LET’S STOP BALLOON RELEASES

Recently my child came to me in tears after coming across a picture that was posted to social media showing the release of balloons by an area high school.

On her behalf I am reaching out to all area high schools to ask them to please discontinue balloon releases at football games.

Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake balloons for food, which can harm or even kill them.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has asked that the practice of balloon releases be stopped.

Balloons released to the sky create litter 100 percent of the time. Due to the increasing problem of balloon litter, five states have limited or banned intentional releases.

Balloons are also a waste of helium, a finite resource. Balloons can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote places.

It is estimated by the Entanglement Network that over 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic entanglement or ingestion.

I am sure schools do not encourage students on their campuses to litter. So why is it OK to do such a thing at the football games? Every Friday night that someone releases balloons is intentional littering.

Litter is against the law. In Ohio, litter is any trash thrown, discarded or dropped by a person onto public property, private property not owned by the individual, or into the state’s waterways.

The Ohio Revised Code prohibits littering, regardless of whether it was intentional. Littering is punishable by fines of up to $500 and 60 days in jail.

I have spoken to several area farmers who have, on more than one occasion luckily, been able to grab fragments of balloons out of their pastures before their livestock comes to harm.

I do think school spirit is important, however, isn’t a smoke machine, a band and a giant, inflated helmet enough? Please do the right thing for the environment and stop the balloon releases.

I have created a petition on Change.org to help call action to the need for balloon releases to stop: http://chng.it/dgGCChPj5J

Becky Burrier

Findlay

STREET PROJECT: DEJA VU?

Let’s see now, in order to obtain “free” money from the state, we are willing to sell our souls and desecrate a portion of a state highway and restrict the only north/south transportation corridor in the city?

Not only that, but we have to do it in such a rush that viable public comments will not be considered?

Oh, wait, isn’t that what happened with the “downtown improvement project” — complete ignoring of public comment.

The only other north/south street, Cory, has been complicated by first making it a one-way street for a portion, necking it down to one lane as it passed the police department, and yet another change adding a counter direction bike lane.

I guess my question is: What kind of people do we have drawing these ever-changing ideas?

Studies are quoted that tout the safety advantages of these designs.

As you and I both know, studies can be skewed to support any pre-conceived notion or idea.

The Lincoln/Blanchard bike path seems to be one of those instances.

I respectfully suggest a re-evaluation of the project and the effects that this free money grab will impose on our city.

Don Kinn

Findlay

STUDENT SAFETY NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED

I am not in favor of the bike lane project for many reasons.

I use Blanchard Street daily for work and errands, etc. I feel that leaving a lane for bicycles is a waste of space. Not that many people in Findlay ride to justify a lane only for bikes.

My biggest concern is school bus stops. There are many up and down this road. How do the buses go about loading children?

Do they pull over into the bike path and pick them up curbside? Or do the kids have to cross 5 feet of empty space to get to the bus?

Last week on the news, it was stated over 96,000 buses have cars blow past them on a daily basis. In Findlay, I’m sure the number is low, but it still happens too often.

This presents a serious safety issue for students. What is the city’s plan for this?

Is this going to change Blanchard to a three-lane road where traffic going in the other direction may not have to stop?

Blanchard Street is one of only a couple roads that run from the south end of Findlay to the north end. Don’t take that away.

As someone who also lives in the south end of town, this means a lot.

Listen to all of the people who have voiced concerns! Don’t pull a Findlay move and do whatever the city/council wants. That is typical of Findlay.

We can be better than that and put taxpayers and their safety first.

Susan Himes

Findlay

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