To the Editor: Good-hearted neighbors come to rescue in snow
Written by Nabieh Mikhail   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:23
Our bird streets area has some senior citizens and people with disabilities, who have a hard time in the winter especially in this snow and subzero temperatures.
But we have good-hearted neighbors. They always feel the need, and they always come and clean the sidewalks and driveways. These angels are Joe Tracy, Tim Hammersmith and Doug Capelle. Many thanks for every one of them, for the wonderful work they do for their neighbors.
Nabieh Mikhail
Bowling Green
To the Editor: BG woman critical of care at Wood County Hospital
Written by Amy S. Vermilya   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:23
On Dec. 20 at 1:30 in the afternoon, I suffered a series of epileptic seizures. The ambulance was called but en route managed to not get the IV in the vein which collapsed the vein. At the hospital, I was convulsing for four hours and all they did was not admit me, but let me lie and then send me home unresolved.
Is this what we can expect of health care in Wood County? I have insurance. I am fed up with an inept, nincompoop and incompetent medical system in Wood County?
One solution would be to go back to the way we used to have our doctors do our doctoring. Forget the fancy gadgets, have them use their five senses to diagnose us. Also, really understand why there is medical illness, don't push us around like we're nobodies.
Amy S. Vermilya
Bowling Green
To the Editor: What about victim's rights in execution saga?
Written by Jim Copley   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:34
In our local paper, on page A9 of Friday's edition was an article entitled "Killer's execution is almost 25 minutes long." The article was mostly about Dennis McGuire's execution and how it violated his constitutional rights. Quoted in the article was this, "All citizens have a right to expect that they will not be treated or punished in a cruel and unusual way." Dayton defense lawyer, Jon Paul Rion was quoted as saying, "Today's actions violated that constitutional expectation."
Just in case you may have missed the article; McGuire was being executed for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, a pregnant newlywed. Nothing was said about her constitutional rights or those of her unborn child. Nothing was said about their constitutional rights how long it took them to die after being stabbed? What kind of noises they may have made before they died. It is my opinion that he took away their constitutional rights and in so
doing relinquished his!
This is another quote from the article, "An attorney for the McGuire's family said it plans to sue the state over what happened." They best pray that I am not called to serve on that jury!

Jim Copley
To the Editor: Bipartisan voices cooperate at business forum in D.C.
Written by Kelly Wicks   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:33
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Business Forward round table forum at the White House. Vital issues were discussed during the over four-hour meeting with administration officials. The importance of small business, job growth, regulatory reform, ACA implementation and the value of infrastructure investment were included. As a small business owner I was glad to hear of the administrations plans to increase investment in roads, bridges and public transportation. This crucial investment in our communities creates high paying jobs, connects people and helps fuel the growth of small businesses in Bowling Green and beyond.
A restaurant manager, medical device manufacturer, public worker and a coffee shop owner along with others all had the chance to present issues that were important to them. I believe we all left with a positive feeling that White House officials were listening and open to good ideas. Hardworking middle class Americans had an opportunity to have their voices heard. Bipartisan voices from all over Ohio shared their desire for cooperation and a vision for a better tomorrow.

Kelly Wicks
Bowling Green
To the Editor: Don't let negativity and paranoia rule
Written by Norma Davenport   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:21
I recently read Carlene Creps' Letter to the Editor published on January 15th. After learning about Ms Creps' fears regarding our government, I had to look over my shoulder just to make sure that Jack Nicholson, from "The Shining," was not standing behind me. With due respect, Ms Creps, with all of your assumptions & insinuations, I felt compelled to offer some suggestions for relieving a troubled mind and for anyone who may be suffering from anxiety and/or paranoia.
We all need to monitor what we say to ourselves on a daily basis. If we have a negative voice in our heads that is taking up residency without adult supervision or paying rent, we need to challenge that voice with a reality check. For example, do you really think that our president begins each morning by telling himself, "This is the day that I plan to bring down our precious country?" Do you know the president well? Do you see inside his heart & mind?
Fear-based thinking can be a destructive force, especially, in our divisive culture today. We need to tone down the angry rhetoric that serves to blame others for all of our problems. Somewhere, along the way, civil, respectful discourse between people who disagree has lost its place. Gandhi was once asked, "What do you think of Western Civilization?" to which he replied, "I think it would be a good idea."
To the Editor: Public school credit for religious classes wrong
Written by Chris Jackson   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:20
The Ohio House has passed HB 171 which would award elective credit for released-time religious instruction. It will now move to the Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court in the 1950s approved the concept of "released-time instruction," whereby students can be dismissed for an hour a week during the school day to receive religious instruction off-campus by churches and religious groups - provided no public money or school officials are involved.
The Ohio bill goes far beyond the parameters of the Supreme Court decision, by offering public school credit for such religious instruction. Students could take devotional classes, as taught by a local church or religious group, in place of bonafide educational units in other subjects, such as foreign language, fine arts, and business.
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