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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR,

Regarding the article which appeared in the Van Wert Times Bulletin on Feb. 7, 2014, the American taxpayer, not Iberdrola, is the real reason why Van Wert County received the $2.07 million check. Yet, no one in the article even mentioned nor thanked the American taxpayer.

Please note the following which was taken from a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article on 10-21-13:

“The $172,688,076 grant from the U.S. Treasury Department awarded to Iberdrola on Aug. 20, 2012, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the capital cost of the Blue Creek Wind Farm. The cost of that grant money is borne by taxpayers, including taxpayers in Ohio.”

In reading the Times Bulletin article, I was surprised to learn that the $2.07 million check presented to Van Wert County was in lieu of property tax dollars. One has to wonder how much more money would have been collected had Iberdrola been required to pay property tax on each turbine?

While $2.07 million is a lot of money for Van Wert County, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately 173 million of American tax dollars Iberdrola received for the Blue Creek Wind Farm.

This is a prime example of wasteful government spending that continues to plague our country. Especially when 46 cents of each tax dollar spent is borrowed from countries like China.

This is why we must vote for and support state officials who support SB 34, which seeks to repeal Ohio’s energy policy. Furthermore, we must encourage our Van Wert County Commissioners not to provide future tax abatements (in lieu of property taxes) for Iberdrola’s proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm. Iberdrola has received enough of our tax dollars and it’s time they start paying their fair share. The proof is in the numbers.

Mark A. Wilson

Delphos

Van Wert County Taxpayer

 
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

A recent frozen water line problem occurred after normal working hours that required help from the City of Delphos.

We will never be able to thank Sherryl George, Jeff Stockwell and Tim Williams enough. They gave us the best service any citizen of this community could have asked for. We are lucky to have these quality people here to help us through a very tough time.

Also, to Mike Miller, thank you for the help you always seem to give us when we need it.

Citizens of Delphos: please consider passing the May tax increase; the city needs to keep these quality people working for all of us!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan Odenweller

Dephos

 
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Saturday, March 01, 2014 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

There has been much controversy over the past several months regarding the potential building of a Dollar General just outside the Village of Ottoville.

I am writing this letter to let the public know that myself and others are NOT in favor of the proposed location, directly across from Ottoville Local School. US 224 is a 50-mph zone in front of the proposed location. In conversations with an engineer at ODOT, this stands to remain a 50-mph zone even with the development of a Dollar General. This is a matter of public safety when it comes to the children of Ottoville.

 
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Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

Just thought I would let our community know there are “snow angels” working hard here.

This winter, and it has sure been a long one, I have had two guys who have kept my driveway, sidewalks, steps and patio cleared off so this if I really want to go out, I have no problem. I thank Carl Kohorst and Charles Wauben for their frigid labors on my behalf. Thanks, you guys are deeply appreciated.

I’d like to thank two young ladies, Sammi and Katie Knepper, for their wonderful cookies. As Rachel Ray says ... YUMMO!

Sincerely,

Mary Lou Wrocklage

Delphos

 
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Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

I would like to thank the many snowplow operators from the townships, to the county, to the state. They have worked many hours day and night to make our roads safe. As a school administrator their work is priceless, without them we would have missed several more days of school this year. I, like many other school administrators in the area, thank you. We greatly appreciate your time and effort.

 

Scott Mangas

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

Ottoville Local Schools

 

 
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