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Letter to the Editor ~Mayes PDF Print
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:21 PM

Although I agree 100 percent with everything else Laura Peters said in the article, which appeared on page 1 of the Oct. 26, 2012, issue of the Delphos Herald, except her comment, “Breast cancer isn’t considered a life-threatening disease anymore. They’re calling it a chronic illness.” I don’t know who they are who told her this and maybe it was to put her mind at ease but that is totally not true. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer of a more rare type that doesn’t always show on a mammogram or until it is an advanced stage. Stage 5, you die.
I had surgery, a year of very aggressive chemo from which I was told may take 10 years to recover, if ever completely, and 2 1/2 months of daily radiation. Breast cancer or any type of cancer is a serious and sometimes life-threatening or fatal disease. It should not be minimized or taken lightly.
Let me share the most current information on breast cancer:
• About 39,520 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990 ­— especially in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
• For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
Women’s Wellness Center, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima
• One woman dies from breast cancer every twelve minutes in the U. S.
• Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women 35-54 years of age.
• Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the U. S.
• Recurring cancer may not be breast cancer or the type of cancer a person initially had.
American Cancer Society (cancer.org)    
Cancer Facts & Figures 2012 report by the American Cancer Society
• An estimated 229,060 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected in 2012, of which 39,920 people will die. An additional estimated 63,300 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in 2012.
Please don’t trivialize the seriousness of breast cancer or any type of cancer. Wonderful advancements have been and continue to be made in the field of cancer treatment but it is still a life-threatening and often fatal disease. Survivors need to stress that it is a life-threatening disease and should be considered as such. Everyone needs an annual mammogram and to do monthly self-exams. Like Mrs. Peters, I feel fortunate to be a survivor but you can only be a survivor when something has threatened your life, not just been chronic.

Debbie Mayes

Letters to the Editor PDF Print
Monday, October 29, 2012 1:29 PM


All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing

This allowed Hitler to get on with his murderous ways in Europe during the 30s and 40s.

Someone said “First they came for the unborn but I was already born so that didn’t concern me, then they came for the handicapped but I wasn’t handicapped so I wasn’t worried, then they came for the aged but I was young and didn’t care, then they came for the Jews but I wasn’t a Jew so that wasn’t any concern of mine, but when they came for me no one was there to help me.

Don’t wait till they come for you. Fight the good fight with your vote. Consider the unborn, protect religious freedom and all constitutional rights and defend marriage as a union between one woman and one man as God intended for the procreation and the education of children.


Ed Luersman,

Fort Jennings



Some Republicans continue to make false statements about President Obama’s leadership and what has been accomplished during his term in office despite the obstructions most Republican office holders in the House of Representatives and the Senate have practiced.

The following are facts:

Under President Obama, all the money used in the Bank Bailout Bill of 2008 signed by President Bush have been recovered plus $13 billion in interest.

Regulations, transparency and restrictions have been put into effect on these bailed-out firms and their top executives to prevent what happened leading to the 2008 crisis from happening again.

The Affordable Care Act did not and will not lead to the government takeover of health care. It put needed rules and regulations into the existing health insurance market, putting people and not insurance companies in charge of their health care. Government has not taken over health care but is protecting all Americans’ rights to health care.

The president has strengthened the border and laws concerning illegal immigration into our country. There are fewer illegal border crossings than ever before. Those who are already here, have been given a legal path to citizenship, which they must follow if they wish to remain here.

President  Obama  has  not  asked  for  new gun restrictions. Not one law-abiding citizen has had a gun taken away. In fact, under President Obama, national parks and Amtrak has been opened to the legal possession of guns.

President Obama respects all religious beliefs and is committed to religious freedom for all and also to the rights of all women, including access to contraception, regardless of where they works. Those religious organizations objecting to providing contraception need not do so but their insurance company must offer free contraception.

Auto manufacturing, parts suppliers, dealers,  communities  and  businesses  have benefitted greatly under President Obama’s leadership in saving the auto industry in spite of most Republican leadership. Senator Voinovich supported the president in accomplishing this.

President Obama improved the GI Bill with the most generous benefits in the history of this great nation.

He doubled funding for Pell Grants, helping millions more students to afford a college education.

The middle class have lower taxes than when President Obama took office. He signed 18 tax cuts into law for small businesses.

There is much more to be done but under President Obama, we are moving in the right direction. Send a message to Congress to support and assist the President to move this country forward and not commit to obstruction.

Our country and the people in it are still and will continue to be the greatest on earth, regardless of the outcome of this election. God bless America for its greatness and honesty.


Charles P. Sampson Jr.





To the vandals who destroyed and damaged our political, religious freedom and pro-life signs this weekend:

We have not trespassed on your property and destroyed and damaged the political signs that you have displayed which are supporting your candidate and causes. So why have you seen fit to destroy and damage our political, pro-life and religious freedom signs and trespass on our property?

If you think this will stop us from supporting our causes and our candidates, you are sadly mistaken. If you are juveniles and/or teenagers and think this was a funny joke, we feel sorry for you.

People can disagree strongly with each other concerning the abortion issue, religious freedom and politics. Resorting to this type of childish and immature behavior is ridiculous. We’d rather see matters settled at the ballot box than in this manner.

At first glance, it looked as the damage was caused by the wind. When I looked closer, I found that there were holes in some of the signs (which were still attached to the sign holders) and some of the sign holders had been broken apart. Then I knew it was not wind damage. This was deliberate vandalism.

Sincerely yours,

Mike and Marlene Wrasman

Letter to the Editor ~Bradshaw PDF Print
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:22 PM

October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care residents have made to better our communities, and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care (LTC) facilities.  This year’s theme—My Voice, My Vote, My Right—was selected to call attention to the fact that residents of LTC facilities still have the right to vote and participate politically. Residents of LTC facilities have experienced many important historical and political events. It is important that they are given the opportunity to continue to participate in the political process and that voting is made accessible to them.
Simple acts such as voting enable the residents to remain a vibrant part of their communities, something that is so important to all of us. By listening to residents’ voices, we honor their lives and experiences as well as treat them with dignity and respect. Allowing residents in our LTC facilities to make decisions about issues that affect them and have a say in their care improves not only their quality of life but also enhances their relationships with their care staff and improves the care provided.
I encourage community members to visit those they know in long-term care facilities, volunteer in a facility, participate in Residents’ Rights Months events, or inquire about becoming a volunteer long-term care ombudsman. Your assistance and attention helps to ensure that the voices of long-term care residents do not go unheard and demonstrates to residents that they have not been forgotten.
Marianne Bradshaw,
Director, Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Program
Area Agency on Aging 3

Letter to the Editor ~Brown PDF Print
Monday, October 22, 2012 10:01 AM

I am writing this letter to ask a question. Every year approximately 480 million taxpayer dollars goes to pay for abortions. Many taxpayers feel it is immoral to abort these unborn children and yet our vice president says this morality should not be forced on these women who want the taxpayers to pay for their abortion. If this is just, then why can’t a women receiving food stamps use those food stamps to buy alcohol and cigarettes?
Cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are not illegal but if those receiving food stamps want them they must use their own money to buy them. This isn’t viewed as forcing our morality on these women.
Would it not be just then for women who want to end their pregnancy to do so with their own money and not expect the taxpayers to pay for it?
Is the fact that we, the taxpayers, are being forced to pay for these abortions not having immorality forced upon us?
Just a concerned citizen,
Annette Brown

Letter to the Editor ~Klingler PDF Print
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:06 PM

Paper boys and girls
Wow what a job these kids do! They are  out in all kinds of weather, up by 4 a.m. on Saturday morning and out the door delivering. 
It’s pretty much a thankless job, as people want their paper put in specific places. I can certainly see the elderly or handicapped may need this help but the younger generation certainly doesn’t.
Then the Delphos Herald gets calls that their paper wasn’t delivered and they blame the carrier. Before you get irate, maybe you should think did someone else in the family pick it up, did a neighbor pick it up by mistake, did a neighborhood dog carry it away, who knows. But instead of getting all upset over it why don’t you call your paper carrier and ask if they could bring you another one?  
These young carriers don’t get paid much. Yes, I understand it teaches them responsibility and gives them the tools they need to find a better job when they are older. I can honestly tell you that most people wouldn’t do this job because of the pay. So, congratulations to these young kids and their parents who support them.  
Remember your paper carriers at Christmas and tip them once in a while if you see them. Tell them what a great job they do. 
Before you complain maybe you should deliver the paper with them one day to see just what they do go through.

Donna Klingler


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