Walk a success
The MS Walk was a smashing success. There was a total of 229 walkers (89 of whom were last minute registrations) and total receipts for on-line donations and the event's envelope collection was a whopping $17,934.09. Our initial goal of $10,000 was nearly doubled. Registrations came in very slowly at first. The article Molly wrote for the Register boosted them significantly, and it did verify the "rumors" that a walk was coming to Sandusky. The interview by our local "MS Beacon Support Group" leader Kathy Wickens from the WOHF 92.1 FM radio station initiated walkers from Bellevue and Fremont. The city gave us every permit necessary and the downtown truly shines as a place of beauty. The Senior Center was a perfect location and their hospitality and assistance made the experience of working with them super enjoyable. Other local sponsors were Polar Pure, Panera Bread, Krogers, House of Donuts, Better Half Restaurant, Balconi's, and Garner Sanitation; Firelands Hospital, SDR Enterprises, Comfort Keepers, Mix 102.7 andWLKR 95.3
I could not have hand picked a better committee: Jim Petrick, Rich & Kathy Wickens, Jessy Ruthsatz, Sukie Finneran, Tammy Humphrey, Lynda Finneran, Rae Anne Helmkamp, Jenny Torres, Mary Beth Samstag, and Patti Conger. Roxanne Wechter convinced National that Sandusky is a happening place for people interested in having a walk. Our organizer Karen Moore is top notch. Our Northwest Chapter should be very proud of you.
There are treatments and medicines that have been and are being developed to slow the progress Multiple Sclerosis. In 1988, our best advice was "carry on".... And now there are studies and hope for stopping the development of the disease, and perhaps a reversal isn't too far behind that. It is good to know that the majority of the funds will benefit our local chapter, right here in Northwest Ohio.
Sandusky MS Walk Chairman
Wages and prices
I used to look forward to reading the morning papers and watching the news on the TV to catch up on local and world happenings, but any more it depressing!
I read about the union at Lear being happy about only losing 68 cents an hour and people are lining up to get $14 per hour jobs with no benefits at Delphi and ACH (these jobs used to pay $18-$20 with benefits) and the American worker is asked to give more back every day, such as cost living increases (did the cost of living go down?), future raises, and making the retired pay more for their insurance. (on fixed incomes!) and while I understand a company is in business to make money I can only wonder why our wages are not going up instead of down?
After all, most companies raise their prices because they need more profit to survive. Why not our wages? One example is the oil companies raising their prices for various reasons, such as ageing refineries and shortages due to us driving more places! I don't drive any farther then I have in the past mainly because of the cost of just getting to and from work, and I make good wages and wonder how anyone who makes less is surviving? Maybe we need to tie our wages to the cost of gas. When it goes up, everyone's wages go up, or just maybe the oil companies should spend some their small profits and build new refineries which might create more, lower prices and let people spend more on other goods, thus boosting the economy!
Silly risk, kids
Thursday afternoon, I returned to work after lunch. As I traveled on Hayes Avenue toward the "five points" intersection with Columbus Avenue, I heard the familiar sound of beeping horns, then saw the parade of vehicles with young men and women hanging out of the windows, or in one case about a half dozen boys riding in an open pickup bed, wildly gesturing to those in the parade behind to follow along. These cars came from West Park onto Columbus Avenue. An SUV full of young women slowed before the intersection as their light apparently turned red. The driver's hesitation indicated she considered going through the light. I was dismayed at the urging of one passenger hanging halfway out the window shouting, "Go! GO! You idiot!" I was afraid to make my own left turn on green onto West Park for fear that I might be T-boned. After I safely made the turn, the SUV then made an illegal right turn on red onto Hayes Avenue.
To those engaging in this annual "rite of passage," I know that you feel the natural invincibility that comes with youth. But for the sake of those who are very dear to my heart, I make a sincere simple plea. Please think twice before you put so many others' lives at risk for your simple thrill. Cedar Point will be open by the time this letter reaches the paper -- even if the newest coaster isn't. Go there to safely get the thrill of speed, wind and screaming your heads off.
It's a shame that someone will have to be seriously injured or killed before this annual activity stops. Who will we mourn and shake our heads with the empty words, "What a shame," and the hindsight of 20/20 vision?
Can't af-Ford not to
What is wrong with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler? Perhaps Pogo's "We have met the enemy and they is us" applies. Are the U.S. auto makers to blame? Do they not manufacture what we want? Is the quality and price a factor? Why can't buyers order a car with just what we want? It seems that plenty of blame rests all around. Many of us do not buy U.S.-produced automobiles. The auto unions demand high wages and benefits.
Can we blame them? Since I did not work in that industry, I won't judge. Certainly skilled workers are due decent wages and working conditions. Has productivity been a factor? A rule of economics show that as long as productivity increases there is no problem with additional compensation.
Has that happened?
Are work rules to blame? I have heard from auto workers themselves that absenteeism was a big factor when Ford closed the Lorain plant. Some physicians ran off medical excuses on a ditto machine. It became so bad that some excuses were not honored. From personal experience, some workers attended funerals just to get documentation that they attended.
They didn't even know who was being buried. That became so bad that funeral homes had to wait until the services were over before providing excuses. The unions backed habitual absentees so often that Ford stopped trying to fight it. Too much time and money were expended because workers refused to accept discipline. Some would not accept the team concept that all other plants accepted.
I have seen license plate frames that say "I work for Ford. I drive a Ford" on other makes, even foreign made cars. What message does that give buyers? I've heard domestic auto workers say, "I don't buy them because I know how the are made." Ford has made workers who drive other makes to work to park in other parking lots. Good for them!
I have always owned Ford products and so has my family. I certainly can't do it alone.
Terry L. Smith
Hope in faith
I commend Bill King of Bellevue for his letter, "Witness this instead," referring to "the love of God as evidenced in the faces of the children I teach."
I wholeheartedly agree with you, Bill. I too, see God's love in the faces of the children that I bus to and from school, and I thank God that there are others that see it too! As the Bible states that the kingdom of God belongs to the children, I sometimes think that we, as an adult society, have much more to learn from our young children's attitudes than they have to learn from us. After all, just take a look at the pathetic society we adults have created.
Just as you wrote about children "whose eyes look for guidance;" "whose faces are filled with awe and wonder;" and whose gratitude knows no bounds," we as adults should likewise seek guidance; feel reverence, fear and wonder; and have unbounded gratitude toward God, the same God that we are not supposed to mention or write in public. I say separation of church and state should be "separated" from our man-made laws.
You applauded President Bush for his courage in mentioning God in condolence speech for the Virginia Tech victims. We should all have that same courage and stand up for the fact that God, in all His wisdom, is exactly what we need. It is about time for our society to admit that we have mistakenly been drifting down the wrong detrimental path, and that we need to bring back the word, God, as well as God's Word. It is not too late, it is never too late. When I see God's love in the lights of the eyes of these still yet innocent children, I see hope for our society. And where there is hope in faith, there is ultimately peace, joy and love.
Selling our rights
Well, now Perkins and Sandusky have a lot of seniors and retirees from Ford and Delphi; what are we to do? Erie County charges us more money for our water then what they paid despite a reduction in their price. Oil companies are scamming us, prices are going up all around us. Business are starting to hurt especially now that aAuto workers are making $28,000 a year instead of $60,000-$100,000. Thank you tothe ones that made that possible with NAFTA (Clinton and Bush both).
The world is in chaos, our mortgages are going up and our homes are worth less and our money is going for more taxes and higher insurance. How in this world are we going to keep from being on the poor rolls. Hmmm, sell our homes, sell everything; is that the answer?
The Democrats and Republicans would like you to think its not them. While they collect higher wages from us and make decisions mostly favorable to themselves, we the people are suffering. Where is the right person to help us? Big Brother is going to take over and we will have to depend on the government which means a lot less freedom. I wonder how that will affect our rights. Just asking thats all and by the way dont even think about getting sick, that's bankruptcy almost for sure.
Second that Amendment
In response to the recent letter, "Don't blame guns," I could not agree more. This great country was founded and has remained great based on God, guns, and guts. As a veteran, I am proud that I contributed to defending this country and her present freedoms. My fervent hope is that the socialist liberals will never succeed in repealing the Second Amendment to the Constitution. To quote an old but true cliche, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Something to think about if we want to continue to have the freedoms we have had since the founding of this country.
Regarding the massage therapy licensing story in last week's paper: I have been concerned about the growing number of cosmetologists who are getting certified in relaxation massage, an eight-hour course, then practicing on the public without making them aware of their lack of qualifications. I have had several clients tell me they were seen by a massage therapist that have done questionable work, and after talking to them found out they had seen one of these people.
The general public needs to be aware that there is a difference, and should ask when scheduling an appointment, if the massage will be done by a licensed massage therapist. You can't go by price; a lot of the spas in the area that are charging higher prices are employing these people as well. If they have any questions, they can look them up by name or license number on the State Medical Board of Ohio Web site.
Michael T. Hauke Sr.