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To the Editor: BGSU academic priorities questioned
Written by James Bissland   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:34
In recent days we have read the gleeful announcement that the value of a planned bequest to BGSU has mushroomed to upwards of $20 million for the benefit of the basketball program. On another day, we are told a new basketball coach will be paid $350,000.
Meanwhile, we are also learning of multi-million dollar cuts in recent years to academic programs, including faculty positions, graduate assistantships, library and other budgets.
What's wrong with this picture? What does it say about the university's priorities?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:31
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To the Editor: Retired teachers cite need for all-day kindergarten
Written by Retired BG kindergarten teachers   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:09
As retired kindergarten teachers, we collectively have 151 years teaching kindergarten in Bowling Green. Here is what we have learned during our careers.
Kindergarten is no longer just about learning to share, to count and to name the letters and sounds of the alphabet. Today's child needs to begin adding and subtracting. Today's child needs to have a 30-word reading vocabulary. Today's child needs to create and print a complete sentence using phonetic spelling, beginning capitalization and ending punctuation. This is just the beginning of the expectations mandated by the Ohio Common Core Curriculum for kindergarten.
While developing learning skills, developmentally appropriate learning for 5- and 6-year-olds entails time to be physically active and intellectually engaged in activities. It takes time to develop comfortable, confident learners - ones who say "I will try" rather than "I can't do it." Observations that challenge young minds can't be hurried.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:50
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To the Editor: Cherry Blossom Fest appreciated
Written by Mary Jane Saunders   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:08
The City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission, along with Mayor Edwards, would like to express our appreciation for all the fine work that went into the 13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which was held on Sunday, April 6 on the BGSU Campus.
We were proud to once again serve as a co-sponsor of this event. The good food, the wonderful music, and the wealth of activities always help remind citizens and the members of the university community about our nation's and our city's close ties with Japan as well as the outstanding leadership of Akiko Jones and the good work of both the Japanese Club and the Asian Studies Program of Bowling Green State University.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:49
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To the Editor: If roads are free, why is there a fuel tax?
Written by George E. Thompson   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:02
In the year 1851 the Constitution of Ohio was overhauled. (Bear with me, this will get more interesting!) Amongst the many changes and updates was language that allowed for eminent domain by what would become the Ohio Department of Transportation if ... the roadways were free and open to the public.
However, there are license fees and the dreaded Odotzilla fuel tax of up to 52.4 cents per gallon which you can easily avoid if you are one of the 20 percent of Ohio drivers who schwooosh down the road with neither a drivers license nor insurance, according to highway patrol stats.
State roadways are also free to daredevil pedestrians, bike fans, horse and buggy operators, construction equipment and the occasional glider pilot making an unintended landing to name a few exemptions. The rest of you guys and gals will pay the minimum 46.4 cents per gallon which raises an interesting question. Where did the free part go?
What we seem to have here is A.) A dichotomy, B.) A contradiction in terms, C.) Mutually exclusive terminology, D.) A legal problem for the Ohio Supreme Court to resolve.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:49
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To the Editor: BG woman likes life in city - except for items being stolen from yard
Written by Lindy Eynon   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:51
After living in the country for 30 years, we found a home we loved in Bowling Green at the corner of Grove and Court streets. It's a very special place with the brick street along one side. We've enjoyed spending the last year working on the house and in the yard. It's an easy walk to the stores, restaurants and our church and who wouldn't love living so close to the library. It has been a pleasure meeting and visiting with our neighbors and all the walkers, dog walkers and joggers that pass by and comment on our place or on our dog Frankie. It has made us realize what we missed living in the country.
The only down side we've experienced is that several items have gone missing from our yard. They include birdhouses that we hung on our fence and one that sat atop a pillar in our flower bed, a metal figure of a girl and just Sunday morning, a bird feeder hanging from our trellis was gone.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:47
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To the Editor: Money speaks too loudly in national politics
Written by Joann Schiavone   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:50
There is a rush to Las Vegas for the approval of Sheldon Adelson, the world's richest person because he is so interested in courting a Republican candidate to back the 2016 presidential race. Four men rushed to Las Vegas to see whether they could arrange a quickie marriage. The four were our own Gov. Kasich, Scott Walker the governor of Wisconsin, Christie the New Jersey governor, and let's not forget good ole Jeb Bush, who has the experience on how to get money.
Oh, there will be more clowns from the party going to Sin City to ask for money. We call it pay-to-play. Let's not forget David and Charles Koch that are pouring tens of millions of dollars into the 2014 midterms in their effort to swing the election.
What makes this so sad is the ugly truth when it is quite obvious just how much the wealthy corporate interests get in return. How they avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes, while the working class have to pay their taxes. Caterpillar, using a tax loophole, shifted profits from the United States to its affiliate in Switzerland, where it negotiated a special tax rate, and they cut their U.S. taxes by $2.4 billion.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:45
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