Letters to the Editor 08-09-14

FAR FROM A SPEED TRAP
In the “Just Ask” column (Page A3, Aug. 4) J. Smith of Findlay asked, “Is the 25 mph speed limit through Van Buren legal, or is it just another small-town speed trap, like Portage?”
First, either Smith rarely comes to Van Buren, or that person would know that Van Buren is far from a “speed trap.” If anything, it’s more like a “speedway.”
Over the past few years, I have on occasion used a “Jug’s Gun” to clock cars on North Main Street in Van Buren. I have clocked cars going as fast as 62 mph, and that was going out of town, not coming in.
I reported the situation to the Hancock County sheriff a couple of years ago, and they sent a deputy out to talk to me.
Last winter, I called the sheriff’s office about Hancock County snowplows speeding on North Main Street, and the kind lady that answered the phone was so concerned she advised me to report it to the Hancock County engineer.
There is a 25 mph speed limit sign posted about an eighth-mile north of the Van Buren corporation limit, and to most people, that would mean take your foot off the gas.
Everyone with an Ohio driver’s license knows that speeds are always reduced in cities, villages, and towns that are incorporated.
We have no law enforcement in Van Buren and most drivers know that, so they take full advantage of the situation.
Eventually, someone will get injured, or maybe even killed, and then law enforcement will handle the situation similar to how Toledo handled the recent water crisis, way too little, way too late.
If Smith would care to come sit on my front porch with me, he would quickly find out that “Van Buren speedway” is open all year long to anyone that wants to participate.
I have a question for Smith: Is the 25 mph speed limit in downtown Findlay legal?
Colin W. Baird
Van Buren

WORK MAKES A PERSON STRONG
“If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
It sounds to me that someone taught Mr. Iliff (letter, Aug. 5) the joy of “fishing.”
He said he had worked as a teen, served in the military, and worked after retiring. Also, at one time, he needed some help from the government and friends, but apparently didn’t allow that “help” to become a “way of life” forever.
On just the basis of that information, Mr. Iliff sounds like a conservative.
But somewhere along the way, he picked up the idea that it was being “good and caring” to others to give them everything they wanted without the necessity to work for it.
In the Bible, it does talk about taking care of the poor. In most instances, when the landowners reaped their harvest, they left part of it for the poor to come and gather it for their use. In order for those leftovers to become food on their tables, they had to knock the grain off the stalks, grind it into flour, and bake it before it was placed on their tables. It was there for them. All they had to do was “go fishing” for it.
The poor were actually expected to work. Generally, it was women and orphans that did this gleaning, because the men were already working at jobs. It was women who had no husband or sons to provide for them that had to do their own “fishing.”
Work makes you strong. It makes you feel good about yourself. Work is a valuable asset in a person’s life. It makes you use your mind, and you find out what your talents are. God equips us to meet challenges.
When you give constantly to people that are able to work, you actually cripple them and they expect the “handouts” to go on forever.
It is not “love and caring” that is behind the government handouts. Mostly, it’s the desire for control.
Barbara J. Rice
Fostoria

JUST RAISE FLAGS HIGHER ON NORTH MAIN
I heard on a Toledo newscast another North Main Street flag was vandalized this week.
How sad for those who have made such an effort to have flags flying on North Main Street.
My question is, why can’t our city mount the high-stretch flags at the street corners and the smaller waving flags on the lamp posts north of the bridge, at least as far as Center Street or Cherry Street, like those displayed south of the bridge?
The flags would then be out of reach for vandalism, plus continue the Flag City theme. We seem to have extra money this year, so let’s spend a little of it to beautify that part of our fine city.
Linda Weaver
Findlay

TOP DOWN EDUCATION IS WRONG
The Akron Beacon Journal (Other Views, Aug. 1) incorrectly reported that the governors of the states created Common Core.
Common Core was created by a group of individuals and the Council of Chief State School Officers, both private membership organizations, invited by the National Governors Association, www.corestandards.org/public-license/
In 2009, Ohio’s State Board of Education gave Gov. Ted Strickland’s budget the authority to adopt Common Core. This happened before the standards were even available for review.
Since these untested standards were not created locally, parents, school boards, taxpayers, teachers, and administrators are not involved in the decisionmaking process for their schools. Who will a parent turn to for help if the one-size-fits-all model does not work for their child?
Common Core books and materials are developed by Pearson and Achieve and sold by the same corporations that developed Common Core.
Smaller book companies must adjust their books to Common Core in order to compete in the standardized tests. Joanne Fabrics even sells workbooks aligned with Common Core. Bill Gates is a main contributor of advancing Common Core, so it is no surprise that the tests are expensive, computer-driven, and kids spend 50 percent of their time testing.
Common Core was designed to develop human capital for a global economy and is how our politicians and corporations view us.
Gov. Kasich wants students to begin thinking about their careers in first grade. I would think most parents want their kids to learn to read and write at that age, since many of today’s jobs will not exist in the future.
A top-down education is not what most of us envision for our greatest resource, the children. Please contact your representatives and ask them to support Ohio HB 237 by signing the discharge petition which is a repeal of Common Core.
Vanessa Vandale
rural Findlay

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