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Published: Tuesday, 2/20/2007

Selfishness, greed will destroy us

Why should people of other nations have respect for Americans when our nation's morality continues to drop to new lows almost daily?

Advertisers promote that "rules are made to be broken," TV shows promote lewd, crude, and immoral behavior. Laws have been passed to prevent discipline of children and the teaching of godly morals and principles that made our country great. Honor among thieves, cheats, and reprobates often has a higher place than that of truth, integrity, and righteousness.

It's a shame that leaders and role models in NASCAR, athletics, business, and politics continue in the desire to win at any cost. Actions that used to cause shame and disgust 30 years ago are now commonplace and promoted in the media.

Of whom much is given, much is expected. If our nation's morals are to improve, it must start with leadership and role models in every category. If these people do not have courage to do what is right, they must be removed from their positions and support cut off. The same for their sponsors. Selfishness and greed cannot be allowed to continue as the prime motivator. It will destroy our country.

JIM KRUMM

Oak Park Drive

The Dan Dakich "Rules Of Intimidation" have struck again. Where was the traditional good sportsmanship handshakes between coaches and players immediately following the Bowling Green men's basketball game at Buffalo?

If the rules of good conduct were followed by both coaches and players, the no-win situation that is another black eye on the BG men's basketball program never would have taken place.

Enough is enough.

No one is above the "Golden Rule" of treating people the way we would like to be treated. Not even Dan Dakich. It's about time to follow God's rules of encouragement and good sportsmanship.

It's time for decisive action. Let's put BG women's coach Curt Miller in charge of both basketball teams in Falconland. That's the only way we are going to keep him at BG anyway.

Robert Moyers

Liberty Center, Ohio

Editor's note: Mr. Moyers is a former sports information director at BGSU.

In responding to The Blade's editorial giving kudos to Dr. David Grossman for enforcing the smoking ban, I'd like to say I disagree with you. It seems to me he's acting more like a spoiled brat who will act up even after getting his way.

Even though you can't smoke in 95 percent of all restaurants and bars (you could never light up in a Red Lobster or an Olive Garden) this guy won't be happy until no one dares to try to smoke a cigarette in any dingy neighborhood bar even if everyone there, including the bartender, smokes or doesn't care.

Besides, not all laws pertaining to people's rights are good and just. At one time it was illegal for blacks to ride on a bus with whites until the "freedom riders" came along. Also remember that nonsmokers had the right to go to a nonsmoking establishment or choose to work or go into one that has it. Smokers now don't have any choice.

There is a law against jaywalking to prevent people from being killed. But let's face it. If Chief Mike Navarre said no one is going to do it and came out with ungodly fines to enforce it, people would call him crazy (and worse).

I'm going to call Dr. Grossman what I believe he is, an undesirable control freak that the people of Lucas County are forced to live with.

DEAN BOBZEAN

Tremainsville Road

It's astonishing that many businesses are still letting people continue to smoke inside, ignoring laws and health issues.

People are creatures of habit, so it only seems sensible to cater to their next customers (nonsmokers), rather than to let them be smoked out by the people (smokers) who say they're going to go somewhere else anyway.

I'm sick and tired of hearing the bar owners and their delinquent followers complain about the smoking ban. Businesses are cutting their own throat by letting them smoke. I refuse to go to these places, even after they have established fines, and I urge others to do the same. They deserve to stop or lose their business and be told to "find another job," the same advice that they have been telling nonsmokers.

MIKE ZIEGLER

Tremainsville Road

For 20 years my wife and I both drove Cadillacs. My last Cadillac was a 1997. While it was still under warranty I had water in the trunk and the windshield leaked in two places. It was worked on twice, but it still leaked every time I went through a car wash, right up to the day I traded it in. The carpet came loose from the floor. The cover on the headlight fell off and this resulted in the replacement of the entire headlight assembly.

When this was taken care of the service manager told me they had a lot of problems with the headlights on the 1997 models. I asked him to just replace my other one at the same time. He said he could not do that. You guessed it: 2,000 miles out of warranty the other head light cover fell off, too.

Shortly after that I had to replace the ignition switch and shortly after that I had to have the engine pulled for the replacement of what the service manager said was a defective valve. This set me back $2,000.

That's when I decided to sever my relationship with Cadillac. I started looking around, reading, and checking out Consumer Reports. Everything I read pointed to either Honda or Toyota as being more reliable and holding more value at trade-in time. I finally made the switch to Toyota and traded both Cadillacs in for two Toyotas. It is a decision I have never regretted.

When Cadillac can give me the dependability Toyota provides, I may come back, but for the time being I am well satisfied. This is why the American automakers are where they are today.

Ron Bliss

Wauseon

It seems that our mayor, Carty Finkbeiner, may have his priorities wrong again. I consider holiday lights for downtown, a new bike path, and a shower for his office on the bottom of my list to make Toledo better.

At the top of my list would be making Toledo Public Schools better and having more police on the streets. These are just a few on a very long list. So when I heard that there was a possibility of closing the police station on Sylvania Avenue, I had to ask why. Why would you close a station that is so prominent in the neighborhoods that surround it? Why would you close a station that is in the middle of a neighborhood that has numerous schools in it? And why would you close a station knowing that the closest one is where, Scott Park or downtown?

I have lived in West Toledo pretty much all of my life, recently moving in down the street from the station just three years ago. The idea of a police station just two blocks away lets me sleep better at night and lets me know that all the kids that take over our streets in the summer are safe. On any given day, you will see a police vehicle driving through our neighborhood or stopping to finish a report. They make sure they are seen and not heard. When there was an incident two years ago on Halloween, the police were there within minutes. It might have been hours if the station was not right there.

You want to know why so many people are moving out of Toledo to the suburbs? This is one of the reasons. Mr. Finkbeiner needs to rethink this one, and listen to his people, the people who so kindly voted him back into office.

Abbey Anteau

Portsmouth Avenue

Illegal immigration is a continuing concern in our country. My suggested simple solution is to establish a 10-year statute of limitation.

A person who can prove 10 years of residence, has led a peaceful and productive life, and is of good character, would be eligible to apply for United States citizenship.

Further, we should maintain a serious effort to secure our borders. But not a 700-mile wall.

JOHN A. GALBRAITH

Maumee



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