Opinions
To the Editor: If you look at facts, Barack Obama has accomplished a lot
Written by Jack Taylor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:19
I am writing specifically to those Americans who are living in a gut wrenching chronic state of fear because of the ineptitude of our government and the sinister policies of President Obama. My advice to them is to listen to the song Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.
For those who prefer facts in lieu of lies, distortions, and misinformation, I cite as evidence the following: before President Obama was sworn into office our economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month; over 3 million jobs have been added to the private sector since 2008; if you are concerned about BIG government you would be happy to know that in 2012, the Labor Department reported the number of federal employees has decreased by over 600,000 since 2009; best auto industry job growth since 1997, e.g., the expansion of the Toledo Jeep plant; and the lowest home foreclosure rate in 5 years. Furthermore, you are not afraid of big government or the policies of President Obama if you are in the top 1% income bracket.
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To the Editor: BG complimented on snow removal
Written by Dale Schmidt   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:53
I am super impressed by the job our Street Department has done with the snow removal! This was the occasion to be great at what they're doing! Outstanding job! To all those workers who went out of their way to provide street service in the worst of conditions my deep thanks!  
Dale Schmidt
Bowling Green
 
Editorial: Who's minding the kids?
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:43
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Jan Larson McLaughlin
We didn't shake them. We didn't hit them. But somehow, we as a community failed to protect two young children from the abuse that ended their short lives.
We failed to see that at a time in life when most children are cuddled and caressed, Emma and Carter were being burned and beaten.
In the last two months, two men have been sentenced for their roles in the deaths of the Bowling Green children.
Brian Steinmiller, the father of 3-month-old Carter, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Nathan Brenner, the boyfriend of 2-year-old Emma's mother, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Those sentences offer little satisfaction to those familiar with the cases. And some have pointed a critical finger at the county prosecutor's office for settling for plea agreements with both men.
These were not cases where a parent had one momentary lapse of calm or composure. The autopsies revealed both children were victims of multiple offenses.
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To the Editor: Help appreciated during frigid weather
Written by Jack Taylor   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:16
The time is 3:55 p.m. and the temperature is 2 degrees below zero. I just came in from the frigid outdoors after thanking Joe and Judy Amend, owners of Amend's Small Engine Lawn Mowers in Rudolph, for coming out to my house and fixing my snow blower so that I could clear my driveway and sidewalk. To my surprise, not only did Joe fix my snow blower, he without a second thought to the subzero temperature climbed onto the snowblower (I have a riding snow blower because of the length of my driveway and sidewalk) and helped me clear my sidewalk and driveway. This is just another extraordinary example of how caring and helpful the people and business owners in the Bowling Green and surrounding community are. It is neighbors like Joe and Judy Amend that make BG a great place to live.
Jack Taylor
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: Taking guns from citizens will turn them into victims
Written by George "Bill" Davisson   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:16
It's curious to read Dr. Feeman's fairy tale position equating more gun control with a lessening of violence in this country. It's a position taken by naive people that do not understand that the removal of firearms from the honest and law-abiding population will just turn them into victims. Criminals will not abide by any of those laws and they will still have the guns. Look at the UK where private firearm ownership was severely restricted and firearms in private homes of law-abiding people are practically eliminated. Home invasions and burglaries sky-rocketed, because the bad guys knew they would not encounter any armed resistance, except for maybe granny with a steak knife. In the USA, those cities with the most restrictive gun control laws, such as Chicago and Washington, D.C., have the highest crime rates.
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To the Editor: Direction of federal govt. frightens local woman
Written by Carlene M. Creps   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:15
I have a frantic pit of fear in my gut! I have had this gut feeling a couple of times before in my business life. I am so upset and fearful of what this federal government is doing. The lies and deceit that has come to light in the past few months just confirms my feelings. I am shocked that the bulk of Congress does not immediately demand impeachment of this administration! I did not vote for Obama, however, was willing to step back and give them a chance. Now, the country is going to hell and all Congress wants is donations to their different lobby groups with the promise "to do something." I say, "We already pay you to do your job, don't let our precious country be brought down by this president!"
My husband and I bought new phones at Thanksgiving, we couldn't manage them, so returned them after three days. We reprogrammed back to our old flip phones. Two weeks later, I awakened in middle of the night as the active connecting circle indicated that my phone was being down-loaded to someplace. A few days before, my husband's phone had the same thing happen late one evening. We jerked the batteries out when this happened. The buying of newer phones activated something! This had never happened before!
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