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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Issue 21

Kent’s ‘Community Bill of Rights’ fails to pass

Christina Bucciere November 4, 2014

Issue 21 failed to pass, with 53.77 percent of voters voting ‘no,’ according to The Portage County Board of Elections.Issue 21 is a proposed amendment to the Kent city charter that would have guaranteed...

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David Stover, a resident of Tallmadge, holds his Issue 21 sign out to the passing traffic on E. Main with other demonstrators from the Global Frackdown rally Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Issue 2, on the Nov. 4 ballot, could create a community bill of rights for the city of Kent that would allow the community to have more of a say in the creation and location of fracking and drilling.

Local fracking ban, bill of rights opposition forms in Kent

Matthew Merchant October 29, 2014

Issue 21 on the Nov. 4 ballot is an amendment to the city charter, which, if passed, would guarantee Kent residents legal rights to clean air, pure water, local community self-government, freedom from...

Letter to the editor

Gwen B. Fischer October 29, 2014

Although a Kent “outsider” (I’m a resident of NE Portage), because I have researched issues behind Community Rights, I am responding to some of the many objections to Issue 21 in hopes of clarifying...

Letter to the editor: Who owns our resources?

Kathy Schumann October 26, 2014

Why are we drilling for more oil when it is polluting the atmosphere and causing more oil spills and earthquakes? Just go down a couple levels and the answer is money.The oil and gas industry has made...

Ray Paoletta is a junior political science major and a columnist for The Kent Stater. Contact him at

Opinion: Community Bill of Rights would hurt Kent

Ray Paoletta October 22, 2014

On Nov. 4, Kent voters will have the opportunity to vote for Issue 21, also known as the Community Bill of Rights. Advocacy groups claim that this issue is a pro-environment issue that saves the city of...

Letter to the Editor

Lee Booker October 8, 2014

The Kent Community Bill of Rights, Issue 21 on November’s ballot, prohibits corporations from (amongst other specified activities) extracting gas or oil within Kent and asserts the rights of residents...

Our View: Being informed during election season

KS Editors September 28, 2014

The Kent community is known for being green. We are a tree city and Kent State is a Tree Campus USA, the architects of the university’s new buildings are striving for Leadership in Energy & Environmental...

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