IT’S A MATTER OF RESPECT
Last week, I had the honor of participating in a funeral procession for a very close friend of mine. My friend was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
The procession was from the First Presbyterian Church on South Main Street to Maple Grove Cemetery.
The members of the procession were shocked to note how many Findlay motorists are unaware of proper funeral etiquette!
Many vehicles passed us while traveling in both directions! This is very disrespectful to the deceased, veteran or not.
At one point, we were almost involved in a traffic accident due to one of these drivers.
It should be noted that many drivers did observe the proper rules.
It was very moving, however, when we saw a person in front of Marathon Petroleum who stopped and placed her right hand over her heart as we passed. Whoever you are, we thank you!
If you are unsure of the proper driving procedure when you see a procession with headlights and purple markers, I invite you to check with the Findlay Police Department, local funeral directors or the Ohio Revised Code.
John F. Wheeler
RAISE OVARIAN CANCER FUNDING
This past week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., along with nearly 100 other ovarian cancer survivors and supporters.
I was 18 years old when diagnosed in September 1995 with stage 3C. I am a 23-year survivor.
This year, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 14,000 women will die. Indeed, ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer and claims the lives of most patients within five years of diagnosis.
And yet, federal research funding for the disease has remained stagnant for years. Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to identify and there are no reliable early detection tests, so most women are diagnosed at a later stage when treatment options are limited.
This is why Congress should support efforts to increase funding for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP), which is part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.
After years of level funding at $20 million, the program can now fund only a small fraction of the many highly regarded research proposals that are submitted.
In 2017, OCRP fell $32.2 million short of being able to fund all research applications that were scored in the outstanding or excellent ranges and was able to fund only 4 percent of the total number of applications it received.
With increased funding, the OCRP will be able to more quickly advance the development pipeline for treatments and therapies that could save lives.
I hope that Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Rep. Bob Latta will endorse an increase to $35 million for the OCRP this year.
Even if the advances won’t be made in time to help me, I hope that they can help other women so that they never have to fight this dreadful disease.
FRISCHE HAS ‘LIFE EXPERIENCE’ EDGE
I would like to thank Thomas Ross (letter, March 6) for his insight concerning the recent mayoral appointment.
I am very disappointed that Mario Bower (letter, March 8) considers Holly Frische the least qualified because of one phone call that did not go his way. I believe her time on council, plus 14 years of additional life experience, gives her a bit of an edge.
Bower is correct about free speech. However, an unsolicited endorsement letter sent to each committee member is not free speech. It is meddling.
Like the Courier’s View, “Round 1,” said on Feb. 27, that endorsement letter tainted the selection process.
What a shame!
I am sure both Ms. Muryn and Ms. Frische want the best for Findlay. I wish them both the best as they work together along with the rest of council for us.
COUNCILMAN PASSED ON MEETING
The first item under ordinances from the March 5, 2019, Findlay council meeting (Page A3, March 7) passed with two councilmen absent.
One of those men, Tom Shindledecker, sat across from me at the University of Findlay basketball game that evening. Does he not feel a responsibility for the position he was elected to by Findlay voters? Are councilmen paid by taxpayers for meetings not attended without a legitimate excuse?