To the Editor: Don't forget white contributions to equality for Black Americans
Written by Jack Taylor   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:59
I can tell its February because schools, universities, businesses, churches, and many other organizations are joining in a variety of Black History Month activities, not limited to, but including, interracial discussions, art exhibits, speeches, newspaper articles, musical tributes and soul food dinners.
Many of us will pay homage to and celebrate the life and contributions of such notable African Americans as Dr. King, the voice of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Martin Delaney, the father of Black Nationalism, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Tony Dungy, and, yes, President Barack Obama.
Indeed, all of these individuals are worthy of our praise and honor. Unfortunately, however, due to the emphasis on Black in Black History Month, many white Americans, such as Elijah Lovejoy, Viola Luizzo, William Moore, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, all who were murdered by other white Americans because of their involvement in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality for Black Americans, will not be mentioned in many of the speeches and programs.
To the Editor: Relationship violence crosses all boundaries
Written by The Cocoon Shelter   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:59
I am writing in response to the article, "Family Finally Finds Justice." I would like to share heart-felt condolences with the Bell family and gratitude for sharing your story with the community. I cannot imagine the loss of a child, especially under such heinous circumstances, or the prolonged journey of justice and healing. It sounds like Bryan was a very special man whose life was cut short beyond comprehension.
I also wanted to take a moment and validate the article. Relationship violence crosses all boundaries - gender, social status, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. And as mentioned, oftentimes, relationship abuse is presented as something that only happens to female victims. The reality is that women are more likely to be murdered or seriously injured as a result of male violence; however, this kind of violence can happen to anyone. The level of controlling and possessive behavior that Bryan experienced, the stalking and harassing phone messages, the weapons that Tanya Slimick owned, and the fact that he was murdered after leaving her, are all among some of the greatest risk factors for any victim of relationship violence at risk of homicide.
Editorial: Thanks to those who brave the cold
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:38
Jan Larson McLaughlin
I have new appreciation for those people who dress as the Statue of Liberty to promote the Liberty Tax Service.
In the past, I have pitied the people hopping around a few feet from the roadway to promote the tax businesses located on Ohio 25 in Bowling Green and Perrysburg.
But after seeing Lady Liberty touting her torch in the freezing weather along the road in Perrysburg last week, I was filled with new pride for the costumed character.
In fact, the "polar vortex" that hit us a couple weeks ago, followed by its sequel this week, has made me realize just what a cold weather wimp I have become.
The blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures have made me quite content to hibernate at home after a day of work and not emerge till the next day begins.
My actual interaction with the frigid weather each day is brief - walking from my car into work, then back to my car to go home. I almost feel guilty complaining about the weather when I consider others who don't have the luxury of an indoor job.
So for what it's worth, I want to thank all those people who work outside - so wimps like me don't have to.
To the Editor: Women's pay better ...but still not enough
Written by Mary Dubbs   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:26
Jack Taylor suggested in a letter published in Wednesday's paper that women should be happy that President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act 2009 which "restored the protections against pay discrimination....".  Really? I think women would be a lot happier if in 2013, four years later, women were being paid more than 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. (This is according to Census Bureau Data.) Granted, it's still better than the 59 cents they were earning after JFK signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963.
Mary Dubbs
Bowling Green
To the Editor: Donations to food pantry appreciated
Written by Shirley Woessner   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:26
We want to take this opportunity to send out a great big "thank you" for the donations that have been coming in on behalf of the BG Christian Food Pantry over the last several months. We are truly blessed by your generosity and once again, we have food to keep helping the many people who come to us for help.
We have seen more families struggling to meet needs and put food on the table. The generosity of the caring BG community has shown that you, too, care enough to reach out with a helping hand when needed.
Donations have come in from clubs, churches, schools, individuals, businesses and even a wedding reception!
To the Editor: Hospital neighbor wants input on expansion plans
Written by Gerald Trudeau   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:24
As a neighbor of the Wood County Hospital, I would like to make sure the rest of the hospital's neighbors understand the ramifications of the proposed zoning change from S-3 Planned Institutional to I-1. The main effect is that it removes the requirement for public comment on any proposed hospital expansions. This means that the neighbors would have no ability to make comment to the planning commission or council about hospital plans that will influence their quality of life and property values. It looks to me as if the current hospital administration simply wants to remove its pesky neighbors from the process.
The problem is that the hospital is the oddity here. It is one institution in the middle of a residential area, and as such, it should be subject to at least a little extra scrutiny. There are many quality of life and property value issues that hospital expansion can and does affect.
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