To the Editor: Evolution is more than just theory
Written by William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:22
The so-called "theory" of evolution is one of the most researched fields in science. But it's not as if one can sit on the sidelines and watch things evolving. No one lives 4.5 billion years and can watch evolution in progress. It's not as though one can send a satellite to Mars, calculating a precise pathway, and orbit it around, say, Mars. You can't do that with evolution.
What you can do is to examine rocks whose age can be accurately dated and check for fossils. The older the rocks, the more primitive the fossils. You could go to the Grand Canyon and see that the deeper into the canyon that one descends, the younger are the rocks and the more primitive are the fossils. In the lab you can take a chick embryo and by turning on certain genes at certain times, the chick will develop teeth and grow a dinosaur-like tail. Also, you can examine embryos and note that there is a collection of genes that is identical from the most primitive to the most advanced forms of life - the odds are impossibly high that this could be a coincidence. This gene group controls the basic formation of the bodies of all higher organisms - and incidentally, the basic body plan of all higher forms of life (above Protista) is the same, again highly unlikely except in an evolutionary sense. I could go on, but you get the idea.
No the concept of evolution is not some day-dream. It is real - as real as it gets in biology - and should be taught as fact, not fiction. This letter won't change the minds of many people, but if it gives some people pause to think, then it will have been worthwhile.

William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.
Bowling Green
P.S. If evolution's opponents don't want to get involved in science, consider the price of ignorance: Pompeii and Santorini.
To the Editor: Sheriff's office provides 'vacation checks' for people away from home
Written by David L. Housholder   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:20
As Wood County enters into what suspiciously looks like the dawning of the next ice age, I anticipate we may see a mass exodus of our residents to warmer climates for at least a brief respite.
Given this likely scenario, I decided to take this opportunity to draw attention to one of our Wood County Sheriff Departments services to rural residents. No, I don't refer to their propensity to show up unannounced at your party in the "no-tell motel!"
Instead, I would like to make my fellow citizens aware of the department's "Vacation Checks" services for those of us residing outside the jurisdictions of other local police agencies. My wife and I availed ourselves of this service this past year. We were more than pleased by the numerous checks provided by our Deputy Sheriffs at various hours of the day and night. It is with a high level of satisfaction that I encourage other Wood County residents to visit the department's website and take advantage of this service.

David L. Housholder
To the Editor: BG councilman thanks citizens at Ridge forum
Written by Daniel Gordon   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:19
A heartfelt thank you to all First Ward residents and citizens of Bowling Green who braved the cold to attend the Parks and Recreation Department's public forum on the upcoming Ridge Park. There was a great turnout. Those in attendance voiced many good ideas about what kinds of amenities they desired for the park, and how families would be able to use the park for generations to come. Such participatory engagement is government at its finest - citizens coming together to discuss the future of their community. Thanks also to Director Michelle Grigore and Natural Resource Coordinator Chris Gajewicz for their presentation on the site's history.
With unanimous approval by City Council and extensive input from area residents, this ongoing project demonstrates to me what is achievable when we work together in common cause. Such collaboration may not happen in Washington, D.C., as much as we would like, but it does happen here. As Dr. Grigore mentioned at the forum, "Bowling Green finds a way to get things done." Let's continue to make Ridge Park a reality for all to enjoy.

Daniel Gordon
First Ward City Councilman
Bowling Green
To the Editor: Voters urged to be aware of changes
Written by Joan Callecod and Lee Mclaird   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:24
The Legislature and Governor have adopted Legislation which will make it more difficult for electors to participate in the election process despite the lack of any evidence that there has been systemic voter fraud in Ohio.
If you enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to vote early, don't expect to receive the application for an absentee ballot.  SB 205 prohibits local Boards of Election (BOE) from mailing these applications, even to poll workers.  SB 205 provides that only the Secretary of State can mail unsolicited absentee General Election ballot applications and then only if the Legislature adopts funding for it - which could be a partisan issue.
To vote early, you will need to contact the Wood County Board of Election, at www.co.wood.oh.us/boe-click on Voter Information to print the application. Or call (419) 354-9120, to request an absentee ballot.   Beware that additional postage may be required.
To the Editor: Experience tells BG man colon cancer preventable: Schedule a colonoscopy
Written by Dick Conrad   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:23
In 2000, President Clinton issued a Proclamation recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Every time I hear about someone dying of colon cancer, I cry. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and is totally preventable. Colorectal cancer screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
In 1972 I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease known as chronic ulcerative colitis. I asked to see a specialist. My doctor sent me to the Cleveland Clinic to see a gastroenterologist. The gastroenterologist gave me a colonoscopy exam and put me on prednisone. After that, I went to the Cleveland Clinic 2-3 times a year for colonoscopy exams and continued with the prednisone. I knew where every bathroom was in BG. When I had to go, I had to go now. With every visit, my Cleveland Clinic doctors said they wanted to cure my colitis; and every time, I told them that I didn't like their cure (major surgery, remove my colon).
To the Editor: Schools, media should not present evolution to public as being a fact
Written by Mary Jo Thieman Bosch   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:22
One day when our youngest son was 7 years old, he asked me, "If evolution is true and we came from monkeys, how come we never see people on their way from being monkeys to people?" That seemed to be a pretty insightful question for a little guy. What a great opportunity to introduce him to Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth..."
Since scientists who favor evolution have never been able to prove indisputably that the world is the result of evolution, what is the basis of the Feb. 6 headline: "Fact and Faith face off in evolution debate"? Though you personally have the right to choose what you believe and pass that on to your children if you wish, you have no right to make such a huge assumption and foist it off on the public as fact. There are a lot of preposterous assumptions that are unexplainable without the existence of an intelligent being behind it all.
The universe as a result of evolution is not a "fact," it's a theory. And neither the media nor the schools have any business passing it off as truth.

Mary Jo Thieman Bosch
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