Letters to the Editor 03-18-14

FINDLAY MUST MOVE FORWARD
I, for one, would like to express deep gratitude to City of Findlay officials, citizens groups and the consultants who devoted countless hours to creating a progressive vision for downtown Findlay. Anyone who attended the public presentation last Wednesday, as I did, could not help but be impressed with the amount of study and thought that went into the development of the plan. This plan promises to make Findlay a safer, more attractive environment while responding to the changing needs and preferences of its citizens.
Equally impressive was the attentiveness that was paid to all the suggestions which I, and others around me, made. I noted that every suggestion that I made was written down for further consideration, and the same appeared to be true for others who also had ideas about what would improve the plan.
I truly respect those citizens with concerns, who are able to articulate them in a manner that makes the final plan a better plan.
However, to me the most disturbing kind of reactions and feedback arise from those citizens who automatically oppose the plan because it is “new” and might require them to change their age-old ways of doing things. Even more disturbing are those who hide behind sweeping negative statements such as “Whoever cooked up this crazy plan?” This allows a negative reaction without any real engagement as how to improve what is being proposed.
I would be the first to affirm that everything new is not automatically good or positive. However, it may be instructive to take a close look at the groups whose responses were most favorable: the downtown business owners and the young professionals.
In general, these are two groups that would have their hands and minds on the pulse of positive, dynamic changes that will bring the most benefit to the city of Findlay.
I believe Findlay must move forward at a propitious time such as the one we are now in. Otherwise, we stand to become a locale that got left behind by history because its citizens became so enamored and complacent about their past successes that they mistakenly believed the past was good enough for the future.
Michael C. Reed
Findlay

PLAN COMES WITH MANY UNKNOWNS
The Complete Streets program (reverse-angle parking) being promoted in Findlay is a decades-old design when towns, population, and cars were smaller.
Complete Streets requires that streets, sidewalks and now bike paths be installed. This activity going on across the country is called the traditional neighborhood design.
It is being pushed, promoted, and installed with your tax dollars via grants through Ohio Department of Transportation and will also be maintained with your tax dollars, including the new bike paths.
Regardless of how quaint and pretty the Complete Streets sounds, didn’t Findlay learn that aesthetics only was a bad idea in the ’60s when they did not build the flood wall?
Findlay and Hancock County residents face enough uncertainty because of many unknown costs yet to come such as flood mitigation, Obamacare taxes, Ohio Medicaid expansion, and now the streetscape program.
With the nation over $17 trillion in debt, and Ohio not particularly strong, this adds up to a huge unknown burden on those of us left to pay the taxes.
Safety is another issue that must be considered. Ambulances travel regularly through the heart of Findlay because a straight line is the shortest way to the hospital.
Residents deserve to vote on this issue, but it must be decided by the beginning of May to meet a grant deadline. City government’s inability to communicate to us in a timely manner does not make it a crisis for us.
Each of the many letters that have appeared in The Courier represents hundreds of other people who do not write and express their opinion.
Clearly, anything other than a trial period and a vote is unacceptable. Please attend City Council meetings, call your City Council representative, and become involved in your government, otherwise, city government can and will suppress our freedoms if we let them.
Linda Bishop
rural Findlay

SHE MAY BE CRAZY, BUT SHE STILL VOTES
I have decided that I don’t care what Findlay City Council does to downtown Main Street.
I only travel there out of necessity. The worker bees of Findlay do not enjoy the frivolity of wasting time to get to one end of town from the other.
Most of us do not visit downtown except to attend to government or legal matters. But when you have to get to work or pick up a sick child from school, sometimes a straight shot through town is the answer.
My pocketbook does not afford me frequent meals at “upscale” dining facilities. However, I don’t believe my lack of gratuities will send the markets into flux.
But what does bother me is the railroading by the mayor and City Council to get this measure passed with complete disregard of oral opinion at a public forum.
So here’s my opinion in writing: I vote. Crazy letter writers of Findlay unite!
Annette Jones
Findlay

BACK TO HORSE AND BUGGY?
Attention Mayor Mihalik, here is another “crazy” letter. The three headlines of The Courier on March 13 were very upsetting to me.
Merchants and young professionals could voice opinions and ask questions, but a lid was put on public comments and questions.
In other words, if you are for this insane idea, we will listen. If not, we do not want to hear what you have to say in public.
Maybe we should do away with all gas-driven vehicles downtown and go back to horses and buggies.
Rheta DePuy
Findlay

WILL PLAN BE FINDLAY’S FOLLY?
Findlay officials who proposed the angled-parking plan must have drank some floodwater or oil. They better “back up” on that plan.
Why are there so many accidents in downtown Findlay? Because so many drivers speed, change lanes every few seconds, and then run red lights.
This “folly” will hurt businesses downtown. And what about emergency vehicles getting where they are needed? For them, time is of the essence.
Findlay voters should vote out every official who wants this plan, if it’s implemented. I already try to avoid driving in downtown Findlay.
Bill Geckle
Fostoria

DUMPING DOGS WAS A SICK ACT
Around 11 a.m. Friday, a white van stopped alongside the road (Township 212) and dropped off two white dogs. We called the Humane Society, which came within 10 minutes.
However, the dogs killed three of our chickens.
The person who was driving the van which dropped off the dogs is one sick individual. If you have any information that would help identify this person, please call the Humane Society.
Ron Stacy
rural Findlay

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