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To the Editor: Former BG city council member Ng questions methods for demolitions
Written by Patrick Ng   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:21
According to the Sentinel-Tribune of 2/19/13, it is deja vu that Midwest Environmental Control, Inc. (the Contractor) is doing it again with the blessing of B.G. City Administration and City Council, avoiding the common practice of bidding process for governmental projects.
Just like the demolition of the B.G. Junior High School in 2012 (the Contractor) will pay $1.00 to the City for B.G. Ridge School property.
Thus, it becomes privately owned. After the building is demolished, it will sell the empty ground back to the City for an amount within the City estimate. Whether this is legal and OK with the State Auditor or not, it is a deceptive and underhanded attempt to circumvent bidding which it may not get the job unless it is the low bidder. By doing it this way, its job is guaranteed.
I don't understand why B.G. City Council condones this kind of practice. Or, is the City in cahoots with the contractor? An estimate is just an estimate. The exact saving of taxpayers' money is unknown without a cost comparison with other bidders. Remember this is not a cheap endeavor initiated by Councilmen Dan Gordon and John Zanfardino. To be fair for everyone, let's bid out the job like any other city project... no short cuts.

Patrick Ng
Bowling Green
(Editor's note: Patrick Ng is a former BG City Council member from the Second Ward.)
 
BG women deserve to have large crowds
Written by Allan Chamberlin   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:39
Another highly successful women's basketball season at Bowling Green State University has entered its final phase with four regular season games remaining plus the Mid-American Conference tournament and hopefully further post-season action.
The Falcons play their final two home games at the Stroh Center this week, hosting Kent State at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Ohio University at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. This team deserves large crowds as they conclude another highly successful season. Despite playing virtually the entire year with a nine-player roster due to three season-ending injuries, the Falcons are 23-3 overall and 13-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Nineteen of the 23 wins have come by 10 or more points including double digit wins over Ohio State and Michigan.
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To the Editor: Weston man pokes fun at efforts to ban unsafe items
Written by Gary Brents   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:38
For years I have always been in favor of "rites to bear arms" - allow people to have guns. Lately I've been thinking with all these people thru out the world getting killed by guns I am now in favor of outlawing them.
Lets vote to ban guns from everybody.
You know, I've been thinking of all the deaths due to car crashes, speeding and wrong-way highway driving. I think we should put cars on that list to ban also.
Lets see, that's guns and cars, oh, wait a moment. I just remember reading about some person using a knife to kill several people so we better add that also.
That should do it. Gun, cars and knives banned forever! What! You say drugs are bad and should also be banned! Naw, I think there's already a law about that. How's that working out?

Gary Brents
Weston
 
To the Editor: American health insurance system was in serious need of changing
Written by Dan L. Martin   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:38
The lie about health insurance is that the current system works. It does not work for millions of Americans.  
I lost my job in 2009, I now work for a temp agency. My private insurance bill is $522 a month for basic coverage plus prescription with a $2,000 deductible. Obamacare is not perfect by a long shot, but something had to done for people like me and millions of other Americans of poor or modest means. There is no honor in abandoning the poor. The lie was that the old system worked. 

Dan L. Martin
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: Driver not happy to find car towed during church
Written by Neil R. Kraft   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:31
I was just minding my own business last Sunday morning (2/9) when I parked my car on the freshly snow-plowed Enterprise Street to attend worship at St. Aloysius Church. The parking lots had not yet emptied after the 10 a.m. mass, so I found it necessary to park on the street. It was not snowing and the sun was shining.
Imagine my surprise when I returned to my car sometime later only to find it gone! Yes, I had been a victim of the ever-vigilant city snow patrol! Those contracted vehicle towing businesses that keep us citizens from cluttering up the winter streets with our personal transportation devices. But, you'll remember that I did say that Enterprise had been recently plowed! So, my car didn't seem to be obstructing any work that needed to be done on that street.
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Editorial: County should stop spinning wheels
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:27
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
It’s not uncommon to hear Wood County officials brag about their teamwork and their ability to find solutions where other counties fail due to partisanship or turf battles. And in most cases, they are probably right.
But when it comes to providing transportation to those without their own vehicles, a decade or more of efforts have consistently stalled out in Wood County. The roadblocks have repeatedly been identified — too large of a rural geographic area to cover, a lack of adequate funding, difficulty securing insurance.
However, while Wood County’s efforts sat idling, nearly every other county in the area has accelerated their transportation efforts and created systems to meet the needs of their citizens. They encountered some of the same difficulties, but found detours around them.
It’s time for Wood County to live up to its reputation of seeking solutions rather than spinning its wheels on a coordinated transportation system.
It’s time for us to get on the bus — and provide rides for others in need.
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