To The Editor: Public invited to open house at Bowling Green park
Written by Peggy Schmeltz   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:06
Often while I am traveling down Wintergarden Road between Wooster Street and Sand Ridge Road, I will look at the Wintergarden Woods on the east and wonder how many Bowling Green citizens have passed by every day and never turned down the road leading to the woods. They are not aware of the "hidden assets" to be found within the woods - in its midst is a rustic looking building with a nature library, a large community room with a cozy fireplace, men and women rest rooms, and a kitchen. This building, formerly called Wintergarden Lodge, was used by Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Youth Hostel groups for overnight camping and has now been converted to a Nature Center. It is also available for public use by organizations, families, and youth groups for a nominal fee. Beside this building, there are nature trails throughout the area.
Editorial: Timing of BGSU bonus wrong
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:02
Jan Larson McLaughlin
Timing is everything - and not just for comedians and musicians.
Timing is also critical when dealing with salary costs and job cuts. And something just seems wrong about the timing of both at Bowling Green State University.
Here is a brief timeline.
In February, BGSU administrators announced plans to cut 100 faculty positions. The reasons for the cuts were declining enrollment, loss of state funding and high faculty-student ratios.
When the dust settled from the cuts, 73 non-tenure track faculty were let go.
In June, the BGSU trustees voted to bump up tuition 2 percent. The decision kept BGSU in its ranking as third most expensive university for tuition and general fees of Ohio's 13 public higher education institutions. That brought the average annual cost of fees and tuition to $10,590 - behind the University of Cincinnati at $10,784 and Miami University at $13,726.
To the Editor: County praised for having clean audit
Written by Sally Medbourn Mott   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:47
Congratulations, Wood County, on the recently conferred "2013 Clean Audit Award" [Sentinel-Tribune, 11/29/2013.]
Was Wood County awarded a "2012 Clean Audit Award" as well?
If so, it would be of interest to see how the half million dollar buyout of a Wood County Educational Service Center [ESC] employee [who refused to obey the Board's instructions] was handled in the 2012 audit. [Sentinel-Tribune, June 1, 2011, article by former Editor David Miller]
At the time, then editor David Miller noted: "It's time for the [Wood County] ESC board members to do the right thing and resign en masse for giving away $553,000 of taxpayer dollars without getting anything in return."
To the Editor: BG man not opposed to guns, just wants less gun violence
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:42
I have never ever opposed the right to bear arms. As a former attorney specialized in Constitutional and International Law I am aware of the sanctity of the Second Amendment.
I thank Mr. Phillips for his concern for my safety and agree with his facts. As a researcher for over 30 years involved in empirical work, I have some idea of what statistics can offer. We can consider facts in reducing gun violence from an alternative approach.
Dr. Gary Slutkin. an epidemiologist and physician, for ten years battled infectious diseases in Africa. He says that violence directly mimics such diseases and is a public health issue.
The treatment is likewise, which is to go after the most infected and stop the infection at its source. He founded in 1995 "Cure Violence" later known as "Cease Fire Inc." an anti-violence program of the Chicago Project for violence prevention. Its three pronged approach consists of: detection/interruption of planned violent activity, changing behavior of high risk individuals and changing community norms.
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