To the editor:
I hope readers will not only support Issue 2 at the ballot box, but also encourage neighbors, relatives, and friends to do the same.
I had the privilege of serving on LCCC’s district board of trustees with other volunteers in the community for 14 years before I became a common pleas judge for Lorain County seven years ago. I have seen first hand how LCCC and its University Partnership have been crucial in the strategy to rebuild our economy, provide opportunities for workforce training, certifications, associate degrees, as well as 45 different bachelor’s and master’s degrees from 12 other Ohio universities right here on LCCC’s campus. If LCCC can remain affordable, we all benefit. Unfortunately, the converse is also true. If Issue 2 does not pass, we will all suffer from a case of short sightedness.
In response to continued drastic funding cuts from Columbus, LCCC has continued to work to find as many creative solutions as possible. I know LCCC is counting its pennies and spending wisely. But even so, open teaching positions have not been filled, other programs terminated, tuition costs have steadily increased for the students, while remaining faculty and administrators have made sacrifices, frozen wages, taken on double duty, and paid more for reduced health care benefits.
Unfortunately, I also as a judge see the underbelly of our county. There are no quick fixes. But moving backward by failing to support and vote for Issue 2 is just not an option.
Without Issue 2, LCCC will lose more than $12 million, putting important programs on the chopping block, impacting the economic growth of our county, reducing the quality of our workforce over the years, and simply putting needed educational opportunities out of reach for too many. Your vote is vital to keep LCCC and our community strong. Please join me in voting for Issue 2. For more information, visit www.voteforLCCC.com.
Judge, Lorain County Court of Common Pleas