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Letters to the Editor 02-10-14

TIME TO GET REAL
In response to Robert Poe’s letter (Feb. 6), I think it is necessary that we take a look at reality. If we leave it in “God’s Hands” any longer, our kin will not have an earth to inhabit.
Poe’s letter was a reckless use of religion to justify being careless and naive.
One may say, “well the truth is in the Bible.” But the truth is, we haven’t heard any current information from that God in about 2,000 years. Which makes me think that by this point, it’s obsolete.
I do not believe in any religion.
But I do believe in preserving our earth and treating our ecosystem in a sustainable and clean manner. “Worship” of nature, and being responsible with it, are two different things.
So don’t condemn it because you’re only allowed to praise your single god. You may believe that your god gave you life, but don’t forget about what sustains it.
In the past 200 years, man has destroyed more than he has in all of history. He continues to dump trash into our oceans, pollute the air we breathe, and inject unimaginable horrors into the life-giving soil of our planet.
Poe quoted the book of Genesis, “Be fruitful and multiply.” Well, when that was said, there were no factories, cars, or nuclear warheads. Man was pure, respectful of the land, and did not have the means to destroy the planet.
I agree with Naomi Cherry (letter, Jan. 29). Man has transformed his connected and co-existence with nature and our planet into a cancerous and destructive one. It’s time to face the facts.
Believe in whatever you like, but be respectful to your family’s, and everyone else’s, home.
It is in “Our Hands,” to remove the trillions of tons of trash from the ocean, to replant the oxygen-producing trees that man has cut down, and to stop poisoning the air we breathe.
It is in “Our Hands” to inspire a change that will enlighten all humans and bring people together to work toward a cleaner and brighter future. Times are changing.
I am already part of the movement for the new earth mindset, and trust me, you don’t want to be “left behind.”
Lewis Walter
Carey

WHAT ARE WE TEACHING YOUTH?
There are so many articles in the news about our wayward youth, and all the trouble they cause. There are also stories of youth who excel in so many ways as well.
“What is this world coming to?” is a remark I have often made, although working with young folks for many years, I know better.
That’s because I have seen these kids in action, and know for a fact how intelligent they are and how knowledgeable they can become when they make up their minds to stay in school in spite of the lack of encouragement some live with.
It is difficult, but it can be done.
Recently, some friends gave me a book about hymns and the history of the writers. I discovered a favorite of mine, “My Jesus, I Love Thee” was written by William Ralph Featherston at age 16.
The book, entitled “Then Sings My Soul,” was compiled by Robert J. Morgan, and I found attitudes toward teens down through history to be very interesting.
And I quote:
“Martin Luther said in the 16th century, “The young people of today are utterly dissolute and disorderly.” The philosopher Plato agreed. “The youth are rebellious, pleasure seeking, and irresponsible,” he wrote. “They have no respect for their elders.”
Socrates complained, “Children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority. They show disrespect for elders and love chatter.” (Some things never change.)
A 6,000-year-old Egyptian tomb bears this inscription: “We live in a decadent age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They inhabit taverns and have no self-control.”
Mr. Morgan reminds us to remember that “God always has a rich handful of teenage heroes ready to change the world.
In Bible times, we read of Joseph the dreamer, Daniel in Babylon, David the giant-killer, and the virgin Mary.” He then mentions “the young lady, Cassie Bernall of Littleton, Colorado, who was shot for her faith during the Columbine tragedy.”
There are new generations being born every day. What is our generation teaching them?
Barbara J. Rice
Fostoria

AN OVERDOSE OF ATHLETICS
As we prepare to watch the Olympics this month, I can’t help but think that our country’s overindulgence in sports is highly detrimental to our educational success.
The examples are many. While the weather may be too bad to hold school, it is acceptable to hold sporting events.
We hear clamoring to shorten the school year due to the calamity days used but work hard to reschedule athletic activities.
Urban Meyer, football coach at Ohio State University, makes over $4 million a year, while Dr. Michael Drake, the new president of the university, will make a quarter of that amount.
We should not be surprised that the U.S. ranks No.1 in Olympic gold medals but has fallen out of the top 20 in science and math education, falling behind such countries as Russia, South Korea, and Japan.
Dennis Sutton
Findlay

MILITARY LAW NEEDS REPEALING
Since 2001, presidents have been able to launch military action at any time in any place, all because of one law that Congress passed in the wake of 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
This law has justified drone strikes, wiretapping without a warrant, and the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
We keep trying to win the “War on Terror” by creating terror.
Let us take a first step in a new approach to the problems faced by the U.S. and the world by repealing this law.
I hope my representative, Bob Latta, will support Rep. Adam Schiff’s legislation to repeal this law this year.
Jean Cossey
Carey

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