To the Editor: ODOT bridge plans for Waterville are all wet
Written by G.E. Thompson   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:29
Having spent over two hours at the ODOT open house re: the Waterville bridge it felt as though I was attending an electronic gadget convention. Probably the greatest number of "used car salesmen" ever amassed under one roof (employed by ODOT) were hawking ODOT's wares but only the easily blackmailed and frightened were buying. The premise was to sell a $22 million bridge that is so unneeded that Wood and Lucas counties could go without any bridge for a year while a new one built of "fracture critical" concrete with a life span of 27 years based on past experience with the I-475, I-75 and now the Grand Rapids "new" bridge ODOT finds in need of replacement. By contrast, European steel truss bridges like the current Waterville bridge suggest it should have a lifespan of somewhere near the year 2170 if properly maintained.
As a matter of public safety none of the residents near the bridge or its approach intersections recalls an injury accident ... ever. Common sense dictates that line of sight straight bridges and their approaches along with laser beam level is the safest way to go.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:02
To the Editor: Snow shovelers thanked for help
Written by Diana Bechstein   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:11
I would like to thank the Snow Dogs or Snow Angels whichever they would like to be called for their acts of kindness this past winter and previous winters. These people are the neighbors, friends, or strangers who not only take care of removing snow from their sidewalks but for others as well. Thank you for weathering the many snows. We can measure the snow but we cannot measure the number of people because of your good deeds who plan to pay it forward in the future.
Diana Bechstein
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:34
To the Editor: Religion can stifle independent thought
Written by Michael A. J. Rodgers   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:38
The assertion by William Feeman (Science and Religion, poles apart) finds resonance with this author. Science encourages freedom of thought; religion demands adherence to dogma. The concept of a mystical supreme being, X (give your own name to X), is central to religious practice and the appeasement and worship of X are required for a fulfilled life (and afterlife!). However the notion of an X does not have to be the sole province of religions; even an irreligious scientist can recognize that there are things in nature that do not fit readily into current scientific understanding. Moreover, that same irreligious person might ponder the nature of X, and it may be that in order to make progress in this quest, he/she will have to look elsewhere than to the scientific method.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:21
To the Editor: Age discrimination frequent in employment
Written by Mary Gambill   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:37
I find it very disturbing, that someone who has been born and raised in the United States, and becomes unemployed, by no fault of their own, as a senior, who has worked all their lives. It seems, that even you are not supposed to be discriminated against, it is still happening big time. Interview after interview, turns up no jobs ... why ... because the people who are interviewing, are 30 something, and 40 something, and they do not want you, because you are a senior... What? Are you kidding? We are the most stable people you could ever have working for you, and you still will not employ us ... discrimination ... I think so. My only hope is if all you 30 something people, and all you 40 something people live long enough, you too will become seniors, and hopefully, if you lose your jobs, you will also not be hired, because you are old, and being interviewed by 30 something people, and by 40 something people.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:20
To the Editor: Controversy over science and religion is needless
Written by V.N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:36
The controversy that has raged in these columns between science and religion is really a needless one. With due respect to the writers I would like to suggest that those who wish to know more about this issue in western philosophy should start with an in depth study of St. Augustine (354-430) and follow it up with Averroes (Arabic Ibn Rushd 1126-98) and finally get to the famous doctrine of the Double Truth of St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74). Long before Newton. The question requires considerable research to understand its complexity by a study of philosophy. Remember that science itself was born out of natural philosophy. The east has systems of philosophy not very much familiar in the west except to those who have made serious attempts to study them in academic circles.
To summarize briefly - really a disservice - the writers mentioned above dealt with the two main aspects which humans experience - reason and faith. Aristotle though not the earliest to explore reason and formulate his system of logic had an influence that went all the way to the period of the Renaissance of the 16th century. The Avrroestic interpretation of Aristotle conflicted with the clergy who held it as heresy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:19
To the Editor: BG cheerleaders congratulated
Written by Jason and Melissa Greenlee   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:36
My wife and I would like to congratulate the BGHS cheerleaders for earning the 2nd place trophy in their division at the O.A.S.S.A. State Competition, this past Sunday night.
Coach Karaffa and the team worked very hard preparing for the competition.
We would also like to especially congratulate Jessica Akers for her part as a senior for helping the team get there. Great Job.
Jason and Melissa Greenlee  
Bowling Green
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:11
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