to a law enforcement officer. Entrusting women’s safety to someone who is willing to publicly “blow off” Trump’s vile comments would be unconscionable. Ruth Babel-Smith, a candidate for Sheriff, has stated to me that she takes Trump’s comments very seriously. She understands that sexual violence is a problem in our culture. She believes that it is the role of law enforcement to protect women against sexual assault and to prosecute those who commit it. I believe that the women of Wood County would be safer with Babel-Smith in the office of Sheriff and that the perpetrators of sexual assault would be more likely to be brought to justice. I will cast…


“Gavarone’s background and experience will serve her well” -Greg Robinette

This letter is to offer my full support and endorsement for Theresa Gavarone for the Ohio House of Representatives. I can think of no one in Wood County more competent, experienced, and ready to serve a full term as our representative in Columbus. I have no doubt that Theresa will continue to use her energy and experience to be the type of effective advocate for the citizens of Wood County that we have come to expect from our elected officials. She will indeed put the best interests of the citizens of Wood County first. Theresa’s background and experience as a business owner, an attorney, an elected city council member, and a parent will serve her well in the general assembly. Theresa is dedicated to serving her constituents and has already begun working on the issues important to Wood County, including education and job creation, and has a record of successful job creation in her role as a member of the Bowling Green City Council. Importantly, in my opinion, Theresa’s experience as a business owner and as a city council member gives her unique and valuable insight into the impact of state government on citizens, businesses, and local governments. This insight…


“Gavarone handled by Republican Party in Columbus” -Dr. J Scott & Ginny Stewart

After seeing the attack ads against Kelly Wicks we were surprised to hear during the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum that Mr. Wicks’ opponent took no responsibility for the content of her ads. It became apparent that she is being handled by the Republican Party in Columbus. If this is the case, how can the voters have confidence that she will be motivated to represent her constituents when she is beholden to a party, who first appointed her to the position and is now running her campaign? Kelly Wicks is a hands-on candidate who has spent countless hours meeting with his constituents throughout the region. He has shown that he is well-informed on the issues affecting our communities and our region. He understands the importance of our public schools at a time when millions of dollars have been drained from the schools by the current state administration, which favors for-profit and on-line schools. We find it disingenuous for Mrs. Gavarone to claim to be “our” state representative when she has yet to fulfill any of the duties of the office. Kelly Wicks for months now has been working hard to meet and listen to his constituents and has shown…


“Negative campaigning by Gavarone is disappointing” – Rick Busselle

Bowling Green is a nice community. Wood County is a nice part of Ohio and a nice part of America. Our schools are good and our roads get plowed when they need it. Our local economies are pretty strong. I think life is good around here because people are mostly honest, hard-working, and committed to their communities. That’s why the latest mailer supporting Theresa Gavarone is disappointing. It represents a negativity and deception that is more akin to the values of politicians in Washington or Columbus than our values, and frankly, it doesn’t belong here. This isn’t the first deception from Columbus involving candidate Gavarone, only the most visible. With little acknowledgment Gavarone was appointed to Tim Brown’s vacated seat and is now being paid several month’s portion of a $60,584 state salary. We’re paying her, apparently, merely to establish name recognition because the House has met only once since Brown resigned. That was to appoint Gavarone, and it won’t meet again until after the election. She can somewhat honestly claim that the pointless appointment was a Columbus decision, and she was just following party orders. But the mailer is just more deception from Columbus where the super-majority in the…


“Gavarone’s small business leadership comes up short” – JJ Dennis

I was very surprised to receive a brochure at my door recently touting Theresa Gavarone’s experience as a business owner as a reason why we should elect her to the position she was appointed to fill in August. Based on my time working at one of Gavarone’s businesses, I do not believe her experience as a small business owner warrants support. Anyone who has frequented Howard’s Club H knows that part of its charm is in its grungy appearance. What you might not know is that until very recently that grunginess ran bone deep. While her family owned Howards, employees were regularly forced to wade through vomit and other human waste multiple times every night to plunge the toilets that hadn’t flushed properly (read: hardly at all) for years. Those boxes of plastic gloves you saw behind the counter? Not for food prep. In addition to the infamously inadequate bathrooms, closing duties included dumping gallons of bleach down floor drains behind the bar to prevent an unbearable stench from filling the business the next day. When the smell didn’t drive customers away, the broken AC and furnace did. Fortunately these issues (which posed a clear health risk to employees and…


“Support our fine Parks and Recreation program” – Gary & Ann Jones

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation: there is so much that can be said in support of our city’s parks and facilities. My wife and I (now in our 70’s) have spent the major portion of our lives living in Bowling Green. And without a doubt, the parks and their facilities have always been an important part of our lives here. We have enjoyed with our friends the Friday summer lunches in City Park with good food provided by local vendors and good musical entertainment. We have enjoyed the excellent Sunday night music from the Needles stage. Our friends from Whitehouse and Findlay bring their children to our pool facility and the well maintained park and playground. And the skate park and the “hockey” rink seem always in use. As we walk the park, I love to look at the beautiful stonework in the stone wall built in the early 1940s. My wife and I have also made good use of Wintergarden, St. John’s, and Tucker woods. The paths wind through so many varieties of trees and plants. We walk the woods daily with our dog Gunnar, and before Gunnar with our dog Abby, and before Abby our dog Lady. What…