Editorial: Public records belong to public
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:47
Jan Larson McLaughlin
Editor: Jan Larson McLaughlin.
Sometimes government needs to be reminded that public records belong to the public. The government may provide the storage space, but they don't own the records.
Every 10 years, the Ohio Newspaper Association tests just how well local governments are adhering to the rules requiring that they share public records with anyone who asks. Citizens should not have to reveal their names or reasons for wanting the information - it is supposed to be shared freely with anyone who asks.
This year's public records audit showed that Ohio is doing better than a decade ago, but that there is still room for improvement.
That includes Wood County, where the requests were met with varying results. Some offices responded to requests with prompt paperwork and even a pleasant smile. But others met the records requests with resistance, eye-rolling and even denial.
It's not that our records requests were made by grumpy reporters, rudely demanding the paperwork.
We sent out the sweetest person in the office to act like an average citizen asking for public records at local governmental offices. Our intern, Tara Keller, was perfect for the job, since few public employees knew her, she looks like a teenager, and she is genuinely pleasant. Like the reporters in Ohio's other 87 counties, Keller went through training on exactly what offices to visit, which records to request, and how to word the requests.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:50
To the Editor: Writer finds humor in Sentinel 'trolls'
Written by Doyle H. Phillips, Jerry City   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:38
Like many, I am an animal lover, and as such I was delighted to find that the Sentinel has acquired it's very own web troll. It's difficult to determine the exact origin or taxonomy of these creatures; but periodically they emerge from the sewer lines to ply their noxious trade. Our particular troll is a left-winger, and as such he exhibits all the traits that so endear the Loony Left to the rest of us. In his posts, we find him excoriating others for making what he terms, "vicious personal attacks," while simultaneously deriding those who disagree with him as "angry," "mind-bogglingly stupid," "moronic," and "idiotic." This is a classic example of what psychiatrists call projection.
It is also, unfortunately, something we see all too often in the mainstream media; in Hollywood; and especially in the world of academia, where aging Marxist professors angrily shout down anyone who would dare disagree with their warped views.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:51
To the Editor: Perrysburg parents worried about switch to Lucas County services
Written by Michelle Perkins & Sara Bassler   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:16
Wood County Education Services has been the provider for Perrysburg students that require Individualized Education Programs as well as typically developing preschoolers for many years. WCESC has worked with children of Perrysburg to ensure adequate educational services and learning opportunities. Our current students are being taught by teachers with Masters Degrees and multiple years of experience, along with a multidisciplinary approach with effective communication between the subspecialties (speech, fine motor, etc).
Perrysburg has decided to switch from our current provider to that of Lake Erie West (formerly Lucas County Education Services). WCESC currently has one full-time psychologist, speech, occupational, and physical therapist along with one part-time speech and occupational therapist currently teaching
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:24
To the Editor: More people are killed by doctors than by guns, Haskins man says
Written by George "Bill" Davisson   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:16
There is a physician who writes to this paper who is an obvious gun control advocate. It would seem that a person of his professional stature would be well informed about the issue and about his own profession. Not so, apparently.
As per the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a recent year. As per the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year go to the hospital for care and suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to death. Wow, talk about killing the innocent!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:23
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