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Ah, Summer, I knew you well
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Although the calender may not reflect it, summer is almost over. How do I know this? Well, for one, I was attacked by a cicada the other night on my porch. That is definitely not a “summer” activity.

I’m sure for anyone who caught the performance, it was a show-stopper. I yelled and ran around in circles with my arms up in the air. Probably not the most graceful thing but it worked. That awful thing got off me and when I got in the house and shut the door, it beat on the storm door four or five times before giving up and flying off.

According to my esteemed colleague, the earlier you hear them, the earlier the frost is. Fall may be sooner than we think; I’ve been hearing them buzz for weeks.

It seems like after we celebrate the Fourth of July, the rest of the summer seems to evaporate. I couldn’t believe it when I got the first school registration and was even more surprised when the first day arrived.

Many of my flowers are starting to show the wear and tear of blooming like crazy for months. The fuchsia has already made its way into the garbage and the begonias are looking pretty sad.

People love getting something more
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

If you want to be a success, always remember, “people soon forget most of what they hear you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” They also like getting something more…the value added principle that this story illustrates.

Mrs. Smith, the manager of a huge candy counter, employed two clerks, Betty and Mary to serve customers. This is a story told by Brad and Alan Antin in their book titled Secrets From The Lost Art of Common Sense Marketing.

One day as the normal crowd of after school kids flooded her shop, Mrs. Smith noticed that there were twice as many kids in the line waiting for Betty as there were waiting for Mary. So she went to the end of Betty’s line and asked little Johnny why he was waiting in such a long line when Mary’s line was so much shorter.

Johnny looked up and said, “That’s easy. Betty gives us more candy for our quarter.”

The next day, Mrs. Smith watched Betty sell her candy. Each time a child would put his or her quarter on the counter, Betty would sell them exactly half a pound of candy.

Getting America back to work this Labor Day
Written by Rob Portman   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Labor Day is bittersweet for too many Ohioans. On a holiday meant to celebrate the end of summer with a day off from work, too many of our friends and neighbors will spend it looking through the Want Ads for a job. Full-time jobs are hard to come by, while more and more people are forced into part-time work. More and more Ohioans are having to take two or even three jobs just to make ends meet. Washington can and should do more to help.

We should start by reforming our broken tax code. Burger King is just the latest company to move its headquarters to another country to avoid our overcomplicated and burdensome code. Our tax rate is the highest in the world at 35 percent. Canada, where Burger King is moving, has a 15 percent rate. The math isn’t complicated.

Please don't dump cats or kittens at fairgrounds
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

This letter is to urge people to please stop dumping cats and kittens at the fairgrounds in Van Wert, Ohio. It is not a safe haven.

About four years ago while at the fairgrounds, my wife and I observed many cats and kittens around several buildings. That day, we saw around 40. We decided to feed and water them at the locations where they were. This last winter we only missed one day because drives were not plowed. Recently, I was ordered to feed cats at only one location — by the Saddle Horse Barn. Nowhere else. Aug. 22, there were only five cats at that location to feed. I’m sure many more were around the grounds.

Feeling loss and sadness
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

I was with great surprise and sadness that I received a letter from our pastor, Angela Khabeb. They are leaving Sunday. What was more of a shock was the reason: There are bad circumstances in Delphos concerning the safety of this family.I’m told they looked for help with the situation but didn’t find it.