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Four more years PDF Print
Friday, October 19, 2012 12:18 PM

My vote this year again will be for Barack Obama for a second term in office.
I wish more had been accomplished during the past four years but what has been done, especially in an economy that was in total collapse when he took office, is breathtaking.
He would almost earn my vote for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, something the George Bush administration  couldn’t accomplish. It was Obama that got the job done. Just as he promised.
Ohio, with its big stake in the auto industry, must be grateful for the skillful way the Obama administration saved General Motors and Chrysler. Mitt Romney - at the very least - gave no support for this. And it’s not just GM/Chrysler he saved. It was hundreds of suppliers to these companies, whose bankruptcies would have impacted  the economy of scores of communities in Ohio and the Midwest.
Romney said on his first day in office, he would have repealed Obamacare. Tell that to the millions of Senior Citizens who have benefited, tell it to the many families who can still keep their children on their health plan for several more years. Obamacare must be amended to make it more friendly to the medical profession, but all the good stuff in it to see that the middle class doesn’t go broke over illness should be retained.
As for a “voucher” system for Social Security and other benefits, which Romney-Ryan espouses, although we have much reforming to do, that’s a no-go as far as I am concerned. You are pitting millions of people out there against insurance companies who have the expertise to out-maneuver them. Social Security must be reformed but a voucher system is a threat to all of the middle and lower classes.
It is unacceptable to me that people earning millions of dollars a year should be paying no more-or even less-than their secretaries. And Romney-Ryan are pledged to give the millionaires and billionaires a tax break even with the current deficits and other challenges. They’ll make up for it, they say, with ending, “loopholes.” At every step of the way, brilliant attorneys/lobbyists who earn more in an hour than the average reader and advertiser of this newspaper make in a week, will be building giant walls to stop them. The major “ loopholes”  that would be ended would be those benefiting the average citizen.
I have been disappointed in Obama. I had hoped the Asian wars would have been over within his first year. I had hoped for an immediate clamp-down on tax benefits for moving American production overseas. I had hoped for the deficits to be reduced or eliminated despite the irresponsible mess left behind.
But, given the challenges he has faced and partially overcome after eight years of Bush’s gross mismanagement, I believe Obama deserves another term in office.
In the past four year, we have seen:
— Reversal of the 800,000-a-month losses in jobs in the private sector;
— Return of a good measure of the respect for the United States among many countries since the debacle of the Bush administration;
— Passage of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act;
— Achievement a new treaty with Russia to limit warheads and launchers;
— Keeping American troops from being involved in the Syrian Civil War;
— End of torture policies, which according to the Geneva Convention were illegal;
— More financial possibility for students to get through college;
— Tripling of AmeriCorps;
— More protection for credit card consumers;
— Reduced oil imports and the probability the USA will be a natural gas exporter; and
— Payroll taxes reduced.
(Another view of the election  is presented today by my friend Jim Perry of Perrysburg, a former Delphos resident who is a long-term director of Delphos Herald, Inc.)

What the duck? PDF Print
Monday, September 26, 2011 6:56 AM

I’m sure you all read the council story in Wednesday’s paper and perhaps the duck issue caught your attention.
I have lived on the east side of the Miami-Erie Canal for nearly my entire life. We didn’t have ducks when I was younger. Muskrats – not ducks.
I’ve heard the whispers on how they came to be here. You know it only takes two. They’re kind of like rabbits or gerbils. The numbers can add up quickly.
Over the years, they’ve moved from one end of the canal to the other and everywhere in between. It doesn’t take much for them to settle in.
I’ve fed the ducks and given stuff to others to feed them.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the ducks in my backyard — on the canal — in Delphos.
I’ve had them nest in my yard, make themselves comfortable in my flower beds, cover my yard with feathers and chase each other around in the spring when they’re feeling frisky.
I’ve waited patiently for them to cross the road. If it was a mama with babies, I sighed and said, “Aaww.”
Then those babies grew up and so did every other mama duck’s babies and pretty soon, here we are with a whole lotta ducks.
Now they just kind of take over. They go where they want, do what they want and leave a mess behind.
A few summers ago, we couldn’t even use our backyard because of the feathers and duck doo-doo.
They trampled everything in their path to our bird feeder and ate our tomatoes.
No matter how much you like them, there are just too many.
I don’t like the options I heard and I hope a few more will be explored.
I had someone stop me while I was walking Ringo Friday and tell me they would hate to see the ducks go to a soup kitchen or the likes or be dispatched, the term that was used. I gotta tell you, it kind of freaks me out more. There are at least 140 of them.
Left unchecked, there will soon be 200 and I’m not going to insult your intelligence by not realizing you know where this is going.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want 140 of anything in my backyard and that’s just this year.

Budget debate PDF Print
Monday, July 25, 2011 5:29 AM


No new taxes for billionaires!
That’s been what has amounted to the cry of some temporarily-insane congressmen.
Some months ago, I challenged congressmen who felt that way to go on a tour of Afghanistan and Iraq and preach that message to the troops. Let them explain why the immoral wartime Bush tax cuts should remain in place.
Considering that most of them didn’t subscribe to the Delphos Daily Herald, I had copies of the editorial sent to scores of congressmen. As far as I know, every one of them was too busy to explain in person to the armed forces why millionaires and billionaires should continue to enjoy the benefits of the Bush tax cuts.
Those tax cuts were the first ones in our history that occurred while the nation was at war.
I believe that holding to:
No new taxes for billionaires at a time when we have members of the armed forces sacrificing their limbs and lives in distant countries to protect our nation indicates a lack of conscience. Or a lack of sense of reality.
As one member of the House of Representatives said recently about the millionaire-billionaire tax cuts.
“They earned it. Let them keep it.” He is against any change in those immoral and stupifyingly insane Bush cuts.
It would bring trillions over the next decade if only those millionaire-billionaire folks would pay taxes at the same rate they did in the Clinton era. That was a time of relatively great prosperity for the nation, especially for those at the top of the economic heap.
We are engaged in a world-wide long-term battle with terrorism. It’s an expensive war and we will win it only if our armed forces continue to be as totally loyal and patriotic and dedicated as they are now and always have been. When several hundred families are earning and own what is heading toward nearly a third of what the rest of the country earns, we endanger the nation’s security,  especially  if  those  who  protect us see the looting of the nation under the congressmen who are sucking it up to the ultra-wealthiest, when  they see schools and police and hospitals and highways and bridges and veterans not getting the funds they need. And when they observe the United States in hock for more hundreds of billions to Asia — at least in part because of the refusal of congress to go for a fair tax code.
(Not all at the top feel “No new taxes for billionaires.” This editorial could have been written by many of the enlightened among them, including multi-billionaire Warren Buffet who has expressed thoughts along some of these lines.)
Further, Dear Friends, this is an era where you have the wealthiest companies doing much more than taking advantage of every possible tax loophole. It’s beyond that. Way beyond that. They have thousands — yes, thousands — of highly-paid and highly influential attorneys on their payroll who are hard at work lobbying for the very tax laws and codes that are and will be the law of the land.
What emerges is a situation where the average Ohio worker may pay a higher tax rate than some billion dollar companies and hedge funds and their executives. This cannot continue.
On the other side, every congressman who opposes a fair system of taxation can cite cases of fraud, waste and mismanagement in the federal government. All of Congress, along with the President, should do a lot more than they have previously to make the government more efficient and root out corruption.
Lastly, except for humanitarian aid, we must know that we are economically doomed if we can’t stay out of other nation’s civil wars. We are decades and trillions of dollars behind on learning that lesson.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:20 AM
Under the covers ~ Committed PDF Print
Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:08 AM

A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage is the bestselling follow-up to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. This book has a much different tone than her first, which was completely introspective and conversational. This one takes a much more matter-of-fact approach, as Gilbert essentially provides us with a history lesson on marriage throughout the first part of the book.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 11:56 AM
It’s that time of year - again PDF Print
Friday, December 31, 2010 9:33 AM

As I reflect upon the last year, I have to say I am very fortunate.
I and my husband are healthy, happy and still enjoying each other’s company.
My mother is doing great and my son continues his journey of self-discovery in a very controlled environment.
What’s next?
Drum roll, please  here it is that time again. The pressure’s on. Time to make a New Year’s resolution.
The top 10 most common New Year’s resolutions are:

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 04, 2011 9:49 AM

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