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Turning the president’s words into a year of action
Written by U.S. Senator Rob Portman   
Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM



In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama talked about a year of action to restore an opportunity society, one where every American can pursue his or her dreams. I couldn’t agree more with the goal, but I disagree with most of the President’s ideas about how to get there. We have tried the top down approach of more government, more regulations, more spending and record debt, and it hasn’t worked.

On the Other Hand — A letter to Phil and Chuck
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, January 31, 2014 9:23 PM )

This is a letter to Phil and Chuck.

Not the bearded scamp on Duck Dynasty and the martial arts and fitness guru but rather Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck.


Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, January 31, 2014 9:23 PM )


Dear Delphos Citizens:

As a former Delphos dispatcher, I have to, in good conscious, please ask you to contact you councilmen-at-large, (Josh Gillespie, Kevin Osting and Joe Martz) and your own ward councilman and ask them NOT to approve a contract between the Allen County Sheriff and the Allen County Commissioners to remove the Delphos Police Department dispatching center.

In today’s Lima News (Jan. 28), the Allen County Dispatch Center did not receive 13 9-1-1 calls from a family whose young son had stopped breathing. The father finally was able to resuscitate the child while the wife and her friend tried in vain to reach the PSAP center at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The family then rushed the child to Lima Memorial Hospital, which was the closest hospital to them, just blocks away from their Leonard Avenue home.

Had this happened in Delphos, the closest hospital to our community, if the Ambulatory Care Center was not open, would have taken the family a good 20 minutes to reach but WAIT, a call to the Police Department or the Fire Department on their BUSINESS line, which should be on everyone’s speed dial or cell phone, if the 9-1-1 didn’t work would have brought a first responder immediately followed by a dispatched ambulance.

This is the very reason I can’t support having Delphos commit to a centralized dispatch through Allen County. This is in no way a reflection on the Allen County Sheriff’s office and Allen County dispatchers because it was the SYSTEM that failed but my concern is that our dispatchers and police and fire officers would and could be sent out immediately if an incident like this occurred as soon as you call the local business number. Calling the Allen County Sheriff’s office would delay the message when you can call up here to the Police Department to get an instant response. In the event our phone system is down, if you can drive up to the Police Department, the dispatcher will have a first responder down from the fire department immediately.

No one can predict what can happen, but in my experience, depending on a system needed to cover a large area with multiple communities as is the situation in Allen County, allows for a greater margin of error. Seriously consider this please, as your life, one of your family members or your home may depend on this. Your council persons need to know how you feel or going to council meetings is even better. Someone out there in the community may have an idea which will help council find solutions to a lot of the problems we are facing.


Mary Lou Wrocklage


Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:00 PM


On Jan. 17, the Herald ran an article entitled “Business Owner sees Downtown Ghost Town.” I was interviewed for that article and do need to clarify some points made in it.

First of all, I would like to thank the Herald for interviewing me in regards to my concerns; however, this was not my first choice as I wanted them to print a specific letter from me. However, they stated that letter was too large and they suggested an interview. I knew I would lose editorial control of the final product but I accepted that offer.

Overall, the article did a good job of highlighting my concerns and positive suggestions. (The full text of my letter can be found at or at my store - Coins, Currency and Collectables at 238 North Main St. I suggest you look at it to see all of my ideas).

HOWEVER, the article attributed the comments and concerns to myself and several local businesses. This was not the case at all.

I have talked with a variety of businesses and individuals; however, all the viewpoints expressed in the article were strictly mine and no one else’s. I stand by them but do not wish that anyone infer that any of the listed businesses made or endorsed any of these comments as they did not.

I did discuss with the interviewer the need to call a meeting and out of that, we would hopefully form committees to address the issues that would come from such, both positive and negative.

I did state something to the effect that I would hope a number of local businesses, such as the ones listed, may join this effort. I sincerely hope they do; however, at this point, none of them were involved in any group or writing this article.

Moving past that now and as mentioned in the article, I would like to call a meeting of any concerned citizen or business owner to start the process of looking at downtown Delphos. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday above Coins, Currency and Collectables at 238 N. Main St.

Please bring all concerns with resolutions and positives to the meeting. There are no bad ideas.

I hope by working together we can form a positive vision and mission for our great city. (The tentative agenda for this meeting is also on our website.)

Bruce Maag

Uncle Sugar goes to town
Written by Kathleen Parker   
Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, January 24, 2014 9:45 PM )

WASHINGTON -- We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really?

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, talk-show host and erstwhile Baptist preacher, was trying to demythologize the alleged Republican “war on women” so brilliantly defined by Democrats in 2012.

Speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting Thursday, Huckabee said it was time to “no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a war on women.” Republicans aren’t waging a war on women, he said. “They have a war for women.”

The alleged war on women was based essentially on the notion that people who think abortion is a bad idea -- or who don’t think the government should mandate insurance coverage for birth-control coverage -- are anti-woman. Democrats point mainly to new state laws that have limited access to abortion, not to mention the unforgettable observations of a few Republican men about “legitimate” rape and so on.