Gov. John Kasich signed state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann's latest water withdrawal bill into law ("Lake Erie water-use law signed; Bill controls withdrawals allowable without permit," June 5). The bill violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Compact agreed to by eight states, Congress, and two Canadian provinces.
The new law allows increased withdrawals from Lake Erie. It was sponsored by Mr. Wachtmann, a Napoleon Republican, who owns a water-bottling company. It also tries to exclude citizens and voters from the legislative process.
I believe Mr. Watchmann's concern for Great Lakes water quality is phony. The people of Ohio should be outraged.
'Joe' should keep thoughts to himself
Why is it that every time Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher has a thought, the result is an article in The Blade ("GOP's Wurzelbacher faults Kaptur for poor job growth; Incumbent notes signs of resurging auto sales in May," June 3)?
Mr. Wurzelbacher's recent rant faulting U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur for poor job growth is asinine. What would he be capable of doing to improve job growth in this area?
Republicans seem to have lots of negative things to say about the Obama Administration, but we have not heard one idea they have to improve our situation.
The GOP thought that letting General Motors and Chrysler go out of business would have been good. If that's what Republicans consider a positive solution to economic problems, God help us.
Do you contact Mr. Wurzelbacher for his input or does he contact you? If the latter, please stop taking his calls.
Obama not like Jefferson, Lincoln
How can anyone compare the qualities of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln to those of President Obama ("Obama's qualities draw comparisons," Readers' Forum, June 2)?
Mr. Obama will go down in history as one of our worst presidents. He is a divider, not a uniter.
His name should never be used in the same paragraph with those of Jefferson and Lincoln. There is no comparison.
Ashes of indigents to have resting place
Indigent people long have been forgotten in death, as evidenced by the almost 4,000 graves of unnamed persons found in Sunshine Cemetery from the old Lucas County Poor House and Infirmary, which were moved to a mass grave in Forest Cemetery in the 1980s ("Volunteers honor forgotten veterans; Project aims to restore respect," May 28). Others ended up in numbered graves at the Toledo State Hospital cemeteries.
The city's proposal to place the ashes of future indigent and unclaimed persons in a cremation wall at Forest Cemetery with a plaque listing their names is honorable and respectful, while economical.
Editor's note: The writer is a retired employee of Toledo State Hospital and a volunteer with the hospital's cemetery reclamation project.
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