To the Editor: Public school credit for religious classes wrong
Written by Chris Jackson   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:20
The Ohio House has passed HB 171 which would award elective credit for released-time religious instruction. It will now move to the Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court in the 1950s approved the concept of "released-time instruction," whereby students can be dismissed for an hour a week during the school day to receive religious instruction off-campus by churches and religious groups - provided no public money or school officials are involved.
The Ohio bill goes far beyond the parameters of the Supreme Court decision, by offering public school credit for such religious instruction. Students could take devotional classes, as taught by a local church or religious group, in place of bonafide educational units in other subjects, such as foreign language, fine arts, and business.
To the Editor: If you look at facts, Barack Obama has accomplished a lot
Written by Jack Taylor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:19
I am writing specifically to those Americans who are living in a gut wrenching chronic state of fear because of the ineptitude of our government and the sinister policies of President Obama. My advice to them is to listen to the song Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.
For those who prefer facts in lieu of lies, distortions, and misinformation, I cite as evidence the following: before President Obama was sworn into office our economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month; over 3 million jobs have been added to the private sector since 2008; if you are concerned about BIG government you would be happy to know that in 2012, the Labor Department reported the number of federal employees has decreased by over 600,000 since 2009; best auto industry job growth since 1997, e.g., the expansion of the Toledo Jeep plant; and the lowest home foreclosure rate in 5 years. Furthermore, you are not afraid of big government or the policies of President Obama if you are in the top 1% income bracket.
To the Editor: BG complimented on snow removal
Written by Dale Schmidt   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:53
I am super impressed by the job our Street Department has done with the snow removal! This was the occasion to be great at what they're doing! Outstanding job! To all those workers who went out of their way to provide street service in the worst of conditions my deep thanks!  
Dale Schmidt
Bowling Green
Editorial: Who's minding the kids?
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:43
Jan Larson McLaughlin
We didn't shake them. We didn't hit them. But somehow, we as a community failed to protect two young children from the abuse that ended their short lives.
We failed to see that at a time in life when most children are cuddled and caressed, Emma and Carter were being burned and beaten.
In the last two months, two men have been sentenced for their roles in the deaths of the Bowling Green children.
Brian Steinmiller, the father of 3-month-old Carter, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Nathan Brenner, the boyfriend of 2-year-old Emma's mother, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Those sentences offer little satisfaction to those familiar with the cases. And some have pointed a critical finger at the county prosecutor's office for settling for plea agreements with both men.
These were not cases where a parent had one momentary lapse of calm or composure. The autopsies revealed both children were victims of multiple offenses.
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