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Random acts of kindness
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:00 PM

They cross our paths every now and then. There’s just something different about them. They are the ones that stop and pick something up that you’ve dropped and open the door when your hands are full, or even not full. They take the time to stay in touch with others. They’re attuned to the fact that they don’t walk the earth alone. They know the rest of us are here and they acknowledge us by being courteous, friendly and just plain nice.

I encountered one of these creatures recently in Meijer. I had been maneuvering my cart down the aisles that I think we would all agree could use a good four more inches to comfortably pass someone else. I had just dodged behind a stand— nearly in the middle of the aisle, of course, and the corner of my cart tipped over three of the items on the stand.

Open letter to the community of Delphos
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, August 03, 2014 7:23 PM )

Dear Editor,

Summer is a magical time for many of us, especially for students who have a brief respite from the responsibilities of school. Summer is when we are free to enjoy the outdoors, play some ball with our friends or hang out and relax at the pool. We, from Beyond Expectations, would like to thank the many people who help provide these same opportunities for the individuals in our community with physical, mental and medical challenges.

As we watch these events unfold each year and see these kids grow, it becomes evident that our commonality is more important than our differences.

Why gas taxes are a taboo topic
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:00 PM

In a 2013 report, The American Society of Civil Engineers said more than 30% of America’s major roads are in poor condition and rated one in nine of the nation’s bridges as structurally deficient.

This negligence of maintenance and repair can cause an increase in travel times, damages to vehicles and it can cause accidents that result in injuries and fatalities.

After a harsh winter, it is clear Wisconsin’s state, county and city roads and bridges took a beating. Many people wonder, will it take a major tragedy, like a disastrous bridge collapse to get action from the State Legislature.

Non-partisan polls in Wisconsin show that residents and consumers simply don’t like gas taxes and because of that, Democrats and Republicans don’t want to talk about raising fuel taxes and don’t want to debate it as a campaign issue.

With many state races uncontested, why would candidates want to poke a bee’s nest? With consumers unhappy, legislators won’t deal with infrastructure upkeep issues until they are forced to.

Several articles on the subject have appeared in newspapers and I talked to former state legislator Jim Holperin of Eagle River for his insights and perspective.

Rep. Jim Jordan set to visit Van Wert Co.
Written by Todd Wolfrum   
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:00 PM

A month ago, Commissioner Lichtensteiger and I were having a conversation about how to breathe new life into the Van Wert County Republican Party. It would seem that in a county leaning nearly 80% to the right, any production under the Republican banner should be generating several times the interest and attendance of those cozy lunches of recent gatherings past.

Some proposed changes we kicked around included more inclusive meeting times and venues. Lunch meetings, for example, have the effect of eliminating most working people. And since most non-union working people tend to be conservative, that’s one big chunk of potential Republicans that can’t assemble.

And if the working middle class could assemble, they might not feel comfortable doing so at a country club – not everyone likes pretensions intermingled with their politics. It would serve Republicans well to divest themselves of that image of the Party of the Wealthy anyway. Personally, I’d rather the Party meet at the Junior Fair Building in the evening.

But first and foremost, we agreed that what the Republican Party here vitally needs is a dynamic speaker or two. On that front, I had one person on my wish list – U.S. Representative Jim Jordan. The Congressman from Urbana represents the neighboring 4th District, which includes Lima.

State legislature addressing opioids and unemployment compensation
Written by Tony Burkley   
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:00 PM

This summer, bipartisan study committees will be meeting to discuss two large problems our state is facing: opioid addiction and unemployment compensation debt. Hearings on these subjects will be held throughout the state this fall in August and September.

This summer’s committees are named:

- Law Enforcement Perspectives on the Drug Epidemic & Its Impact on Families Study Committee

- Unemployment Compensation Debt & Reducing Burdens on Businesses Study Committee.