Sunday, October 31, 1999
Our choices in Tuesday's election
Here is a list of Enquirer endorsements in contested races and on issues on Tristate ballots for Tuesday's election:
CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL (9 to be elected) Phil Heimlich (R): A tireless student of good government who always does his homework.
Charlie Luken (D): Former news anchor's prime-time polish, experience and low-key, sensible style can help him lead a coalition as mayor.
Charlie Winburn (R): Has fought to put the obese bureaucracy on a diet.
Todd Portune (D): Has emerged as a leader on regional projects.
Jim Tarbell (C): Cares about Cincinnati and understands downtown problems better than anyone on council.
Pat DeWine (R): Has run an accurate campaign blasting incumbents, yet offering solid proposals to cut taxes and improve services.
Diane Goldsmith (R): Offers what City Hall needs experience in Hamilton County government to improve city-county relations.
Alicia Reece (D): Young but very poised; her enthusiasm should give a boost of fresh energy to a tired council.
Scott Seidewitz (D): Top-notch first-time candidate offers a Sensible Government Plan, including specific cuts to save $11 million.
CINCINNATI BOARD OF EDUCATION (3 to be elected)
Louis Buschle: A practiced consensus builder; offers expert financial and management experience.
John Gilligan: Distinguished former Ohio governor can add clout.
Rick Williams: A natural fit for the board; wants CPS to get out of one-size-fits-all mentality.
Paul Patton (D): His record of leadership outweighs his occasional stumbling; has shown strength in defying powerful interests.
Issue 1 (Ohio): YES - Would allow the state to issue general obligation bonds to build and repair public schools, lower the state's cost by tens of millions of dollars.
Issue 11 (Cincinnati, other communities): YES - Cincinnati Public Schools' 4.5-mill levy request demonstrates financial responsibility, rewards genuine, overdue changes in the district, and keeps property tax rates competitive. Cost An extra $122 a year for owner of a $100,000 home.
Issue 12 (Hamilton County): YES - Five-year Health and Hospitalization Levy for Drake Center and other facilities reduces current levy from $20 million a year to $18 million, while maintaining vital safety net of services. Cost About $31 a year for owner of a $100,000 home.
Issue 13 (Hamilton County): YES - Five-year Mental Retardation Services levy renewal, which asks for 0.8-mill increase to 3.53 mills, is needed to serve county's population of retarded or developmentally disabled adults, expected to grow 33 percent by 2004. Cost About $97 a year for owner of a $100,000 home, up from about $74.
ENQUIRER'S SCHOOL LEVY GRADES
Middletown-Monroe (Grade: A) Good management deserves public support (no new taxes).
Talawanda (Grade: C) Gambling big for high-stakes improvements.
Springboro (Grade: B) Balancing rapid growth and demand for quality.
River on the rebound
Gravel mining altering character of the river
Riverside residents expect change
Shootout shocks Loveland
Some opt for anti-Halloween activities
Human egg auction model of stupidity
Council hopefuls mount final blitz
Governor race should scare you into voting
Majority of voters will skip election
Marchers rally for school tax
School officials dispute findings of new survey
Voters may be scarce in N.Ky.
A stink in Butler Co.
Mating urge sends deer across roads
Prisoner found dead in Middletown jail
Rebel flag still excites passions
Seniors told of HMO cuts
Speaker: Hate begat Holocaust
Holocaust talks keep prof on go
CSO's guest conductors hint at future leaders
Many maestros are candidates for top spot here
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OhioDance honors Jefferson James
Second jazz CD as good as the first
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Caucus hears variety of views
College starts equine center construction
Lawmaker's tobacco interests under scrutiny
Students guided to career paths
Teens accused of plot to recreate Columbine