Letters to the Editor 06-28-14

It is great that people are able to get a Habitat for Humanity house for themselves and their families. But people need to know these houses are not free.
The homeowners still have to make house payments, pay taxes, and handle the upkeep on their properties.
You start with a contract when you are picked as a Habitat owner. You have so many hours of work to do as part of your contract and Habitat is supposed to complete your home, including landscaping and driveways, within a year.
They also have a checklist of things that are to be completed in that year.
But I know of three families with incomplete properties and, when they ask about getting things done, they are met with excuses. These families are low-income and they don’t have the extra money to complete these things on their own. It is in their Habitat contract to have everything done.
While these families are grateful, they are also disappointed that they have to hear the same excuses over and over. Habitat should work on these things so that they will have satisfied homeowners. I am sure that they don’t like complaints on their record.
Findlay Habitat, please work harder to follow through with your homes.
Julie Decker

Most people don’t know what an E15 ethanol fuel is. Cars older than 2001 won’t run on E15. It will ruin your engine.
Taking natural nutrients from the ground to propel a two-ton, 400-horsepower car is ridiculous. It should be a last resort.
What will our descendants have left to grow their crops in? Ethanol gives less mileage than gas, so why waste our cropland?
Cars need to be about half as big as they are now. V8 engines need to disappear and people need to ride motor scooters or bicycles before we should ever think about ethanol.
If grown at all, ethanol corn should be grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides to keep our soil safe!
Jim Brandt

Without realizing it, Mr. Brant (letter, June 27) said it right. He really should read the Bible more often because the answer to everything is in there.
We need the Donald Trumps of the world to hire people like the rest of us.
I used the “loaf of bread costing a day’s wages” because most people would have no idea what an omer or an ephah or some of the other words for weights and measures are unless you spoke Hebrew.
Depending on the translation you use, you will find it stated in different ways. “A measure of wheat for a penny” is one way it is said. It’s hard to believe, but a penny was a day’s wages back then, and at the time of the prophesy, you could get a lot more for a day’s wages than just one “measure” of wheat.
Jumping forward a few thousand years, the Americans have been living “high on the hog.” The general thinking has been spend it now!
But we must face facts. Higher prices are here, and getting higher.
I don’t want to sound like old “gloom and doom,” but I do think the best history book is the Bible. It not only has the answers to what has already happened, but tells us what to expect in the future.
Barbara J. Rice


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