Letters to the Editor 01-30-15

DON’T ALLOW NEGATIVITY TO DOMINATE
It’s too bad that what should be a place of healing, where the lives of people in need change for the better, has brought out some of the worst prejudices and judgmental attitudes that infect portions of our community.
Perhaps the proposed plans of this recovery house should have been communicated more effectively to the neighborhood.
Still, this is no reason to attempt to deny people recovering from an illness the love and support they need to succeed and radically improve the quality of their lives (and, in turn, change our community for the better).
Other arguments against the location of the planned recovery house are unfounded once one considers we are talking about a recovery house, not a drug house, which some members of our community still seem intent on calling it.
This recovery house is one place where you can know for certain the abuse of drugs and alcohol will not be tolerated. You can’t make the same claim about all the other homes in your neighborhood.
Let’s not allow the addiction recovery house to be an example of some of the worst attitudes and prejudices of our community. Instead of attempting to shun these people that need our support, we should welcome them into our community and show them that we do care and that we do want to support them in their recovery.
Let’s not allow the voices of negativity to dominate the conversation. Instead, we should reclaim this situation of the addiction recovery house as an opportunity to show how great our community can be.
By accepting the current location of the planned recovery house, we will demonstrate that our community is capable and willing to provide the crucial support and understanding to those among us that need it most.
Zac Binkley
Findlay

‘BACKSLIDING’ IS A CONCERN
Terri Lauck (letter, Jan. 26) didn’t have to burst my bubble.
I am a recovering alcoholic of 26 years, and have attended many meetings at the Pioneer Club and Dry Haven, as well as NA meetings for years.
I have witnessed many instances of “backsliding” and giving in to poor impulses, and have seen firsthand the effects of such on the addict and their families.
My letter was not in any way to oppose the creation of a recovery home, but was intended to alert my fellow neighbors as to the danger of placement in a school zone.
There have been many times we see how a dealer will not cede control over his customers, and will strive to entice his users to fall back into the addicts’ life.
We also know that addicts are skilled liars, both to their families and employers. They will then lie to the program directors as well to be free to resume their addiction, and the accompanying crimes that go with this choice.
We should all support anyone who chooses to get free of their addiction, but to expose these children and their neighborhood to the dangers of backsliding, is foolish and irresponsible as parents and citizens.
Richard Lowry
Findlay

A CELEBRATION OF OUR FOUNDING
After attending, and participating in, Findlay’s July 4th parades from 2012 through 2014, I came away with the conclusion that this annual celebration should have a great emphasis on the actual founding of our country.
How many citizens have a genuine appreciation and understanding of how the United States of America came to be?
It was only with much determination and sacrifice, secret meetings, and planning for years that a relatively small band of patriots determined it was time to stand up to the suppression of the British crown and its financial and political controls imposed on the colonies.
By the leadership of men like John Adams and George Washington, a declaration of independence was declared on July 4, 1776.
This declaration should give us citizens of Hancock County cause to celebrate and remember that John Hancock, our county’s namesake, was one of the 55 signers of that transformative document!
As a Korean War vet, I recognize and enjoy our Memorial Day and our Veterans Day parades, but feel that the birth of our nation should be the focus of our Fourth of July events. After all, we veterans must remember our pledge to defend and protect our Constitution and our country. Without our forefathers making this declaration, we possibly would be veterans of another nation.
This year’s parade will honor all our Vietnam veterans, just as we honored our Korean War veterans in 2013. I encourage everyone to turn out and celebrate our nation’s founding and our freedom as we honor our vets as well.
If you would like to help on parade day, contact the parade committee. If you or your organization, church, scout troop or club wish to participate, now is the time to start planning so you can be prepared when the parade committee starts taking applications.
This year, we are strongly encourage businesses, clubs and other groups to enter a float in the parade.
After the program to honor Vietnam vets, displays and presentations pertaining to the Revolutionary War period will be in Dorney Plaza. KrisAnne Hall, a noted constitutional historian, will share fascinating insights about the founding of our great nation.
Don VanRenterghem
Alvada

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