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Editorial: Memorial Day not just a day off
Written by JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:38
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
Monday, as Americans slept in, played catch, fired up the grill and squirted mustard on burgers, the meaning of Memorial Day for many had been diluted into a day of vacation and family gatherings.
Not that there is anything wrong with days off and cookouts.
But when Memorial Day was first recognized in 1868, it was done to honor those who had lost their lives in the Civil War. The war that divided the nation stretched across the four bloodiest years our country had seen before or since.
Joe Fawcett, the speaker at Bowling Green's Memorial Day program, told the crowd in Oak Grove Cemetery that the Civil War was "unlike any other." The death toll was staggering, with some estimates as high as 28 percent of the soldiers never making it home.
The Civil War touched every family in the nation - leaving many of them no longer whole when the war ended.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:05
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To the Editor: Bipartisan legislation will help schools improve learning
Written by Brent Welker   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:23
Last fall, State Senator Randy Gardner hosted a meeting for Northwest Ohio superintendents, treasurers and board members to discuss growing concerns about the negative impact of recently passed state laws on school operations.
The meeting featured local school leaders and representatives from major educational organizations.
Concerns ranging from the new cumbersome teacher evaluation system to the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee were discussed as well as possible remedies.
Leaders asked that planned online assessments be delayed until there was assurance that infrastructure was ready for full implementation.
If you have a child in school who took one or more pilot tests this spring, you probably already know there is still work to be done. Senator Gardner made no promises on an eventual outcome, but he did pledge action.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:04
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To the Editor: BG asked to listen to electricity concerns
Written by M.E. Decker   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:22
High praise for a meaningful and thoughtful description of Bowling Green's electricity problems as presented in the May 21 Sentinel opinion page. City officials - are you listening?
M.E. Decker
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:00
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To the Editor: Many nations have stiffer gun laws than U.S.
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:21
I spent considerable time in going through the national gun laws of 31 countries. This includes Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, East Timur, the EU, Honduras, the Far East, South Asia, Middle East and Russia and the U.S. and U.K. From the reading I found that background checks are far more stringent in all countries than we find in the U.S. I also did not find any country except us staging gun shows. Again this is not to make any criticism of gun right advocates. I am writing this after once again seeing the news of the usual rampage, in this case in Isla Vista, California.
Further news reveals that the gunman had given many warnings of his intended revenge on practically every one he would encounter. If this had been heeded in time the tragedy could have been avoided.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:00
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