WINE FEST IS OUT OF PLACE
Remember the old story about the camel and the tent? The moment the camel gets his nose into the tent he must be stopped or he will push his whole body inside the tent.
Well, several years ago a group got together and planned a wine-tasting event for Riverside Park. Soon several letters-to-the-editor appeared pointing out the fact that Riverside Park is, and has always been, an alcohol-free zone.
Nothing has changed as far as I can determine.
Now some of the “mucky-mucks” of Findlay have pushed the camel into the tent. They have thumbed their noses at the very laws that have helped to keep Findlay clean and respectable all these years.
If they feel compelled to have such a festival, they could plan it in a venue where alcohol has not been forbidden for years for good reasons.
Should wine be more acceptable than other alcoholic beverages? The Bible, the Word of God, says (Proverbs 20:1): “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” and (Proverbs 23:31): “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”
The younger generations need to hear from us “old timers” that the world does not run on alcohol and drugs, but on biblical principles of law and order, things that build you up, not tear you down.
I am no stranger to alcohol: 38 years ago I was driving an 18-wheeler and I was involved in an accident caused by a drunken automobile driver who would get in front of us on I-75 and slam on his brakes and then take off just before we collided. He did this five or six times and finally, we collided. Of course, he did not get a scratch but I spent over 100 days in the hospital then and multiple times since.
If this is the best you mucky-mucks can provide this community, let me be the first to wish you failure in your future efforts to turn Findlay and Hancock County in the wrong direction!
David B. Graydon Sr.
WE NEED A STRONG EGO, NOT A BIG ONE
There is a natural tendency to celebrate military and political successes without seeing not just rewards of victory, but prideful risks as well.
The bomb of all bombs conclusively ended World War II. It also signified that we were all going to be in the same stream of security anxiety as other nations, when they inevitably developed their own bomb, and we were no longer protected by the ocean.
We, as a result, are all in the same military stream of reality, which threatens our planet and not just individual peoples and nations.
In response, we collaborated with other members of the nuclear club to help “check and balance” the risks of rogue nations, (e.g. North Korea) which ignore the risks of mutual assured destruction in modern war.
At the end of the Cold War, we again celebrated the rewards of victory as the one dominant superpower without seeing clearly the prideful risks as well. The Soviet Union had served as an opposing check and balance nation on us, which positively inspired the Marshal Plan and NATO, to mutually support our allies and us.
It also left us as the sole dominant superpower, envied and resented as much as admired for our success, and dependent more on our own internal resources for checking and balancing our success.
This internal check and balancing is provided by our diverse media, the out parties, the cabinet, a core value wing of the victorious Republican Party, and us, as members of the citizen voting jury.
We have clearly elected the strongest personality in the party who needs checking and balancing himself, when taking too much prideful credit in a “hold your nose” election.
We also need a strong ego from our president and not just a big ego (Kennedy never talked about himself) who recognizes when he is flat-out wrong. Overreaction is a sign of weakness, not strength.
Real strength is being cool in reflection, before being decisive in action, to avoid the fearful risk of tweeting a verbal fire, which creates an accidental firestorm.
JURY IS STILL OUT ON BUMP-OUTS
I have been to many towns that have curb bump-outs. They come with mixed results.
In small towns with few apartments and people living in the area, it becomes a ghost town as no one wants to hassle with it and there are fewer parking spots.
In large cities where people walk to most places, it works fine.
However, I have never seen a city with bump-outs on a state route with semi traffic. They will most likely be destroyed by tractor-trailer wheels running over them shortly. But time will tell.
Gary Burns Arlington