Suppose a child you knew was being abused — perhaps the victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse because of mounting stresses on his or her parents, who lacked the family or community support they needed to raise their child safely (“Children Services: Yes,” editorial, Oct. 1).
You’d want to know that your county child protection agency was there to protect the child and help the parents get their lives back in order.
For that reason — and more — we ask people to vote yes on Issue 25, the 1.85-mill levy renewal and increase to support Lucas County Children Services, the agency that protects children from abuse and neglect in Lucas County.
Your support represents more than half of Children Services’ budget. While we have twice reduced our levies, declining property values and reduced federal and state funding mean that Children Services receives less money, even though the need for our services remains the same.
Without your yes vote on Issue 25, we will begin laying off staff, potentially leaving children at risk.
Issue 25 will cost the resident of a $100,000 home an extra $26 a year. The money will not be collected until January, 2014. We will use the next 14 months to continue our internal cost-cutting efforts. Vote yes on Issue 25, to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Executive Director Children ServicesLucas CountyAdams Street
Where’s spirit of Reagan-O’Neill?
Republicans vowed not to compromise with Democrats. Compromise is synonymous with negotiation. Refusing to negotiate equals stalemate.
President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill were opposed politically, but they worked out agreements that were good for our country.
Our present House speaker does not have the backbone to stand up to the right-wing zealots of his party. This is bad for all of us.
Common sense, negotiation, and compromise have been the rule of the sane and reliable.
Komen event a form of worship
I recently lost my wife to breast cancer. I took offense at the Oct. 8 Readers’ Forum letter “Sunday events supplant worship,” which named the Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure as an example of an event that makes people choose between church and the activity.
The writer’s point was that Sunday events should start in the afternoon to avoid a conflict with worship. I can think of no sports event that starts at 9 a.m. on a Sunday.
The Sunday of the Komen event, 10 of us were walking in memory of my wife. It was touching to see so many names of the living and deceased that were honored.
I feel that walking for such a good cause, and celebrating life, are the highest form of worship there is.
Churches should adjust start times
The 19th annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure made people choose between going to church or to the event, where there were about 17,000 participants.
Having the event on a Sunday fairly early in the morning helps minimize the effects on traffic flow.
In support of breast-cancer survivors and those who have not survived, perhaps churches could adjust their start time on the Sunday of next year’s race to 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m., or offer a Saturday service so a choice won’t have to be made.