Letters to the Editor 01-09-14


In the winter of 1959, I was riding down Main Street in my father’s big black Chevy. I clearly remember him pointing out the damage left by the receding waters.
I thought is was really cool at the time, but now, over 50 years later, I realize it was sad for the residents who were affected. But even sadder is the failure of one administration after another to address the problem.
Aren’t we the nation who gave the American Indians blankets contaminated with smallpox so we could steal their land and exile them to reservations?
Aren’t we the nation who killed millions of buffalo for sport?
Aren’t we the nation who dropped two atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II?
Aren’t we the nation who made it legal to kill vicious animals like squirrels, bunnies and deer because they have the audacity to multiply and infringe on our way of living?
So when did we become so politically correct that we let the rayed bean mussel, which by the way has a brain the size of a Fox News Republican contributor, stand in the way of dredging the river?
It might not be the magic bullet everyone is looking for, but doesn’t it make sense to give the river a cleaner and deeper path through through Hancock County?
I say all we need is a crooked wildlife and game official to determine the mussels are dangerous and left alone they could rise up and overthrow our way of life. I say add the rayed bean mussel to the evergrowing list of animals who have became extinct so we, the chosen species, can live in a manner we deserve.
Joe Goodart

A Reader’s View letter by J.E. Kuhlman (Jan. 8) inaccurately described Bridge as a for-profit hospice.
Bridge Hospice has been a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization since its founding in 1981 and has continued to be as a part of Blanchard Valley Health System, which is also a not-for-profit organization.
The Courier had it correct in the Jan. 7 article (Page A6) “Read all about it.” The article described Bridge’s lending library and bereavement programs, just two of the many services Bridge provides with the support of donors and volunteers.
We are very proud of the care Bridge associates and volunteers have provided to hospice patients and their families for more than 30 years and are appreciative of the community support we receive as a not-for-profit organization.
Bob Westphal
president, Blanchard Valley Continuing Care Services

I just want to tell you that many readers appreciate the range of syndicated columnists that we get to read in the paper.
That educational function of the local paper is an increasingly rare thing, and I look forward to reading a variety of clever, thought-provoking, and intelligent commentaries on the national level in my daily paper.
Please don’t change that policy!
Keep up the good work. The Courier is a model for what a small local newspaper should be.
Tom Webb


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