Letters to the Editor 6-20-14

Cooper Tire celebrated its 100-year anniversary on May 29 in the prestigious parking lot across from the plant and corporate offices.
Due to poor planning, attendance was much lower than the executives expected. However, it served the purpose intended of attracting publicity.
CEO Roy Armes announced that the $40 million global technology center is back on track after it was abandoned in 2013 by the executives while chasing their money dreams during the failed Apollo merger.
Also, The Courier reported that Armes gave credit where credit is due, “to Cooper workers, past and present, who are responsible for making millions of tires which now can be found in every corner of the world…” I wonder how Armes can make such a statement with a straight face.
With this “drive-by” celebration, the executives are attempting to paint a perfect picture, but reality is far from perfect. As they continue to reward themselves with millions of dollars, they reward employees with free pizza and chicken dinners for their outstanding performance.
And they continue to ignore retirees who weren’t on the executives’ agenda or the original celebration plans.
Furthermore, retirees were excluded from receiving a special 100-year anniversary gift, a replica of one of the earliest factory whistles that signaled the start and end of their workday. Where is the appreciation and recognition of retirees who are the true representatives of Cooper history?
Perhaps the $25 cost of the “made in China” whistles could impact the company’s bottom line, which could impact executives’ bonuses.
The Courier’s View summarized it best: “It’s true; today’s Cooper isn’t the same Cooper as the Brewer, Gorr, Fitzgerald and Rooney years.”
Suggestions for the next celebration if the current executives live another 100 years:
• Location — Fairgrounds or park.
• Date and time — Scheduled day off, all day with pay.
• Invitees — All active employees and spouses, with all retirees and spouses.
Be assured that the keepsake whistle will be cherished for years to come as a reminder of the past 100 years and it will be a constant reminder of the current executives’ greed.
And yes, you can call me a whistle-blower!
Jihad “Joe” Shaheen

Pro-gun advocates all profess that it is people, not the gun, that kill people. Thus they contend that there is no need for gun regulation.
With this in mind, let us do a little comparison. The death rate by gun in the United States is 10.3 per 100,000 people. The death rate by gun in the United Kingdom is 0.25 per 100,000.
Homicides per 100,000 in the United States are 3.6 while in the United Kingdom the homicide rate is 0.04. Suicide rates per 100,000 are 6.3 in the United States and 0.18 in the United Kingdom.
Now for the gun regulation facts. In the United Kingdom, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law. In the United States, private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
In the United Kingdom, civilians are not allowed to possess semi-automatic and automatic firearms, handguns and armor-piercing ammunition. In the United States, civilians are allowed to possess machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles, silencers, and armor-piercing ammunition without appropriate registration.
The differences between these two countries clearly shows that the availability of guns has a direct impact on death by gun.
I just could never understand why a person needs to have an automatic rifle that holds 100 rounds to go hunting. If you’re that poor of a shot, you should stick to buying your meat.
Troy Lane

America’s first president never told a lie.
America’s current president never tells the truth.
Now there is talk of a potential candidate who has never been able to tell the difference.
Wake up, America!
D.F. Heimrick

In response to Todd Nicholson, executive director of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (letter, June 18): The EPA is making these proposals (to not increase ethanol use) for many good reasons.
One of the biggest reasons corn fuel is going to be a topic of history very soon is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico from planting corn on 15 million acres of federal reserve land four years in a row.
Our president has the opportunity to go green in the most ways ever. So far, he and the people around him have accomplished many dastardly acts, such as trashing those 15 million acres. Growing corn, accompanied by the poison chemicals from Monsanto and DuPont, have left thousands of fishermen looking for something else to do.
Corn fuel sucks as a fuel in all categories, compared to what is coming next year in the state of Ohio, this nation’s most un-green state. Record numbers of voters will vote yes to legalizing what should have never been made illegal.
Cannabis is the No. 1 plant in all good ways, but it is really bad for the fossil fuel and poison chemical empire. We are phasing out all fossil fuel, corn fuel, and toxic chemicals, including fluoride, within five years.
Hemp makes it possible for a farmer to make $3,000 an acre using no chemicals while fortifying the soil, year after year.
Google up hemp composite water towers, which will become a trillion-dollar business, or the only plan to launch the hydrogen economy. That will get our website. We are in competition with nobody, in what will serve to change to hemp instead of corn for fuel and to give everybody the opportunity to become contributors to society.
Terry Cook


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