Letters to the Editor 11-11-17

WE NEED A CHANGE
The time has come to stop dodging the facts and put some teeth in the federal gun background check system.
All states should be required to send records of dangerous mental health patients and arrest records for felons to the ATF.
The law should then require the ATF to notify all authorities when a person is added, and local officials should be given the right to impound any weapons these people have until such time as they are declared no longer a threat to the community.
At the present time, reporting to the ATF is a very sketchy system and a background check is almost a joke.
We need to stop the killers before they are armed, not wring our hands after the fact and blame a mechanical device for our politicians’ inability to take responsible action.
Gary Burns
Arlington

TWO ‘SERVANT HEARTS’ IN ACTION
We sometimes hear negative things about some of today’s youth. A recent event reminded us of the good inside people of this community, and we thought you might enjoy being inspired by one of Findlay’s young men.
After Sunday’s storm, our staff was out Monday morning cleaning up a real mess of downed trees and damaged buildings.
With school canceled, a Findlay High School junior, J.D. Spiceland, showed up early in the morning to help out anyone who needed his help. He worked hard the whole day, with a smile on his face and willingness in his heart.
At lunch, his mother, Andrea Spiceland, who is on staff at Glenwood Middle School, showed up with sandwiches, chips, cookies, and bottled water.
She indicated J.D. had told her, “Mom, people are suffering, and we need to go help.” Andrea let us know they intentionally develop servant hearts in their family. It really showed.
At the end of the day, J.D. said he didn’t want to be paid and further said if there was no school on Tuesday, he would be back again to help.
J.D. plays football and baseball for FHS, and I imagine his teams will continue to benefit from his work ethic and leadership.
The staff of Bishop-Kandel Rentals really appreciated the help and their servant hearts. Thanks J.D. and Andrea! Our community is better because of people like you.
Kurt Bishop
rural Findlay

DRIVERS, CITY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY
As drivers, we hold responsibility for ourselves and those around us. A city has responsibility that extends to a reliance by drivers that roads will be safe and that traffic flow will be maintained in orderly fashion by electronic signals, signs or even human controllers when necessary.
On Sept. 24, the power was out and traffic lights were not working. I was westbound on Sandusky Street. As I approached Main Street I noticed the non-working light. I waited for north-south traffic to clear before entering the intersection. As I got in front of the curb lane, a pickup truck was heading south at a speed I was sure was in excess of the posted 25 mph. He hit me in the rear wheel, on the passenger side, and spun me around.
Given his speed, he must have driven right through the light at Crawford as well. There is no cross traffic at Crawford. What was this guy doing/thinking as he drove down the street? Couldn’t he see all of the stopped cars; that traffic lights were inoperable?
When the police officer arrived at the hospital I asked him how long the lights had been out, and he responded, for about 30 minutes. When asked why there wasn’t anyone directing traffic at the most busy intersection in the downtown area, he responded that, “Well, you know we are short-handed during the day and pretty much leave it up to drivers to do the right thing.”
Really? You know the lights are out, that construction has things in a state of chaos, and you just leave it up to people to do the right thing? How’d that work out?
I think we can all agree that the city shirked a bit of responsibility here.
A driver clearly abandons his responsibility, deals with his citation and his life goes on. The city abandons its responsibility to maintain a safe environment in light of a known hazardous situation, shrugs its shoulders and goes on its merry way.
Meanwhile, I get to fight with an insurance company in trying to put my life back together.
James Hayslip
Findlay

ISSUE WAS NOT SPECIFIC ENOUGH
Please don’t insult my intelligence by suggesting that I didn’t vote for the need for more jail space.
I would have cast a “yes” vote for Issue 4 if it had not included a 20-year, non-specified tax.
The people of Findlay and Hancock County are not stupid.
Nancy Alexander
Findlay



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