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To the Editor: Fracking target countywide
Written by Joseph Terry   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:54
The voters have spoken. There will be no amendment. That means now the hordes will come in and ruin the ground water and pollute the air. Wait. No they won't, any more than they would have if this matter had never been put forth. If the mysterious parties who first proposed this ill-conceived idea had taken the time to properly research the geology of Wood County, they would have known the proposal was a moot point. Note I say "Wood County", not "Bowling Green." The county is 621 square miles. Did the townspeople think that they would be an oasis in the midst of some huge destructive rush for oil?
That happened a long time ago, when wagons of nitroglycerin used to park outside the saloons, oil flowed unrestrained for days into ditches and streams, and there was little regulation on drilling, and few on working conditions. It's too late for the ground water. If you get city water, or water from the water and sewer district, then your water comes from the Maumee. Ask anyone who has lived south of Route 6 for more than 10 years and ask them about their wonderful, hydrogen sulfide infused well water. They have the oil industry to thank, but more importantly, not necessarily big oil.
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To the Editor: Walbridge resident questions GOP efforts
Written by Joann Schiavone   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:52
Give only the facts:
In response to Swartz's comments pertaining to Latta ... Fact 1) According to study by the Center for American Progress, an additional 60,000 jobs were lost when republicans slashed funding for law enforcement, clean up at nuclear weapons production facilities, and the Federal Buildings Fund for the General Services Administration. Fact 2) This caused a secondary impact of a wide array of businesses ranging from automobile producers to local restaurants and dry cleaning establishments etc., causing the disappearance of additional jobs. Fact 3) Republicans are voting against any legislation that might create a job. The Republican Party doesn't care that millions of their constituents are suffering. They are trying to defeat and demean President Obama and win elections in congress.
Fact 4) House Republicans are literally creating unemployment with their policies. Besides their spending cuts, the House GOP voted for three separate bills that would kill 1.9 million jobs, H.R. 1, H.R. 2, and H.Con Res. 34.
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To the Editor: Who won fracking vote?
Written by Sally Medbourn Mott   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:52
May, 2013: City Council is asked to enact an Anti-Fracking City Ordinance. Nothing happens.
September, 2013: An Anti-Fracking Charter Amendment scares the bejesus out of city officials, the business community and the oil and gas industry.
September 17, 2013: City Council enacts an Anti-Fracking City Ordinance.
Do we see a winner in here somewhere?
Sally Medbourn Mott
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: School board member thanks N. Baltimore voters
Written by Tracy Cotterman   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:51
To the Voters of North Baltimore:
Thank you for your support over the last four years. I have had an amazing time learning how hard it is to run a school district. It is truly been something I will never forget and I am grateful to have had the opportunity. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the families of the North Baltimore Local School District. I am sure that the members of the school board will lead with integrity and care, knowing that our future is in their hands. They have a fight on their hands as funding for public schools continue to dwindle, standardized testing continues to challenge teachers and students, and keeping our kids safe continues to be an ever present threat. I believe they are up to this challenge and will serve us well. I will treasure my new relationships with the staff of the district and I encourage them to continue forward: guiding our students to reach their potential as students, but more importantly as human beings. We have much to be proud of in our District, and I look forward to watching it grow.
Tracy Cotterman
North Baltimore
 
To the Editor: Elmwood appreciates support for two levies
Written by Superintendent Tony Borton   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:49
To the Elmwood School Community:
I would like to start with a great big thank you for your support in renewing our income tax levies. We live in a great community that has continued to support its school system over many years. I would also like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the levy campaign and to all who helped or attended the town hall meetings. We are also aware that there are voters who did not support the renewal levy for one reason or another. It is our desire that we continue to work with you to address concerns that you may have had about the school system. The board of education, the administrative team, and the superintendent are always willing to listen and try their best to address your concerns. While it is not always possible to do everything that may be asked of us, the only way for us to know about an issue is to have open lines of communication and for you to share them with us so we may have at least honest dialogue. In the end, I hope every community member and staff member has the same goal, to make Elmwood Local Schools the best place to educate your children as possible. Thanks again.
Superintendent Tony Borton and the Elmwood Board of Education
 
Public deserves open meetings
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:59
Ask any kids and they will tell you - scary stuff happens in the dark.
As adults, we get over that irrational fear, but we still realize that the cover of darkness often allows wrongs to be committed that would not be attempted in the light of day.
Current open meetings law in Ohio requires that governmental bodies conduct their business in the bright sunshine of public participation.
But tucked away in the 5,371-page state budget bill is an amendment that shields governmental bodies from that uncomfortable glare and allows them to meet behind closed doors when discussing nearly any economic development issue. The change would allow townships, municipalities and counties to even discuss tax breaks for prospective businesses without input from the public - the people footing the bill of such tax abatements.
While open meetings law in Ohio already permits governmental bodies to go into executive session to discuss such items as real estate transactions, it is very specific and limited in the reasons public bodies can retreat behind closed doors.
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