Letters to the Editor 05-06-14

For the last 22 years, the second Saturday in May has marked the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual food drive. Over the years, the drive has grown into the largest single-day collection of food in the country, with donations totaling just under 1.3 billion pounds of food.
The letter carriers in Findlay have been participating for 19 years, but we are saddened to say that this year we won’t be picking up non-perishable items in the Flag City.
We didn’t come to this decision easily, but several factors made it impractical to take part in this Saturday’s drive.
First, our Saturday workload has greatly increased in the past several months. Also, the number of volunteers who help us pick up and sort the food has declined. Add to that the decrease in actual donations, and it became apparent that we couldn’t participate this year.
The letter carriers of the Flag City want to thank everyone who placed canned goods by their mailbox over the years for us to pick up. You truly made a difference to the needy in Findlay and Hancock County.
In our absence this year, we’re asking you to continue your generosity by donating directly to the following charities we’ve worked with for the past 19 years: Chopin Hall, Salvation Army, Hope House, City Mission, and Open Arms.
It is our sincere hope that next year we’ll be back not only delivering your mail, but picking up lots of canned goods, paper products and other non-perishable items to help those in need in our community.
Jeffery M. Kranz, Jon Gast, Don Bonnell,
food drive coordinators, NALC Branch 143

The University of Findlay and President Katherine Fell are to be congratulated on their choice of speaker for the undergrad commencement this past Saturday.
U of F ’71 grad Jeanne Kelly gave one of the best, if not the best, commencement speeches that I have heard in all of my 83 years.
Unlike the usual rah-rah packaged speech, Kelly gave the grads meaningful real-life advice that was from her mature older friends, taken from their own life experiences.
It was advice to be treasured.
Bob Chesebro

William Stock (letter, May 5) appears to hold the Ten Commandments in the same regard as the U.S. Constitution when it comes to which parts are worthy of respect and which can be ignored. Though he will certainly profess otherwise, I believe he is in violation of the one about not bearing false witness.
I never said anything about Christian holidays being celebrated as forcing religious beliefs on everyone. To claim so is a lie, a sin. Or is it OK to sin against those you do not agree with? The point was that it is difficult to claim that Christians are being told to shut up when Christian holidays are widely covered in the mainstream media.
Having visited City Hall several times, I have seen and heard Christian biblical verses being read over a loudspeaker, and not just on Day of Prayer.
I have no issue with that. I do wonder, however, what kind of reception someone that dared to read the Quran outside of City Hall would receive from Stock.
Stock equates gays to murderers, rapists and pedophiles. A while back a writer noted that all religions other than Christianity are nothing other than a sad joke. A slippery slope indeed.
Do you not see that such interpretations lead to Frazier Glenn Cross, Shawn Berry, Aaron McKinney and Bruce Pierce? Google those names and you will get the point.
Speak as you wish, believe as you will. You are free to believe that God will somehow be unhappy with you if you do not hate others.
But understand that people you do not like have their rights as well. You need not be baptized into the faith of others, but you should still allow the scales to fall from your eyes.
Stuart Schakett

Kentucky Derby Day was always my grandfather Eddie Long’s day. He was a jockey for five years and he got his start at King Ranch in southwest Texas. He rode the train boxcars to Texas and back to Illinois. His riding career was in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. He never quite made the big time, but his cousin Morrison did.
Walter Shrider of Findlay always attended the derby and took about six others with him for several days in Louisville. I think Dwight “Hackie” Hackworth now holds his tickets.
Grandpa would cry when they played “My Old Kentucky Home.” His restaurant in Rawson was always filled on Derby Day to watch the race.
For many years, Shrider and grandpa took the train to Louisville, then later Clark Frazier of Rawson took him. Grandpa’s tickets are still in his name but a gentleman in Findlay has used them for many years.
Maybe I missed it, but I did not see an article in The Courier about the derby before the race.
Norman S. Wolfrom
Sedona, Arizona



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