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To the Editor: Voters urged to support Doris Herringshaw
Written by Tom and Barb Harbauer   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:40
The May 6th Primary Election is an important day for voters in Wood County. Two candidates are running against Doris Herringshaw for the seat she presently holds as a Wood County Commissioner. Doris Herringshaw is the best qualified to serve as one of our county commissioners. She is well respected in Wood County and is well versed in county issues, including the county budget and rural and agricultural issues. Please join us in voting for incumbent Doris Herringshaw for county commissioner.
Tom and Barb Harbauer
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:08
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To the Editor: New Otsego principal glad he took the job
Written by Kevin O'Shea   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:38
One year ago this week, I graciously accepted an offer to be the next principal at Otsego High School. Today, I can honestly say that is one of the best decisions of my life. The Otsego community is simply amazing. My family and I, have been overwhelmed with the amount of support shown by all of you and I am thankful for such a student centered community.
I am also extremely lucky to be surrounded by so many exceptional students and staff. Our students work very hard both academically and in their extracurricular activities. They are dedicated, passionate and care about one another. The faculty and staff are also wonderful to work with. They have worked incredibly hard this year under new state mandates and have contributed countless hours to make our schools culture and climate one that supports the growth and achievement of all students and sets challenging learning expectations.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:09
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To the Editor: BG criticized for not being direct about electric rates
Written by Sally Medbourn Mott   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:37
Starting March, 2014, Bowling Green's Board of Public Utilities [BPU] decided to "levelize" [translation: "gradually raise"] residential electric rates 5 percent every year for the foreseeable future.
Why the sudden rate increase?
In addition to the city's usual known annual energy costs, something unexpected happened.
A surprise.
An investment in an Illinois coal plant didn't work out as planned.
Bowling Green [through Peabody Energy and American Municipal Power AMP] contracted to purchase 50 percent of the city's energy from the Prairie State Coal Plant in Illinois.
For 50 years.
Prairie State plant came online in 2012.
Prairie State has had many problems since it came online.
Prairie State has not been successful.
High-sulphur coal from a nearby Peabody coal mine was difficult to process.
Overruns.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:09
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To the Editor: There are definite rules when flags can be flown half-staff
Written by Dick Conrad   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:36
During the past year, I have seen on numerous occasions the American flag lowered to half-staff to honor a local citizen, local official or veteran. This totally usurps the flag code of the United States and is a direct affront to military veterans.
According to the Congressional Research Services Report for Congress, "The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions" updated April 14, 2008, Section m, "by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a state, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:10
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To the Editor: Citizens reminded to vote in primary election
Written by Lee McLaird & Judy Knox   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:35
The date of the Primary Election is May 6. There are several state and county offices that have contested races in the Republican and Democratic parties. There is also a state issue.
The full list of candidates and the state issue can be found on the Wood County Board of Elections website: www.co.wood.oh.us/BOE/.    
The website also has information about early in-person voting, absentee voting and voting at the polls on election day.
We hope you will exercise your right to vote.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:11
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To the Editor: To understand Crimea crisis, look back at world history
Written by V.N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:34
We learn from history that mankind learns nothing from history. The current crisis in Crimea is a case in point. The balance of power doctrine attempts to seek international order by maintaining equilibrium of power among many rivals by preventing the preponderant exercise of power by any one state. This requires the willingness of individual nations to change alliances as the situation demands. It was the stated British objective during much of the time till World War I.  After the war it gave rise to an alternate system characterized by cooperation and community of power which led to the League of Nations in 1919. The idea was forgotten and WW II ensued.
World War II was a turning point in history. It was a kind of laxative administered to the planet to get rid of its toxin of colonialism to globalize freedom giving rise to a new international order. The U.S. was largely instrumental in setting up the United Nations in 1945, reviving the idea of cooperation and community of power. However Gandhi feared that the tendency for violence could still persist as long as nations disregard the pursuit of right means based on nonviolence and truth in seeking ends.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:12
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