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Wake up, America
To the editor: God is warning us to turn away from Syria and other nations, for military might could not save us.

Only God could do that. We must wait for Him in quietness and trust. No amount of fast-talking or action could speed up God's grand design. We have nothing to say to God but, “thank you.”

Salvation comes from God alone. Because He has saved us through His grace, we can trust Him and be peacefully confident that He will give us strength to face our difficulties. We should lay aside our busy cares and endless effort to allow Him to act. Wake up, America and trust Him at all cost. He is our only answer and hope now.
Jill Wilson
Gibsonburg


Outside probe needed
To the editor: I felt compelled to comment on your Sept. 23 story regarding the incident involving a student athlete at Woodmore High School.

As parents we send our children to school with the expectation that the teachers, administrators and coaches will care for them, as if they were their own, while under their supervision.  This includes during extracurricular activities, while on the practice fields and during sporting events.  However, it appears, based on what has been reported to this point, that some, if not all of those with whom we placed our trust, have failed us miserably.

We acknowledge the risks associated with high school athletics, however, it is inconceivable that a student could receive what may be a career-ending injury while participating in drills on the practice field.  Even more inconceivable is that there are those who expect us to believe that this injury was the result of some spur of the moment activity concocted by an assistant coach outside the knowledge of the head coach.  In sports, high school and beyond, nothing happens on the practice field without the sanctioning of the head coach and to suggest otherwise is an insult to the intelligence of the reader.

How are we to get to the bottom of what took place causing this student’s injury?  The school’s answer is to conduct an internal investigation.  I would submit that the only way to get a fair investigation is through the use of an independent person from outside the administration.   Anything short of that will be viewed as biased.  Remember, this is the same administration that said a trainer examined the student following the practice and deemed him to be fine.  It took one of his fellow players to recognize that there was something wrong and drive the injured student home.

A member of the school board said it is difficult for students to be questioned about these events.  Getting to the bottom of what happened and preventing a future injury is what is important and if that is difficult for some, then so be it.
Jay Jeffries
Lake Township