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Published: Monday, 3/1/2010

Woods does not owe us an apology

If Tiger Woods felt a need to publicly confess and humiliate himself over his martial infidelities ("Woods sets out to rebuild legacy," Feb. 20), that's his right. But he does not owe you or me or the media an apology or explanation.

I would love to see Mr. Woods flip off the media and say: "Leave my family alone, you voyeuristic perverts." Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

Mr. Woods spent 45 days in a rehabilitation facility, and was going back for more. You can study human sexuality for 45 years and still not deserve a PhD.

Read every page of the voluminous material produced by Masters and Johnson and the Kinsey Institute. You will find that statistics abound, but concrete answers do not. Human sexuality is one of life's profound mysteries.

Sexuality has a spiritual dimension attached to it - two becoming one - which is why God placed some restraints on the activity. Man and woman within the bonds of marriage is His ideal.

I hope that when the dust settles, after Mr. Woods and his wife, Elin, have had time to heal and reflect, they will emerge stronger than before.

Don Gozdowski

Franklin Avenue

On-course antics deserve apology

Tiger Woods doesn't owe me or anyone else except his family an apology for his escapades with a bevy of women. That's his private life off the golf course.

His behavior on the course is what he needs to change. His pouting, attitude, foul language, club-throwing, and general immature behavior when the game doesn't go his way are what he really needs to apologize for. He made a feeble attempt to do so at his phony speech attended by his mother.

He may be the best golfer in the world, but he lacks class and character and you can't buy those.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said to judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. That's where Tiger Woods falls woefully short.

Fred Freer

Lambertville

Palin's packaging isn't intelligence

Just because Sarah Palin ("Palin, a populist with a pitch," Feb. 12) can afford to pay a team of speechwriters and fact checkers to tell her what to say, that does not mean she is intelligent.

It's easy to say the right thing on Fox News when a teleprompter is telling you what to say. It's easy to tell tea party conservatives what they want to hear when your publicist makes you memorize your speech before you give it.

People have forgotten what a mess Ms. Palin made of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. She is about as down to earth as the dark side of the moon. The only thing on her agenda is celebrity.

Other than winning a popularity contest to become governor of one of the states with the fewest number of people, what is on her resume that would suggest she's intelligent? She is an opportunist and a narcissist.

No matter how upset I am with any administration, I would sooner vote for Miss Piggy.

At least everyone knows she's a puppet.

Andrew Segovis

Ottawa Lake, Mich.

Focus on Toledo's many advantages

On Feb. 13, I went to my first Walleye game with my family. It was a neat experience, even for those of us who are not hockey fans.

I am 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weigh more than 240 pounds. Despite negative reports ("Arena seating receives mixed reviews," Jan. 3), I had no problems with my seat.

The same day, I had a conversation with a longtime (but not native) Toledoan about Toledo natives' inferiority complex. He's planning with considerable excitement to send his eldest child to the University of Toledo in the fall, and raved about what great places UT and Toledo are.

He doesn't understand why native Toledoans don't understand what a great place this is to live, work, and raise a family.

Most negativism thrives only if it is given places to thrive. I suggest that The Blade think about its influence on the aforesaid inferiority complex and look harder for stories that highlight Toledo's many advantages.

I also encourage you to look harder for other readers who feel as I do.

John Kraus

Maumee

Honesty lost in Springfield Twp.

At a recent Springfield Township trustees meeting, Trustees Bob Bethel and Andy Glenn tried to pass a resolution to place a police levy on the May ballot.

Trustee Marylin Yoder knew nothing about this last-minute, back-room deal. She strongly opposed placing another levy on the ballot without input from the police study commission, which was given until May to offer its suggestions.

Why would Mr. Bethel and Mr. Glenn want to place another police levy on the ballot after the one in November was defeated by 66 percent of voters and Springfield Local Schools already has placed a levy on the May ballot?

At this meeting, the trustees approved a $416,000 contract for the rest of the year with the Lucas County Sheriff's Department.

This is a $2 million savings compared to what the levy would have cost township taxpayers had it passed in November.

Where are the transparency, honesty, and desire to do what's best for the residents of Springfield Township?

David Carr

Holland

What's McCain got to say now?

President Obama received much criticism for saving Chrysler, specifically from the former GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Now the Toledo area may benefit from more than 1,500 new jobs at the automaker's Toledo Assembly complex ("Chrysler in talks to expand locally," Feb. 21).

Mr. McCain and his advocates may need to eat crow.

Moe Talip

Sylvania

Time for reality check on billboard

People keep complaining about an electronic billboard at Taylor Kia ("Sylvania Twp. auto dealer to alter sign," Feb. 10). If that's the only thing they have to complain about, they're doing pretty well

When people say a sign is offensive, when all it is doing is promoting a product without sex or slander, it's time for a reality check.

Tony Berezowski

Darlene Drive

Corporate cash stifles our voice

Your Feb. 21 editorial "End Noe's appeal" makes the point that the Ohio Supreme Court may be rendered ineffective because Tom Noe had donated to the campaigns of five justices.

Imagine if all seven justices had received cash from Noe. Would the entire Supreme Court need to recuse itself?

Noe was only one man with limited money. In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting corporations to give unlimited donations to political campaigns, imagine how little influence "we the people" will have.

That really scares me.

John Briggs

Holgate, Ohio

Stimulus package is a job scam too

Your Feb. 20 editorial "Scamming for jobs" said: "It's low to prey on unemployed people by dangling a job that doesn't exist as part of a scam. Yet thousands of jobless Americans who fall for such scams can attest to their prevalence."

Only after reading further did I realize you weren't referring to President Obama and his now-infamous stimulus package.

Parker Hanson

Waterville



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