Letters to the Editor

Safe rooms in schools

I have evaluated shelter locations and drills at schools for severe weather for many years. Most times, the selected safe areas do not provide adequate protection for tornado- or hurricane-strength winds; in large schools, the students and faculty usually are scattered around the building in ...

Reject health care bill

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was developed as an answer to Americans’ concerns about people who couldn’t afford health care. Americans value taking care of the most vulnerable among us: low-wage workers, the poor, sick and aging. Meanwhile, our Republican congressional leaders are ...

Mardi Gras gracias

St. Francis Community would like to recognize everyone that contributed to the success of our recent Mardi Gras fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, St. Francis Senior Ministries, St. Francis Spirituality Center and the Sisters of St. ...

We got along swimmingly

I write to thank Tiffin and Seneca County for the opportunity to touch so many lives through my work over the years at Tiffin Community YMCA, and even my early career years at the Geary Family Y in Fostoria. I cannot begin to guess how many children/adults I have taught to swim, and many to ...

It’s OK to disagree, but be friendly about it

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; and argument is an exchange of ignorance. — Robert Quillen I saw Red a couple of day ago. Red is my Democratic friend that I mentioned in one of my previous letters. Red and I get along just fine, despite our different political views. When we saw ...

Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Gov. John R. Kasich has declared March 2017 as Ohio Program Gambling Awareness Month. Since the establishment of casinos in Ohio, various state and local agencies are responsible for gambling awareness and prevention activities. The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board joined forces ...

Trivia Night owes success to many

I would like to publicly thank a number of wonderful individuals who helped make our first Trivia Night in downtown Tiffin such a success. This was truly a team effort involving a number of community organizations and businesses, and I believe it is just one example of the many incredible ...

Many hands lighten Oakley Park cleanup

I want to give a big thank-you to all who helped make another park cleanup a success! We had about 35 volunteers brave the cold to help. A big thanks to Bryce, Nick and Jake from the parks department for hauling away the leaves and sticks that we raked up. After the work was done, we all ...

A look at the Teen Center

An article in The Advertiser-Tribune on the Tiffin-Seneca Teen Center Jan. 29 reported a good story but also raised some questions. We thought it would be beneficial to provide some facts about this quiet but effective after-school program. The Tiffin-Seneca Teen Center, currently located at ...

Obama’s legacy

What is President Barack Obama’s legacy? Two words come to mind: arrogant and inept. He has commuted hundreds of prison sentences of convicted drug dealers, at a time when deaths from drug overdoses is skyrocketing. Bradley/Chelsea Manning was convicted by a military court of passing ...

Church has supported death penalty

I write in favor of the death penalty in response to the Feb. 22 letter from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests to reduce all death sentences to life without parole. The Catholic Church has supported the death penalty from its inception. In Acts 25:11 St. Paul acknowledged that the state ...

Fake news media is enemy of the people

I am writing in response to Deborah Baker’s letter about an open, free press. Baker, even as a teacher for 37 years, seems not to have learned how to listen to words or correctly determine the meaning of them, or possibly this is the example of what the president is talking about when he ...

Neurontin widely sought

Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication which is used to treat nerve pain in adults. It also is used to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least three years old. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists gabapentin as an appropriate non-opioid ...

Federal Crazy Train

Most of us have, at one time or another, heard the rock ’n’ roll song “Crazy Train.” Well, it could easily be adapted to the current liberals in governmental offices. But the thing that really scares the heck out of me is they have nearly half of the people believing their story is ...

Help defend a free and open press

We Americans have a huge problem on our hands: President Donald Trump’s denunciation of the media. I have been a public school English teacher for 37 years in urban Philadelphia and our town of Tiffin. With my colleagues, I teach students that to develop as responsible adults and citizens, ...

Get used to it

I’m sick and tired of Hollywood (celebrities) constantly in the crosshairs for their opinions. It’s our right to speak out. Pro sports players are speaking out constantly! I say more power to the masses. All the Bible babble in the world won’t change our minds. Buddhists, Sikhs, Hari ...

Energy policy a danger

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan co-sponsored House Resolution 637, which would deregulate greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants emitted by coal-fired power plants. This would allow the greenhouse gases emitted by the fossil fuel industry to continue to be dumped into the atmosphere and oceans ...

Love must trump hate

This letter is written because, once again, our country and the freedoms for which it stands are being threatened by what is perhaps democracy’s greatest enemy, demagoguery, the use of words to gain power by taking advantage of people’s fears and prejudices. In the McCarthy era, the ...

It works for me

Some years ago, there was a popular TV show called “Hee-Haw” with a segment where several of the regulars would join together in a pathetic lament singing, “Gloom, Despair and Agony On Me.” I’m reminded of that today by the media, the entertainment community and even numerous ...

Disinvited

When he won the election, Sen. Rob Portman stated that he would be the senator of all Ohioans and he will hear them whenever they so desire. Yet, yesterday at the Lincoln Day Dinner he showed part of his constituents the other side of Rob Portman. Our newly formed group Seneca County Rising ...