Guns in church?
To the editor: A bill has recently been introduced to the Ohio General Assembly by State Rep. Ron Maag, (R-Lebanon) to allow concealed carrying in churches. Before we as a state can form an opinion on this issue, we must look at all the facts surrounding the bill.
First, let’s take a look at the shooting in the movie theatre inside Aurora, Colo. As is with most businesses, there was and still is a sign proclaiming that firearms are not allowed within the facility. Did this sign or any law passed by either the Colorado government or the U.S. government stop James Eagan Holmes from entering the theatre on that night and killing 12 people while injuring 70 others? The answer is a simple no.
Let’s also examine the temple shooting in Wisconsin. In August of 2012, Wade Michael Page killed six people and injured four others. Did the sign outside the Sikh temple telling people not to bring a gun into the facility stop the shooter from going in and forever altering 10 families’ lives? Yet again we stumble across the answer – no.
The point I’m trying to make is that if a criminal wants to bring a gun into an area and cause harm to others, they will. No sign posted anywhere in a building will defend the people inside of a building. Rep. Maag understands this.
The issue at hand on whether to allow guns in churches is not an issue of what political party someone belongs to.
Instead, it is an issue of safety. It’s an issue of keeping people safe. We as a state must understand that times are changing. No place is as safe as it was 15 or even 10 years ago.
We must get this issue passed, so people can feel safer within their place of worship.
Support makes a difference
To the editor: Through the generous grant given to Serenity Farm Equestrian Center by the Bowling Green Community Foundation, equine-assisted therapy has made a positive impact on young girls who have endured abuse.
Working together with the Daughter Project, our continued goals are to provide a healing venue to help these girls reach a new self, and not remain victims to their circumstances. Through the use of equine-assisted therapy, the girls work through grief, increase self-esteem, build confidence and reach new levels of problem-solving to find better solutions for their own futures.
Thank you, Bowling Green Community Foundation for recognizing the strong partnership with our financial support to help girls right here in Ohio.
Debra DeHoff, Executive Director
Serenity Farm Equestrian Center, Luckey
To the editor: The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit would like to thank our local community, NWO Toledo Salvation Army and “weekenders” for their generosity during our Christmas in July campaign July 19-28. Once again, the staff and volunteers at our ringing sites, Bassett’s, Community Market, Put-in-Bay and Jet Express, made this campaign a success by helping us raise $8,011.23. Thanks to all involved.
A big thank you to the Jet Express for donating round trip tickets to our volunteers ringing at Put-in-Bay. Catawba Moorings, through Dockers with Donations, once again, has stepped up to the plate in assisting our local Salvation Army. They managed to collect two heaping shopping carts full of non-perishable items and $1,136 in their kettle.
The Port Clinton Service Unit is proud to serve our local community and appreciates the wonderful response by our residents and “weekend locals” with going above and beyond to help the Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit continue their efforts in providing assistance for our community. We are currently accepting applications for our Tools for School Program.
If you would like to make a donation to any of the Salvation Army-Ottawa County Programs, please me at 419-732-2769.
Maureen Saponari, Director
The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit