Editorial: Money talks... way too much
Written by JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:01
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
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
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
To the Editor: Good Friday program a community event in BG
Written by Reverend Helen K. Dukes   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:37
Like the 4th of July fireworks, the holiday parade, and the homecoming games; Community Good Friday worship has been a part of the fabric that has grounded and given identity to the town of Bowling Green for generations. None of these events are attended by everyone, nor even appreciated by all, but they have been a constant reminder that we are knitted together as a community.
I wonder why BG settled into Good Friday as a time to gather all Christians in worship? Many towns choose the more secular Thanksgiving. Yet only recently has BG begun to celebrate Thanksgiving ecumenically. At one time our forbearers held annual Easter sunrise services for youth together, but that has vanished like the callithumpian parade.
Before chain stores entered our town, the businesses would all close from noon until 3 p.m., the hours that Jesus hung on the cross. Decade upon decade all the protestant churches would gather together, usually rotating the leadership of the worship among them during the afternoon. People would come and go during the time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:33
To the Editor: Mental health first aid boosts awareness
Written by Jessica Schmitt & Laura Selders   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:36
We would like to thank you and your staff for taking the time to write the article on the Mental Health First Aid training that was held on Tuesday, March 25th at the Bowling Green Municipal Court. We appreciate your staff, Tara Keller for taking the time out of her day to come and interview us. It is encouraging to have awareness raised for this program that is supported by the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
Mental Health First Aid emphasizes the importance of respecting the individual first and works to reduce the stigma and negative attitude towards individuals with a mental illness. Through this course we try to break the common misconception between violent behavior and mental illness. Mental Health First Aid was intended to increase community safety and awareness of mental illness. Part of the stigma reduction is educating the community that the percentage of individuals that are violent with a diagnosed mental illness is remarkably low.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:32
To the Editor: Treatment of Native American remains and artifacts criticized
Written by Jeffrey Gordon   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:35
It was quite unpleasant to read "Native American remains unearthed" (4/10/14) concerning the discovery of a skeleton eroding out of a burial on a Maumee River island. Stating "These particular bones are to be left in their present situation 'as those that buried them intended'" was inaccurate, as they definitely were not intended to be uncovered by erosion and visibly exposed to the elements. Further, "artifacts found with the remains - including what appeared to be a necklace and a metal bowl - will be turned over to the Historical Society" contradicts the statement about the original intent of the burial, by removing the grave goods which were meant to accompany the body into the afterlife, and was grave robbing. If the burial was determined to have been a white settler or soldier, however, the remains and artifacts would certainly be respectfully reinterred. It is reprehensible to treat these remains any differently. Consequently, Native American groups should be contacted immediately, as it is for them to decide how they wish to proceed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:32
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