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Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

On behalf of the volunteers who have just completed our annual Marbletown Festival, I would like to sincerely thank the businesses in our community and the area residents who turned out to make our 2013 event the most successful ever.

As has been the case since our community celebration began, funds you helped us to raise will be used to make improvements in Garfield Park, which draws its history from the very beginnings of our neighborhood.

We are very grateful for the corporate contributions we received and for the many folks who took part in our activities or purchased our raffle items and souvenirs.

We hope you will plan to join us in early 2014 for our next Marbletown Festival.

Sincerely,

Kathy Gengler

Marbletown Festival Committee Chair

 
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Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:34 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

While driving across Indiana-Ohio state line on Sunday, July 21, I noticed that not one of the giant wind turbines in sight was turning. The temperature was almost 90 degrees. Many air conditioners were working hard while no power was being generated by the monstrous wind generators. I drove to Van Wert on Thursday, July 25, and again, every wind turbine in sight was motionless.

It’s a good thing the power companies have other sources of energy - ones that are consistent, reliable, efficient and cost-effective.

I’ve read Iberdrola, the Spanish oil company involved with wind generators in this part of Ohio, has had lots of experience with wind generators in Spain. Spain has so invested heavily in wind generators that some believe the high price of energy is a major factor that caused many companies to leave Spain and locate where energy is less expensive. Some believe that losing all of those employers is the reason Spain is having financial problems. According to an article I read recently, the Spanish government either had to raise energy prices by 42 percent to consumers or change how they compensate Iberdrola and other energy companies. Fortunately for customers, the government chose not to raise their energy prices.

Do we want 42-percent energy price increases like that for ourselves?

My primary disagreement with wind generators is economics. If they are not costly and inefficient, why do they rely on federal subsidies to survive? Our government is collecting taxes and borrowing billions from China and others and then spending funds on expensive and unreliable “alternative energy” projects. These projects benefit companies like Iberdrola and a few landowners but the high cost is borne by all of us through higher taxes and higher energy prices.

Someday, our kids and grandkids will not only be saddled with very expensive energy prices, they’ll have to repay that borrowed money.

This is nonsense and should be stopped now.

Tom Odenweller

Delphos

 
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Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

The Summer Reading Program 2013 has come to an end and I want to take this opportunity to share some highlights of our last eight weeks here at the Delphos Public Library. First of all, I invite all Facebook users to “like’” our library page where you can view loads of wonderful pictures of the children enjoying library adventures. We also welcomed Sarah Brotherwood to our children’s staff this spring. Sarah brought a lot of enthusiasm, computer expertise and creativity to the mix.

This year, we had 348 children and teens join: 216 kindergarten through fifth-graders, 101 preschoolers and 31 members of the Teenread book club. Of the 247 school-age members, 170 completed the program by reading at least 90 minutes a week for six weeks. Total attendance for all 34 events was 1,880.

As part of our programs, we reveled in the antics of David Kaplan, magician and comedian; at the Family Night, the children were able to climb on and experience several large vehicles, including tractors, a garbage truck, a fire truck and grain wagons; and they also got to dig in the mud and play with worms, compliments of our friends at Allen County Soil and Water Conservation. These are just a sample of the different activities that went along with the theme “Dig into Reading.”

Of course, none of this would be possible without the back-up of the whole library staff and a team of volunteers. Our 2013 volunteers were Sally Kiggins, Sue Wildermuth, Sharon and Sarah Closson, Teresa and Kayla Pohlman, Jessica Recker, Jennifer and Jason Ditto, Holly Dellinger, Makayla Herron, Adam Schneer, Emily Buettner, Claire Sensibaugh, Erin Pohlman, Madison Spring and Ryan Dickman. These folks gave a valuable service to the library this summer and we appreciate them very much.

As the Children’s Librarian, I want to compliment and thank the families for bringing the children to our summer activities as they are a joy to spend time with and serve. We’ve enjoyed their curiosity, enthusiasm and zest for life.

Sincerely,

Denise Cressman

Children’s Librarian

Delphos Public Library

 
Letter to the Editor PDF Print
Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

I am responding the Michael Wrasman’s Letter to the Editor dated July 6 regarding wind turbines. Obviously, Mr. Wrasman has not done his homework regarding the problems wind turbines create not only for the people that have to live around them but also for the animals.

First, I would like to tell Mr. Wrasman Saint Francis of Assisi is the protector of animals and he would not approve of wind turbines. Most people love to see migrating birds, Canadian geese, Sandhill cranes and the local birds. The wind turbines have and will continue to kill these birds as they fly into the turbines, according to the National Wildlife Foundation.

Wind turbines are incompatible with farming. A farmer testified he will never be able to spray his field by air again because he can’t get insurance. Farming and living in a peaceful rural community are gone once turbines come. Also, there will be a loss of property value, ruined landscapes, noise, blade flicker, interference with the use and enjoyment of property and red flashing lights all night that can affect mental, physical and emotional health. Some people will be forced to move from their homes because of the bad effects turbines create. Some people are able to relocate; many are not because of money issues, it would cost too much. These are the things everyone should know about turbines.

Mr. Wrasman also states that wind turbines are a great resource to generate energy in remote locations, such as the remote countryside. The area where the company wants to put these turbines is not remote. Yes, have the wind turbines in remote areas where people don’t live so people don’t have to endure the bad effects that turbines create on people.

There are many beautiful homes in this area. Most people that live in the country don’t want to look out their window 24/7 and see these wind turbines flying around. They want to see the beautiful countryside, not a bunch of “whirly birds”, as you call them.

Wind turbines are not a win-win proposition for all involved. It is only a win for the large corporations that get individuals to lease their land to them. These people don’t have to live around turbines. Do your own research.

On March 29, the Wisconsin Ag Connection reported that Wisconsin Sen. Frank Lasee plans to introduce legislation that would give families that have been physically, emotionally or financially harmed by industrial wind turbines the legal right to sue for damages.

If I understand correctly, Sen. Lasee’s bill will enable anyone who is harmed by industrial wind turbines the ability to sue both the wind tower owner and the owner of the land on which the tower is located for loss of property value, cost of moving, cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering, attorney fees and any other loss as a result of the industrial wind turbine that is too close to their home or property.

Sen. Lasee states, “It is unconscionable for a family that has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their home that they have lived in for years to be forced to move because an industrial wind tower is built nearby or wish that they could move but just can’t afford it.”

It has been reported by Fox News the Cape Cod Community of Falmouth, Mass., is considering taking down their wind turbines at the community’s expense because of the adverse health effects on those people in the area.

In closing, I would like to say wind turbines for the corporations that provide them and the subsidies that they get from the government are all about big bucks for them. Forget about the people who may live in proximity to the wind farms. Forget about the birds and animals. Forget about how everything is linked together. Once this is “done,” it’s almost impossible to get it “undone.”

Mr. Wrasman, please don’t ruin other people’s lives because you and your wife like to see the “whirly birds,” as you call them (wind turbines), doing their thing.

Nancy Luebrecht

Delphos

 
Letter to the Editor PDF Print
Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:01 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

Wind turbines are incompatible with farming

My home is on 65 acres 3/4 mile from 100 wind turbines. Your county’s residents have asked me what their future holds. I implore Van Wert County to avoid making the same mistake that McLean County did in destroying thousands of acres of what was once the most productive soil in the world by permitting wind turbines without protecting residents and agricultural businesses with safe setbacks. Farming and living in a peaceful rural community is gone once turbines come.

Choosing turbines will cause you to give up access to environmentally friendly methods of protecting waterways from nitrogen runoff by planting cover crops aerially. Aerial applicators reserve the right not to spray within one mile of a turbine. Our past state association president said, “Aerial application can be done in maybe 10% of the fields inside wind farms, but it isn’t worth somebody’s life to get in there and try to do that.” Many fields will lose the option to protect their crops aerially. If a plane hits a tower, blade, or unmarked meteorological tower, the leaseholder can be sued by the developer for damages. A farmer here testified that he will never be able to spray his field by air again: he can’t get insurance. When offered more turbines, he declined, stating he wouldn’t have gotten the first ones had he known. Farmers have a right to do what they want on their own property, but they do not have a right to put up a wind turbine which may deprive their neighbor of their livelihood, income they get from farming. Can the county be sued for approving this as an unfair business practice? Will your neighbor sue you to recover damages they’ll suffer from decreased yields and increased costs because of your turbine?

Soil compaction and crushed field tiles from heavy cranes is permanent and occurs repeatedly during 60 year leases. Tile removal and raised access roads in fields create drainage nightmares. Farmers seldom get the same yields after destroying their fields with wind turbines. Wind turbines are completely incompatible with farming. You choose - farm or place an industrial power plant in the middle of a once a productive field.

You cannot do both. It’s inexcusable for Van Wert County to ignore evidence from victims of other wind farms. Deny permits which will endanger the health, safety and livelihood of your citizens.

Learn more - Windaction, www.fairwindenergy.org.

Kim Schertz

Hudson, Ill

 
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