To the editor: The work of Ohio Sen. Mark Wagoner on H.B. 212, signed by Gov. Kasich Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2012, is to be commended.
This bill will bring a new opportunity for abandoned children to find permanent homes with their legal custodians. Many hundred abandoned children throughout Ohio will benefit.
The work of Sen. Wagoner remedies a statutory anomaly in the Ohio law, blocking such adoptions. Sen. Wagoner provided leadership as the bill was considered by the Ohio Senate. The support of the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is also to be commended.
This bill is the culmination of a 10-year effort to assist these families through prior adoption bills and an Ohio Supreme Court case.
Susan Garner Eisenman
Chairman, Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable
To the editor: Tut, tut, Mrs. Schiavone. Your liberal bias is showing.
Rush Limbaugh apologized for his remarks, but you still want his show off the air?
President Obama’s million-dollar PAC donor, Bill Maher, the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and other liberals repeatedly disparage conservative women without apology; yet I have not read any hissy fit demands from you to take them off the air.
Historically, opposing discourse, though not always civil, is what shaped this country. Many liberals are eager to silence any opposition.
Could it be you want a dumbed-down populace that will follow sheeplike wherever they’re led?
Change is happening
To the editor: The Jim Morrison Tribute Fundraiser held Jan. 28 was an amazing night full of good tunes, wonderful horn players, fine details of old times with Phil Barone as Jim Morrison, cool go-go dancers, an old reel movie set with an interactive light show, and most importantly, very supportive attendees as "groupies." We appreciate all who supported the show, it was a huge success and this year recipient is the International Boxing Club.
Thanks to generous donors, since 1998, more than 4,000 young people in our community have received one-on-one assistance in academics, job training, and computer skills – giving them chance to succeed. The IBC uses boxing as a hook to get underserved youth in our doors. They get to practice boxing if they make the grade in school. But they soon discover that being a champion is about a lot more than a good right hook. IBC offers them the tools, mentors, technology, and hope that help them turn the corner to success.
Every student who comes to IBC’s finds positive alternatives to drugs, gangs and violence and all of the other challenges they face each day. In additional to tangible skills and academic and community programs, our mentors help build self-reliance, self-esteem and respect for others. Our newest partnership with USA Wrestling’s Beat the Streets Program will add volleyball, softball and wresting at the IBC and will reach hundreds more at-risk youth every year: while about 30 kids a night can come to the club now, the new partnership will increase that to 90 to 120 kids.
Change doesn’t happen overnight. But with the help of many wonderful and talented people, it is happening at IBC. Thank you for being a part of that change and for giving area youth a fighting chance for a brighter future.
Harry E. Cummins III, IBC Executive Director
Phil Barone, The Maxx Band
Land ripe for development
To the editor: Local governments should consider the properties and land at Woodville and Wiiliston roads for future recreational/ cultural development.
There are vacant buildings for an ice rink and theater, and plenty of land for parking and recreational fields. The area is equally accessible to schools and the public in Lake Township, Oregon, and Northwood.
The former Woodville Mall, Steve & Barry's and Food Town structures could be renovated and used. A key benefit of this plan is local ownership, which would help avoid another Woodville Mall scenario. Out-of-state owners just don't care.