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To the editor: Tiger Woods’ “adventure” reminds us that we have words to call loose women – sluts, whores, etc. In Hungarian, the word sounds so harsh, so insulting – “kurva.”

However, there is no word for loose and cheating men. In my youth, they were called “ladies’ men” or “womanizers.” Yet, those are almost terms of admiration.

I have heard women say, “All men are pigs,” but we should think of a proper and insulting name to call womanizers and cheaters. What do you suggest?
Louis R. Agoston
Toledo


Joy to the world
To the editor: Joy to the world.
The pain of the year long recession is evident across the land and on my street with unemployment, decreased employment and largely diminished IRAs.

 

However, this week, an event of huge magnitude took place in Oregon that speaks to the basic caring and sharing nature of humans. Under the masterful leadership of Bob Marquette and others, hundreds of volunteers assembled mountains of donated new toys and tons of donated food for the distribution which took place yesterday.

As I handed out soap and jelly, I was struck by how much the recipients looked just like me...some were cheerful, some were silent and one lady wiped away tears and exclaimed “this is embarrassing” as she went through the line. Every one of the more than 200 families who came to the distribution center had their own personal guide who called them by name and picked up enough items to fill a grocery cart to overflowing.

Santa was there helping with the big bags of toys for each family with children. The new mayor and the former mayor put in an appearance and city workers in Santa hats directed the traffic flow for more than four hours. In the grand scheme of things, Oregon is just a dot on the map. But the heart and humanity displayed had to make one feel that the world can be a better place and the concept of Joy to the World can prevail.
Catherine Hoogerhyde
Oregon


User friendly
To the editor: If you’ve ever attended an athletic event or graduation ceremony there, please join me in letting the Lake School District know we would like the bleachers made a little more user-friendly for those who find the steps a little hard to navigate, whether it be due to a disability or those knees, etc., that just don't work like they use to.

Shouldn’t the option of going up a little higher to see better be an option to everyone? Please help if you believe in what I’m saying.

Contact these people if you like to see hand railings put in the stairs of the bleachers. Dave Shaffer, athletic director at 419-661-6641 or Jim Witt, superintendent at 419-661-6677. Board member information is available on the district Web site.
Cheryl Hicks
Millbury


Much-needed boost
To the editor: The current economic downturn has placed a huge strain on the entire country.  As a working member of a family-owned small business in Northwest Ohio, I feel that we and other small business owners have experienced the brunt of the burden.

In Washington, there has been a lot of talk about jobs and job creation, yet there has been little relief for “Main Street America,” even though small businesses employ 52 percent of our nation’s workforce.  

Recognizing the contributions small businesses make to our local and nation’s economy, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) introduced H.R. 1763, the Responsible Reinvestment Act of 2009. His bill would permanently repeal the federal estate tax and increase expensing for small business beyond current law. His legislation would also provide a 20 percent tax cut for small businesses, leaving more money to reinvest in job creation and growth.

H.R. 1763 would also allow full first-year expensing for farm and manufacturing equipment, which would prove to be a significant tool for agricultural businesses in northwest Ohio. Finally, small businesses would receive full deductibility for the self employment tax in relation to health premiums, HSA contributions and retirement accounts, which would prove helpful for ours and all small businesses.

It is legislation such as this that our nation needs now more than ever, as our unemployment rate continues to increase at an unforgiving rate. The Responsible Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide the majority of employers of America’s workforce, small businesses, with the boost that we need to survive and grow through these uncertain economic times. 
Eric Hirzel
Genoa