Oak Openings Metropark is allowing a bow hunt to kill deer on land adjacent to the park (“Metropark hunt; Oak Openings bow season targets plant life,” Aug. 13).
Humans forge ahead with new development, taking wetlands, wooded areas, and land along rivers, creeks, and parks. Our wildlife is losing biodiverse habitat at an alarming rate.
Our Metroparks should be a safe haven for native deer. It is disturbing that Metroparks officials have not tested nonlethal methods of removing deer. Successful projects involving immunocontraception or fencing have been done elsewhere.
I oppose this plan to kill deer. I will vote against all future Metropark levies.
Adequate areas can be planned for native plants, deer habitat, and public use. That is balance through co-existence.
DIANE CZERNIAK PARRITT
Thanks to hosts of BG students
Your Sept. 3 story “Pairings foster friendships for international students” outlines the service Bowling Green citizens provide their university by hosting foreign students.
In the early 1990s, Bowling Green State University led the nation in welcoming students from the former Soviet Union. Many of those students earned PhDs in photochemical sciences. Today, as American citizens, they lead industries here and across the nation.
Nearly every student who was welcomed by Bowling Green people formed friendships that last to this day. These unsung heroes, called host families by BGSU’s international education office, helped foster a dream for thousands of young students to be Americans. Thanks to each of them.
Editor’s note: The writer is founder and first executive director of the Center for Photochemial Sciences at BGSU.
Polling place sites change too much
I have lived in the same house for more than 40 years, and it never fails to amaze me how polling locations change.
I live 1½ minutes from the Kent branch library at Collingwood Boulevard and Central Avenue, from which I could almost throw a rock and hit my house. But when I went to vote there for Tuesday’s Toledo primary, I was informed that my polling place was Rosa Parks Elementary School — of which I’ve never heard, much less know where it’s located.
Thank you, Lucas County Board of Elections. You’ve done it again.
Secor Rd. project needed bike lane
You reported that “the last stripe has been painted” on the $5.4 million Secor Road project (“Secor Road rebuilding officially concludes; Merchants’ block party to celebrate completion,” Sept. 7). But not one penny went for a bicycle-lane stripe.
There are wide traffic lanes, turn lanes, and concrete islands, but no space for a bicycle. In the rest of the country, cities are adding bike lanes, making it possible to cycle safely from home to work, to shopping, and for recreation.
In Toledo, most cyclists don’t have the safety of a bike lane. It appears city policy is to load your bicycle onto a car and drive to where you want to cycle.