Letters to the Editor 04-17-15

FOCUS ON THE CURE
Tom Drake (letter, April 13) is a fine attorney, but he clearly knows little about treating the disease of addiction.
A recent continuing legal education seminar offered by the local bar association made clear the type of treatment that is necessary to effectively treat the disease of opioid addiction. The doctor who presented the seminar made clear that the most effective treatment is detoxification coupled with up to three months of residential treatment along with continuing follow-up support.
Treating a person with addiction also requires providing them with an alternative to living in the situation in which the disease was able to fester. People do recover, especially when there is community support.
Effective treatment is expensive. Using this community’s scarce resources to provide minimal service to an estimated 700-800 addicts would be a waste of money. What funds are available should be spent to cure the disease. We need to focus on those grasping for a cure.
It is disheartening to read the objections of those in the neighborhood that had the opportunity to help people sustain their recovery. I grew up in that neighborhood. If I still lived there, I would be proud to be part of the solution.
This community has long been supportive of helping those in need.
Hancock County residents funded mental health and addiction services before the federal and state governments initiated programs. This community supported funding to help those with mental and developmental disabilities, again, before the federal and state government stepped in.
Our ADAMHS board is a home-grown solution to local problems. The Findlay I know and grew up in has always embraced helping those who want to beat a disease or misfortune.
Precia Stuby is one of the most effective professionals I have ever worked with.
This community would lose a jewel of an organization and the benefits of the services it provides if the ADAMHS board was prevented from pursuing its mission. Hancock County must join together to work to end the disease of addiction.
Dave Rinebolt
Findlay
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rinebolt was a member of the ADAMHS board from 1997 through 2005 and served as chair for two years.

NOT SINGLE-FAMILY
Thank you, Brian Clark (letter, April 16), for clearly articulating the choice Findlay residents, families, and voters face with recovery homes.
He stated, “Spread over a 30-year mortgage, that’s 180 to 240 clients per home.”
Allow me to re-phrase: Over the course of a mortgage and raising a family, that is 180 to 240 new neighbors.
Further, Clark stated, “Residents pay to participate in the program.”
So, not actually neighbors but 180 to 240 “clients” and “residents” that pay. Legal or not, that math does not add up to a single-family neighborhood.
Andrew Rill
Findlay

SHARING WITH EMPLOYEES
In the March 28 issue of The Toledo Blade, there was an article that told about a manufacturer in Michigan who gave his 70 employees over $750,000 in bonuses based on years of service and job position.
When asked about it, he said: “It’s right to share with employees.”
What a great idea. I wonder how that would work at Cooper Tire & Rubber in Findlay?
Let’s look back a few years.
In 2008, Cooper went to the employees, the cities and states where the company had factories in the U.S. with their hands out. They said they needed help and were going to close one of their factories. So the employees here in Findlay gave up $2,200 per year. That’s $14,000 and counting. Plus, we gave up a year seniority of our retirement.
The city of Findlay gave Cooper free water for several years. I don’t remember what the state of Ohio gave.
This happened at all four plants in the U.S. to some extent.
Let’s fast forward a few years to contract negotiations, when the union here in Findlay tried to regain some of the losses. We saw how that worked.
The good and faithful employees in Findlay, on whose backs the profits are made, were locked out of their jobs for several months. Sure, they finally let the employees come back to their jobs, but the money lost during the lockout will never be recovered.
Now, we move forward a couple more years to a few weeks back and we see that our CEO got a 56 percent raise from last year. The others at the top got big raises. I wonder how much it has gone up since 2008?
I don’t remember the last raise the employees got, but the cost of living just keeps going up.
People will say that’s just the way things work these days. But that doesn’t make it right. And people wonder what’s wrong with this country.
Robert Schoonover
34-year Cooper employee
Benton Ridge

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