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Light data
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:35

To the editor: There is overwhelming statistical data that establishes beyond any doubt that red light cameras do not increase safety.  Their use actually damages the overall safety in a community, and cameras increase the number of accidents.

The data in Northwood is misleading because improvements have been made to poor intersections where accidents were occurring. The continual turn lane on Wales and Oregon greatly contributes to a reduction in the number of accidents and traffic violations in Northwood.

There are better ways to protect our community than the use of cameras, such as proper traffic engineering. For example, studies have shown that extending the time between a red light for traffic traveling in one direction and the green light activating for traffic traveling in another will essentially end all T-bone accidents. This is because, even if a person runs a red light, traffic does not start from the other direction for three to four seconds.

There are six reasons to discontinue use of the cameras:
• The cameras do not increase safety;
• The cameras cause greater distraction to drivers;
• The cameras drain money from our local economy, enriching those companies in Arizona and Australia;
• The cameras deter drivers/customers from patronizing businesses located in Northwood, for fear of being issued an undeserved violation;
• The cameras are unconstitutional, as they deny a person issued the violation the constitutional right to confront his or her accuser;
• The cameras allow people to break our traffic laws, with the only consequence being a mere bill.
Edward Schimmel
Northwood City Council

A positive impact
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 10:56

To the editor: Mr. Henry’s letter to the editor stating local volunteer firefighters should be fired for rescuing a dog implies he needs to be reminded that our community provides the priceless service of “protecting and serving.”

The history of the fire service is based on public service. Do you not recall the traditional “cat in a tree” scenario from which the fire department valiantly responds to a family’s desperate plea for help? Fire departments are not only required to be equipped and trained to deal with a multitude of rescue situations, but they must be prepared for whatever 911 brings their way.

As a community service, when residents calls 911, they expect a response regardless of the situation. There would be a system breakdown if they chose which 911 calls they would answer that day.

Are you qualified to determine what constitutes an emergency? Firefighters spend countless hours in specialized training; this particular act was performed in a safe manner with a successful outcome. What Mr. Henry is unaware of is that this animal rescue prompted a countywide response that provided an opportunity to receive specialized animal rescue equipment through a local business in the form of a donation; all of which was prompted by the owner of the rescued Golden Retriever.

Good people took time from their busy lives to help someone in need, which resulted in a positive impact for all involved. In a society overwhelmed with negative news stories, t is unfortunate that someone would take a positive story and drench it with pessimism.
Shannyn Miller

To the editor: How sad to read the letter from Mr. Henry.

I would much rather see our fire fighters save an animal who, unlike local fisherman, did not invest in equipment placed on the ice with no reasonable consideration, and then expect the world to save them from the circumstances they created.

I would like our fire fighters to save the dog and the fisherman, but really the fisherman should pay for the implications of their actions and inactions. I grew up in a large city and had never seen the insanity of what happens every year in this area with grown men who make bad choices and expect us to pay for their safety. Why not make them post some kind of bond with the rescue squad before they are allowed to ice fish?

As far as the means of rescue, I believe our men and women are well trained and will conduct rescue procedures that are appropriate for all involved.
Olive Schott

Office opens
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 13:25

OptiVue, an Oregon company located on Navarre, has opened its sixth location in the Toledo area. The new site is at the Quarry Side Shops at 7416 West Central Ave. in Toledo.

OptiVue has also expanded its services from comprehensive vision care to include hearing and cosmetic services.

At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its State of the Communities breakfast Thursday, January 21 at ?????.  Call 419-693-5580.


The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, January 15, 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.


Mary Kinkus from the Toledo/Lucas County Library will speak to the East Toledo Club at its luncheon Thursday, January 21, Noon at Locke Branch Library. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.

Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday Noon to 419-836-1319, e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.


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