Letters to the Editor 09-21-17

Carey Council has approved Our Lady of Consolation School to silent auction a ride in a village police car or fire truck as a fundraiser.
This is the same council, though a few members are new, that earlier this year removed prayer from the ceremony portion of council meetings for fear of potentially being sued.
I feel we need more recognition and participation in our Judeo-Christian roots and openly welcome faith in our representatives. As a Christian man, I think it is good to support religious organizations when provided the opportunity.
However, I cannot rationalize how allowing an organization, religious or secular, the ability to raise funds at the expense of taxpayers is wise or legal.
I inquired of the village administrator, who was looking into it for me, but he initially thought it was no different than how a public relations visit is part of the community oriented policing program. But that program does not allow the ability for a group to profit in exchange for the village providing a service at taxpayers’ expense to a single individual.
I also asked some council members if they knew more details about the silent auction, but few did. Is it open to only OLC members and students, or could anyone participate? Could I bid and win a ride to work?
Though I can appreciate council’s desire to support the community, I would like to see prayer return to the council meetings. That’s something that has no cost to taxpayers and does not exclude anyone from participating or choosing not to.
However, I cannot support the willingness to participate in potentially illegal acts and knowingly put the taxpayers at risk of being sued for council’s shortsightedness.
John Knox

Thank you Mark Badertscher (Story, Page A1, Sept. 19) for protesting the redefinition of valedictorian.
In my opinion, naming 14 people as valedictorians in order to guarantee scholarships is questionable on many levels. The mission of the schools is to provide a quality education that will enable students to qualify for scholarships on their own merits, not to assure students a scholarship through destroying the meaning of attaining the status of valedictorian.
The universities and colleges which provide scholarships deserve better, although they share some blame for allowing the present practice to continue.
I agree with Mr. Badertscher’s point that this does not prepare students for real life. I appreciate his speaking out.
Joanne McPherson

Editor’s note: The letter to the editor, “Let’s be fair about women” on Wednesday’s Viewpoint page was written by Jim Fletcher of Findlay, not Jim Flechtner of Findlay.

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