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Letters to the editor 1/3/14

THE YEAR FOR ACTION

I applaud a bold act of The Courier. In the Courier’s View (Dec. 23, Page A4), editors headlined the aftermath of the recent flooding with … well, the headline, “Look Around,” and one sentence, “We must stop the flooding,” and nothing more. This was the defining moment of the year for flood-weary Findlay, which may have to change its name to Dockside, if we wish to amuse ourselves with the inevitability of successive flooding.
Finally, someone who knows the longevity of local, state, federal discussions on flooding, which have had minor consequences (let’s not quibble about the victories of small stuff versus the absence of major changes) took the courage to do what is remarkable for the press.
On this flood, the press refused to editorialize about a situation drowning in words.
To their credit, the editors expressed what many people believe but have no means to say publicly: no more talk. Are we creating the inaction of mere words that sell hope? We must consider the goals of more talk, reports, and investigations.
In solidarity with The Courier, I say: Stop the talk and get into the boots of those people who flood every time heavy rains — the new normal, as scientists say — torment our mitigation plans.
We need to find solutions to the flooding that is Findlay’s future. This is not a plea for help, but an absolute need for those who live near the Blanchard River or in the floodplain, which is enlarging.
To embolden community action, we might agree on one fact, which realtors and businesses have already read in the floating tea leaves of Findlay’s future — continual flooding will take this community down.
Whose lives depend on our action anyway? The children we hold and reassure about their future, which is ours to create today. For their sake, 2014 should be the year of action.
We must creatively imagine the future we want for our children and then move with vision and persistence. We have no future in words without action. Thank you, Courier editors, for reminding us of that simple truth.
Carole Elchert
rural Findlay

PROJECT IDEAS ARE ALARMING
Shortly after moving into our current home, a neighbor told us about the flood of 1959. He thought it was terrible.
0f course, it wasn’t long before the next flood. While we were all cleaning up, fixing up etc. I asked Bill if this was as bad as the ’59 flood, and he said the ’59 flood was nowhere as bad.
As we know now, that flood was made to look minor after the flood of 2007.
When plans were being made to do something to prevent the flooding problem, I was excited at the prospect of getting the problem solved. It’s hard to imagine that we are still having studies instead of actually getting something done, or even started.
The results of the study are very alarming because of the “flood mitigation” areas being considered. They are talking about making the water 22-inches deeper in a large portion of town.
They claim this will lessen the depth downtown. However, one of the mitigation areas is just north of downtown. That makes no sense!
There are people who say the river is flowing at just over 50 percent capacity, and I believe they are probably correct. If this is true, cleaning the river of fallen limbs and other debris, and maintaining its cleanliness would be more beneficial than the corps’ plan and far cheaper, even if there is a permanent maintenance crew.
Not talking about dredging here, just cleaning.
Kenneth R. Roush
Findlay

JESUS’ BIRTH TIED TO JOHN THE BAPTIST
In a recent letter (Dec. 31), I stated that Jesus was probably born in mid- to late September during the Feast of Tabernacles.
I would like to explain why.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was born six months after John the Baptist (Luke 1:26-36). If we know when John was born, we can know when Jesus was born.
The key is using the calendar God gave to Moses (Exodus 12:1-2) and not our Gregorian calendar.
The Bible tells us that John the Baptist’s dad, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the temple when an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him he was going to have a son. We know that Zacharias was serving the priestly course as a member of the family of Abijah (Luke 1:5).
Abijah’s family served in the temple during the eighth week on the Hebrew calendar (1 Chronicles 24:10). This coincides with late May/early June on our calendar. The following week was Pentecost (the feast of weeks), a pilgrimage feast (Deuteronomy 16:16)in which all priests were required to serve in the temple due to the number of sacrifices offered that week.
This would place the conception of John the Baptist at approximately the third week of the Hebrew month Sivan (our June) following his dad’s return home.
This places John’s birth in late March/early April during the Hebrew month Nisan. Add six months and you come to a late September/early October birth for Jesus in the Hebrew month Tishrei, which is the month for the Feast of Tabernacles.
Could this be why the Bible tells us that during the future millennial reign of the Messiah on the earth, that all people, Jew and gentile, will be required to come to Jerusalem and worship Him during the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-21)?
Shon Cunningham
Findlay

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