I went and saw the parade on Monday. I believe we should pay tribute to the men and women who have risked their lives to ensure the freedoms that we so often take for granted.
It was a good parade, with people representing each of the different branches of service. Several retired veterans in full uniform marched along, some carrying flags.
It was good hearing the Findlay High School band playing. However, the adults who were scurrying around the band members, spraying them from behind, were the most ridiculously extreme example of hover-parenting that I’ve ever seen.
I don’t think our teens are so feeble that they can’t march a mile in 75-degree weather, in shorts, without parents racing around wetting them down and detracting from
the decorum normally associated with marching bands.
Pat Haley

I was literally upset by Janice Johnston’s letter (May 22).
I couldn’t stop thinking about the Bill Nye-Ken Ham debate that happened at the Creation Museum in Kentucky on Feb. 4. I suggest everyone watch it on YouTube.
Bill Nye said something while debating creationist Ken Ham. Nye said something to the effect that science welcomes theories that can hold up with what we can prove. If anyone can prove the creation theory, you would change the world.
The only thing Ken Ham could do was quote the Bible. I’m agnostic, because I can’t prove God isn’t real. I respect people’s right to believe whatever they want. What upsets me, though, is the fact that Christians think it’s OK to dictate the lives of others because they believe a book that coincidentally has very striking similarities to early Egyptian and Greek mythology. That’s another debate.6
What’s important is our children learn the truth: what’s been proven, and what’s being proved every day. Kids are the future. Our country is already behind in the world because Christians influence political decisions. Evolution is real!
That’s it. When scientists don’t know the answer, they admit they need help and try to solve problems. They don’t make up a story or quote them and say it’s fact.
Please watch the Ken Ham and Bill Nye debate. Do it with an open mind and listen to both sides.
Robert Morris

I must respond to the latest letter by Carol Mallett (May 22) on leaving homosexuals alone. I couldn’t agree more that this small group should be left alone as soon as they leave the rest of us alone.
This small group continues to badger people into something that many do not feel is right. They invade TV, demanding more homosexuals on TV to promote their behavior. In reality, this should be an opportunity for homosexuals to start their own brand of TV. That way, they could view their style, as they like to call it, without forcing the rest of us to either turn the TV off (which really isn’t a bad idea) or move on to a channel without a hidden agenda.
In regard to many judges who have been dictating from the bench: The common thread is that they are Democrats appointed by mostly Democrats who take their orders from Attorney General Holder (you know, the guy who decides which law he or Obama wishes to follow), who in turn takes his orders from Obama.
Going by what was stated by Mallett and others on the homosexual push, I have to assume they are OK with polygamy, incest, and pedophiles, since all are just doing what seems right to them. God made them who they are, correct? So can they not marry who or what they want?
So do we pervert marriage and open up a whole can of worms? Homosexuals especially must feel all is OK since they use the same tactics.
So we can continue to agree we don’t agree, unless you are a liberal Democrat, who we all know are right 100 percent of the time. Right?
Brian Smith

I wish to share the story of an injustice.
Daoud Nassar is a Palestinian Christian who visited northwestern Ohio twice last year. He spoke to community members and preached at both Hope Lutheran Church in Fostoria and Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg. He also spoke at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Toledo, Sylvania United Church of Christ, and Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. In addition, Daoud gave presentations at UT and BGSU and visited local businesses.
In 1916, Daoud’s grandfather bought land near Bethlehem. Despite the legal documents which the family still has, the Nassars have been in a dispute with the Israeli government and have spent more than $150,000 defending their ownership of the property.
Early this month, military authorities warned that trees on the property were planted on “state land” and therefore constituted a trespass and should be “evacuated.”
The Nassars filed an appeal with the military court against this order and stated that the land is not “state land” and that the trees were planted on the family’s land.
According to Israeli law, no demolition or evacuation is allowed once an appeal is filed and until the final verdict is reached. However, on May 19, unannounced, the Israeli Defense Forces brought in bulldozers and destroyed 1,500 fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees as well as grape vines and reduced the terraced land to rubble.
According to Israeli law, this devastating act of destruction is illegal. The Nassar family is still committed to solving issues in a non-violent manner — and will replant. Daoud says, “We refuse to be enemies.”
The United States gives Israel more than $3 billion a year for military support. In a sense, we enable this brutal activity. Our government must temper its support of a nation that does not respect the rights of its minority population.
Jo Hollingsworth