Letters to the Editor 04-29-14

The Findlay Walk MS is so much more than an “annual fundraiser to benefit the Ohio Buckeye chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.” (Courier, April 28, Page A3) It is the tireless efforts of staff from the Maumee office combined with hours of preparation by members of the Findlay Area MS Support Group and hours of service, time and goods donated by local organizations and businesses that make the event possible.
It is a talented Liberty-Benton student taking time out to sing the national anthem. It is the mayor graciously taking time during a very busy day to speak words of encouragement and preside over the ceremonial start. It is the inspiration received from watching the hundreds of participants forge through that starting line.
It is so much more than a stroll down Main Street.
It is raising much-needed awareness about this chronic, very unpredictable, incurable, progressive disease of the central nervous system. For some of the walkers with MS, it was a struggle to take each step, but they were determined and persevered. Some used canes, walkers, or a wheelchair. Some leaned on a loved one. Other walkers marched along in support at a hefty pace. Many children joined in, including the youngest at five weeks contentedly being pushed along in her stroller!
Yes, Walk MS events do raise funds. They are vital funds that give hope to the more than 3,500 persons with MS in northwestern Ohio, 20,000 in the entire state, over 400,000 in the U.S., and more than 2.3 million worldwide. These funds are crucial to not only provide life-changing programs and financial assistance on the local level, but to enable national cutting-edge research. Walk MS is also about connections. A powerful example of that was visible Saturday. It was the connection of a devoted father having driven 1,826 miles from Texas to participate in the walk in support of his daughter, diagnosed with MS in 2006.
Walk MS and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society believe that our connections become more powerful than the connections MS destroys. We walk to create a world free of MS!
Doris Mapier

We have experienced two violent windstorms while we have lived at 1034 S. Main St., but in both cases, the homeowners insurance we had brought us through pretty much unscathed.
What is so unusual about the weekend of April 26 and 27 is that we experienced an outpouring of community support from the Backyard Mission project, which reflected a genuine interest in beautifying the Findlay community, but was also geared to helping those in need.
What happened to our property was a wonderful manifestation of Findlay paying forward kindness, the kind of investment which always returns goodness manyfold!
The Findlay community can rest assured it has “banked” a reservoir of “work” and accounts receivable from the Rothey family and, we believe, the South Main Street area.
Scott and Marty Rothey

Apparently, Mario Bower (letter, April 26) has never had a plugged drain. If he did, he would know that you unplug the drain rather than put in another drain beside the clogged one.
The intent of cleaning the river is not to dredge or disturb aquatic wildlife, which live in the mud below the river bottom, but to keep the river open, which would alleviate flooding in Findlay and elsewhere. When dead ash trees fall into the river, things are only going to get worse.
With all the money sent to the Army Corps of Engineers, we could have cleaned the river, moved and replaced the endangered mussels, and cleaned many area ditches, all of which would allow water to move more freely though Findlay, rather than swamp it.
Cleaning the river may not be the end-all, but it is a good place to start until something, if anything, ever develops with the Army Corps. Clean the river first while we wait for the answers. So far, the only answers we do have from the Army Corps are to flood everyone a little more equally, and no plan could have prevented the flooding that occurred in 2007.
Sharon Stilipec
rural Findlay

People have ample opportunity to become informed of the promises made by new candidates as well as the incumbents.
Across the country, voters are listening with renewed hope to new faces that are determined to stand for liberty and truth. Voters also have the added advantage of knowing the record of the incumbents, to determine if they are still the right person for the office. This may prove to be the undoing of those who no longer represent the conservative views of their constituents.
Some of the issues which grab the attention of conservative voters in Ohio are the HeartBeat bill, gay rights and Common Core indoctrination. In addition to Medicaid expansion, these issues in themselves are prompting voters in a heavily Republican state not to vote for the re-election of the current governor, even though he has managed to run unopposed in the primary.
Fortunately, one of the strongest supporters of the governor’s moderate agenda is up for re-election. Let’s send a message!
Changing one’s position on an issue just to garner votes is not right. When Sen. Cliff Hite stands up in the First Friday Luncheon of the Republican Party and states that Ohio does not have Common Core agenda, and then we hear from his own lips that he is against this federal takeover of Ohio’s educational system, one’s eyebrows arch in a red-flag moment! Check out his comments in the Bryan Times.
The moderates of the Hancock Republican Party are spending megabucks to help their man in misrepresenting and covering up his record not only on Common Core, but also on non-traditional marriage, Medicaid expansion and the Heartbeat bill. This is not right.
Fortunately, there is a man who has had enough. He donned the mantle of truth and is willing to represent the values of his constituents. This man honors life, family and freedom. He wants to take back his country, state and political party to grassroots conservatism. Corey Shankleton for Senate!
Diann Risner



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