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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

Letter to the Editor-Violet PDF Print
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:27 AM

Resident of Lima and neighbors have been extremely blessed with classical and seasonal music under the baton of Conductor Crafton Beck and the symphony orchestra.
He has inspired young people to pursue participation in practice and performance. We urge the LSO Board to continue this opportunity in the future.
Norma Feathers Violet

Letter to the Editor ~Kiene PDF Print
Friday, October 12, 2012 12:02 PM

I am writing this letter in concern for my full support to re-elect Vincent Schroeder as Putnam County Commissioner. Not everyone always agrees with Commissioner Schroeder and I respect that belief.
I remember when Commissioner Schroeder first ran for office and I asked him what were his top priorities in life. He answered God, family and country. Commissioner Schroeder is pro-life and believes the holy sacrament of matrimony is between a man and a woman. He is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment which is the right to keep and bear arms. He demonstrates this since he is a proud member of the National Rifle Association.
I also believe Commissioner Schroeder has his priorities in order for Putnam County. He first became commissioner in January 2005 and Putnam County’s budgeted expenses today in 2012 are lower than when he took office. He has paid all long-term debt off which was scheduled as late as 2031.
I believe since I have known Commissioner Schroeder, he had shown a high standard in morals and ethics. He will work hard and respectfully earn your vote and not buy it. He will tell you that he does not have all the answers. I appreciate that since the only person always accurate with his decisions could walk on water 2,000 years ago.
Join me on Nov. 6 and vote for Schroeder for Putnam County commissioner.

Charlie Kiene

Letter to the Editor ~German PDF Print
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:47 PM

We are losing freedoms it seems like almost daily. The newest one is here in Ohio. Issue 2 is presented by the backers as a fairness issue to woo voters to vote for it. I see it for what it is, trickery.
Issue 2 is about redistricting for voting which happens the year after the nationwide census is done.
We find out where every one moved to and see what changes have happened. Due to the last Census, we here in Ohio lost two Congressional seats so, the districts have to be redrawn to accommodate the loss.
Currently, the Redistricting Board is made up of one Democrat and one Republican from both houses of the State Legislature. This is four out of the seven seats. The other three seats constitutes the governor, secretary of state and the auditor of the State of Ohio. These are all elected officials we vote on. Three of these positions are statewide races and the other four positions are elected from their district and then pick by their peers from their perspective legislative body. The whole point? They are elected and we pick them.
Those who started Issue 2 talk about we need to make it a more fair by making a board to equal this out. The problem with this plan is the committee will be appointed positions — and — appointed by who? We will not be appointing these people with a vote, so why would we give up this right we have now of voting for the members of the board?
Francis German,

Letter to the Editor ~Schroeder PDF Print
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:47 PM

Get the facts!
This is only my opinion but I sure hope you think about this before you vote. I am an active volunteer firefighter, and I come from a family of firefighters both past and present.
On the ballot this year there is a county-wide fire levy for one ladder truck, to be in Ottawa and 2 heavy rescue vehicles.
Ottawa feels they are in need of a new ladder truck and new heavy rescue vehicle. The other heavy rescue vehicle is to go to Kalida. They have no money to purchase these, so they want the people of Putnam County to purchase these for them. When was the last time Putnam County bought your local Fire Department a fire truck? Never.  When is the last time you saw the need for a ladder truck at a residential house fire? While the truck may be old, it is still operational; it is available to the entire county at this point. There are several neighboring counties that have ladder trucks and are there for mutual aid. As far as being turned down for the use of their ladder truck, this was in instances where it was in use somewhere else. This could occur in Ottawa as well. That is what mutual aid is for.
Why do the people of Putnam County need to buy a new ladder truck that may or may not be used in their fire district? What about the rest of the county? No other village has the county purchase their equipment. Do you realize that if this goes through, you may still be charged extra for the use of this truck? 
As for heavy rescue trucks, they want $1.5, million for them. Seems to me the Putnam County Office of Public Safety just bought Ottawa and Kalida heavy rescue vehicles in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Their trucks are getting older but are still operational. Most of the fire departments have their own rescue equipment that was purchased on our own without any help from Putnam County.
Why do we need a countywide heavy rescue? About two years ago Putnam County Office of Public Safety was going to disband the heavy rescue because it was too expensive to operate. Now they want the taxpayers to buy two heavy rescue trucks.
They say it will cost $21.13 per year based on a $100,000 home. How many homes out there are worth more than $100,000? How will they continue to get funding for upkeep on this truck?
If you do this for one department, you should do it for all the departments. I can’t see the taxpayers wanting to purchases fire trucks for everyone in the county. Maybe the rest of the county would like their insurance rating to go down also.
Get the facts about the county-wide fire levy. Support you local fire department.
Please talk to your local firemen, even those from different departments and get their feelings.
Brian Schroeder
Columbus Grove


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