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To the Editor: Experience tells BG man colon cancer preventable: Schedule a colonoscopy
Written by Dick Conrad   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:23
In 2000, President Clinton issued a Proclamation recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Every time I hear about someone dying of colon cancer, I cry. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and is totally preventable. Colorectal cancer screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
In 1972 I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease known as chronic ulcerative colitis. I asked to see a specialist. My doctor sent me to the Cleveland Clinic to see a gastroenterologist. The gastroenterologist gave me a colonoscopy exam and put me on prednisone. After that, I went to the Cleveland Clinic 2-3 times a year for colonoscopy exams and continued with the prednisone. I knew where every bathroom was in BG. When I had to go, I had to go now. With every visit, my Cleveland Clinic doctors said they wanted to cure my colitis; and every time, I told them that I didn't like their cure (major surgery, remove my colon).
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To the Editor: Schools, media should not present evolution to public as being a fact
Written by Mary Jo Thieman Bosch   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:22
One day when our youngest son was 7 years old, he asked me, "If evolution is true and we came from monkeys, how come we never see people on their way from being monkeys to people?" That seemed to be a pretty insightful question for a little guy. What a great opportunity to introduce him to Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth..."
Since scientists who favor evolution have never been able to prove indisputably that the world is the result of evolution, what is the basis of the Feb. 6 headline: "Fact and Faith face off in evolution debate"? Though you personally have the right to choose what you believe and pass that on to your children if you wish, you have no right to make such a huge assumption and foist it off on the public as fact. There are a lot of preposterous assumptions that are unexplainable without the existence of an intelligent being behind it all.
The universe as a result of evolution is not a "fact," it's a theory. And neither the media nor the schools have any business passing it off as truth.

Mary Jo Thieman Bosch
Millbury
 
To the Editor: Former BG city council member Ng questions methods for demolitions
Written by Patrick Ng   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:21
According to the Sentinel-Tribune of 2/19/13, it is deja vu that Midwest Environmental Control, Inc. (the Contractor) is doing it again with the blessing of B.G. City Administration and City Council, avoiding the common practice of bidding process for governmental projects.
Just like the demolition of the B.G. Junior High School in 2012 (the Contractor) will pay $1.00 to the City for B.G. Ridge School property.
Thus, it becomes privately owned. After the building is demolished, it will sell the empty ground back to the City for an amount within the City estimate. Whether this is legal and OK with the State Auditor or not, it is a deceptive and underhanded attempt to circumvent bidding which it may not get the job unless it is the low bidder. By doing it this way, its job is guaranteed.
I don't understand why B.G. City Council condones this kind of practice. Or, is the City in cahoots with the contractor? An estimate is just an estimate. The exact saving of taxpayers' money is unknown without a cost comparison with other bidders. Remember this is not a cheap endeavor initiated by Councilmen Dan Gordon and John Zanfardino. To be fair for everyone, let's bid out the job like any other city project... no short cuts.

Patrick Ng
Bowling Green
(Editor's note: Patrick Ng is a former BG City Council member from the Second Ward.)
 
BG women deserve to have large crowds
Written by Allan Chamberlin   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:39
Another highly successful women's basketball season at Bowling Green State University has entered its final phase with four regular season games remaining plus the Mid-American Conference tournament and hopefully further post-season action.
The Falcons play their final two home games at the Stroh Center this week, hosting Kent State at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Ohio University at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. This team deserves large crowds as they conclude another highly successful season. Despite playing virtually the entire year with a nine-player roster due to three season-ending injuries, the Falcons are 23-3 overall and 13-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Nineteen of the 23 wins have come by 10 or more points including double digit wins over Ohio State and Michigan.
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