Opinions
To the Editor: G. Rapids mayor cites teamwork in village
Written by Marjory (Bunkie) Obermyer   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:10
A Grand Village-
Being Mayor of Grand Rapids, Ohio, has been an adventure for me and I have learned a lot. I have learned that things get done when everyone pulls together and that happens time after time in our small village. As the holidays draw near I see so many people and organizations come together to welcome visitors. The Arts Council, Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, Village Council along with village employees and the staff from LaRoes help to turn our village into a holiday postcard with lights, greenery and bows. I am proud to be their mayor and neighbor.
Marjory (Bunkie) Obermyer
Mayor of Grand Rapids
 
To the Editor: Doctor comments on factors affecting length of life
Written by William E. Feeman Jr., M.D.   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:09
The key to a long life with the fewest medical "glitches" is the ability to avoid the problems that come with atherothrombotic disease (ATD, such as heart attacks and strokes) and cancer.  No one lives forever, but if one likens the game of life to a game of cards, then the winners are those who can play their cards a bit longer before they have to cash in. In light of this I would like to note that Nancy Orel, PhD, in her talk in the Optimal aging seminar is "spot on" when she advises people not to smoke if they want to live a long time. And I could not agree more that a "happy wife is a happy life."
Cigarette smoking underlies early-onset ATD and cancer. People who smoke and have ATD risk factors have their ATD events much earlier than do ex-smokers and never smokers.  They also get many more cancers than do never smokers; ex-smokers may/may not get cancer - but if they do, the cancers come at a much later age. The only cancer I know of that is not associated with cigarette smoking is breast cancer, but if a woman smokes, her most likely cancer is lung cancer, with breast cancer a close second.
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To the Editor: BG man: Obamacare is a disaster and should be repealed
Written by Dustin Smith   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:07
I would like to weigh in on this disaster that is obamacare. There's millions of Americans that lost their health insurance even though Obama said that wouldn't happen. He lied numerous times about it, 36 times to be exact. He apologizes for people losing their insurance but not for misleading them? This new law is suppose to help people, but it has done more harm than good. Supposedly Medicaid is going to be expanded so more people can qualify, but what if you don't qualify for Medicaid? What if you can't afford health insurance even with this new law? Pay a penalty and still not have health insurance? How is this fair to the American people? Why should the government be able to control our health insurance? This new law may be considered "constitutional" however it needs to be repealed for the good of the American citizens. I urge you fellow readers to voice your opinion on obamacare and how it affects you. It needs to be known what this law is doing.
Dustin Smith
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: BG man sad that Ohio may adopt ‘stand your ground’ law
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:06
I am sad to hear that Ohio too wants to follow Florida in changing its law by copying its "stand your ground" doctrine in its gun law. I am in no way suggesting anything against gun ownership or about the Second Amendment even though it has done nothing to protect lives and even of those very people - law enforcement personnel - who have sworn to enforce it. We have been sick and tired of hearing about the incessant accounts of shooting attempts at schools, malls, now at the airport and on a daily basis on our streets, convenience stores and gas stations.
Dr. Feeman a well-known and respected concerned citizen has written a thoughtful letter (Nov.6th) warning against changing our gun law appealing to the conscience of gun owners asking them if they were not bothered by the bodies of school children gunned down. Are we placing the most valuable asset we have - our children - above that of our guns?
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To the Editor: U.S. already has Bill of Rights
Written by Herb Dettmer   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:14
Will "they" ever learn? BG voters soundly rejected the charter amendment, the so-called environmental bill of rights. Since we as Americans already have a Bill of Rights, why did they think we needed another one? Why did we need a vaguely worded amendment which covers a law already on the books? This charter amendment was unnecessary and a waste of campaign time and resources. Yet the backers of this and their out of state financial supporters say they will keep trying, wasting even more resources. BG voters have spoken - listen to them. Don't the words, "We the People ..." mean anything?
They should quit trying to force their ideas and beliefs on the rest of us. What part of no don't they understand?
Herb Dettmer
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: Doctors can be more dangerous than guns
Written by Dr. LeRoy Lloyd   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:10
The letter that Dr. Feeman had in the Sentinel-Tribune deserves comments and rebuttal.
First, as usual, this man perfected the use of anecdotal baloney to be presented as facts. He did this a lot with his so-called studies on patients in his office, which he would send to the Sentinel-Tribune. I wonder if his patients understood that they were subjects of his study? Were these studies double blind according to protocol? Was his study in some cases for blood pressure medication approved by the FDA?
Now he has branched out into new areas where he can display even more ignorance and foolishness. In this letter he does not even bother with his usual babble, he just gives us his feelings as if we should all bow down to him as the expert he would like to have you think he is.
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