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Not much to gripe about

One perspective that may have been lost in all the discussion over East/West and Supper/Dinner - isn’t it nice that the semantics of an innocent editorial are all that we have to gripe about?

While other communities are struggling with crime and community apathy, we find ourselves immersed in discussions about less tangible concerns...

Frankly, it sort of reminds me of marriage: no matter how well things are going, you have to pass the time arguing about something.

Thanks for what you do,

Steve Gels
2700 Hathaway

Last word on ‘Philistines’

I find the ‘Round Town column silly in this day and age. But, since nobody is forced to read it — and I don’t — I’ll grant that the volleys of letters about it are silly as well.
But I found totally ridiculous your editorial about the matter (March 17) and the follow-up editorial (March 24) complaining that you thought you were being funny. To support — even in jest — a division of the community is completely irresponsible. It is up to all of us to keep our community a great place to live, and I see volunteers from all over the city working toward that goal on a nearly daily basis.

I also find ridiculous the fact that the editor of the local paper does not know how to spell Central Perc. It’s spelled that way because coffee percolates, although I suppose some people might find the eatery’s presence in Oakwood a perk of living here. I certainly do.

Also, you owe one letter writer an apology. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary:

Pronunciation: Philistine

Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1: a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia; 2: often not capitalized a: a person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values b: one uninformed in a special area of knowledge
— philistine adjective often capitalized
— phi·lis·tin·ism Listen to the pronunciation of philistinism
noun often capitalized

Since the letter writer was not referring to a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia, she was well within the rules of English grammar to leave “philistines” uncapitalized.
Perhaps you would, indeed, do better to skip writing editorials, as it seems that you are not prepared to take any heat for doing so. I suggest that instead, you do readers of The Register a service and place announcements of events happening Tuesday in the paper a week ahead so those who want to attend those events can re-arrange their schedules or get child-care assistance more than an hour or two before the events begin. For that matter, I’ve received my Register on Wednesdays often enough that you should publish articles about Wednesday events a week ahead of time as well.


Kay Wert Minardi

Time for spring spruce-up

The Oakwood community is blessed with shaded streets and a variety of architectural styles. Most homes on the east side of Far Hills have porches which provide a shady spot for reading, relaxing, visiting with neighbors, and just plain watching the world go by. Spring is on the way and it will soon be porch time; however, while driving around, I have noticed that many of the porches have become storage spots for bicycles, strollers, riding toys, dilapidated furniture, etc.. Not only is your “stuff” unsightly, it is an invitation to thieves.

Now is the time to take a critical look at your biggest investment and see if it is looking cluttered or messy. Walk across the street and look at you house for about five minutes and see what your neighbors are seeing. Is there a tree in need of a trim? Are you cutting your grass without attention to the weeds in the flowerbeds. Is your house paint in good condition? Have you forgotten about the curb appeal of your property? We all suffer a loss of property value when one person lets things go. Warm weather is on the way and we need to get outside; and while out there, do your neighbors a favor and spruce up your property. Pull some weeds, trim a tree; and while doing so, you will get some fresh air, exercise and maybe even relieve some tension.

Linda Gallant

It’s great living in Oakwood

I have lived in Oakwood for a few years. I listen to residents complain about some people getting pulled over for just cruising around or the safety department stopping and making conversation with people that just look out of place and up to no good. Well, I applaud the police for keeping us safe. We have the finest safety department that I have ever known. I could not imagine a safer place to live. The last major incident I heard was when the two black men in a red truck robbed the lady in her house at gun point. That is the first time I have heard of a thing like that happening in Oakwood and the last time.

The school system is if not the best one of the best in Ohio. The teachers strive to make Oakwood a fun place to learn. I walk on both sides of Oakwood and I get the same number of waves and people saying hello no matter where I am in this town. I find Lumberjacks and Jills to be some of the proudest athletes I have ever known. That is for good reason.

People here work hard or have worked hard and now retired to make this town what it is today. Maybe those of you that feel Oakwood is not diverse enough or you just do not feel loved here could try: Kettering, Beavercreek, Centerville, or Dayton. Your taxes would probably be lower. Oakwood needs residents that are proud of their town and willing to work hard to keep it safe. We need people that will put in some of their own time to help keep it clean. This is a great town so support the safety department and teachers and keep this great tradition going. Smile, you would not live here in the first place unless you felt safe and wanted the great school system that your children have the opportunity to attend. Oakwood is not without any problems, but the residents and the safety department attack our problems with great strength and pride. We do not sit back and complain about them as they get worse.

Tom Johnson






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March 31, 2009
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