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Letters to the Editor 09-01-17

COULDN’T THE FAIR DO BETTER?
I applaud Jennifer O’Conner’s concern (letter, Aug. 23) about Wednesday’s donkey races at the Hancock County Fair.
I agree, racing donkeys is an exploitation of animals and cruel.
Shame on the people responsible for bringing this disgusting entertainment to the fair.
Was there a weight limit for the riders? Were people charged to watch?
I had never heard of something so ridiculous.
I once saw an exhibit in another state of a man who was going to wrestle a bear. Obviously, the bear was drugged because I have seen what a bear can do to a human being.
It really upset me and it reminded me how innocent and helpless animals truly are, and how greedy and cruel humans can be.
Shame on the fair. There are better forms of entertainment.
Sally Ann Seem
Findlay

DON’T GIVE RACISTS A PLATFORM
Gerald Leguire (letter, Aug. 30) was offended by the events that occurred in Charlottesville. Not offended that neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and other white supremacists were marching to advance their hateful causes.
No, he was offended that there were white people protesting against the racist hate-mongers.
In his words: “Whites protesting against whites, whites destroying monuments to white heroes, and whites joining the domestic terrorist organization Black Lives Matter in violence against whites.”
He referred to Confederate leaders such as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis as white heroes. These were traitors to America who fought against our country to advance the institution of slavery.
Mr. Leguire doesn’t seem to be bothered by keeping other races in human bondage. And calling Black Lives Matter a domestic terrorist organization is ignorant and racist.
This is the most overtly racist letter to the editor that I can recall. I believe that The Courier is performing a disservice to the community by publishing such hateful drivel.
Please do not give racists a platform from which to espouse their hatred.
Denis Woodward
Findlay

RECOVERY MONTH SERVES AS REMINDER
Each year, the month of September is designated as National Recovery Month.
This year, it highlights the value of family and community support throughout recovery and invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their successes to encourage others, as well as to educate the public about treatment.
Because these successes often go unnoticed by the general public, these personal stories become the “voices of recovery.”
Those in recovery all know that recovery doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s important to continually and regularly discuss the importance of the advocacy voices found within the recovery community. Hear them on this special day, Sept 9.
As part of National Recovery Month, the city of Findlay will see a Recovery March on Main Street. This will be part of a huge event at 8 a.m. Sept. 9 from the DOCK at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St.
The third annual event brings together several hundred people in recovery, along with their families and friends, as they aim to dispel negative stigma and recognize recovery as a positive force in our community.
This event reminds us that we are still in the middle of an opioid overdose death crisis.
Nine years ago, I began a one-man crusade to bring awareness to this community about the impending crisis that has hit us. Today, I’m starting to run into people that I don’t know, but they recognize my name and who I am along with what my goals are. This tells me my goal of making our citizens aware of the drug epidemic we face is growing and not falling on deaf ears.
Unfortunately, my ultimate goal goes unanswered. Have any lives been saved through anything I’ve been able to do? Who knows?
I may truly never know, but I believe it has happened and I will happily spend my morning of Sept. 9 with those in recovery on this special day.
Tony Grotrian
Findlay



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