Jewish Community Relation Council condemns right wing violence in Charlottesville

The domestic terrorism perpetrated in Charlottesville, Virginia, by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK has left so many of us incensed and distraught. It was particularly jarring to those of us who live in northwest Ohio to learn that the driver of the car that plowed into a crowd of protestors, killing one and injuring many others, lives in Maumee, Ohio. Part of the mission of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is to foster constructive relationships within the Jewish community and among people of all faiths and cultures in order to promote a just, democratic, and pluralistic American society. We join with the many who have already condemned these acts of hatred and violence. We will work relentlessly with other community organizations to keep hatred and bigotry out of northwest Ohio and our nation. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer began this relentless work when he spoke out against the rally and attended a candlelight vigil the following night. He was almost immediately assaulted on Twitter. The tweets accosting Signer, who is Jewish, were explicitly anti-Semitic. Equally anti-Semitic and racist were the chants of the torchbearers, “Blut and Boden” (Blood and Soil), a German phrase prominently used during the rise of the Third Reich. History teaches us that discrimination and marginalization of ethnic and racial minorities leads to the destruction of the fabric of democracy and worse–much worse. In the words of Elie Wiesel: “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Signed, Eric Dubow, President, Sue Ann Hochberg, JFGT JCRC Chair

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BGSU to award 2,328 degrees in graduation ceremonies

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Degree candidates at Bowling Green State University’s commencement ceremonies Friday (May 5) and Saturday (May 6) will hear from alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, the Coast Guard and the financial services industry. Of the total 2,328 degrees to be awarded this weekend, 664 are with honors. The Graduate College will award 436 degrees, including 404 candidates for master’s degrees and 32 for doctorates. Those graduating include 102 international students from 30 countries. The Bowling Green campus will hold three ceremonies, all in the Stroh Center. The 7 p.m. Friday event will comprise the Graduate College and the colleges of Health and Human Services, Musical Arts and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. Giving the commencement address will be Anthony Rucci, who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from BGSU. Rucci is now a clinical professor of management in the Fisher School of Business at the Ohio State University and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. The 9 a.m. Saturday commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences will feature an address by Rear Admiral June Ryan, who earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1985. Ryan serves as the Ninth Coast Guard district commander, a position she assumed in June 2015. She is the senior Coast Guard commander for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway. The colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday. Susan Mucciarone, who earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1979, will give the commencement address. She…

DeWine stumps for governor during stop in BG

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   More than a year out from the next gubernatorial election, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine brought his early campaign for the office to Bowling Green on Thursday. DeWine, a favorite for the Republican ticket for governor, spoke at the party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Stone Ridge Golf Club. As attorney general, DeWine has worked to strenghten victims’ rights and to correct some wrongs in the legal system. He spearheaded efforts to get hundreds of sexual assault kits tested after they had languished for years in evidence rooms. Many of those have resulted in DNA matches with people already in the system. DeWine has worked with State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, to create a violent offender registry. This was done in response to the abduction and murder of Sierah Joughin, 20, in Fulton County. Like the sex offender registry, this registry would notify communities of someone with a violent criminal past living nearby. And DeWine continues to work on solutions to the opiate epidemic in Ohio. Following the advice of people with addiction experience, DeWine said more emphasis needs to be put on K-12 age appropriate education on drugs, “to lessen people going down the path of addiction.” “As attorney general, sometimes I feel I’m picking up the pieces” after problems occur, he said before speaking Thursday evening. So he’s now looking at getting in front of problems – as governor. DeWine and others arriving at the Lincoln Day Dinner drove past a group of protesters at the entrance to the golf club. “One of the lessons from the last election is…

Bowling Green Massacre (a tale of two cities)

  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…

BG trash and recycling delayed next week due to holiday

The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a result, all refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day per the following: – Regular Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday – Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Wednesday – Regular Wednesday collection will be collected on Thursday – Regular Thursday collection will be collected on Friday Questions about this schedule or the city’s refuse/recycling program may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

BG parks master plan more substance than sexy

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green’s parks and facilities need a healthy dose of TLC. So that’s the focus of the five-year master plan that was approved last week by the city planning commission. During the last couple decades, the parks and recreation department was busy adding acreage and building facilities. This next five years will be much less sexy – but very necessary, said Kristin Otley, director of the parks and recreation department. “We need to take care of what we have,” Otley said to the planning commission. “We have been growing, growing, growing for 16 years.” Some of the biggest maintenance needs are in one of the oldest parks – City Park. “We need to give it the TLC (tender loving care) it deserves,” Otley said. And that means “a lot of roofs.” The largest building in City Park – Veterans Building – has reached a crossroads. “It has to be addressed,” she said. “Do we tear down and build, or renovate?” The city’s public works department took care of one issue at City Park last year by repairing the aging stone wall originally build by the Works Progress Administration, which was part of the nation’s New Deal program in 1935 to 1943. Each park in the city has its own needs, including some that need to be made ADA compliant, and some that need LED lighting and other energy conservation changes. The newest, Ridge Park, needs the back area leveled and reseeded. Carter Park is in line to get a new playground area and a couple shelter houses replaced. All the gardens have…