Letters to the Editor 3-13-14


It just does not make any good common sense to take the most highly congested part of Findlay’s four-lane Main Street, reduce it to two lanes and expect a good outcome.
To further compound the traftic congestion, back-in parking is added. Public questions asked in the March 7 Courier were on point and good questions.
Unfortunately, the answers given were highly unsatisfactory. Currently, with four lanes it is dangerous, time consuming and next to impossible to make left hand turns at Main Cross and Sandusky Streets. Does this improve with two lanes?
How does downtown expect to attract future businesses if current parking is supposedly inadequate? If it is possible to move truck traffic from Main Street, why has it not been accomplished yet? If it is possible to stop delivery trucks from double parking on Main Street, why has it not been accomplished yet?
Living on the north end, I am extremely concerned about the added time it would take Hanco and additional fire trucks to arrive in this area. These emergency vehicles would have to navigate a traffic-congested Main Street or two-lane, highly-congested side streets.
Many common sense and good ideas have been proposed. There is an empty lot next to Wine Merchant. Marathon made a parking lot on Main Street attractive. Why not give two lanes a trial run?
What about redeveloping the alleys and parking behind Main Street businesses for added parking? Better yet, put up highly visible public parking signs behind these businesses or businesses themselves advertising their parking availability.
Finally, the saddest of all things, there currently exists a multi-level parking garage on East Crawford Street. It sits in an ideal downtown location to park and walk three to four blocks to the north or south on Main Street and visit a very high percentage of businesses.
Someone has certainly “dropped the ball” on not maintaining and utilizing the parking garage in the past and present. Either fix the garage or tear it down and build new. More than 80-90 parking places could be added to an ideal existing downtown location.
Barbara Smith

Michael Janton (letter, March 14) got all upset with me putting the bad mouth on the Main Street parking plan. I know Mike didn’t read the three letters that accompanied his, but shoot, all I said was the plan was dumb.
Melissa M. Humphress said the plan was idiotic, and the council must have been drunked up on Kool-Aid.
Then, Gary Ellerbrock said the plan must have come from a 13th floor loafer. Heck, I didn’t even know Findlay had a 13-story bar and grill.
Now, the worst of all was poor Marie Pardi. She got so scared she had cringed. She said she might never go on Main Street again, especially if she had to park her car.
So, Mr. Janton, you shouldn’t be for the Main Street plan anyway because it would be against the law to pass on the right!
Jim Brant

I am writing to show my support of Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The program has a proven track record of lifting people out of poverty and stimulating the economy.
The EITC increases the ability of workers in lower-paying job categories to support themselves and their families. Research shows that helping a person reap additional tax benefits based on the amount they earn has increased the labor force participation of lower skilled workers, especially single mothers.
Despite having jobs, many low-income people struggle to make ends meet. With the costs of housing, transportation, food and medical care continually rising, people in lower-paying jobs need to be able to hold onto the wages they earn.
As executive director of the Hancock-Hardin-Wyandot-Putnam (HHWP) Community Action Commission, an agency that works with low income people helping them to achieve self-sufficiency, I would like to commend the governor for proposing to expand this program. I would also like to thank Rep. Jeff McClain, R-Upper Sandusky, for his work on this important legislation.
I encourage our legislators to pass this expansion. I hope that readers agree and will also contact their legislators and ask them to support the expansion of the EITC program.
Josh Anderson
Executive director HHWP Community Action Commission

This winter has been a really great pothole maker. We also know the great expense of repairing and also total repaving.
I’ll admit up front that I know very little about asphalt, blacktop, or whatever you call it.
I have been led to believe that what causes potholes is the contraction and expansion during temperature changes as well as heavy traffic flow.
A few years back, I read an article that said you could add ground-up tires to the mix and that would allow the asphalt to have more “give” and would stand up to temperature changes better. It would consequently last longer, saving a city or property owner money by not having to do repairs so often. It would also be a good way to dispose of old tires and sort of kill two birds with one stone. (Sorry, S.P.C.A. Just a figure of speech)
The article also stated the reason the idea was never put to use was because it would cause the pavement to last too long, and those in the business of repaving would lose money because their services wouldn’t be needed as often.
Now before anyone dies laughing at the idea, I have already admitted that I know very little about the stuff, but it did sound fairly reasonable to me. I know that buyers want to save money and sellers want to make money. And maybe there really is a technical reason why it wouldn’t work.
Perhaps the idea has already been tried. But if it hasn’t, would it hurt to give it a shot?
Barbara J. Rice

Way to go Oilers! You are the best beyond a doubt.
Thanks from us fans for a great year. The tournament games were the best you will ever see. Congrats.
Also, Findlay has the best fans and the best mascot ever.
Thanks to the players, coaches, mascot and fans. We feel like we are part of this team.
Also, good luck at the NCAA regional tournament. Makes us proud again.
Jim Muir


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