To the Editor: Controversy over science and religion is needless
Written by V.N. Krishnan   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:36
The controversy that has raged in these columns between science and religion is really a needless one. With due respect to the writers I would like to suggest that those who wish to know more about this issue in western philosophy should start with an in depth study of St. Augustine (354-430) and follow it up with Averroes (Arabic Ibn Rushd 1126-98) and finally get to the famous doctrine of the Double Truth of St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74). Long before Newton. The question requires considerable research to understand its complexity by a study of philosophy. Remember that science itself was born out of natural philosophy. The east has systems of philosophy not very much familiar in the west except to those who have made serious attempts to study them in academic circles.
To summarize briefly - really a disservice - the writers mentioned above dealt with the two main aspects which humans experience - reason and faith. Aristotle though not the earliest to explore reason and formulate his system of logic had an influence that went all the way to the period of the Renaissance of the 16th century. The Avrroestic interpretation of Aristotle conflicted with the clergy who held it as heresy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:19
To the Editor: BG cheerleaders congratulated
Written by Jason and Melissa Greenlee   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:36
My wife and I would like to congratulate the BGHS cheerleaders for earning the 2nd place trophy in their division at the O.A.S.S.A. State Competition, this past Sunday night.
Coach Karaffa and the team worked very hard preparing for the competition.
We would also like to especially congratulate Jessica Akers for her part as a senior for helping the team get there. Great Job.
Jason and Melissa Greenlee  
Bowling Green
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:11
To the Editor: U.S. reaction to Putin in Crimea is criticized
Written by William A. Sluhan   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:35
Re: the disaster in Crimea and Ukraine.
Like most Americans who have been around since World War II, I have been horrified to watch the limp wristed response of our government to the land grab just perpetrated by President Putin of the Russian "Federation." President Putin is virtually duplicating Adolf Hitler's takeover of Austria and the Czech Sudatenland in 1937 and 1938. No one in Europe at the time had the nerve to "slap" Adolf's hands and the ultimate result of that lack of resolve was World War II.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:18
To the Editor: Students want BGSU to transition to cleaner energy
Written by Jessica Echales   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:35
Bowling Green State University inherits its energy from the American Municipal Power (AMP) annually. The energy they receive is coal and natural gas. In 2004, BGSU installed a natural gas plant within the community of Bowling Green. Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, the university's president, signed the "American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment." This is an agreement that states that the university is willing to move towards becoming a carbon neutral campus. With the amount of coal and natural gas that is used, this is not the sustainability and innovation the students and community members know that the administration values.
The Environmental Action Group and 7,000 students want to transition towards cleaner and renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:18
To the Editor: New Waterville bridge plan a waste of money
Written by George E. Thompson   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:34
The iconic Waterville Bridge may soon be crushed beneath the feet of ODOTzilla (Godzilla's sneaky prevaricator twin) much to the delight of salivating Chinese scrap buyers if village leaders fail to register written disapproval with the Ohio Dept. of Transportation District 2.
So what's wrong with the current bridge? ... Nothing (according to the Federal bridge rating scale). As a matter of structural integrity on a 150 point scale with 150 points being perfect the Waterville Bridge got... wait for it... 150 points, a year ago.
ODOTzilla counters with... "It is of an obsolete design." So a bridge now has to make a fashion statement? Who knew? The rating of the bridge was a well kept secret such that when I confronted ODOT's official with it he only remarked "who squealed." ODOT's spokesman Theresa Pollick recently stated to the Sentinel that the bridge was built in 1904 though the Bethlehem Steel builders plates clearly visible to traffic at both ends of the bridge say "Built in 1948" which does not inspire any confidence at any level in ODOT.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:17
Editorial: Public deserves sunshine
Written by JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:53
Jan Larson McLaughlin
Doing business in the bright light of public scrutiny can be very uncomfortable at times. That may be even more true in local government, where many public officials are related to, or acquainted with the constituents they serve.
But that's what is expected - and required - of governmental bodies. And that is the reason the media recognizes this week each year as Sunshine Week, intended to promote access to public information.
I truly believe that the majority of local officials in Wood County intend to follow the rules for open meetings and public records. But I also believe that far more discussions take place behind closed doors than the law allows. It's not necessarily that the governmental bodies are intending to deceive or have any nefarious plans. It's just easier to conduct business without the glare of sunshine and unwanted questions from the public or the media.
So here's to the township trustees, the village councils, the school boards and the health boards who take time to learn the rules outlining when they have to discuss matters in public and when they have to hand over public records.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:23
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