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Letter to the Editor
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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

 
Come on down to Marbletown
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, August 11, 2013 12:00 AM

I hope many of you are going to mosey on down to Marbletown and see what’s going on today.

The annual Marbletown Festival will have a little something for everyone. Be it a little frog jumping or maybe a Marbletown steak. I don’t think you can go wrong.

I think these kinds of things bring people together and make Delphos a better place to live than many others. A community that comes together to have fun and remember good times from days past is a nice place to be. We learn from history.

Whether you grew up there, are a transplant or come from across town — Marbletown’s the place to be today.

The events on the schedule for today are simple and fun. They will take you back to a much less complicated time when visiting with neighbors was common and everyone knew everyone. The front porch was the place to be after supper and there was always a hand in time of need. The common thread was people.

We are so busy these days and technology races to stay ahead of us. There’s always a faster way to do everything so more things can be done. We don’t take the time to enjoy a conversation or get to know each other anymore. Small talk is tossed around while racing from one place to the next.

The stories will be flying, so you’ll have to pay attention. There are some very funny tales that need to be passed along so they are not forgotten.

Many of you know that my father, Roger Briggs, grew up in Marbletown and his father, Earl Briggs, resided there until he entered a nursing home in his twilight years.

The Briggs homestead was on the corner of Clay and King streets. It was a small home with rolling floors and a huge yard with apple trees and a bountiful garden.

The neighborhood was full of children and we could scare up a game of something or other — whatever we were in the mood for.

So today, I’m just getting back to my roots — in Marbletown.

 
Letter to the Editor
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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

 
The Obamacare train wreck is upon us
Written by U.S. Senator Rob Portman   
Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:32 AM
U.S. Senator Rob Portman

 

BY ROB PORTMAN

US SENATOR

 

Earlier this year, a senior Democrat in the U.S. Senate said he was concerned Obamacare was headed for “a huge train wreck.” Every day it seems that we are getting a better idea of just what that train wreck looks like—fewer full-time jobs, more difficulties for small businesses, higher insurance premiums, and fewer healthcare choices. Just yesterday, the Ohio Insurance Department announced that health insurance premiums in the individual market are expected to increase an average of 41 percent in our state next year. That’s money that could be going toward Ohioans’ retirement, groceries, and their children’s higher education; instead it’s going to cover President Obama’s costly mandates. And higher costs are only the beginning of Obamacare’s impact.

Recently, the Obama administration surprised everyone by announcing that it was delaying by a year a core pillar of Obamacare—a provision requiring employers with more than 50 “full-time” employees to offer “affordable health insurance” or face a fine. That requirement has had a number of negative—and entirely predictable—unintended consequences.

First, more and more small businesses are becoming “49ers” and “29ers.” Some employers have felt they have no choice but to freeze growth and hiring at 49 employees rather than coming under the onerous requirements of Obamacare when they cross the 50 employee threshold. Other employers have reduced the hours their employees can work from 40 to the less than 30 hours a week required by Obamacare to keep them from counting as full-time for the purposes of the legislation. It’s no surprise that the “underemployment” figure—those working part-time but wanting to work full time—has been on the rise, spiking by a dramatic 300,000 in June’s jobs report.

President Obama decided to postpone the employer mandate that causes these and other problems until the beginning of 2015. Some have said this was just an effort to avoid the political fall-out until after the 2014 midterm election. The decision may make good political sense for the President and his party, but for the millions of Americans who are either without a job or underemployed, it merely prolongs the economic pain. Employers know the mandate is coming, and it will continue to encourage them to downsize and reduce hours.

More Americans will either lose their jobs or find it harder to get one, and, as happened last month, more of the jobs that will be available are likely to be part-time jobs that make it harder if not impossible to make ends meet.

To make matters worse, the parts of Obamacare that were supposed to alleviate some of these problems are failing. Earlier this summer, Health and Human Services announced that key components of the Small Business Health Options Program—or SHOP Exchange—will also be delayed until 2015. These provisions were supposed to allow employers to provide workers with a set amount of money to purchase insurance in an online marketplace. HHS pointed to “operational challenges” in their decision to delay the program. They have given no indication of how they intend to meet these challenges and get the SHOP exchange up and running.

The individual insurance exchanges represent yet another coming challenge. These exchanges are supposed to come online in October. But not unlike the SHOP Exchange, there is no indication that the technology is in place to make that happen. To make matters worse, state-run exchanges that are in place—currently in sixteen states and the District of Columbia—are not able to verify employer insurance or income eligibility for substantial federal subsidies during the first year of operation. This means that there is no way to verify that someone who claims a government subsidy actually qualifies, opening the program to unintended risks of fraud and waste of taxpayer dollars.

President Obama sold his healthcare reform law by promising it would spur job growth, allow all of us to keep the healthcare we have, and reduce the costs of healthcare insurance. Unfortunately, every one of those promises has proven false. The legislation is instead becoming the train wreck many of us feared.

I believe our healthcare system as a whole needs reform, but it needs reform that works. It needs patient-centered reform that actually reduces the escalating cost of health care coverage and focuses on rewarding quality. The recent actions by the Administration only confirm the problems with Obamacare, and pushing the problems off for another year isn’t going to make it better. Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with bipartisan solutions that address the high cost and uneven quality of healthcare. That’s the way to avoid the train wreck and get our healthcare system on track.

 

 
A star is born in Maryland
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Friday was the usual during the week Jay is in Ocean City, Md. Work, work, work. Get everything done. Then watch Lotus dance on the live feed.

 
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