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Letters to the Editor 03-20-14

LET’S DO OTHER WORK FIRST
I’m not against the downtown improvements, but we should be sure it will benefit the entire community, and is not just some dream of city officials and a few “young professionals.”
Before anything like this is considered, it needs to be voted on by all Findlay residents because it affects everyone, not just the mayor and council members.
I urge members of council to make personal contact with no less than 100 of their constituents. I also urge each resident of Findlay to contact their council member just in case they forgot to contact you about this plan.
Some other thoughts to consider. When you parallel park, you can see approaching traffic, and use a rearview mirror to show when it is safe to pull away from the curb.
Imagine an older, or even young, person, backing into a diagonal space with a small car and, when they return to their car after visiting a store, they find a full-sized van or pickup parked alongside their car.
Now their vision is obstructed and they cannot determine if it is safe for them to pull out, so they attempt to leave and are struck.
I do support all business. I have spoken to many people who say they will no longer go downtown when parking and traveling will be much easier at stores located on the east and west sides of Findlay.
I urge all to remember that Findlay is much more than Main Street, Marathon and young professionals. There are many thousands of young and elderly taxpayers making up this city.
I think the city needs to repair existing streets, fix potholes, replace bad curbing and repair drainage in many areas of town. Then when these things are done, consider beautification and the flags and banners on top of the new streetlights.
Also, don’t forget the necessary repairs needed at the Riverside Park pool. Maybe another pool in the area of the Cube should be considered in the future.
Findlay residents may, or may not, get to vote on the Main Street proposal. But remember, you will be allowed to vote for mayor and City Council members in the future.
Norman L. Decker
Findlay

WOULDN’T TICKETS MAKE MAIN SAFER?
It seems to me that the main goal of this “revitalization plan” has now become a way to alleviate unsafe conditions downtown.
Kelley McClurkin stated in a story in Wednesday’s Courier that, “I don’t want to cruise there at 45 miles per hour. I’ve had difficulty getting my senior mother across the lanes.”
Why can’t traffic be slowed down by simply changing the timing on the traffic lights downtown and having the Findlay Police Department have a greater presence on South Main and issue more tickets to people exceeding the posted speed limit?
Also, why can’t the Walk/Don’t Walk lights be programmed to give pedestrians more time to cross the street? These seem like simple solutions to the safety issues.
I posted this to the mayor’s Facebook page, but have not yet received a reply.
Gene Foster
Findlay

PROPOSAL PRESENTS REAL OPPORTUNITY
I’ve been reading “Letters to the Editor,” currently known as “Readers’ Views,” for the past 40 years.
It seems to be a place for people with negative attitudes to garner an audience. Many times, I’ve found these “views” to be quite humorous, considering the lack of facts.
However, when you realize that many people believe what they read, it gets a little scary.
I’ve been a downtown business owner for over 30 years and have seen many proposals brought to the table. Most were defeated by naysayers that almost always fail to offer any real solutions.
Personally, I feel the current proposal presents Findlay with a real opportunity.
I hasten to add, before you jump on the “negative bandwagon,” take the time to get the facts and then, if you disagree or don’t understand, contact the real experts and discuss it with them.
Will you be the one that says “that’s nuts, it will never work,” or will you be the one that says “that might be a good idea, how can we make it work?”
Wilbur and Orville Wright, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Where would we be today if these gentlemen were derailed by their detractors?
Jim Knott
Findlay

GREAT TIME FOR A FRESH START
After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom.
The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary and exercise habits. In fact, I’ve been told that hundreds of communities celebrate the advent of spring with something called the Great American Meatout.
Local health advocates host educational events, where they ask visitors to get a fresh start this spring with a healthy diet of vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
For those who need a little encouragement, their website provides useful information and a chance to pledge a healthy diet for one day or more.
Frederick Feder
rural Findlay

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