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To the Editor: Earthquakes a warning for Ohio
Written by Leslie Harper   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:52
Amid national and international news calling for an increase in U.S. production, transport, and export of natural gas expressed recently through AP stories on the Sentinel-Tribune's Financial page, something happened in Eastern Ohio that ordinarily would be of small concern to folks living in NW Ohio. However, in light of these articles, it serves as warning bell to Ohioans everywhere.
The bell rang clearly on March 10 when 4 earthquakes rocked an area of Mahoning County, Ohio (ranging in magnitude from 2.2-3.0) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) called for a halt to all natural gas fracking operations in that area. ODNR, the governmental agency that regulates, permits, and collects production revenue from fracking, took this action because the epicenters of the quakes were close to 12 horizontal fracking laterals.
ODNR's decision holds huge significance because it means that fracking activity might be causing earthquakes. And if that is the case, then industry and government shouldn't be allowed to force it upon citizens who don't want it in their backyards.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:34
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To the Editor: Science, religion are poles apart
Written by William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:50
The conciliatory by Richard Broughton as regards science and religion is appreciated but misinformed. Science and religion are poles apart: in science you believe because you know whereas in religion you known because you believe; in science you question everything whereas in religion you question nothing.  History books are repleat with examples of people being persecuted and even burned at the stake for not holding the official religious line. Giordano Bruno stated that the earth was just one of many planets and that it revolved around the sun-and what's more, there were many such suns; he was burned at the stake for his foresight. The Cathars believed that one could talk to God directly and they were exterminated. Galileo lucked out-he was only put under house arrest for the remainder of his life. Many people died as a result of the Inquisition. Even Jesus was executed for his rebellion against the established church in Palestine.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:27
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To the Editor: God and evolution are not at odds
Written by Harold Chapman   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:49
Genesis 1:3 "And God said, Let there be light..." Ever seen an explosion before? The bigger the explosion, the bigger the light. Science calls it the "Big Bang." To me it means the same thing. Just different words.
When Moses wrote about the six days of creation in Genesis 1, he was writing it for 1.5 million illiterate former slaves! To write 4.5 "billion years" would be to them as incomprehensible as telling a 3-year-old how a car engine works. They're not ready for it yet. Six days, or units of division, were easier to comprehend.
When Moses wrote about the chronology, or evolution of life on earth, he starts in the seas (or oceans), progresses to animals on land, and finally the presence of mankind! The same order that science explains it, just different words.
Something happened "before" Adam and Eve, because in Genesis 1:28 God tells them to "be fruitful and multiply and 'repopulate' the earth ..."
Say what!? Actually, it reads ... "and 'replenish' the earth ..." Same thing. I totally believe in the "theory" of evolution, but God first!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:28
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To the Editor: CRC appreciates help with residential unit
Written by Janelle C. LaFond   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:49
I'm writing to express my gratitude for all of the assistance and support Children's Resource Center (CRC) received during our Residential Unit renovation and expansion project. Within days of opening, we were at our capacity of eight (8) residents; children and youth who were experiencing troubling and traumatic events, some chronic, some acute.  The residential unit has served between 70 and 85 youth yearly without interruption for the past 35 years. CRC has the Wood County community to thank for the improvement of this service.
Funding for the $300,000 project came from Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) and Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board (WCADAMHS). OMHAS was able to fund half of the cost of the project with the expectation that we would match those funds. WCADAMHS Board, understanding the dire need for the service, stepped up and provided the match at $150,000. Tax Payer Mental Health and Addiction Levy dollars through WCADAMHS improves the quality and saves lives of our youth. Thank you Wood County!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:31
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