The Blade should make no apologies for its coverage of the Seneca County Courthouse issue ("Enough about Seneca courthouse, " Readers' Forum, Nov. 13). To try to protect this piece of history is noble.
The real shortcomings are of those in power who have let this building regress to the state it is in.
Given the apathy, arrogance, and ignorance that surround this issue, I'm afraid the destruction of this piece of history will prevail.
I applaud all those who have made the effort to try and save this piece of history that cannot be replaced or duplicated.
And, contrary to the letter writer, if I feel I'm not getting enough coverage of mayhem and murder in The Blade, I'll buy a fire and police scanner.
Pakistani relations facing tough test
Pakistan's reluctance to take action against the extremist Haqqani network drew a rebuke from the Obama Administration ("U.S. officials tell Pakistan to do more in terror battle; Clinton warns about failure to cooperate," Oct. 22).
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Pakistan that it stands to lose millions of dollars in U.S. aid and that the United States might be forced to take unilateral action against the Taliban.
Pakistan's duplicity in this regard is well known. Its dilemma is how to satisfy U.S. demands without getting in the bad graces of the Taliban, who likely will survive the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. At the same time, Pakistan does not wish to lose U.S. aid, which has been mostly misused.
Pakistan is wary of India's growing influence in Afghanistan, especially the recent agreement for India to provide training to the Afghan police and army.
This is a bitter pill for Pakistani leaders to swallow. Let us see if they are true to their word.
Where will oil from north go?
There is news of a huge oil deposit in North Dakota and construction of a pipeline that would bring oil from there and Canada to Texas ("Slippery pipeline," editorial, Oct. 16).
I wonder where that oil will end up and what effect, if any, it will have on gas prices in this country.
Tax delinquencies listed in odd way
I suspect that The Blade's Nov. 11 listing by the Lucas County auditor of delinquent land tax notices was a waste of paper.
The notices are listed by parcel numbers. We know our properties by addresses or names of owners, not by parcel numbers.
I would not be able to find my own property here, much less a neighboring property that I might try to save from foreclosure.
Environmentalists full of hot air
The next time environmentalists complain that the human race is responsible for global warming, ask them to stop talking ("Ex-skeptic heats up climate debate," op-ed column, Oct. 26).