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To the Editor: Editorial on campaign funds was prejudicial
Written by Craig D. Valentine   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:33
I've been reading the Sentinel Tribune faithfully for almost 50 years. Generally the columnists and editor have had pretty balanced viewpoints. Far better than the sorry excuse of a newspaper to the north of Bowling Green. However, the Editor's opinion piece in the April 16 paper was unbalanced and poorly researched. I understand that this piece is an opinion and, as such, Jan Larson McLaughlin can write just about anything she wants to write. However, with the comment "They pit wealthy citizens against people of middle and modest incomes", the whole article takes a prejudicial, liberal slant.
In the last two election cycles, political contributions by the different labor unions were higher than all other contributions by individuals combined. And in fact, it was these same labor unions that were arguing against the most recent Supreme Court rulings.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:12
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Editorial: Money talks... way too much
Written by JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:01
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
Money has whispered in the ears of some politicians for centuries. Now the dollars will be able to shout.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted earlier this month to equate political donations with free speech. The justices came to the conclusion that limiting political donations is the same as limiting free speech.
By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled that donors can give to as many campaigns as they want - making the maximum of $5,200 to any single candidate a moot point since so many political donations are shuffled among candidates within political parties.
Apparently, the majority of the court missed the irony of equating money with "free" speech -rendering speech and the influence it creates as anything but free.
In my experience, the vast majority of people don't hand over money without wanting something in return. Even charitable donations come with the expectation that the money will be put to use achieving a particular mission. And it's just not reasonable for us to think that big money doesn't have a big role in decisions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:36
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To the Editor: New BG pool fails to do most good for the greatest number
Written by Dan Rodesky   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:47
To the residents of Bowling Green:
How do you like seeing your four-plus million-dollar investment in the aquatic facility in City Park filled with ice and snow with Mother Nature creating her damage? This will happen every year, except for approximately three months each summer.
One of the first principles I was taught while developing leisure facilities with public funds was that you develop facilities that do the most good for the greatest number, and be as multi-purposed as possible, to get the best value for your investments.
With hindsight, you could have been enjoying a year-round (365 days) indoor-outdoor pool for approximately the same four-plus million-dollar investment. The pool attached to the current Community Center would have provided the citizens of the area a leisure facility like none other in the county, but now we have to live with the hindsight.
The master plan that designed and developed the current Community Center also had, as part of that plan, that the next new swimming pool to be constructed should be constructed at the Community Center.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:34
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To the Editor: Writer corrects 'squirrelly' info
Written by Stephen H. Vessey   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:38
I wish to correct some confusing information in a recent article on tree squirrels in your recent Spring 2014 Home and Garden publication. Reporting on a program presented by the Wood County Parks District, it was stated that the two common species of squirrels in the area are the Eastern Gray and the Red.  The species referred to as the Red Squirrel in the article is no doubt actually the Fox Squirrel. The Eastern Gray (Sciurus carolinensis) was once the common tree squirrel in this area, when the land was mostly dense forest. As the land was cleared, the Gray was replaced from the west by the Fox (Sciurus niger), a species that is better adapted to more open forests with little understory. The Gray has more recently been introduced into parks and urban areas all over the world; both Gray and Fox species now coexist in many parts of Wood County. The black (melanistic) and white (albino) squirrels seen in Wood County are in all likelihood mutant Grays.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:34
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