Letters to the Editor 04-19-17

When talking about the substance abuse crisis in our community, we must realize that the person who is addicted is not our enemy to defeat. Condemning them does nothing to help them recover.
We need to change our natural thoughts that addiction is a moral failure, a result of bad choices, and that the sufferer deserves the consequences. Addiction was classified as a chronic disease in 2011. It drives behaviors that can be reckless or dangerous, even unto death.
Those who have never struggled with opioid addiction may never understand the intensity of the psychological craving and sickness of the withdrawal. When we condemn them and expect them to behave as we want, we not only fail those suffering from the disease but also our community.
A person who is addicted can enter into available programs our community has and through the process of appropriate treatment and support, they can enjoy lengthy periods of sobriety.
Successful recovery is a daily fight and those who fight for recovery, work harder at the things that those who have never been addicted take for granted.
Try to understand them and their fight and help support them because recovery is beautiful.
Tony Grotrian

In response to Bruce Haynes’ complaints (letter, April 18) about a drag show coming to Findlay, I would like to raise a few points.
First, it’s funny how Haynes complains about people forcing their views down his throat when no one is forcing him to go. He can go on pretending it isn’t happening as he talks about being pro-life while shining up a gun, which has the sole purpose of killing, and supporting the military machine while voting for someone who takes away health care from veterans.
Second, this might shock Haynes, but not everyone shares his “values.”
I personally would love to see this show if I was in town, as I’m sure many younger members of Findlay would.
If he took time out of his busy day complaining how Obama took too many vacations while supporting a president who has been gone nearly every weekend since January, he’d find that the youth of Findlay are slowly but surely becoming more and more liberal, as are younger generations all over the country.
Third, I would like to talk about the history of drag. Drag often isn’t a lifestyle, but an art form like dancing or singing.
It has been around since the days of vaudeville, and is quite a popular form of comedy, especially in the UK. I understand the uneducated are the reason we ended up with a reality star instead of a highly-qualified woman as our president, but I digress.
Finally, a drag show is the biggest issue in Findlay? Really? Not the heroin overdoses, not the gangs, but a few people living their lifestyle in a way that Mr. Haynes doesn’t approve of?
I’d like for him to stop flaunting his ignorant opinions and instead take five minutes to sit and think about what he says before typing it out.
Emily Nesbitt

Gov. John Kasich has not learned his lesson. He has stuck with his trickle-down ideology as Ohio’s job growth has stagnated below the national average for 51 straight months, as its opioid overdoses have skyrocketed, and as its rank in education has fallen from fifth to 22nd in the nation.
We have seen time and time again that cutting taxes for the wealthiest and paying for those tax cuts by eliminating funding for public education, health, safety, and recreation programs does not work.
The tax cuts never spur economic growth, like he says they will. Instead, they have resulted in a massive, $615 million budget deficit in this fiscal year.
Now, the governor’s budget is taking us further down this endless cycle of deficits and budget cuts to the programs that make Ohio a great place to live and raise a family.
This cycle has to stop, because having a well-educated, healthy, happy population should be every governor’s goal and is, in fact, what will bring the best businesses to Ohio.
Samantha Sekar

I thought that Findlay had a mayor/council type of city government. I guess that I was wrong.
It seems that we have a mayor-only government with the mayor writing ordinances and submitting them to council for approval.
What happened to including council and its committees in the process of writing these ordinances, especially those considering the makeup of the city administration?
Just saying.
Don Kinn


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