Letters to the Editor 07-19-14

‘WHOLE STORY’ NOT YET KNOWN
This letter is in regard to the article in Wednesday’s edition (Page A3) of The Courier headlined: “L-B to appeal Badertscher ruling.”
Any school, business, organization, etc., receiving government assistance is required to have a complaint process in place for those employees who believe they have been a victim of discrimination. So why bother to elect a school board if their decisions can be usurped by a judge and a state referee?
I know only what The Courier has reported with regard to the Liberty-Benton school teacher’s termination, and I wonder if its readers have the whole story. When Mr. Badertscher’s performance evaluations over the last 20 years were reviewed, were there instances of misconduct in any of those evaluations that may have contributed to the board’s decision to terminate him?
The Courier reported that the school district has incurred nearly $70,000 in legal bills in its efforts to fire the complainant, while Mr. Badertscher has had a “free ride” (my words). He said his legal fees are being covered by the Liberty-Benton Teachers Association, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of Teachers.
Did he get a bad rap? Only time and our judicial system will decide.
My personal observation is that the voters elect the school board for a reason, and they must have felt justified in their decision to terminate Mr. Badertscher’s employment.
Phyllis Martin
McComb

THE FINAL JUDGE IS GOD HIMSELF
My response to Todd Williams (letter, July 15) is we generally find what we are truly seeking, so I pray he has found what he is truly needing.
I am very happy for him if he has been introduced to the Jesus of the Bible, and I would in no way want to discourage that.
However, in replying to my comments, he left out my main point, that “seeker-friendly” doesn’t mean being friendly at the door, but rather seeking to please and enhance the comforts of man’s fleshly appetites, whether through music as entertainment instead of worship in spirit and in truth, or feeding him Bible menus that are “relevant” to him, but not necessarily offensive.
The true gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to the natural man and the saved man who wants to please only the father (God) and not himself.
The final judge is God himself, but he has said that “we will know them (and each other) by their fruits.”
Deb Peterson
Findlay

JAMES IS A POOR ROLE MODEL
I could not agree with Mike Pirschel (letter, July 14) more. LeBron James is another fine example of why I cannot stand the NBA. I also felt The Courier went way overboard on the outcome of this player returning to Cleveland.
Only in this country can a city like Cleveland hate Mr. James so bad five years ago, to never want to see him again, then welcome him back with open arms just to try and win a championship. Wow!
What a role model for very young kids. I think not.
Mr. James’ talent is remarkable, but his attitude and behavior toward Cleveland back then was deplorable.
I’m also in agreement with Mike on more important issues in the world as far as foreign affairs are concerned.
The conflict with our country and Iraq is far more pressing. I am very pleased that Mr. Pirschel spoke out on this matter because if he did not, I would have.
Mark Howard
Findlay

ANOTHER MOON TO REMEMBER
After seeing the creative photo in The Courier (July 14) of the moon over a bridge, I was reminded of a moon exactly like that one. But it was no illusion.
Several years ago, my son, my husband and myself took a trip to Tucson, Arizona. One evening driving back to our hotel after having dinner, my son said, “Mom, look up ahead.”
I looked to where he was pointing and I could not believe my eyes! It was almost ground level and bigger than a hot air balloon. It was the moon!
It was breathtaking.
Then the stars started to come out. Millions and millions of stars. So close, you felt like you could reach up and touch them.
God did a wonderful job with the moon and the stars.
Our trip was in September so I wonder if this supermoon could have been that “old harvest moon?”
Donna Trenor
Findlay

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