Letters to the Editor 03-12-18

IT’S TIME TO SHIFT GEARS
Recent comments from Commissioner Tim Bechtol praising the Hancock County ADAMHS board’s efforts to cure drug addicts reflect an incomplete understanding of those activities.
We all believe that curing addiction is an admirable goal, albeit an intractable problem. So why do we continue to throw virtually all our resources at curing addicts when actual results produced are largely negative?
A truly effective cure has thus far eluded us as we watch the problem grow ever larger.
Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that our offers of help and support to those seeking recovery will remove this problem from our midst.
It is time to shift gears into prevention mode. We must redirect available resources away from wasteful, inefficient and unsuccessful feel-good activities and focus instead on prevention.
A good beginning might be dealing harshly with people who choose to sell drugs. Better law enforcement will require a reallocation of funding for police and renewed dedication from the courts. Bust them, fine them, jail them and they will stay away.
Other measures such as border control, needed changes to prescription guidelines and the related pharma pipeline, school-sponsored seminars for parents and kids can all help.
Our city and county government can take the lead by refocusing on prevention methods and redirecting funds accordingly. A local blue ribbon advisory commission might just be the place to begin. How about it, commissioners?
Tom Quarrie
president, Save Our Neighborhoods

TOLERANCE, ACCEPTANCE NOT THE SAME
The Courier’s View (Viewpoint, March 10) is an excursion into liberal lala land where inclusion and political correctness trump rational thought and truth.
The Freedom of Religion Foundation is an atheist activist organization intent on removing any reference to God from America, and we have already allowed that to happen to a large extent. The mere threat of a lawsuit from such organizations multiplies their influence in our society well beyond what their small number of supporters would normally dictate.
The law of the land, despite those who claim otherwise through revisionist history, is based upon Christian principles and no one is harmed or treated unfairly by applying those principles to all citizens.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead changed the course of world history. That single event causes division in the world between those who choose to accept Christ and those who choose to follow the ways of this world without recognition or regard for the existence of a spiritual realm we refer to as Heaven.
The philosophy of many in our “so-called” modern society is that all religions and beliefs are equal and all lead to Heaven which relies on the fallacy that truth is relevant. Truth is truth and does not derive from whatever you happen to believe at some particular point.
America and even the city of Findlay has a right to its own distinct culture based upon the predominant makeup of its citizenry. Findlay’s conservative and religious history is to be embraced, not destroyed by a minority who wishes it was different. There are plenty of places in this country where I would not choose to live because of their belief system and that is called choice.
Tolerance and acceptance are two entirely different issues. I can tolerate beliefs contrary to my own but I resent the idea that I must accept and embrace those beliefs. Tolerance is a two-way street. It only works if both sides practice it equally.
Larry Richards
Findlay

CITY BUILDING NEEDS DIVERSITY MODEL
People agreeing with the religious mural located in the Findlay Municipal Building and/or those preaching Christianity in The Courier’s letters to the editor miss the point.
Self-professed Christians take advantage of Christian privilege and its benefits. This comes from the belief that America was founded on Christianity rather than morals, values and beliefs of many religions and non-religions.
Christian privilege leads to members of non-religions and other religions becoming outsiders through religious discrimination and/or oppression.
Christianity is now less a religious faith following Jesus’ teachings about social justice for the benefit of humanity, and more about gaining political influence. Cheapening Christianity for political gain disrespects the Gospel.
Many Christians now judge a person’s worthiness based on self-sufficiency and wealth. Christians should be more concerned with putting Christ back in Christianity and churches than putting Christ back in schools and politics.
Empty pews in America is evidence that politicized religion obstructs ministering to others.
Religions, non-religions and government should be treating others with kindness and compassion; taking care of the elderly and sick; ensuring people have enough food and health care; and getting a good education.
Social democracy isn’t a government model. It is an economic and civilized model. Each of us should be looking out for the welfare for others, especially by giving aid to the poor and those unable to care for themselves.
The Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause were drafted in response to the constitutional framers’ (Christians and non-Christians) desire to protect members of religious minorities.
The Establishment Clause focuses on prohibiting government actions that create, support, or endorse an official national religion. The Free Exercise Clause focuses on the harmful effects government actions may have on the freedom of an individual’s religious beliefs or practices.
In my opinion, the Judeo-Christian mural and scripture in the Findlay Municipal Building supports and endorses the Judeo-Christian religion.
The municipal building needs to model a diverse environment. An environment with a blend of ethnic and cultural art and furnishings showing mutual respect of diversity in our community.
Don Iliff
Findlay



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