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To the Editor: Walbridge woman criticizes Latta, Republican Congress
Written by Joann Schiavone   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:24
I want to thank our President for the State of the Union address. He pointed out how this useless Republican Congress voted down everything he brought to the table ... and yet Latta accused the President of the same "rhetoric and empty promises they we have grown accustomed to." Latta, you voted everything down, you and your useless members of congress.
I have to laugh at you and clowns who closed down our government and try to hold the affordable care act hostage. And in turn we lost over 38 billion dollars over your action.
Perhaps Latta needs to stop with the lies about the health care because over 8 million people now have health care. These people never had the health care during the Bush administration, but Latta never voted down anything that Bush proposed ... weapons of mass destruction that was never found ... no health plan in place ... poor job performance as leader of our country.
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To the Editor: Latta offers no real solutions
Written by Wally Pretzer   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:03
As I read Congressman Latta's responses to Obama's State-of-the-Union address, it was easy to detect his basic view of "getting government off our backs." To focus on what I consider his main intent is to paraphrase some points. Latta had hoped that Obamacare would fail even though it is now the law of the land and gradually working more efficiently. In addition, he hoped that no one would notice that jobs have been created during Obama's years in office and that the economy would get back on track to satisfy corporate interests. So, from Latta, we read the same superficial, empty rhetoric that many of us have attributed to him.
When Latta refers to "real solutions," he would hope that the policies of the GOP would increase the coffers of the plutocrats; with his steady focus on small businesses (striking me as hypocritical) as the "country's engine of job growth," he has, once again, faulted the federal government for ineptness.
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To the Editor: Stop taxing smokers
Written by Harold Chapman   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:03
There are a lot of people out there that think it would be a great idea to increase taxes, "again" on vile smokers.
Why?
These same people pollute the air hundreds of times worse than us! Every time they get into their vehicles.
I roll my own cigarettes, with a hand-crank machine, and have crunched the numbers.
I  smoke right at 8,800 cigarettes a year, or about 24 a day. It takes exactly 17.2 pounds of tobacco to roll them, per year.
The amount of carcinogenic particulate pollutants that I put out in one year, these folks put out in one "hour" of driving!
Think about it: If the average vehicle (think new cars - and jalopies) gets 20 miles per gallon, and drives from BG to Toledo and back, that vehicle has burned off three gallons of gasoline (a gallon equals right at 8 pounds dry weight), or 24 pounds of gasoline, or 24 pounds of "carcinogenic particulate pollutants!" That catalytic converter can only do so much.
17.2 pounds in one year, or 24 pounds in one hour. Which is the "least" destructive to our environment?
And my tobacco smoke goes through the filter of the cigarettes first, and then goes through two really big filters, called my lungs.
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To the Editor: Woman wants more plowing, less towing of vehicles in BG
Written by Kala Barcus   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:02
I am very disappointed with the actions taken regarding another snow emergency on Feb. 2 in Bowling Green.
Yes, I live on a snow street. Yes, I failed to move my vehicle after a snow emergency was declared - not because of deliberate negligence but because I was unaware an emergency had been declared.
Yes, I received both a citation and had my car towed.
Bowling Green City Website: "The decision to declare this emergency is based on snowfall received in Bowling Green overnight and in recognition that significant snowfall may occur by mid-week."
I am wondering why this was necessary. Not only was this a pre-emptive towing in preparation for future storms, not necessarily current conditions, but the "plowing" on our street lacked … well, plowing. We almost slid through a stop sign on our street coming home from church and grocery shopping to find our car towed. And those same conditions remained this morning. If the city had no plans to salt and plow our street in a thorough and efficient manner, I am hard pressed to find a reason to cite us with a ticket and remove our car at a hefty towing fee (over $100).
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