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Letters to the Editor 04-05-14

A NEW HEALTH CARE SPIN
Mr. Winklejohn (letter, April 4) would appear to be quite the budding politician, at least when it comes to putting his own spin on things.
His statement that 54 percent of Americans are against the Affordable Care Act is incorrect. Fifty-four percent of those polled may have been against the health care law. However, since all of the approximately 317.8 million Americans in this country were not questioned, he cannot accurately state, as he did, that 54 percent of Americans responded in the negative.
Further, he does not give us the number of people polled or the demographics of those polled, both of which may be manipulated to either side’s advantage.
His statement that President Obama essentially coerced people into signing up with punishment would also appear to be just as irrelevant.
When last I checked, most, if not all, laws have a consequence for non-compliance. You get caught speeding, you’re fined. You get caught stealing and you go to jail, and so forth.
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, I was insured. I did not lose my insurance due to the new law. However, the law did make my insurance more affordable.
My poll consisting of asking only myself, as valid as Mr. Winklejohn’s, shows that 100 percent of polled Americans are in favor of the law.
There’s a new spin for you.
Michelle Landis
Findlay

LET’S SEE THE HARD EVIDENCE FIRST
I sent the following letter to my councilman, Andy Douglas:
I see that the city health commissioner, Dr. Mills, has been asked to appear before City Council to present his stance that electronic cigarettes should be included in the indoor public smoking ban.
I oppose such a ban for many reasons and paramount is that anecdotal “evidence,” or personal opinions, should never be the basis of legislation that infringes on liberty.
There is no credible evidence that there are health benefits from banning e-cigarettes for personal use nor from public places.
I’d invite Dr. Mills to present hard evidence before I’d entertain any debate.
What we do know is they do not expose the user or others to harmful elements associated with tobacco products. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco products and even the nicotine is synthetic.
We also know that a sample of smokers in a study in the British journal “Lancet” shows electronic cigarettes might be slightly more effective than nicotine patches in helping people quit smoking.
Associated with this is the half-baked notion that fears their use could “re-normalize” smoking conventional cigarettes. That thought is akin to video games normalizing violence or scantily-clad women being partially responsible for sexual harassment. Both are just not true.
In summary, without empirical evidence, I ask you to not support such a ban.
Richard McKinney
Findlay

WHY SO MANY EMERGENCIES?
I am very appreciative that The Courier is keeping the citizens of Findlay informed about what is occurring at City Council meetings.
Apparently, there is a large share of legislation being passed that has emergency language attached, thus making it effective immediately, and with no possibility of being reversed by the citizens of Findlay.
Emergency legislation should be exactly that, an emergency. Normal procedures should be followed for legislation that is really not an emergency.
I have requested from my councilman, Robert Nichols, a list of “emergency” legislation that has been passed.
Ohio used to be proud of its “Sunshine Laws” that allowed ordinary citizens to see what their government is doing.
We need to insist on being informed. Thanks to The Courier for providing information about what our City Council is doing.
Pam Oman
Findlay

AN UNFRIENDLY PLACE FOR PEDESTRIANS
I have been reading with interest Findlay’s attempt to make the downtown more attractive and pedestrian-friendly. It is one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly communities that I have ever lived in.
It seems as though any real attempts to address the problem have been vetoed.
Slant parking would probably be OK, considering the light traffic along Main Street. Something must be done to slow down motorists.
Also, I do hope a thoughtful effort will be made to plant attractive trees in that area. There are, indeed, many species of trees that grow just as well in northwestern Ohio as the undesirable silver maple.
Other nearby communities like Maumee and Perrysburg have done excellent jobs landscaping their downtowns.
Come on, Findlay. I am rooting for you!
John Richards
Corvallis, Ore.

IDEA IS SUBJECT TO FLOODING
I am all for maintaining four lanes in downtown Findlay. I clearly did not understand what was behind the idea to reduce lanes and implement reverse-angle parking.
Why would you want to reduce lanes if you anticipate increased traffic flow in the future due to the Marathon expansion? And wouldn’t having a decorated green space right down the middle make matters worse?
I believe there is a connection between our flooding issues, the downtown project, and the Marathon Performing Arts Center project.
Wouldn’t the downtown plan idea be flooded out with just 3 inches of rain?
Mark Howard
Findlay

WE’RE STILL LIVING WITH SAME ISSUES
A couple of years ago, I was doing some genealogical research for my wife at the local library and I came across an article on what City Council was working on.
The two things on the agenda were the flooding problems and the beautification of downtown Findlay. This paper was printed in the 1950s.
Sixty years later and it’s still politics as usual. Isn’t life grand?
Ed Bickford Sr.
Findlay

INSTANTANEOUS SALVATION
On Dec. 23, 1966, the car I was driving was struck by a drunk driver.
I lay unconscious on the front seat of my car. A great Samaritan, who was driving the car behind me, put his overcoat on me to keep the cold air off my lifeless body until the ambulance arrived.
The ambulance took me to the Wood County Hospital, where my family doctor stitched the cut on the back of my head, made by the windshield of the ’56 Ford I drove which had no safety glass.
My vital signs were good, so my doctor said I was just asleep and sent me to St. Vincent Hospital, where I remained unconscious for six days and semi-conscious for five more days.
On my 11th day, my spirit witnessed from above, as my dad pushed me in a wheelchair to the hospital sanctuary, to a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Then, instantaneously, my spirit re-entered my body and I was viewing the statue in a very peaceful room full of sunlight. I felt great, after 11 days rest, then regaining my spirit in a beautiful chapel. What a comeback. Thanks, God!
And thanks to all those people who helped me, the total outcome of this auto accident was 110 percent positive. Plus, the drunk driver gave up drinking and became a good friend of mine.
The great Samaritan kept in touch and came to court on my behalf. Thanks to his testimony, I won a sufficient insurance settlement that allowed me to attend college at the right time to study calculus with a professor who had worked with Albert Einstein on the Manhattan project.
Like Einstein, this professor had a good explanation for God’s part in the creation of our universe. Einstein correctly stated: “… the uniformity and conformity in the universe prove existence of God.”
God turned my worst day into my best day, and I appreciate all his gifts, including our 12 grandchildren.
Each of them is an entire universe of life and infinite possibilities!
Steven J. Haslinger
Gibsonburg

IT’S TIME TO GET TO KNOW YOUR HEART
An article appeared in the paper a few days ago by Marilynn Marchione, AP chief medical writer, about a blood test that accurately rules out heart attacks in the ER that is 99 percent accurate.
As a heart attack survivor, I can attest to the accuracy of this test, but not to all of the facts noted in the article, primarily, that the test “is not yet available in the United States.”
I am one month away from the two-year anniversary of my heart attack. The test was actually done a week after I had the heart attack, at the VA clinic in Columbus.
I was one of those people who thought I would never have a heart attack, even though my father had a triple bypass at 56.
So, when that event occurred, and, oh yes, I knew something was wrong, I decided to rest on the sofa. I was spared that day, but may not be the next time.
Being “grounded” for the next month, I began a journey of discovery about heart attacks, heart health, nutrition and health in general.
The American Heart Association helped with a lot of my research. Without all of the information I have been able to find so that I can work with my doctors and take charge of getting healthy, I would be living a life in fear of when the next one is coming.
After you’ve had a heart attack, the next one will probably kill you.
We have an opportunity as a community to help further the spread of useful information about heart disease by participating in, or supporting participants in, the upcoming Heart Walk of Hancock County on April 12 at Riverside Park.
Eighty percent of the money raised at these events stays in our community. Last year, the Findlay Heart Walk was one of the top three in the nation in its size market for new dollar growth. Let’s do better this year.
Go online at www.heart.org/hancockcountywalk to register or donate. You can also do it the day of the event.
James Hayslip
Findlay

IT WAS SEN. LUGAR
I apologize for the mistake in my recent letter (April 3) concerning the 2005 agreement with Ukraine to destroy weapons. I mentioned then-Sen. Obama and Republican Sen. Dick Durbin. Correction, it was Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar.
I was corrected by a reader. My bad.
D.F. Heimrick
McCutchenville

WILDLIFE AGENCY IS UNACCOUNTABLE
“Wildlife Services” sounds innocent, but that arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed well over a million wild animals in just the last few years.
Intended as a means for the advancement of farmer and rancher interests, the agency kills countless animals each year, including prairie dogs, river otters and wolves.
We read that Wildlife Services isn’t always concerned about how targeted creatures are exterminated. Young foxes, for example, are gassed in their den, and creatures sometimes suffer for days caught in traps or snares.
The Center for Biological Diversity is to be commended for recently petitioning the USDA for more humane treatment of animals. In keeping with representative democracy, Wildlife Services should be held accountable for its functioning.
William Dauenhauer
Willowick

COUNTRY IN NEED OF A FRESH VOICE
Our great nation is in a crisis. Our president is promoting ideologies that have never worked. He is an elitist who actually debases those he claims to help while destroying their self-respect and initiative.
Obama is weakening our nation’s defense, transferring finances to his agenda. Washington needs a fresh voice of common sense and clarity.
Please note the following words of a man who contradicts by his life’s history everything our president proposes.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson rose from the Detroit slums to be the world’s leading neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson’s wise words:
“In order for elitism to flourish, there has to be another class of people who are willing to acknowledge the superiority of the chosen ones. Elites cultivate this obeisance by providing goodies to the less fortunate ones. In our society today, those goodies consist of multiple kinds of entitlement programs. As the dependency on these programs grows, the position of the elite class is solidified because they will always be seen as the providers who need to be protected from any threats of power redistribution. The elitists constantly find ways to proclaim their goodness and their necessity for the well-being of the ‘oppressed,’ while at the same time declaring how evil their opponents are, and how those evil people would utterly destroy any hope of a reasonable life for the oppressed if they were to gain power.”
Wayne Baldridge
Findlay

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