Editorial: Timing of BGSU bonus wrong
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:02
Jan Larson McLaughlin
Timing is everything - and not just for comedians and musicians.
Timing is also critical when dealing with salary costs and job cuts. And something just seems wrong about the timing of both at Bowling Green State University.
Here is a brief timeline.
In February, BGSU administrators announced plans to cut 100 faculty positions. The reasons for the cuts were declining enrollment, loss of state funding and high faculty-student ratios.
When the dust settled from the cuts, 73 non-tenure track faculty were let go.
In June, the BGSU trustees voted to bump up tuition 2 percent. The decision kept BGSU in its ranking as third most expensive university for tuition and general fees of Ohio's 13 public higher education institutions. That brought the average annual cost of fees and tuition to $10,590 - behind the University of Cincinnati at $10,784 and Miami University at $13,726.
To the Editor: County praised for having clean audit
Written by Sally Medbourn Mott   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:47
Congratulations, Wood County, on the recently conferred "2013 Clean Audit Award" [Sentinel-Tribune, 11/29/2013.]
Was Wood County awarded a "2012 Clean Audit Award" as well?
If so, it would be of interest to see how the half million dollar buyout of a Wood County Educational Service Center [ESC] employee [who refused to obey the Board's instructions] was handled in the 2012 audit. [Sentinel-Tribune, June 1, 2011, article by former Editor David Miller]
At the time, then editor David Miller noted: "It's time for the [Wood County] ESC board members to do the right thing and resign en masse for giving away $553,000 of taxpayer dollars without getting anything in return."
To the Editor: BG man not opposed to guns, just wants less gun violence
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:42
I have never ever opposed the right to bear arms. As a former attorney specialized in Constitutional and International Law I am aware of the sanctity of the Second Amendment.
I thank Mr. Phillips for his concern for my safety and agree with his facts. As a researcher for over 30 years involved in empirical work, I have some idea of what statistics can offer. We can consider facts in reducing gun violence from an alternative approach.
Dr. Gary Slutkin. an epidemiologist and physician, for ten years battled infectious diseases in Africa. He says that violence directly mimics such diseases and is a public health issue.
The treatment is likewise, which is to go after the most infected and stop the infection at its source. He founded in 1995 "Cure Violence" later known as "Cease Fire Inc." an anti-violence program of the Chicago Project for violence prevention. Its three pronged approach consists of: detection/interruption of planned violent activity, changing behavior of high risk individuals and changing community norms.
To the Editor: Suggestions offered for unification of families
Written by Norma Davenport   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:22
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and for some people, the Norman Rockwell depiction of a family gathered around the table for dinner only serves as a painful reminder of happier times. If you are dealing with family drama and dysfunction this year, please consider the following suggestions for family unification:
No matter how flat you make a pancake, it always has two sides. Recognize that our perceptions inform us about our personal reality. We do not have to agree with other people's beliefs in order to get along. It is helpful, however, when both sides can agree to be respectful. We are polite to others in our jobs every day with people we hardly know, so why not be courteous with people whom we call family?
Before approaching a family member, do your homework. It is important to examine your motivations first. For example, if you are a "right fighter" and your goal is to prove that the other person is wrong, then this attitude will only alienate and leave your adversary feeling misunderstood. Having empathy for another person's story is a sign of maturity.
To the editor: Education priorities mixed up
Written by Bruce Dunlavy   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:21
In 1963, the television cartoon series Rocky & Bullwinkle aired a segment in which a fictional university, Wossamotta U, decides it can solve its financial and enrollment problems by creating a successful football team.
When the question arises of how to pay for it, the answer is, "How else - we'll fire a few English teachers."
Fifty years later, life is imitating cartoon art.
Bruce Dunlavy
Bowling Green
To the Editor: BG woman thanks girl for help with store bill
Written by Betty Espen   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:21
A couple weeks ago I was at a store and was short cash was getting ready to take things out of my order when this sweet young girl gave no thought to giving the clerk her debit card to pay. I just wanted to thank you again. I would be proud to have you as a grand daughter........
Betty Espen
Bowling Green
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