Letters to the Editor 05-08-14

WHY GIVE HATE A PLATFORM?
John Cecil (letter, May 7) asks a great question about why The Courier opts to print inflammatory letters that espouse virulent disdain for those not meeting Christian ideals.
However, Page A4 notes that editors print letters on “public issues.” Once a heated discourse starts, of which I am guilty of participation, it can be seen as public issue.
My question is, why print the initial, random letter in the first place? The saddest part is that both the paper and the writers consider their unsolicited personal views of public interest.
This raises another question. Is there an economic cost for what a precious few consider hate speech and others consider free exercise of their God-given mandate to warn and dislike others?
I like my neighborhood and neighbors and have been lucky enough to become friends with some of them. Yet, if I had read the Viewpoint letters before moving here, I would have been unlikely to move to a city where hatred was on public display and seemingly widely supported.
Have we lost out on foreign and domestic businesses moving here, based on the letters from those championing bigoted views? What would management of a religious minority-owned company think when they read Viewpoints while on a site visit to Findlay?
Why would the owners of a business believing in equal rights for all, move here when some of their current or prospective employees are damned in the daily paper on a regular basis?
Editorial Page Editor Steve Dillon once told me it was not the paper’s job to censor opinions. True enough. But, there is a cost in civility and perhaps economics when hate is given a public platform.
On the upside, based on the outcome of the Hite-Shankleton race, maybe there really is a silent majority in Findlay.
Stuart Schakett
Findlay

INACTION WILL RUIN LIVABLE CLIMATE
The “National Climate Assessment” is the definitive statement of current and future impacts of carbon pollution on the United States. And the picture it paints is stark: Inaction will devastate much of the arable land of the nation’s breadbasket, and ruin a livable climate for most Americans.
“Americans face choices” explains the congressionally-mandated report by 300 leading climate scientists and experts, which was reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences. We’re already seeing serious climate impacts — such as more extreme heat waves, droughts, and deluges — and additional impacts are “now unavoidable.” But just how bad future climate change is “will still largely be determined by choices society makes about emissions.”
About 33,700 climatologists worldwide reviewed climate change that is caused by humans and only 34 rejected it. See a full report broken down comprehensively at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/downloads.
Mike Hocanson
Findlay

THERE ARE STILL MORE ‘WARS’ TO END
I liked many parts of James Withrow’s informative letter (May 5) declaring several wars have been concluded, including the war against global warming, but only after we have had to spend billions fighting them.
Since winning these wars has come to pass, I would like to bring attention to the four remaining wars that must be dealt with now, before things get a lot worse.
We need to end world hunger, stop trashing this earth, put an end to our longest, most senseless, and costly war on drugs, and finally end the most important of all wars ever fought, the war to survive.
Having Withrow lay down the foundation allows me to tell everybody what will work and what has not.
Giving the financial institutions of our country several trainloads of money and the oil industry at least one-half trillion in taxpayers’ money to find the oil and to keep the price down are examples of what has not worked.
My plan (topcatplan.com) will bring us hemp composite water towers, the hydrogen economy, hemp, and self-sufficient industry, and an economic and environmental growth with no limits.
I defy Withrow, or anyone, or any group, to challenge me about anything I have stated in letters to the editor or my solution on what we must do now, before it is past the fixing point.
Now, back to my first paragraph. Withrow wrote of global warming as being a history topic because of the cold winter we had. The billions spent on wind turbines and solar collectors hasn’t put a dent in the situation, but we will be increasing those technologies many thousands of times.
We have gone from 350 to 400 ppm of CO2s in our air in a short time. We will reach 450 within a decade or sooner, depending how soon we launch what must be done.
Terry Cook
Findlay

HITE NOT RIGHT FOR TEACHERS
Sen. Cliff Hite is not right for teachers. Remember his record against teachers and our public education system in Ohio? He is pro-voucher and pro-strict teacher evaluation that is unfair to public schools. He is also anti-teacher union, which greatly benefited him in his own career.
Check out Senate Bill 229 that is in process now.
Heather Hunt
Findlay

RIEGLE CAST THE DECIDING VOTE
Commissioner Phil Riegle was the deciding vote not to clean the Dalzell Ditch, which would have given major flood relief to the northwest portion of Findlay.
But when it comes to spending of dollars on studies, he can’t vote fast enough for that. Tell me which would do the most good, cleaning a ditch in Findlay or giving millions to the Army Corps for more studies?
Susan A. Thompson
Findlay

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