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A sorry state of affairs
Written by Kathleen Parker   
Saturday, November 09, 2013 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON — President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.

When he said he was sorry for the health care mess-up in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, he performed the mea culpa as well as — if not better than — anyone in recent history. With Trumanesque resolve, he may as well have said, “The devalued dollar stops here.”

He’s sorry that some people have been inconvenienced by’s computer disaster. He’s sorry that some people have lost the policies he promised they could keep. He’s sorry that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t adequately “crafted.”

Letter to the Editor
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, November 01, 2013 8:21 PM )


November is COPD awareness month. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. It is marked by a chronic cough producing increasing amounts of phlegm, and gradually worsening shortness of breath. Unfortunately, the symptoms of COPD do not appear until significant lung damage has been done, at which point the damage cannot be fixed. Nine out of 10 people who have COPD are currently or have been smokers. The single most effective way to prevent COPD is to quit, or, better yet, never start smoking. Working in pulmonary rehab for 14 years has exposed me to some of the worse cases of COPD in the area. Watching the fun-loving, big-hearted people ever so slowly file into the room for exercise was heart-breaking. If I had a dime for every time one of them told me “I wish that I had never started smoking. I would be a rich woman.” Decades ago when these patients were teenagers, they were much like the teenagers today. They just wanted to “try it” or they would “quit when I get older.” What they don’t realize at the tender age of 16 is just how addictive the tobacco companies make their products. Their best customers are dying off at the rate of 443,000 per year.

Almost everyone in the community can play a part in decreasing the devastating effects of this debilitating disease. Tobacco users can go to or call 1-800-quit-now to get support for quitting. Parents can make their homes and vehicles completely smoke-free and make it explicitly clear to their children that they have a zero-tolerance policy for tobacco use. Retailers can be sure to check photo ID of any customer purchasing tobacco products who looks 26 years old or younger and not sell a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 18. It’s the law and there are ramifications for anyone breaking it. Employers can establish and enforce no-tobacco-use policies during work hours. Health care providers can ask every patient at every visit if they use any tobacco products and strongly encourage them to quit and give them the resources to do it. Community leaders can enact smoke-free outdoor public spaces in parks and outdoor fairs/festivals and increase the tax on any tobacco product. Seventy-three percent of current smokers want to quit, so let’s make it easier for them!

The Pulmonary and Sleep Center at 528 West Market St. in Lima will offer a Free Lung Screening from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 15. We will do a simple spirometry test and you can also have a finger stick done to test for Alpha 1- antitrypsin deficiency (ATT), an inherited disorder that results in lung damage and shortness of breath. The screenings are free, however, we would like to get a count of how many people may be coming. RSVP to 419-221-5035.


Nancy Bonifas, RN, BSN

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Allen County Tobacco Free Coalition

Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM


I am writing to encourage my neighbors from the south end of town to attend the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. Not only will we be supporting our fireman, medics and EMTs but it is my hope also that the subject of the condition of the canal can be addressed as was brought up by councilman Mark Clement at the last meeting.

I realize the canal is owned by the state of Ohio but I would love to know who we go to for help? The Department of Natural Resources? This is a huge part of Delphos history; the residents themselves simply cannot clear all the brush and help with water flow. We’ve raised our kids by the canal, they grew up fishing, catching frogs and snakes and feeding the ducks.

We have not been able to fish for the past few years. We can still feed the ducks but the poor things have to walk through mud and muck to get to the food.

We need help. This causes a huge problem with bugs and really smells most of the time. There are so many issues right now, we as residents of Delphos need to be there to voice our concerns if we want to make any positive changes!


Amy Musser


On the Other Hand - Talkin' turkey, no jive
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM

What place will Thanksgiving have this year?

I’ve written several times of how I feel perhaps one of the most necessary of holidays — the one where we are supposed to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have — is going to be lost in the commercial frenzy known as Christmas shopping season.

Stores are already offering Black Friday pricing to move as much merchandise as they can before the dreaded Christmas markdown. After all, they lose a whole week of sales this year. Trees and tinsel have popped up everywhere.

Farm Bill should address rural America's needs
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:14 PM


Center for Rural Affairs


With the Farm Bill finally moving forward, the Center for Rural Affairs urges the House-Senate Conference Committee to ensure that the bill address the needs of family farmers, ranchers and small towns while also protecting our natural resources.

The Committee must reform the farm safety net, including farm program payments and federally subsidized crop insurance. There are important provisions included in one or both bills that will provide needed reforms to these programs. These reforms should move forward into the final bill. We urge the conferees to: adopt the historic payment limits and “actively engaged in farming” reforms adopted in both bills with substantial bipartisan support; accept the Senate’s modest reduction in crop insurance premium subsidies for millionaires; include the Senate’s Sodsaver provision that protects against destruction of prime grasslands and native prairie nationwide; and reject the House provision to obliterate the farmer and rancher protections provided by the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Real federal investment in helping small towns and rural entrepreneurs has fallen by half over the last decade. The Conference Committee should reverse this trend with direct funding for the Value-Added Producer Grant program at its historic level of $20 million annually and increase direct spending for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, which provides loans and technical assistance to rural small businesses, to $10 million annually.

These reforms and investments have broad support in Congress and perhaps more importantly, throughout rural and small town America. They should be included in the final Farm Bill.

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.