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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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To the Editor: Drunk driving 'survey' lacks any substance
Written by Rick Busselle   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:33
The story headlined, "Survey: 1 in 10 students drive drunk" is the type of reporting that misleads readers and causes groans and cringing among people who understand survey research. The survey of 124 students who happen to have attended a university activity ("Big Playground") and happened to have filled out a questionnaire for "Wood County Safe Communities" is based on nothing more than a convenience sample which is not generalizable to anyone other than the people who filled out the questionnaire. The respondents do not represent anyone. Not students in general, not college students, and not BGSU students.  In fact, unless they were randomly selected from the attendees at the event, they're not even representative of that group. So, despite claims made in the report, neither the survey nor the story contains useful information about drinking and driving as a social problem.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:03
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To the Editor: ODOT bridge plans for Waterville are all wet
Written by G.E. Thompson   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:29
Having spent over two hours at the ODOT open house re: the Waterville bridge it felt as though I was attending an electronic gadget convention. Probably the greatest number of "used car salesmen" ever amassed under one roof (employed by ODOT) were hawking ODOT's wares but only the easily blackmailed and frightened were buying. The premise was to sell a $22 million bridge that is so unneeded that Wood and Lucas counties could go without any bridge for a year while a new one built of "fracture critical" concrete with a life span of 27 years based on past experience with the I-475, I-75 and now the Grand Rapids "new" bridge ODOT finds in need of replacement. By contrast, European steel truss bridges like the current Waterville bridge suggest it should have a lifespan of somewhere near the year 2170 if properly maintained.
As a matter of public safety none of the residents near the bridge or its approach intersections recalls an injury accident ... ever. Common sense dictates that line of sight straight bridges and their approaches along with laser beam level is the safest way to go.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:02
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To the Editor: Snow shovelers thanked for help
Written by Diana Bechstein   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:11
I would like to thank the Snow Dogs or Snow Angels whichever they would like to be called for their acts of kindness this past winter and previous winters. These people are the neighbors, friends, or strangers who not only take care of removing snow from their sidewalks but for others as well. Thank you for weathering the many snows. We can measure the snow but we cannot measure the number of people because of your good deeds who plan to pay it forward in the future.
Diana Bechstein
Weston
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:34
 
To the Editor: Religion can stifle independent thought
Written by Michael A. J. Rodgers   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:38
The assertion by William Feeman (Science and Religion, poles apart) finds resonance with this author. Science encourages freedom of thought; religion demands adherence to dogma. The concept of a mystical supreme being, X (give your own name to X), is central to religious practice and the appeasement and worship of X are required for a fulfilled life (and afterlife!). However the notion of an X does not have to be the sole province of religions; even an irreligious scientist can recognize that there are things in nature that do not fit readily into current scientific understanding. Moreover, that same irreligious person might ponder the nature of X, and it may be that in order to make progress in this quest, he/she will have to look elsewhere than to the scientific method.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:21
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To the Editor: Age discrimination frequent in employment
Written by Mary Gambill   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:37
I find it very disturbing, that someone who has been born and raised in the United States, and becomes unemployed, by no fault of their own, as a senior, who has worked all their lives. It seems, that even you are not supposed to be discriminated against, it is still happening big time. Interview after interview, turns up no jobs ... why ... because the people who are interviewing, are 30 something, and 40 something, and they do not want you, because you are a senior... What? Are you kidding? We are the most stable people you could ever have working for you, and you still will not employ us ... discrimination ... I think so. My only hope is if all you 30 something people, and all you 40 something people live long enough, you too will become seniors, and hopefully, if you lose your jobs, you will also not be hired, because you are old, and being interviewed by 30 something people, and by 40 something people.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:20
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