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On the Other Hand - Should I stay or should I go?
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:07 PM | Updated ( Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:26 PM )

 

Today’s column is about a rather delicate subject. As Delphos mourns the loss of a young mother at the hands of her husband, I feel compelled to address the issue of domestic violence.

I urge anyone who is being mistreated — verbally or physically — to get out of the situation. If there are children involved, do so doubly fast.

 

 
On the Other Hand — It all starts with one
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM

I don’t consider myself a “political” person. I have my beliefs and they don’t always line up on the same side of the fence. I’m a huge fan of forming the “Common Sense” party. Sometimes these politicians make me want to go back to bed with a good book and forget where and who I am.

On Friday, I covered Governor Kasich’s campaign rally in Lima. I didn’t think I was going hear much other than the usual rhetoric. These things are usually predictable and could be written, in most, without attending the event.

He did say one thing that stuck in my mind and I hope it will continue to grow in there and come to fruition. He said you don’t have to start out with the idea that you need to help 100, 50 or even 10 people. You just have to help one.

Huh. That’s pretty simple. Just focus on helping one person.

 
Look in the mirror …
Written by Anita Hesseling   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, August 08, 2014 7:43 PM )

To the editor,

Everyone is upset about the condition of water supplies in several of our nearby lakes. The Herald printed an article in Monday’s paper that states that farmers’ runoff and sludge plants are being blamed for the problem. No where did I see that everyone who fertilizes their yards was being blamed.

 
Know how taxes may affect decedent’s estate
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM

Q: Weren’t estate taxes eliminated in Ohio?

A: While the Ohio estate tax was repealed effective January 1, 2013, a decedent’s estate may have to pay a federal estate tax if the gross estate is more than $5.34 million dollars (“the exempt amount”).

Q: What is the tax rate for estates that exceed the exempt amount?

A: The tax rate is 40 percent. This rate also applies to generation-skipping transfer tax (when, for example, a distribution is made from a grandparent to a grandchild).

Q: Can any tax deductions be taken from the decedent’s gross estate?

A: Yes. Typical deductions include expenses associated with the decedent’s funeral and burial, debts and obligations, gifts to charities and most transfers to the surviving spouse.

Q: Should an estate file a federal estate tax return if all assets are transferred to the surviving spouse?

 
Bring back shop class
Written by Josh Mandel   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM

By Josh Mandel

In high schools throughout America, shop class has been eliminated and kids are often told that the only way to be successful is to have a four-year college degree. I reject this approach and, to the contrary, believe we need to put shop class back in high schools and instill in young people a heightened sense of pride and purpose for entering careers in the skilled trades.

This important debate is illuminated by a Bureau of Labor Statistics study showing 48 percent of college graduates working in jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. As you read this today, there are young people throughout America who have four-year liberal arts degrees, thousands of dollars in debt, and are serving coffee at Starbucks or working part-time at the mall.

I believe that many of these young people would have been better off with a two-year skilled trade or technical education with actual skills to secure a well-paying job and many opportunities for upward mobility.

For example, I recently visited Pioneer Pipe in Marietta and learned that last year the company paid 60 of its welders over $150,000 and two of its welders over $200,000. The owner said he has had to turn down orders because he can’t find enough skilled welders.

 
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