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Honor all veterans on Memorial Day
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM


By Byron McNutt


Memorial Day is a time to honor those men and women who fought bravely and made the greatest sacrifice one can make to defend liberty - their lives.

Too often, we take for granted the ideals for which our ancestors fought. It may be easy to forget because only 6 percent of Americans younger than 65 have served in uniform.

We must constantly remind ourselves that freedom isn’t free. It shouldn’t be an inconvenience for us to take a few minutes on Monday to honor those veterans.

In all, more than 1.2 million Americans have died in wars since our country was founded. Millions more were injured. They were the sons and daughters, grand-children, cousins, nieces, nephews and parents of tens of millions of people.

Who will remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion to the cause of justice, freedom and democracy if not those who live under the protection of these great principles?

While Memorial Day is for veterans of all wars, we are paying special tribute to the men and women, mostly in their 80s and 90s, who served in World War II more than 70 years ago.

In short order, the special tributes will fall to veterans of the Korean War and to the Viet Nam War. As these noble warriors march quietly into eternity, they don’t ask for your praises, they only ask to be remembered.

World War II was about more than the maps, dates and places taught in schools today:

- It was about the 17-year-old boys nearly freezing to death in a foxhole and awakening to hear the rumble of tanks as a massive German offensive began.

- It was about praying that your plane, perforated by enemy bullets and shrapnel, could somehow limp across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean to safety.

- It was about overcoming gut-wrenching fear to charge a machine-gun bunker after watching its fanatical defenders massacre your comrades.

- And it was about searching among the dead for your closest friend and wondering “Why him and not me?”

They were ordinary men and women, many of them just children, thrust into extraordinary circumstances. They bore the burden of defending freedom and our way of life, not just for us but also for most of the world.

They did it for their country, they did it for their ideals, and they did it for their buddy in the next foxhole. And thank God for us they did it so well.

Today, we have the best-trained, best-equipped fighting forces in the world. The free world looks to America to police the world and protect them from evil forces.

As we’ve learned the last 15 years, massive power alone will not win the war. It still takes men and women willing to put their lives in danger. They deserve our unwavering support and gratitude.

What a difference …
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 PM

Ten years ago this month I was biting my nails and agonizing over my son’s high school graduation. Several weeks before, I had accompanied Cameron to school to meet with teachers and figure out what was needed to put a high school diploma in his hand.

As we moved from room to room, the list kept getting longer. I was starting to believe that even though my son had been going to school, it was for some other reason than to obtain knowledge.

List in hand we went home and the law was laid down: “You will do nothing but work on what has to be done to get a diploma.”

In the six months leading up to his point, all heck had broken loose. The second Cameron turned 18 he packed his car and moved in with another senior friend and I began a morning ritual of going to their house and pounding on the door because school had called and Cameron was a no-show.

Needless to say, those few months were filled with frustration, anger and bewilderment that my child could make so many bad choices, some more than once.

He moved back home and then a different mantra began. It seemed all I kept saying was, “All you do is eat and sleep. Get up and do something — anything!” There was little we agreed on and more contention than ever.

Delphos mayor thanks local voters
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 PM


To the citizens of Delphos

I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported the ¼% income tax issue on May 6. The monies raised will be used to support our parks, and in turn, will free up monies for other essential services for our city.

The passing of the income tax and the good news we received on the Lakeview Farms expansion means the city finances will improve but it will take some time to get us back to where we need to be.

Turning the tide of drug abuse in our communities
Written by Rob Portman   
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM




Over the past few weeks, I traveled across our state, visiting with small business owners, steel workers, and students to hear their views on the challenges facing our communities. While they often spoke about how to create more jobs, bring down the cost of healthcare, and get our economy moving again, there was one issue that was on a lot of people’s minds—illegal drug use and how to prevent and treat it, especially in the wake of a heroin epidemic that is taking the lives of four Ohioans every day.

I have been involved in this issue for more than twenty years. In 1995, I joined with leaders from across southwest Ohio to form the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. I served as chair of the coalition for nine years, and I’ve taken the knowledge I’ve gained from that experience to author half a dozen laws that marshal resources and channel them towards proven approaches in drug prevention and treatment.

Well done, Chrisley
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM

Many of us have friends that represent different aspects of ourselves. Some are a compliment to our own way of thinking and some have the opposite or contrary opinion.

I find that my best friend is a little of both. How boring would it be if you always agreed with one another? We have argued and told each other we are silly or stupid or closed-minded and yet still have remained fast friends. She has been my friend for more years than we care to count because then we would realize how old we are.

We often get together on Saturday afternoons for a movie. We talk about things that have happened to us during the week, the people we have come in contact with and those we share a mutual relationship with.

So now we have found a new obsession. I can’t explain it and I won’t even try.

“Chrisley Knows Best.” Last Saturday we re-watched the first three episodes and enjoyed them just as much as the first time.

If you haven’t seen it, the first season finale is already here and gone so you’ll have to catch reruns. The new reality show on USA is about Todd Chrisley, a self-made multi-millionaire and his family: a wife, five children and two grandchildren and his mother who lives with a woman she took in because she needed a place to stay.

I know, I know. I Googled him, too! Gasp! All is not what it appears on a “reality” TV show. I don’t care. I love to listen to him talk. He has fun Todd-isms and his parenting skills are off the hook. He does not play around.

His oldest two children, a daughter and son, no longer live in the Chrisley household. The daughter married without her parents’ blessing and the son got into trouble with a married woman, was sent away to do missionary work, returned and now has a daughter of his own. He lives with Todd’s mother (70) and her friend (80).

Let me lay out a few of my favorite scenes. Scene 1: Todd has asked the children to put away their cell phones for a weekend celebration of his mother’s birthday. As you can imagine, they act like he wants to cut their arms off! The middle boy sneaks his phone on the boat and when Todd finds it, he looks at the screen, says, “Hey, you’ve got five missed calls,” and throws it at his son who is in the lake swimming. Bye, bye phone.