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Three deaths provoke different responses from school
Written by John Szozda   
Friday, 16 April 2010 08:42

Is one life more precious than another?
That’s the question Consie Taylor wants the Woodmore School Board to ponder after the death of her daughter, Alexis, age 16, a junior at the school.
Five months after her daughter’s accidental death from inhalant abuse, Taylor still struggles with her loss and the perceived indifference of the school system.
Taylor alleges school officials treated her daughter’s death differently than the previous deaths of two male students, one ruled accidental and one ruled suicide by the Sandusky County Coroner. Taylor struggled with going public, but she feels the school system diminished her daughter’s death. In a letter to The Press she stated, “I’m afraid the only message you (Woodmore) sent to the students, staff and community is that one life is not as precious as another. Tragedies should he handled the same way and with the same respect for every precious life. An actual crisis plan needs to be made and followed consistently.”

Roadside memorials to cheap labor
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:37

I was freed, freed at last from the tossing, turning, head churning Midnight Ponderings that keep me awake in the small suburb I live in just south of You-Picked-A-Fine-Time-to-Leave-Us, Ohio.
But, while I slept well on our 12-day, 3,200 mile road trip to Florida, there were drive-time ruminations such as:

Stealth unemployment: A man staying at our hotel in Central Florida said he had come south looking to relocate. He said his Pennsylvania town and others around it were dead. No one had jobs, people were relocating to where the jobs were and there was nothing to do. He was enamored with the night-life and bustling economy of Central Florida. I could identify with what he said when you consider the empty store fronts along Woodville Road from the mall to Great Eastern, but looks can be deceiving when you’re a tourist. Florida’s unemployment rate is 12.2 percent, higher than Ohio’s 10.9, due in part to a steady decline in tourism.

The new Big Three: The Big Three in the South are Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. These “foreign” car companies have manufacturing plants in Alabama and the overwhelming majority of cars I saw from Georgia, Florida and Alabama bore these badges. On the other hand, on a recent trip through the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin, the majority of cars were manufactured by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

America’s soldiers not the only ones to experience stress of combat
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 01 April 2010 14:54

When Lance Corporal Daron Diepenbruck’s first call back home in six weeks came, his father Jim answered the phone with a mixture of dread and anticipation. “We knew they were in a heavy combat situation and to hear his voice was absolutely amazing. It’s 1:30 in the morning and you lay there the rest of the night because your adrenalin is pumping,” he said in a recent interview.
Cpl. Diepenbruck hadn’t contacted his parents because his unit, the Second Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, was busy fighting Taliban insurgents in Helmand Province.
As you can imagine, not only do America’s soldiers experience stress during times of war, so do their families. Jim Diepenbruck knows this both as a father and as a member of the Northwestern Ohio Mari
ne Parents Organization, a support group for the families of our service men and women.
The group of about 24 members meets once a month, currently at Maggie’s Restaurant in Perrysburg Township. There is no formal agenda. Parents take turns talking about their sons and daughters, where they are and what they’ve been through.

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