Opinions
To the Editor: Elmwood asked for school facility input
Written by Tony Borton   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:00
An open invitation to the Elmwood Community:
It is hard to believe, but this February marks 10 years that we have occupied our "new" building. This facility continues to be the pride of our community. Just like owning your home, as your house ages you need to repair, replace, and modernize certain components. The same is true for our school facility. With this in mind and now that we have reached the 10-year mark, the Board of Education is embarking on a capital improvement campaign to address concerns in our facilities now and into the future.
We are asking for community input at our Feb. 10 Board of Education meeting on some of these long term projects and repairs that are facing the district. The meeting will be in the auditeria starting at 7 p.m. At this time the board would like to utilize its existing resources to address some of these facility issues, and begin to develop a long-term plan for the district's needs and finances.
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To the Editor: Don't forget white contributions to equality for Black Americans
Written by Jack Taylor   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:59
I can tell its February because schools, universities, businesses, churches, and many other organizations are joining in a variety of Black History Month activities, not limited to, but including, interracial discussions, art exhibits, speeches, newspaper articles, musical tributes and soul food dinners.
Many of us will pay homage to and celebrate the life and contributions of such notable African Americans as Dr. King, the voice of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Martin Delaney, the father of Black Nationalism, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Tony Dungy, and, yes, President Barack Obama.
Indeed, all of these individuals are worthy of our praise and honor. Unfortunately, however, due to the emphasis on Black in Black History Month, many white Americans, such as Elijah Lovejoy, Viola Luizzo, William Moore, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, all who were murdered by other white Americans because of their involvement in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality for Black Americans, will not be mentioned in many of the speeches and programs.
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To the Editor: Relationship violence crosses all boundaries
Written by The Cocoon Shelter   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:59
I am writing in response to the article, "Family Finally Finds Justice." I would like to share heart-felt condolences with the Bell family and gratitude for sharing your story with the community. I cannot imagine the loss of a child, especially under such heinous circumstances, or the prolonged journey of justice and healing. It sounds like Bryan was a very special man whose life was cut short beyond comprehension.
I also wanted to take a moment and validate the article. Relationship violence crosses all boundaries - gender, social status, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. And as mentioned, oftentimes, relationship abuse is presented as something that only happens to female victims. The reality is that women are more likely to be murdered or seriously injured as a result of male violence; however, this kind of violence can happen to anyone. The level of controlling and possessive behavior that Bryan experienced, the stalking and harassing phone messages, the weapons that Tanya Slimick owned, and the fact that he was murdered after leaving her, are all among some of the greatest risk factors for any victim of relationship violence at risk of homicide.
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Editorial: Thanks to those who brave the cold
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:38
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
I have new appreciation for those people who dress as the Statue of Liberty to promote the Liberty Tax Service.
In the past, I have pitied the people hopping around a few feet from the roadway to promote the tax businesses located on Ohio 25 in Bowling Green and Perrysburg.
But after seeing Lady Liberty touting her torch in the freezing weather along the road in Perrysburg last week, I was filled with new pride for the costumed character.
In fact, the "polar vortex" that hit us a couple weeks ago, followed by its sequel this week, has made me realize just what a cold weather wimp I have become.
The blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures have made me quite content to hibernate at home after a day of work and not emerge till the next day begins.
My actual interaction with the frigid weather each day is brief - walking from my car into work, then back to my car to go home. I almost feel guilty complaining about the weather when I consider others who don't have the luxury of an indoor job.
So for what it's worth, I want to thank all those people who work outside - so wimps like me don't have to.
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To the Editor: Women's pay better ...but still not enough
Written by Mary Dubbs   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:26
Jack Taylor suggested in a letter published in Wednesday's paper that women should be happy that President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act 2009 which "restored the protections against pay discrimination....".  Really? I think women would be a lot happier if in 2013, four years later, women were being paid more than 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. (This is according to Census Bureau Data.) Granted, it's still better than the 59 cents they were earning after JFK signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963.
Mary Dubbs
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: Donations to food pantry appreciated
Written by Shirley Woessner   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:26
We want to take this opportunity to send out a great big "thank you" for the donations that have been coming in on behalf of the BG Christian Food Pantry over the last several months. We are truly blessed by your generosity and once again, we have food to keep helping the many people who come to us for help.
We have seen more families struggling to meet needs and put food on the table. The generosity of the caring BG community has shown that you, too, care enough to reach out with a helping hand when needed.
Donations have come in from clubs, churches, schools, individuals, businesses and even a wedding reception!
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