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Letters to the Editor 02-08-14

LET’S TACKLE IMMIGRATION
I appreciate Cal Thomas’ spotlight (column, Feb. 7) on comprehensive immigration reform. Although Findlay has few to no undocumented immigrants — and let’s call it like it is, they’re undocumented, not illegal human beings — I am excited to see my town engage in a national conversation.
This is historic for our country, with Ohio’s own John Boehner in a key position to direct the conversation. Adding to the excitement, the GOP principles released last week were the first thing to come from the party that faintly (and I mean very faintly) compared the bipartisan comprehensive Senate bill.
But where is the House’s legislation?
Rep. Labrador, R-Idaho, said the House won’t do anything until Republicans have a majority in both bodies of Congress. How does this make sense?
Thomas’ piece clearly pointed to evidence that this debate will lose Hispanic votes for Republicans. Not only that, but the beauty of American government is that its voice is heard through more than one party.
I think Washington has done enough of nothing this year, and that it’s time to compromise and finally pay attention to the 11 million people fearfully hiding in the shadows.
Let them live, thrive and contribute to our country.
Samantha Searls
Findlay

SHE’S PROUD TO LIVE IN FINDLAY
I am so very proud to live in Findlay, and very proud to say I live in the hometown of Marathon Petroleum Corp.
We need to thank the Donnell family for seeing into the future and staying in Findlay.
When Mr. Donnell was working in the office, if an employee passed away, he would offer the widow a job. To him, family came first.
When you look around in Findlay/Hancock County, we have some of the very best of companies. National Lime & Stone, which has been here over 100 years, plus Whirlpool and Cooper Tire.
I have worked in Findlay since I was 12 years old. I worked at Riverside Park for three summers. I de-tasseled corn, and worked at the Gallager and Muir drugstores.
I also worked at the Ohio Oil Co., which later became Marathon Oil, for five years, until I had my first child. I also worked at RCA for 20 years, National Lime for 16 years, and served on City Council and as a county commissioner.
All my children graduated Findlay High School.
I shop in Findlay and I live in Findlay, and I always buy Marathon or Speedway gas.
Ginny Clymer
Findlay

GOOD PEOPLE CLEARING STREETS
The snowplow operators who have worked so hard in past weeks deserve a heartfelt thank you for keeping the city and county/township roads cleared and maintained.
As a county driver for the Senior Center’s Mobile Meals, I greatly appreciate being able to deliver food to our clients in a timely and safe fashion. A big thanks, also, to our neighbor Dale, who has voluntarily been clearing the alley between our properties!
You are all good people!
Betsy Kreidler
Findlay

STILL PUZZLED BY THE GAS PRICES
Last Sunday, my husband and I were going through Kenton and happened to see the Marathon gas prices were $3.13 and $3.12. But back in Findlay, they were $3.35.
This week on the front page of The Courier were all the plans to decorate the downtown, and giving the starting salaries for new hires. It seems to me someone at Marathon could lower our gas prices so the customers don’t go broke.
I get tired of writing these letters only to see gas prices go up the next day. I’m puzzled.
Arlene Scoby
Findlay

LOW-GRADERS SHOULD RUN
To all those who gave Mayor Lydia Mihalik a D or F in performance (Page A4, Feb. 7), I challenge them to run against her in the next primary and aspire to do better than her in those shoes.
I would guess that none of those low-graders would have the gumption to attempt to do half as well as she has done.
Bob Chesebro
Findlay

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Well, it’s nice to see that Bob Fenstermaker (letter, Feb. 6) can use the Bible to make his political points.
I would have thought that he would have taken this opportunity to bring the left and right together and declare Christ as King, but I guess that wouldn’t fit into his talking points.
I won’t miss Bob’s future lessons. They leave me wanting less.
Darrin Ammons
Findlay

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