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To the Editor: BG man questions varied media coverage of BGSU
Written by David Bewley   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:06
In last Saturday's editions of the Sentinel-Tribune and The Blade there appeared stories covering the same BGSU board of trustees meeting where protesters also attended the meeting. Their interest was to object to the layoffs (called non-renewals) of contracts for a large number of instructors.
I noticed similarities in the details and in quotes from the stories by David Dupont of the Sentinel and Nolan Rosenkrans of the Blade. I guess that would be natural, as they were coverage for the same event. In both stories faculty senate chairman, Sheri Wells-Jensen was quoted about the cut and how remaining faculty would manage, and using her words, "But we cannot manage cuts to who we are."
The story's similarities also included were photos of Dave Sennerud and his protest sigh decrying that president Mazey's bonus was more than the total he was paid.
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To the Editor: Constitution modified to meet changes in nation
Written by V. N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:04
England's jurisprudence forms the basis of our Constitution and provides the legal validity for our Second Amendment. But England has neither a written Constitution nor anything similar to the Second Amendment. Its Constitutional history dates back to the Magna Carta of 1215 and the landmark Revolution of 1688 establishing a limited constitutional monarchy. It evolves through many reform acts of subsequent centuries. It consists of many written documents, court judgments, constitutional conventions as laid out in Erskine May and Royal Prerogatives. We could trace it down to the Crown Succession Act of 2013. Parliament is supreme and no law it passes can be declared unconstitutional. England went on to build an empire on the planet where the sun never set. Its citizens never had any reason to think that their Parliament was a threat to their freedom. In the early 60s cops in London did not even carry guns.  A country that stood up against the Nazis would be the last one to think of depriving its own citizens, their freedom.
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To the Editor: BGSU should use in-house experts
Written by Jeffrey Gordon   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:16
Yesterday's "Timing of BGSU bonus wrong" suggested that $50,000 could have been saved. It also mentioned that "the price tag for the consultation was just shy of $500,000." This very large consultation expenditure could easily have been saved. As a BGSU faculty member since 1980, I have gotten to know many colleagues whose knowledge, skills, and accomplishments are truly impressive. Such consultation can, and should, be done in-house by our talented BGSU faculty who have the requisite expertise. Consequently, outsourcing such consultation is not prudent fiscally or collegially. That the BGSU administration does not choose in-house consultation is quite puzzling, disturbing and unnecessary.
Jeffrey Gordon
BGSU Assoc. Prof. of Geography
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: BG school board limited by state
Written by Lee Hakel, Ellen Scholl, Eric Myers, Steve Cernkovich and Paul Walker   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:11
The Bowling Green School District must work within the parameters laid out by Governor Kasich and the Ohio State Legislature. These include the constraints of reduced funding and unrealistic, unneeded, and unfunded mandates.
In 1997 and four times since, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the current funding of public schools in Ohio is unconstitutional. But the Legislature still has not corrected this situation. Instead, they have siphoned millions of dollars from public schools to new charter schools that lack the accountability, transparency, standards, and achievement of public schools.
Some non-public schools do a wonderful job of educating students, but it is only fair that all schools, public and non-public, meet the same standards, open their books to the public, and disclose their funding sources, owners and management. For example, one nationwide organization, K-12 Inc., took in $81,591,503.56 Ohio tax dollars in 2012. The K-12 Inc.
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