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Editorial: County should stop spinning wheels
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:27
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
It’s not uncommon to hear Wood County officials brag about their teamwork and their ability to find solutions where other counties fail due to partisanship or turf battles. And in most cases, they are probably right.
But when it comes to providing transportation to those without their own vehicles, a decade or more of efforts have consistently stalled out in Wood County. The roadblocks have repeatedly been identified — too large of a rural geographic area to cover, a lack of adequate funding, difficulty securing insurance.
However, while Wood County’s efforts sat idling, nearly every other county in the area has accelerated their transportation efforts and created systems to meet the needs of their citizens. They encountered some of the same difficulties, but found detours around them.
It’s time for Wood County to live up to its reputation of seeking solutions rather than spinning its wheels on a coordinated transportation system.
It’s time for us to get on the bus — and provide rides for others in need.
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To the Editor: BG needs to do better job cleaning streets
Written by Carl McMaster   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:07
I want to address the letter from Mrs. Barcus. I totally agree with every word she said but I want to add they also do this on the non-snow streets. After this most recent storm I was clearing a path around my wife's car so I could move it, low and behold here comes the friendly traffic police, I told him I was cleaning up and would move it as soon as I had a place cleaned up. His reply was it needs to be off the street now so the plows can clean the streets. If he would have given me time I would have cleaned the entire area with my snow blower as I have always done and it would not have been an issue but he could not wait and went ahead and still marked the tires with chalk. I believe they are just after the money. They don't even clean the street properly when cars are not there. I snow blow clear to the curb, they plow 5 feet away from the curb. But go down some alleys they are perfectly plowed and so is the city park. Now come on city get your priorities straight. Clean the streets properly.
Carl McMaster
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: Boyle thanks community for supporting marathon
Written by Joe & Katie Boyle and family   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:06
On behalf of my family, friends, and the delightfully insane running community, I'd like to thank everyone in BG who made our marathon dreams come true Feb. 2. When my friends J.D., Elizabeth, Meghan, Brian, and I began to plot a race before I began cancer treatment, we imagined a few friends lacing up shoes, and hitting the sidewalks for 26.2 miles. We never imagined it becoming an event with more than 200 participants and spectators, most of whom got involved after seeing the story in the Sentinel days before the run. Specifically, we thank:
• The volunteers. At the last minutes, friends from all walks of life stepped forward to volunteer fruits, cookies, help at water stations, and direct traffic to appropriate parking. BGSU Athletics, Grounds for Thought, and Dr. Heather helped along the way. Dave's Performance Footwear jumped in with a finishing arch, drink jugs, and organized runners. Alex Hann brought his soundsystem to build atmosphere.
• Those who came out to cheer us on in the sub-freezing temperatures, including friends from church, school, and BGSU. Special thanks to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who lined Conneaut to cheer, leaving few dry eyes among the runners!
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To the Editor: BG should try using less salt on snowy roads
Written by Jan Bell   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:05
It looks like the snow is behind us, at least for a while. I gotta admit, I'm one of the few who loves it.
I read the statistics that were printed in the Sentinel pertaining to the removal of snow from our city streets. I wasn't so much upset by the labor cost, but I found it disturbing to read how much salt was used - many many tons!
As a society we've come to expect perfectly clear streets. But at what cost to the environment?
For as much as I like snow, I hate the use of salt. It turns it into a dirty sloppy mess - which ends up on our garage floor. Is it really necessary to salt small residential streets? I feel that plowing them would suffice. If drivers would slow down, and use some common sense, there wouldn't be a problem.
I grew up in a community that didn't use salt. Everyone went about their daily lives just fine. I feel the same could be true today - doing with less salt in Bowling Green would save a lot of money and conserve a valuable resource.
Jan Bell
Bowling Green
 
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