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July 18, 2012 - Over on Page 7, in his Jim's Jottings column, Jim Sherman, Sr. asks the question, "When did political polls start?"

Off the top of my head, I'd say the first political poll was conducted in 44 B.C. when the Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of senators who stabbed him 23 times.

Coincidentally, that was also the first time a head of state was given an approval rating.

Ah, the good ol' days.

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I must applaud the Oxford Township Board for taking swift and decisive action as officials voted to work toward developing a ban on fireworks during the 335 days of the year not protected by state law (see Page 1).

The current situation is out-of-control, and completely unacceptable. The unlimited use of fireworks is a nuisance, it's a safety hazard, it's disturbing the peace on a community-wide scale and it's harming the pets out there, including ma' dog.

I sincerely hope the village council will follow suit and work to develop an ordinance that mirrors the township's.

To those folks who think 30 days a year is not enough time to shoot off fireworks all the livelong day, I urge them to move to some worn-torn Third World nation where explosions and fires are a part of everyday life. You'll love it there.

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Kudos to Oxford Village Planning Commissioners Sue Bossardet and John DuVal, along with the village council, for not letting Manager Joe Young slide on the whole Lili's Diner unauthorized outdoor seating issue (see Page 5).

On the surface, it may seem like small potatoes, but it's part of a much larger pattern Young's exhibited over the years.

I believe the expression that best captures Young's style of management is, "It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission." Of course, there's also a healthy dose of "It's only wrong if you get caught" sprinkled in.

Bossardet hit the nail on the head when she spoke of Young's constant need to have himself viewed as the "good guy." It's more important to him to be seen as the smiling, cookie-baking, balloon-animal-making guy than do his job correctly.

Village rules and procedures are there for a reason. Granted, I don't always agree with them, but I do believe if they're there, they must be applied and enforced equally or not at all – no favorites.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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