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Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM


Regarding the article which appeared in the Van Wert Times Bulletin on Feb. 7, 2014, the American taxpayer, not Iberdrola, is the real reason why Van Wert County received the $2.07 million check. Yet, no one in the article even mentioned nor thanked the American taxpayer.

Please note the following which was taken from a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article on 10-21-13:

“The $172,688,076 grant from the U.S. Treasury Department awarded to Iberdrola on Aug. 20, 2012, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the capital cost of the Blue Creek Wind Farm. The cost of that grant money is borne by taxpayers, including taxpayers in Ohio.”

In reading the Times Bulletin article, I was surprised to learn that the $2.07 million check presented to Van Wert County was in lieu of property tax dollars. One has to wonder how much more money would have been collected had Iberdrola been required to pay property tax on each turbine?

While $2.07 million is a lot of money for Van Wert County, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately 173 million of American tax dollars Iberdrola received for the Blue Creek Wind Farm.

This is a prime example of wasteful government spending that continues to plague our country. Especially when 46 cents of each tax dollar spent is borrowed from countries like China.

This is why we must vote for and support state officials who support SB 34, which seeks to repeal Ohio’s energy policy. Furthermore, we must encourage our Van Wert County Commissioners not to provide future tax abatements (in lieu of property taxes) for Iberdrola’s proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm. Iberdrola has received enough of our tax dollars and it’s time they start paying their fair share. The proof is in the numbers.

Mark A. Wilson


Van Wert County Taxpayer

Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM


A recent frozen water line problem occurred after normal working hours that required help from the City of Delphos.

We will never be able to thank Sherryl George, Jeff Stockwell and Tim Williams enough. They gave us the best service any citizen of this community could have asked for. We are lucky to have these quality people here to help us through a very tough time.

Also, to Mike Miller, thank you for the help you always seem to give us when we need it.

Citizens of Delphos: please consider passing the May tax increase; the city needs to keep these quality people working for all of us!


Mike and Jan Odenweller


Guest editorial — Delphos: a perfectly boring place to live
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

Growing up in Delphos, I thought the town should’ve changed the motto on the welcome sign to “America’s Most Boring City.” I didn’t care that Delphos had friendly people — I wanted something to do. But with no mall or movie theater and only a few places to eat, Delphos seemed like the least exciting place my family could’ve chosen to live.

After college, I moved to Dallas and I thought I had found the perfect city that offered me everything Delphos hadn’t (and couldn’t). If I got hungry, I could choose from dozens of restaurants or grocery stores, all within a 5-minute drive of my apartment. If I got bored, I could head to one of the country’s largest malls or take in a movie at one of the 40 theaters nearby. And to top it off, if I had an emergency, I could call for help from a 3,500-member police force or walk across the street to the second-ranked hospital in Texas.

On the Other Hand — No badges for Barbie
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

If some have their way, there will be no more camping badges, no more cooking badges, no more first aid badges, no more citizenship badges — for Barbie anyway.

Two advocacy groups — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — have urged the Girl Scouts of the USA to end its partnership with the Mattel toy company.

On the Other Hand — A long winter's nap
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 01, 2014 9:00 PM

This column is on a topic near and dear to my heart — naps. I love naps. Not just any ol’ nap. A good nap.

Nothing ruins a nap quite like waking up and feeling more tired than when you laid down. Ugh! What a huge waste of time.