To the Editor: Supreme Court ruling only protects free speech of rich
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:49
Attempt to bring about any election reform could effectively be deemed to be unconstitutional in the light of the two recent decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. The 2010 decision in the Citizens United case and the one last week on April 2 in the case of McCutcheon Vs the FEC. Both were a 5 to 4 split decision. Going through the case I was struck by two observations. Justice Scalia said that Super PACs were raising "big money" than the parties or the candidates themselves and they could sap the vitality from the national parties. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that he would even go further by eliminating limits on political monetary contributions altogether. Studying the judgments of the majority clearly convinced me that the justices would zealously guard "free speech" at any cost, even at the cost of a possible distortion in the working of our democratic system of governance. After all the demand for election reform is squarely based on eliminating such a distortion. Does it mean that our judiciary has no role in helping the nation to follow through on what the Congress did after the Watergate Scandal in imposing a ceiling of $123,200 on the total amount of money an individual could give to candidates, parties and political fundraising committees during a two-year election cycle?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:44
Editorial: Time to clear river logjams
Written by JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:57
Jan Larson McLaughlin
Farmers along the Portage River have learned the hard way that bureaucracy can slow down progress as effectively as a logjam can stop up a river.
But on Tuesday, the first trickle of progress in a couple years was reported on the petition to clean out the south and east branches of the Portage River as they meander through the region.
It's about time.
Jack Stearns, now in his mid-80s, has been waiting seven years for debris blocking the Portage River to be removed.
Stearns, one of farmers tired of being flooded out of their fields, petitioned the county engineer for the river cleanup in 2007, then watched as the project drowned due to its own mass.
The project is the biggest river cleanout in Wood County history, covering about 50 miles of waterway spanning three counties, affecting nearly 10,000 land parcels, and costing an estimated $2.8 million.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:08
To the Editor: Doctor advises people to get ATD risk assessments
Written by William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:47
I would like to update a letter to the editor that I wrote some years ago. In that letter I stated that even though I treated your cholesterol to plaque regression levels, you might still have an atherothrombotic disease (ATD) event on down the line. A new study, albeit done in mice, has prompted me to re-think matters.  
What I wrote back then is true for people whose ATD is already far advanced when treatment of their cholesterol levels is initiated. The plaque is 1/3 composed with cholesterol and 2/3 composed of fibrous tissue. Treatment of cholesterol to plaque stabilization/regression levels shrinks the cholesterol content of the plaque, but can do nothing to shrink the fibrous content of the plaque. The shrunken plaque, however, still creates turbulence in the flow of blood and more fibrous tissue is laid down to "smooth over" the plaque remnants.
This fibrous tissue can continue to build till sufficient blood is unable to flow over the plaque and ischemia (lack of oxygen) results. This in turn may cause chest pain or other equivalent symptom such as shortness of breath on walking or climbing stairs - but it, to all intents and purposes, will not cause a heart attack.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:08
To the Editor: Candidates offer something for people tired of politics as usual
Written by Vanessa Vandale   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:37
Do you believe in career politicians who put party over policy and are destroying our country or would you prefer electing statesmen who put people and policy first? This year Ohioans will be blessed with opportunities we have not seen in many years because statesmen are stepping up.
Pastor Corey Shankleton, a Conservative Republican, is running for State Senate District 1 against Cliff Hite. Corey is endorsed by Ohio Pro-Life Action, Ohioans for Educational Freedom, and the Ohio Citizens Pac.
Pastor Shankleton worked diligently on the Heartbeat Bill, which only asks for responsible abortion before a heartbeat is detected. The Republicans let this opportunity take a back seat to politics as usual. He also realizes the dangers of an education dictated and financed through the federal government by Race to the Top Funds coming to Ohio's cashed strapped schools. Once again Cliff Hite along with many other Republican establishment cronies support Common Core, and think by calling it Ohio Common Core that people will be fooled.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:07
To the Editor: Commitment to local dogs questioned
Written by Molly LaMountain   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:35
As someone who has been extensively involved in northwest Ohio rescue community for many years, I read your recent article about Wood County Humane Society's rescue of 12 dogs from KY with interest. I would be surprised if WCHS has taken 12 dogs from Wood County Dog Shelter in the last 12 months. I also checked with Lucas County Canine Care & Control to see if WCHS is a rescue transfer partner for their county-run shelter. Not only have they never signed on to help with the dogs next door, the public records emails from Erin McKibben, WCHS intake coordinator, were completely dismissive of any interest to help with the dogs in Lucas County.
Ms. McKibben sites the application and contract process as being "tedious." That is to assure dogs go to reputable rescues, and over 50 rescues and shelters have managed to wade through it, many without any paid staff. She also says WCHS does not have the "budget" for the modest transfer fees ($10-50) for some dogs, all of which receive some vet care and are microchipped, and many of which are fixed and vetted. Many fees are waived as well. Instead WCHS has the money to possibly treat a shelter crammed full of dogs with kennel cough, treat fleas and worms, and a dog with heartworm, plus pay for care and food during quarantine period? All while effectively closing their shelter to any other dogs which need their help?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:05
To the Editor: 'Noah' story in Bible better than in movies
Written by Harold Chapman   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:34
There is a new movie coming to the big screen soon called "Noah," but knowing Hollyweird the way I do, you can bet it will barely, if at all, be based on the Biblical account.
I'm sure there will probably be some form of allusion to the "unclean" animals going into the ark, by the twos; but they will probably not tell you about the "clean" animals that go into the ark, by the "sevens." (Gen. 7:2) I don't know why, but they never do.
They will probably not tell you that Noah and his family were on and in that ark, for 370 days, because they never do. (Gen. 7:11 and 8:14).
They probably will not mention that Noah's granddad, Methuselah, died the year of the flood. Exactly 969 years after he was born. The Bible does not specifically say he dies in the flood; but it's implied.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:04
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