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Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00 AM


Read your article in the Saturday newspaper about “The Ice Man,” This article really hit home with me because I was an Ice Man in the late 1930s.

I worked for the Steinle Brewery Co. one whole summer and fall. I worked with Leonard and Clarence Lause at the time.

I don’t know who wrote this article but there is a lot more to tell about being an ice man. It was hot, hard and sometimes long work to do. I could probably write this whole page about what we did that summer.

I do have an ice pick like the one in the picture, the top one. These picks and tongs were a big part of this job.

I really liked the article because I had something to do with it a long time ago.

I only wish you really did know what an “ice man” really did in a day’s work.


Arthur J. Grothouse

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Friday, July 19, 2013 11:58 PM


Christian belief holds that almighty God created the heavens and the earth and humankind in his image.

We then, as created beings do not have divine authority to elevate or denigrate other created beings based upon skin color, ethnicity, weight, intellect, talent or any other attribute assigned by the creator. Our nation’s founders held that equality was intended by God.

Of course, my comments are prompted by the recent Travon Martin/George Zimmerman situation in which a young man lost his life. The one who fired the fatal shot was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

Our laws are based upon the Ten Commandments. Our judicial system is not perfect and justice is not always blind.

At times, some will differ with a verdict and have the right to voice pleasure or displeasure.

I disagreed with the “not guilty” verdict in the O.J. Simpson case. I accepted it. The news media reported much jubilation and celebration by some.

I agreed with the “not guilty” verdict in the Martin/Zimmerman case and accepted it. The news media reported much displeasure by some.

Some who were displeased by the verdict chose to manifest it in unlawful, violent, terroristic and destructive behavior, some of which was condoned and encouraged by those they look to for leadership.

Such behavior should be dealt with under our system of laws.

Rioting advocates and indeed is the attempt to rule by mob, the antithesis to rule by law.

My hope and my prayer is that we become as our creator intended and that we look to those in leadership whose view of humankind transcends all.

Larry Semonde


Last Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:01 AM
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Friday, July 12, 2013 11:52 PM



I would like to thank Lois McLennan and the entire Delphos Swimming Pool staff that worked the afternoon of July 3, 2013 for their calm, thorough and compassionate response to an incident that injured my son. My son jumped off the diving board at the pool as he has done many, many times this summer but on July 3, he struck his head on the end of the diving board which left a serious cut that required medical attention. The lifeguards and Ms. McLennan immediately responded to the injury in the calmest and most compassionate manner I could have hoped for. They quickly applied ice and pressure to his head and quietly spoke to him which I believe helped reduce any fear and anxiety he might have felt. Ms. McLennan was more than helpful in assisting with my two other children that were also at the pool which allowed me to focus on my son that was injured. The lifeguards are mainly young kids, but on July 3, 2013 they handled a serious situation in a very mature and grown up manner. I would also like to thank the Delphos EMS for their quick response and care in transporting him to St. Rita’s. Our family can’t thank all of you enough, but please know how much we greatly appreciate the care and concern you showed that day.


Chris, Lisa and Alex Herron

Last Updated on Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:08 PM
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Friday, July 12, 2013 11:52 PM



In 2013, our son-in-law presented us with an expensive all-weather, hand-stitched U.S. flag just before he was deployed to Afghanistan. We flew the flag faithfully and brought it in at nightfall while he was on tour.

On June 27, we installed a spotlight on the porch so it could fly day and night. In the early morning hours of July 5, our flag disappeared. I ask only that you would please return the flag to the standard that is still on the porch. No questions will be asked.

The U.S. flag stands for loyalty and beliefs, honor to self, service to country, respect for others and freedom for everyone. I pray that you wanted this flag for yourself. I will also pray that if some day you ever serve under this flag, you come home safely as did my son-in-law.


Anna R. Ruen


Last Updated on Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:08 PM
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Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:37 AM


Now that my high school classmate, Mary Kay (Pohlman) Klausing, has written numerous letters against the evil wind turbines, I would like to take a crack at responding.


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