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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

BY JOHN CRABTREE

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.

 
I'll pay the tax
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:00 AM | Updated ( Friday, October 25, 2013 7:53 PM )

What you are about to read may come as a surprise to some, most or all of you. At one point, it would have even surprised me. I am voting yes on the city’s .25-percent income tax on Nov. 5. It is 25 cents on every $100 of earned income from a city resident.

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.

 

 
Letters to the Editor
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Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Putnam County Voters:

I am writing to lend my support for the PCEMS levy and ask you to support it also. Back in 1974 I was one of the original squad members making runs when Putnam County EMS began. Being a squad member for over 10 years I got to see the dedication, training, and compassionate care given to patients all around the county. I also know of the stress experienced by EMS personnel as they try to relieve the pain and suffering of those in need.

On Nov.26, 2008, I experienced being on the “other side of the fence” when my heart stopped without any warning. If not for the quick actions of my wife beginning CPR and the quick response of EMS personnel, I might not be here to ask for your support. Their talent along with those of dispatch, fire, and police, all were part of the chain of survival that allows me to write this.

Knowing the levy will provide supplemental help for the volunteers to reduce response times, and provide community training in the form of CPR and First Aid, give me the confidence to ask you to join me in supporting this levy.

Seeing the EMS from both sides has made me realize that we cannot take that resource for granted. We need to strengthen Putnam County EMS to guarantee this vital service is available to answer the call. Please vote “YES” on Nov. 5.

David J. Odenweller

Ottawa

 

 

Dear Editor:

On Nov. 5, the voters of Putnam County have the opportunity to strengthen the medical well-being of the county. Putnam County EMS is asking the residents to approve a 0.65 mill levy that will provide supplemental help for the volunteers.

The squads are a vital link to medical care in Putnam County. Hundreds of patients are transported to and from our facility every year by our local EMS units. It has been very reassuring to the patients and staff, that compassionate quality care is available locally.

As a primary partner to the EMS, we at the Ambulatory Care Center see the unwavering dedication shown by the squads. We also get a first hand view of the strain put on the volunteer system due to increasing run volumes, additional training hours, and reduced availability. The passage of this levy will provide relief to a system that has been a source of dependable care and compassion for almost forty years.

Please join me in support of the Putnam County EMS levy by voting YES on Nov. 5.

Karen Vorst RN, Director

St. Rita’s Putnam County

Ambulatory Care Center

 

 

Dear Putnam County Voters:

Of all the worthy issues up for a vote this November, none is more important to our Village and Township residents than the EMS levy. We are fortunate that we are home to one of Ohio’s most successful EMS services. Recognized in 2011 as “Ohio’s Volunteer Service of the Year”, PCEMS has provided comfort and care to residents for almost 40 years. This service has touched many lives and has helped to form a solid base for the continued growth of our communities. It is truly a great asset to our county.

In service since 1974, Putnam County EMS has grown to meet the needs of the residents and have seen the number of runs nearly double to over 3000 since 1977. That increase and the modern day requirements of job and family commitments have greatly depleted the availability of these volunteers, in Putnam County and the entire state.

Your vote will fund supplemental full and part-time help for the volunteers, to ensure emergency medical response is not delayed. Along with that help the volunteers will receive a reimbursement increase for their time on EMS runs. Lastly these funds will provide community support in the form of CPR and first aid classes for residents, as well as continuing education opportunities for the PCEMS personnel.

Putnam County EMS has a significant impact on our community’s quality of life, so we encourage you to vote YES on Nov. 5 in support of the EMS levy.

Robert L. Heidenescher,

Putnam County Mayors Assn.

President

David R. Wieging

Putnam County Township Trustees Assn.

President

 
Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

I am writing as a supporter of the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board levy that will be on the ballot on November 5th. As a psychiatric nurse in our community I have first-hand knowledge of the success that results from treatment for mental health disorders. Our community has worked diligently to have passionate knowledgeable professionals, successful programs, and support systems in place for those with mental illness and also for their families.

Statistics show that one in four people experience some type of mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia in any given year. While that sounds staggering we also know that treatment works and people do recover.

Our local Mental Health & Recovery Services Board has been committed to funding needed services to help keep our local residents and their families healthy. Prevention services, treatment, and supportive services help to prevent many from being homeless, hospitalized, or incarcerated.

Please “Help Us Care” by voting YES on Nov. 5!

 

Mary Jane Mullenhour

 
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