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Letters to the Editor 03-17-14

RIVER SHOULD BE A PRIORITY
I would like to congratulate the farmers who organized and presented themselves to a “closed to the public” Army Corps of Engineers meeting in 2013.
Finally, 80 miles of the Blanchard River is supposed to be cleaned of wood, debris and logjams. Finally, one positive action that will contribute to floodwaters draining in a more rapid fashion.
Finally, a common sense idea and approach that is affordable with a certainty of a positive outcome. The windstorm (of 2011) and dead ash trees have been a serious concern since 2011.
It is now 2014 and finally the problem is being addressed.
In a conversation earlier this month with Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District, I was disappointed to discover that the river project started briefly at the end of November and is on hold due to weather.
The weather situation is understandable but what is not understandable is this is not a priority job, and the job started downstream in Putnam County.
Since they are working downstream to upstream, Putnam County or Hancock County could be cleaned and completely jammed immediately after a new flood moves jams to the clean downstream.
The wood debris taken from the river is currently being piled outside the tree line of the river. One only has to look at the river along County 140 or Broad Avenue to see how far outside the tree line the floodwaters extend.
This same situation has to exist many times along 80 miles of the Blanchard River.
It is a sad state of affairs that after $6 million and now seven years since the 2007 flood, the City of Findlay and Hancock County basically have nothing to show for money, effort, and time spent.
What is even more frightening is that a completed Army Corps of Engineers plan could include more ideas like the induced flooding of one part of Findlay. Will there be options to pick and choose?
Do all the time, effort, and money spent on paper studies simply go down the river?
Barbara Smith
Findlay

PUT PROPOSAL UP FOR REFERENDUM
Am I crazy for exercising my freedom of speech? If so, the shoe fits.
If elected city officials are so sure the community supports the changes in downtown Findlay, they shouldn’t object to putting the issue on the ballot.
Let “we the people” exercise our right to vote.
The proposal is too important and costly to taxpayers not to have a referendum. If you want to peaceably assemble, the next Findlay City Council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Findlay Municipal Building on West Crawford Street.
Susan A. Thompson
Findlay

OUR MAIN STREET NEEDS FOUR LANES
Dear Findlay City Council members:
I have a few thoughts on the Main Street changes and how to slow down the traffic and make the folks crossing the streets safer.
Adjust the timers on the crosswalks. Add 15 to 20 seconds. Also, add a left-turn light at Sandusky Street.
Force the semi-trucks to use the Ohio 12 truck route and enforce it. Once they start getting tickets the word will get around.
Use the empty lots downtown for parking and gain more than 80 spaces.
Please leave Main Street four lanes.
Brian Van Leer
Findlay

REACHING FOR THE UNREACHABLE STAR
Hemp charcoal is the answer to replacing fossil coal. Hemp fuel and hydrogen are going to totally replace fossil fuel within five years.
It’s time to end living in a modern-day dark age and get our liberty and justice back.
The Top Cat plan is the only way to launch the hydrogen economy, hemp, and self-sufficient industries in 50 states. We will supply the equipment and technology in the self-sufficient movement, giving everyone the opportunity to become contributors to society by becoming a DGA (distributed generation association) member.
Nikola Tesla and Jack Herer were the greatest progressives in the last 100 years. Both died broke and broken because each was not able to live long enough to see their impossible dream come true.
I am reaching for the unreachable star to take down the unbeatable foe and run where the brave dare not go.
Terry Cook
Findlay

WHO SAID THE ‘TEN CANNOTS’?
A famous quote and quiz. Guess who said it?
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
The answer: Rev. William John Henry Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister.
Wayne Baldridge
Findlay

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