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Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

Wednesday morning, we the City of Delphos, lost one of our most dedicated public servants we had, Tom McCabe.

Sgt. Tom McCabe worked, lived, and died supporting the Delphos Police Department and the City of Delphos.

Tom was my superior officer when I started in law enforcement and was basically in charge of breaking me into law enforcement. He did his most to lay the groundwork for me in law enforcement; just wish I had absorbed his photography skills.

Tom was not only one of my most loyal and dependable officers I ever had served with, but one who had moral and ethical qualities. He was a friend you knew was forever.

Thanks for being a good cop Tom and loyal employee.

If I may borrow a favorite saying from Tom, “This is a bunch of bull----,”; we wish you still were here.

May your soul rest in peace but you be spiritually with us forever.

Dennis M. Kimmet

Retired Police Chief

Delphos

Last Updated on Friday, November 22, 2013 9:19 PM
 
Letter to the Editor PDF Print
Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

I want to say “thank you” to a very special organ donor who in November 1997, allowed me to be alive today!

I received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. I will always remember the day my donor’s little sister asked if she could hear her brother’s heart beating in my chest. I will never forget the big smile and happy tears on the face of that 11-year-old younger sister. She just hugged me and said Aaron, her brother’s name, and looked up and smiled.

Have you considered being an organ donor? You could help to give the gift of life to another. Thank you for considering it.

Bob Grothouse

 
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Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

The Allen County Council on Aging, Inc., Senior Citizens Association of Bluffton, Inc., Senior Citizens Services, Inc., and Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. thank the voters of Allen County for the passage of an elderly service replacement levy. The passage of this levy insures the above four agencies can continue to provide vital services to all Allen County’s senior residents.

These agencies working together provide a multitude of services. As this segment of our population grows, the demand for services to meet their needs increases.

On behalf of these agencies, boards, staffs and participants, we thank the Allen County Commissioners and voters for their continuing support of services that benefit Allen County’s elderly.

Sincerely,

Diane Bishop, Executive Director

Allen County Council on Aging

Betsy Winget, Executive Director

Senior Citizens Services, Inc.

Joyce Hale, Director

Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.

Tonya Meyer, Director

Senior Citizens Association, Inc., of Bluffton

 
Letter to the Editor PDF Print
Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

City of Delphos Citizens:

It has come to our attention that the dispatching of our police, fire and EMS is being considered by the Council as non-essential to the operation of the city. The cost of three dispatchers, their benefits and insurance supposedly could help balance the budget. As a former dispatcher, I hope the citizens of this community realize what this, in essence, means to their safety and well being.

One: If your home catches on fire and your 9-1-1 call is dispatched, do you want to risk having a delay calling out our fire department should there be an event or crisis in Lima where your call will be coming from to our fire department? Likewise, do you want having a heart attack, accident or life-threatening emergency with one of your family to be held for even seconds because there is no longer anyone in our city’s police department to page out a squad?

Two: How is it that this can take place? Were we told, beyond saying that cuts would have to be further made if the levy didn’t pass but nothing about the disbanding of our dispatch department was ever stated beyond getting no replacement for those police officers retiring? Will the cost of doing away with these officers and dispatchers really warrant the savings supposedly reflected versus the problems created by doing without them? Why are these the only options given to us because as former dispatchers, we have seen what can and does happen when you have to rely on a larger entity that is NOT familiar with your streets and roads in paging out police or fire or EMS.

Three: I would like to know who among you would be allowed to run up a water bill the way the company in the industrial park ran up a $400,000 bill? Why were they allowed to get away with this with no stopping them? That should never have happened and now you as taxpayers are going to lose because you didn’t vote for the levy or so we are told but wait, was this the plan all along? How can this be when you the taxpayers weren’t made aware of the full ramifications of not voting for this levy? Interesting, isn’t it, that the fact that it was to be the employed and not the retirees who are on limited income already who would have to pay for the levy? Time to ask our council men who’s idea this was and why as a community we will seriously lose if this taking away of our dispatch center is implemented????

Retired Dispatchers

Mary Grothause

Karen Wiechart

Mary Lou Wrocklage

 
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Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

November is COPD awareness month. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. It is marked by a chronic cough producing increasing amounts of phlegm, and gradually worsening shortness of breath. Unfortunately, the symptoms of COPD do not appear until significant lung damage has been done, at which point the damage cannot be fixed. Nine out of 10 people who have COPD are currently or have been smokers. The single most effective way to prevent COPD is to quit, or, better yet, never start smoking. Working in pulmonary rehab for 14 years has exposed me to some of the worse cases of COPD in the area. Watching the fun-loving, big-hearted people ever so slowly file into the room for exercise was heart-breaking. If I had a dime for every time one of them told me “I wish that I had never started smoking. I would be a rich woman.” Decades ago when these patients were teenagers, they were much like the teenagers today. They just wanted to “try it” or they would “quit when I get older.” What they don’t realize at the tender age of 16 is just how addictive the tobacco companies make their products. Their best customers are dying off at the rate of 443,000 per year.

Almost everyone in the community can play a part in decreasing the devastating effects of this debilitating disease. Tobacco users can go to www.smokefree.gov or call 1-800-quit-now to get support for quitting. Parents can make their homes and vehicles completely smoke-free and make it explicitly clear to their children that they have a zero-tolerance policy for tobacco use. Retailers can be sure to check photo ID of any customer purchasing tobacco products who looks 26 years old or younger and not sell a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 18. It’s the law and there are ramifications for anyone breaking it. Employers can establish and enforce no-tobacco-use policies during work hours. Health care providers can ask every patient at every visit if they use any tobacco products and strongly encourage them to quit and give them the resources to do it. Community leaders can enact smoke-free outdoor public spaces in parks and outdoor fairs/festivals and increase the tax on any tobacco product. Seventy-three percent of current smokers want to quit, so let’s make it easier for them!

The Pulmonary and Sleep Center at 528 West Market St. in Lima will offer a Free Lung Screening from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 15. We will do a simple spirometry test and you can also have a finger stick done to test for Alpha 1- antitrypsin deficiency (ATT), an inherited disorder that results in lung damage and shortness of breath. The screenings are free, however, we would like to get a count of how many people may be coming. RSVP to 419-221-5035.

Sincerely,

Nancy Bonifas, RN, BSN

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Allen County Tobacco Free Coalition

Last Updated on Friday, November 01, 2013 8:21 PM
 
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