By: John Roberts-Zibbel It was not the best of times. It was not the worst of times. As the sun rose in the west and a new day dawned on the land of the free, Kellyanne Conway, advisor to Mr. Donald Trump, told the world of The Bowling Green Massacre. We were once again reminded of the sacrifices we don’t make each day for our freedom. Today we were not attacked in a deliberate act of terror. Many lives were not massacred. Today we explore the heroes, that weren’t there, the lives that weren’t lost, and the unity that never happened between the two cities. On the ground in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the debris from the massacre could not be seen up and down the street where the incident didn’t happen. Another bystander didn’t report that, “When it was over it was like it never happened.” Seth, who isn’t a real person, said, “Real people weren’t dying right in front of my eyes. They weren’t being massacred…right there…I don’t know how I’ll ever remember it.” According to Seth, The Bowling Green Massacre was “not something I have ever not seen before.” Hanna S, who doesn’t live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was not there at the scene and didn’t have anything to report. A few hours north in the town of Bowling Green, Ohio, citizens were also living out a similar fate. Terrorists were also not massacring citizens. After the Bowling Green Massacre, citizens in Ohio did not reach out to BG, Kentucky in prayer or aid. A longtime citizen of Bowling Green, Matt T, said, “This stuff makes me so mad. We don’t even make national news when stuff doesn’t happen here. Bowling Green Kentucky is always stealing our headlines. Well, this massacre didn’t happen here too!” Others in town felt similar to Matt. Marian, who doesn’t own a store in BG, Ohio said, “I would love to help the people in Kentucky, but just like them we aren’t dealing with the aftermath of this situation right now.” Today, we mourn the lives that weren’t lost during the Bowling Green Massacre. We didn’t see it not coming. We didn’t know how to stop it from not happening. A candlelight vigil is not planned for The Bowling Green Massacre on Saturday night in the green space across from the police station. When our country doesn’t face moments like these, I am reminded of the fake quote by Friedrich Nietzsche, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” We will forgive, but we will never not forget.
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Michelle L. Anderson, 44, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Monday, March 15, 2016. Michelle was born on September 3, 1971 to Paul and Sharon (McCall) Mominee, and they survive her in Bowling Green, Ohio. Along with her parents, Michelle is survived by her son: Jacob Anderson, brothers: Randy Mominee, of Michigan and Kenny Mominee, of Bowling Green, Ohio. Michelle was a 1989 graduate of Elmwood High School and was employed by T.H. Plastics in Bowling Green as a line leader. Michelle was a member of the Hope of Glory Church in Toledo, Ohio. Michelle’s pride and joy was her son Jacob, she also cherished spending time with her family, friends and her cats. A Celebration of Life Service for Michelle will be held at a later date. Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for Michelle’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com
Charlotte Mae (Wenig) Van Vorhis passed away on March 14 at Bridge Hospice. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. A longtime resident of Bowling Green, she was born September 9, 1939 to Richard and Betty (Sommers) Wenig. Charlotte was a graduate of Bowling Green High School. On March 23, 1958, she married Roger Van Vorhis. They were married for 58 years and together raised three children. Charlotte was always her happiest when she was spending time with family and friends. She was blessed with lifelong friendships. She loved spending time at Houghton Lake, Michigan and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, watching deer in the parks, ice cream rides and painting. Surviving Charlotte in addition to her husband are children, Jim (Andrea) Van Vorhis, Laurie Van Vorhis Surrey and Beth Van Vorhis; grandchildren, Natalie Surrey, Kevin Surrey, Nick Van Vorhis and Evan Van Vorhis. Also surviving are her sister Linda (Robert) Smith and sisters-in-law Joan (Merritt) Van Vorhis, June (Richard) Van Vorhis and Mary (Wayne) Keys, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Patricia Mercer Kirk. Visitation will be at Dunn Funeral Home from 5-7pm on Wednesday, March 16. A graveside service officiated by Pastor Dana Ward will be held at 11am on Thursday, March 17 at Oak Grove Cemetery with lunch following. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charlotte’s name may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northwest Ohio (JDRF). Online condolences may be made to the family at www.dunnfuneralhome.com
By FRANCES BRENT PEBG, “People of Engagement Bowling Green,” a non-partisan grass roots group has been meeting at the Simpson Building every third Wednesday to listen, learn and discuss in a open public forums. Their vision is to help citizens impact the community in a positive way through the sharing of ideas, concerns, information. To that end public officials, including Mayor Edwards, have shared city procedures, challenges and long term projects. This Wednesday organizers Ginny Stewart and Lori Young sought guidance from the group in finding action focus, both immediate and long term. Previous expressed concerns involved East side properties, particularly rental properties in terms of upkeep and renter health and safety. How trash cans be better managed for aesthetics and sanitation was debated as a practical action item. Recent council discussion of the Wooster and Church Green Space as a possible City Building site caused consternation as many thought it a settled matter. It was decided to solicit a professionally designed survey to determine actual public sentiment. Other listed topics and concerns: Complete streets, high-speed wi-fi, sustainability, schools fully supporting students living under the poverty line and getting younger citizens involved in civic activities. The February agenda will feature study of East side property characteristics and possible actions and continued discussion of Church and Wooster corner.
Greetings! The Ohio Theatre and Event Center and Welcome Toledo-Lucas County are hosting the 2ndAnnual Toledo International Film Festival (TIFF) January 23, January 30, and February 6 at the Ohio Theatre (3114 Lagrange St.). Two films will screen each night at 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM. The Wood County Humane Society is proud to be a TIFF Community Partner for White God screening to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre! For tickets and more information, visit the Ohio Theatre website here, and follow the event on the TIFF Facebook event page here. The TIFF is a wonderful celebration of diversity through international films, and it is exciting to offer this experience to the Toledo-Lucas County community. The festival will feature films from Mali/Mauritania, Israel/Palestine, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Hungary. There will also be live performances between the films, as well as restaurant sponsors each night. Check out the trailer for the film or like the film on its Facebook page. Read a review of the film at The Boston Globe‘s website.
The State Senate of Ohio is considering a bill, already approved by the House as HB 48, to allow guns to be carried and concealed on college campuses (and some other places where they’ve been forbidden, like day care centers). Currently, firearms are not permitted on campus, and this does not seem to have been a problem. If the bill is passed, and the Administration decides to opt-in, BGSU staff, faculty, and students can apply for a conceal/carry permit and start packing heat. The only rationale I have heard for why it would be a good idea to allow guns on campus goes like this: someone with a gun might come to campus and start shooting others, so it’d be a good idea if other people had guns on campus, too, with which to defend themselves from the first person. I am not a lawyer, but I am familiar with the “Reasonable Person” standard used in law and law-making. I assert that the rationale for having guns on campus is not one that a reasonable person should embrace. While there have been many shootings in the last several years (due in part to the easy availability of guns), the actual likelihood of being shot and killed in a school shooting remains relatively remote. That opinion was recently expressed by Chief Monica Moll, of the University Police, at a meeting of the BGSU Faculty Senate; she said tornadoes were of greater concern and likelihood. Saying we need guns on campus to increase safety is like if someone had said, during the Cold War, that all classes needed to be held in underground, lead-lined bunkers in case of a nuclear attack. Guns on campus are an overkill solution to something that, statistically, is unlikely to be a real problem at a particular school.i In fact, the nuclear weapon analogy is one that helps illustrate how ridiculous the arguments of gun advocates actually are. If everybody having a weapon makes everyone safer, well, fine: stop worrying about Iran having a nuclear weapon. Stop worrying about North Korea. Stop worrying about terrorists using a dirty bomb. See? The proliferation of weapons does not make anyone safer; it makes people less safe. I support the idea that people should have a right to own firearms to protect themselves and their homes. But I don’t believe that right is completely without limits – and neither do you, unless you think it is okay for your neighbor to stockpile nuclear weapons. Just as there are limits on the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech – you can’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater, because it poses a public hazard to do so – there ought to be limits on how many and what kind of weapons people can have, as well as requirements for licensing, training, and background checks. Because, absent those things, guns pose a public hazard. But the NRA resists all legislation along those lines, invoking Second Amendment rights as absolute. The distinction between private and public is one that bears some thinking about. It’s all good and well if you want to have a gun or several to protect your private property (although the statistics on the number of accidental gun deaths in the home are disquieting). But do we need to have…
Dear Friends of the Opera House, As most of you know, we are in the midst of building our elevator! A very long time in coming, this dream is quickly becoming a reality! At present we are looking at a completion date of mid March, so stay tuned! We write to you today, however, with a plea. The Historical Society is falling short of our fundraising goal by quite a bit and while we have raised a tremendous amount of money thus far, we are still behind and donations have slowed to a crawl. We are currently $30,000.00 short to be exact. We need your help to finish this project. If you have donated already, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts but we ask that if you could find it in budget, could you please give a little more? And if you have been thinking about donating and haven’t as yet, now is the time! Please give what you can, because any and all donations add up and will help us cross the finish line! This elevator will mean so much to the Village of Pemberville. Not only will the Town Hall be completely accessible to all, but all will now be able to attend the wonderful programming available in the Opera House. Imagine all those that previously could not attend finally being able to! Grandparents that have not been able to see their grandchildren in plays or those unable to climb stairs making it to the opera house for the very first time to see the concerts, art show or the Festival of Trees. This project will have great economic impact to the village as well by drawing more people to this wonderful village. We have several levels of giving for your convenience and all will be appropriately recognized. Investor $10,000.00 Writer $7,500.00 Executive Producer $5,000.00 Producer $1000.00 Director $750.00 Thespian $500.00 Stagehand $100.00 Or we will place your name on a plaque on one of our chairs for $250.00 (this is an excellent way to remember a loved one) The good news is that there are several ways to give and your donations are tax deductible! 1. You may send a check to the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society (or PFAHS) @ Box 802, Pemberville, Ohio 43450 2. You may get online at www.gofundme.com and enter zh6u3k2t to find our page. 3. You may also use www.paypal.com and send us your donation that way as well. 4. And of course, you may give your donation directly to Carol Bailey or drop it off at Beeker’s General Store here in Pemberville. Please consider donating to this wonderful addition to Pemberville’s history. Thank you!! The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society