President Biden ‘very effective’ in dealing with Russia-Ukraine crisis
On Feb. 15, President Joe Biden gave a short but powerful speech regarding the potential of further Russian aggression toward Ukraine. It was also very effective diplomatically
He spoke in friendly terms to the Russian people pointing to our nations working together in the past as well as the cultural similarities that Russians have with the Ukranians.
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The president also reminded the Russian people (indirectly) how they would be affected by the many potential costs of their government instigating a war. With unambiguous language, he told Americans (and Vladimir Putin) publicly, that there would be real consequences to their aggression.
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To this point, he has used a great skill in selectively releasing bits of intelligence to show what the Russians are doing and could be planning.
Biden is showing how to use the power of democracy as a tool for international diplomacy. Turns out, experience might be a good thing after all.
Philip LaVigne, Akron
Political ads full of disrespect and ‘finger-pointing’
I wish I could hear a political candidate say, “I want to go to Washington to help mend the discord that exists in Congress and work with both sides to ascertain results that benefit the nation.”
Unfortunately this is not the case. Our political ads are filled with divisiveness, accusations and finger-pointing. I find these ads offensive and disrespectful to our president and many others in Washington, all of whom were duly and fairly elected by the American people.
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Many of these candidates try to associate themselves with a person who has numerous question marks surrounding him and who has uncanny control over many Americans, including congressmen. Be yourself, not someone else.
I also resent the fact that one candidate who is not a doctor is threatening to fire a doctor who has worked diligently to get America through the COVID crisis.
Wayne A. Branfield, Columbus
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High-speed train connecting the ‘Three C’s’ would mean revenue
It would be great to have passenger rail service along the Three-C Corridor from Cleveland to Columbus to Cincinnati.
When the topic of rail service comes up in Ohio, visions of Asian bullet trains or high-speed trains connecting the European continent dance in our heads.
We dream of sleek, clean, fast trains like the Eurostar in Europe traveling at top speeds of 200 mph. Even the oldest bullet train, the Korail KTX in South Korea operating since 2004, runs at 186 mph.
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But that’s not what Amtrak is talking about here in Ohio. Former Gov. John Kasich said thanks, but no thanks to the last rail proposal for Ohio because Amtrak proposed using existing freight train tracks. Passenger trains cannot travel faster than freight trains on the same tracks.
The latest rail proposal says a trip by train from Cleveland to Cincinnati would take a “little more than five hours. A car trip takes four hours.” Even if those figures are accurate that’s slow!
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Please give us a fast train.
We don’t need a Bullet train. What we do need is a train that can get to Cleveland or Cincinnati in less time than it takes to drive the family car. A fast train will translate into higher ridership which means more revenue.
A slow empty train translates into a greater public subsidy to cover the state’s 50% share of the overly optimistic estimate of annual operating costs. If rail service in Ohio is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
Neal Bronder, Columbus
‘Miracle’ pup’s rescue came through hard work
Maggie the “Miracle” dog (Feb. 13, “Miracle Maggie,” The Advocate) has no idea how lucky she really was being rescued. It was a lot harder than was written about. Very few people will go to such extraordinary lengths to get in the trenches and track a dog who could be miles from where they got lost.
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I know the two tracker/trappers involved.
They spend countless hours sitting in their trucks overnight in the freezing cold, windows open in the dark, to hear any jingling of tags, staying awake in hopes of catching a glimpse of a dog going by, waiting to get an alert to check the traps to release any wild raccoon or opossum that took the bait, then removing the frozen bait and resetting the traps.
All this is not “on the clock” but rather just from their compassionate hearts. By 8 or 9 am, they go back to their day jobs with little sleep, waiting anxiously to hear about another sighting.
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One way to help dogs that may be skittish or fearful, is to buy a GPS-tracking dog collar. It would give new owners like the Preston family peace of mind should Maggie get lost again. Let’s hope she stays safe.
Lost Pet Recovery is a non-profit rescue organization.
Peggy Kokernot Kaplan, Columbus
Snowstorm brought out acts of kindness for pedestrian
After the snowstorm of Friday, Feb. 11, I offer kudos and thanks.
- The Blue Cab Company for always being there and caring about the welfare of their passengers.
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- A man walking on Tremont Road near Ridgecliff for helping me up from a fall on the snowdrift near the bus stop risking his health and life in his kindness.
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- COTA bus drivers for finding safest places to let people get on and off the buses.
- The cities of Columbus and Upper Arlington for clearing the streets.
- And business and residential property owners for clearing their driveways and sidewalks.
Please remember everyone is a pedestrian when not in a vehicle.
Kathryn Young, Columbus
Most Ohio voters, not just Democrats, fed up with gerrymandering
The Ohio voters unanimously voted for an amendment to the Ohio Constitution for fairly drawn districts. It wasn’t only Democrats who were fed up with gerrymandered districts but the majority of Ohio voters.
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Our elected representatives have failed the people and are costing the tax funding that should have been spent on real needs to indulge their selfish need for power.
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We want and need representative government. I am tired of the corruption and self-indulgent officials who disregard their oath to serve the public. They need to be voted out of office for their failures.
Diane Jackson, Columbus
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