Letters to the Editor 04-22-14

OPPRESSED BY THE GOP
I want to thank Mayor Lydia Mihalik for her service to the city of Findlay. Through every storm and flood, she has had her boots on the ground, riding along with city employees.
The city is carrying over funds, and hiring more police officers. Great efforts are being made to revitalize our downtown and improve our schools.
I support her 99.9 percent, but I have this one pesky reservation: I am a gay man.
I vote Democrat most of the time because of this, because a minority of the Republican Party wants to hurt me.
I believe in limited government, greater personal freedoms, and a balanced budget. I’d fit right in if Republicanism did not equal oppression for me.
So, I’m asking the mayor to do what she can to foster a more inclusive party. I hope that it is the mayor that someday presides over our wedding, finally giving validation and protection to the family we already are.
Shawn Ramsey
Findlay

CANDIDATE GOT DISASTER PAYMENTS
You may have heard Steve Oman, candidate for county commissioner, in recent forums/debates. Mr. Oman quoted Ronald Reagan’s ever-famous joke, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Ironically, when the government is giving out farm subsidies, Mr. Oman is in line to accept that help. Here’s the link which breaks down the $1,167,241 in total farm subsidies Mr. Oman received:
http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A02308955.
Of that $1.1 million, $164,764 was for disaster payments.
That makes Mr. Oman the top recipient of disaster subsidies in Hancock County. Apparently, he was the first one in that line!
Here’s the link for the disaster payment recipients in Hancock County: http://farm.ewg.org/top_recipsphp?fips=39063&progcode=total_dis&regionname=HancockCounty,Ohio.
And yet, Mr. Oman spouts off about “fiscal responsibility” and “the less government and bureaucracy the better.”
Hypocritical? Absolutely.
Ironically, Mr. Oman didn’t receive one dime of farm subsidies for conservation, where farmers are paid to not farm certain portions of land for various conservation purposes. Oh, the humanity!
Sarah Totedo
Findlay

HE APPLAUDS THE GOOD NEWS
I have to applaud Barbara Rice and like minds who write to The Courier to declare the good news of a risen savior.
The foolishness of the cross will always be foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved, it is the power of God.
I am so very grateful to know my redeemer lives. If our gospel is to be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them.
Is it bigotry to declare the truth, that men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil? Jesus said this. Is this to say Jesus was a bigot?
The very one who was butchered and hung on a cross cried, “Father forgive them for they (that’s us) know not what they do.”
To understand the love of God and his mercy, Ecclesiastes 8:11 says: Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set to do evil.
But it is not God’s will that any man perish but that he or she would come into the saving knowledge and intense love of this risen, but that all should come to repentance.
Don Arnold
McComb

SO WHICH KIND OF KOOL-AID WAS IT?
In the Readers’ Views recently, I read quite a mixed bag of woe is us.
On April 10, Diann Risner was angry. In fact, she was very angry. She was so angry she wanted voters to elect a Republican!
That very same day, Mark Howard said that we need Steve Oman back in office so he can get this flooding problem fixed once and for all. Sort of like he did the last time he was, or whatever.
Stuart Schakett, in his April 11 letter, seemed like he was upset with Risner for spreading fibs about him. Stuart said he has not drank any (literal) Kool-Aid in years, and he has never drank any (figurative) Kool-Aid. Now, I reckon I have to agree with Mr. Schakett because the only Kool-Aid I remember mom ever giving his kids was punch or orange flavor.
Barbara J. Rice (letter, April 12) said she had to congratulate Schakett for knowing about the First Amendment. Then Rice broke bad on just about everything and everybody.
She is fed up with the “powers to be” and they could go to school or just goof off. She said something about working if you are not sick or hurt.
She didn’t seem to be happy about folks in Congress or the president and his Obamacare because they don’t have to use it anyway. Rice said that government just wants our tax money to get themselves a raise and buy dumb stuff.
Then the topper was when Barb said something about Christians should just sit down and shut up. Now, what I don’t know is, did she drink some of the literal or that figurative Kool-Aid?
Jim Brant
McComb

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