Letters to the Editor 8-15-14

TEACHER HAD REACHED OUT

We couldn’t have asked for a better teacher for our daughter than Barb Williams.
Our daughter was in Mrs. Williams’ kindergarten class at Riverdale this past school year.
Williams came highly recommended and, based on this, we requested her class. We are so grateful that our daughter was able to sit under her teachings during her first year.
We were very impressed with Williams’ professionalism, structured approach, and love for our daughter. Our daughter grew academically and as a person under her teaching and classroom atmosphere.
Williams’ time and attention played no small part in the success of our young student.
From the parent/student orientation throughout the end of the school year, Williams stressed that she was always available for teacher-to-parent communications, and that kindergarten needed to be a team effort.
She even went so far as to share her home and cell phone numbers with all of the parents.
Throughout the school year we always were in close communication, whether it be via phone, notes sent home, or other reports.
We feel strongly that we were not given special treatment, but rather that this was normal and standard operating procedure for Williams’ classes.
If the media would have invested the same amount of time and resources into investigating and reporting on this student and his family history as they spent on sensationalizing the video clip, the public, as a whole, might recognize a greater context with which to draw their opinions.
I happen to know that Williams, in the days and months leading up to this incident, had made many attempts, both personally and professionally, to reach out to this student and his family.
She had been both generous and attentive, in Christian love and beyond the call of duty.
Her efforts were met only with cold silence and ungratefulness. The details of these acts of kindness are not for us to share, but please know that Mrs. Williams always had her students’ best interests at heart.
Adam and Sara Boutwell
rural Findlay

WE SHOULD BE COMPASSIONATE
Barbara Rice and Dave Tharp (letters, Aug. 9 and 12) appear to be disciples of fiction writer and atheist, Ayn Rand. Tharp wrote: “The wealthy, Wall Street and big business will do business where they can make the most money. The more money they make, the more people they will feed.”
Mr. Tharp, I was taught to thank God for my daily bread, not Wall Street and big business.
Dave Malone’s (letter, Aug. 14) idea of free fishing rods, reels and boats are benefits Republicans already give CEOs and wealthy corporations as tax deductions.
Conservatives seem to hold in contempt the poor, hardworking liberals and others who have compassion for the poor.
Rice and Tharp use the “Straw Man” argument that those living in poverty, discrimination and illness are moochers looking of handouts and dependent on government.
To the contrary, it is about people needing assistance to live productive and successful livelihoods. It is about making policy breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations.
Gehring wrote in “The Gospel of Ayn Rand” that the Republican Party proposed spending cuts by dismantling the nation’s social safety net would make Ayn Rand proud. Nutrition programs for mothers and infants are slashed. Medicare and Medicaid would be privatized or turned into state block grants, respectively. The food stamps program is significantly scaled back.
According to a Pew survey (2012), both liberals and conservatives share equally in food stamps, unemployment, and welfare and Medicaid benefits.
Meanwhile, the wealthiest Americans and corporations get more tax breaks. Republicans flaunt their pro-life agenda as they make policies harming the most vulnerable.
I believe it is unfortunate the right wing and tea party acquire their morals from capitalism, Wall Street and the health and wealth gospel rather than Christian morals of compassion for the poor and afflicted.
As a government of the people, we should be responsible for the welfare of the poor and afflicted when non-governmental institutions lack the capabilities.
Don Iliff Findlay

WHAT’S IT TAKE TO PROVOKE A NATION?
I don’t know where to start on Gary Essinger’s letter (Aug. 7).
Findlay and the Army Corps have burned enough money on studies over the last 50 years to fix the flooding problem.
The same can be done for the algae problem in Toledo. News flash: They already know the problem. We pipe oil, gas, and water all over the country. Move the intake for Toledo water supply to where the algae never blooms.
What about the kids on the southern border? I suggest everyone who supports them coming, including Nancy Polosi, fill their houses with these kids. That would solve the problem.
Of course, like Nancy, most (if not all) “don’t have the means or the space.”
“Somebody else take care of it.” How about we enforce the law? If you don’t like the law, you must get your congressmen to vote the way your district wants him to and convince all of the other representatives that their district wants the same thing.
I’m not sure what it takes to provoke a nation. If commandeering four passenger jets full of our civilian population and using them for weapons doesn’t do it, then it probably can’t happen.
To top that off, one of the nations we went to war against harbored the very people who did it. The other nation made it clear any of ilk that pulled it off would be welcome in their country, plus they never offer documentation that the WMDs were destroyed.
I guess we need to wait until they attack Gary’s house.
David Tharp Findlay

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE SELF PRIDE?
The editorial in Monday’s paper concerning NEAT was appreciated, along with the efforts to provide more “teeth” for enforcement.
We live on Midland Avenue in a sea of rentals and crummy landlords. What is sad is that a little self pride and personal responsibility would make the program obsolete.
Trash, weeds and the like have become the norm rather than the exception. It’s time for neighborhoods to stand up!
Heather Hunt Findlay

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