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On the Other Hand — That Spring cleaning thing
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM

I know I have to; I just don’t want to.

It is inevitable. It is my destiny.


A victory for American workers
Written by US Senator Rob Portman   
Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM




I believe in the power of expanded exports to spur the creation of good jobs, but at the same time, it is critical that we enforce the international rules of trade. When our competitors manipulate markets, engage in illegal dumping, or raise barriers to trade, the United States must take action on behalf of Ohio workers, farmers, and service providers.

Enforcing our trade laws is not a partisan issue. It is a jobs issue and I am proud to stand with the people I represent when their jobs are threatened by the illegal trade practices of our competitors.

Letter to the Editor
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM


Beware: Wind turbines still proposed for eastern Van Wert County!

Our committee opposing the proposed Dog Creek wind project has been attending several township meetings. At the meetings, Dan Litchfield, Iberdrola, has updated everyone on the progress of the proposed Dog Creek wind project.

1) Iberdrola has enough land/contracts signed to go forth with the Dog Creek project.

2) The project will have 50-60 wind turbines heading east of the existing Van Wert Blue Creek project, north of State Route 30 and stopping at Bockey Road.

3) Anyone that has signed or will sign a contract to put a wind turbine on their property cannot get out of the contract once it is signed.

If you are opposed to this Dog Creek project, please voice your opinion now. Do not wait until 50-60 MORE turbines are in your back yard.

Iberdrola claims they are a good business partner but in the next breath wants us to give them huge tax abatements (in lieu of paying taxes) for the project. What should have Van Wert County received instead of the $2,070,000 check? $9,120,000 is what Iberdrola should be paying each year. So instead of paying $60,000 per turbine, they paid $18,000. If Iberdrola is going to force us, in the Dog Creek area, to live by these turbines for the next 25 years, let’s make sure they pay the full tax amount.

Please call Van Wert County Commissioners to let them know you oppose the Dog Creek wind project and any other tax abatement.

Thad Lichtensteiger - 419-203-1835

Stan Owens - 419-203-2446

Todd Wolfrum - 419-238-4200

The Van Wert County Commissioners will have the final vote for the tax abatement on this project. The commissioners have told our committee that they will listen to all township trustees on this issue. Ultimately the commissioners will make the decision.

Your opinion to the commissioners does matter. Please call today.

To read the facts about wind, please go to If you would like to be on this opposing committee, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Mary Kay Klausing


Getting Ohio back to work
Written by US Senator Rob Portman   
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM




The last few weeks, I’ve been working with my colleagues in the Senate to secure an extension of long-term unemployment benefits that is paid for and will help Ohioans who are still struggling in this economy. I wish we didn’t need an extension at all, but even five years after the recession officially ended, too many of our friends and neighbors are still out of a job. In fact, the number of those who have been searching for work for at least six months remains at historically high levels, far above even what we’ve seen at the height of previous recessions.

An unemployment extension is not a moment for celebration; it’s a moment for reflection on what hasn’t worked in the past to spur job creation for the American people and what we can do better in the future.

On the Other Hand — Hail to the leftie
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Today’s column is a tribute to southpaws or lefties. My brother is a leftie. (I’ve always thought he was odd but not because of that.)

Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, left-handers have been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history. The word “sinister” even derives from “left or left-hand.”