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Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Friday, May 02, 2014 8:51 PM


The annual Relay for Life Trivia Challenge saw a record number of teams participating this year. Congratulations to the three top finishing teams, who all generously donated their prize winnings back to the Relay For Life.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to them as well as to all of the supporters of this great annual event, and extend an invitation to those who’ve not participated in the past, to get a team together and come out next year and play.

GOP: Choose wisely or reap the whirlwind
Written by Kathleen Parker   
Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:29 PM

WASHINGTON — The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections.

Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one’s battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.

On the Other Hand — You get to decide where money comes from to fix budget
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:28 PM

I’ve been to all the meetings, I’ve been looking at the financials for months and I still come to the same conclusion: I am voting yes on the city’s .25-percent income tax on May 6. It is 25 cents on every $100 of earned income from a city resident. That’s $125 for someone who makes $50,000 a year.

If you had the stack of financials I have sitting before me, you would see there really is no painless way out of this hole the city is in without it. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing and blaming going around but ultimately, we are here and we need to work to fix it. It’s going to take “all” of us.

Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:27 PM


I’d like to thank the city administration for holding an open forum on Wednesday night. I appreciate the city administration, council members, department heads, city employees, and citizens who attended and provided information. All contributed their time and talents. I feel exchanges of this sort are never easy, but always important. We all benefit when there is more communication and dialogue on any issue, because talking to each other about important issues leads to a real chance for learning and understanding.

A step in the right direction for Delphi workers
Written by Rob Portman   
Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 PM



Last week, we were able to win a small, but important victory for the 20,000 families of Delphi salaried retirees who lost up to 70 percent of their pensions because of the actions of the Obama Administration. I was able to secure an amendment in the Finance Committee that will extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), legislation that will help Delphi retirees attain affordable healthcare. Often the HCTC serves as an important bridge for older Americans who lost their pensions until they become eligible for Medicare benefits, covering 72.5 percent of their premiums. But on January 1, 2014, that tax credit expired.

Extending this credit is the least we can do for these families who lost everything as a result of the auto bailout. In the summer of 2009, as the government took GM into bankruptcy, the Obama Administration terminated the pension plans covering thousands of Delphi workers.