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Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR,

I would like to thank the two families who have agreed to be host families for our German exchange students this Fall. However, I am still trying to find host families for the remaining six students. The deadline for placing the students is April 28.

 
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Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

Beware: Wind turbines still proposed for eastern Van Wert County!

Our committee opposing the proposed Dog Creek wind project has been attending several township meetings. At the meetings, Dan Litchfield, Iberdrola, has updated everyone on the progress of the proposed Dog Creek wind project.

1) Iberdrola has enough land/contracts signed to go forth with the Dog Creek project.

2) The project will have 50-60 wind turbines heading east of the existing Van Wert Blue Creek project, north of State Route 30 and stopping at Bockey Road.

3) Anyone that has signed or will sign a contract to put a wind turbine on their property cannot get out of the contract once it is signed.

If you are opposed to this Dog Creek project, please voice your opinion now. Do not wait until 50-60 MORE turbines are in your back yard.

Iberdrola claims they are a good business partner but in the next breath wants us to give them huge tax abatements (in lieu of paying taxes) for the project. What should have Van Wert County received instead of the $2,070,000 check? $9,120,000 is what Iberdrola should be paying each year. So instead of paying $60,000 per turbine, they paid $18,000. If Iberdrola is going to force us, in the Dog Creek area, to live by these turbines for the next 25 years, let’s make sure they pay the full tax amount.

Please call Van Wert County Commissioners to let them know you oppose the Dog Creek wind project and any other tax abatement.

Thad Lichtensteiger - 419-203-1835

Stan Owens - 419-203-2446

Todd Wolfrum - 419-238-4200

The Van Wert County Commissioners will have the final vote for the tax abatement on this project. The commissioners have told our committee that they will listen to all township trustees on this issue. Ultimately the commissioners will make the decision.

Your opinion to the commissioners does matter. Please call today.

To read the facts about wind, please go to saveourskylineohio.org. If you would like to be on this opposing committee, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Mary Kay Klausing

Delphos

 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

I, as a citizen of Delphos, have decided to support the income tax increase. After reading and listening to various discussions on the subject, I feel this is the only sensible alternative.

 
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

Negative vs. Positive regarding Dollar General

 

DEAR EDITOR:

There have been several newspaper articles regarding the possibility of Dollar General locating in our Ottoville community.

All the reading has been from a negative point of view, something which seldom pleases the residents or is a good reflection left on the town we call home.

As the old saying goes, “there are always two sides to every story.”

Perhaps equal time should be given where citizens can openly express their positive views and desires before the administration makes the final decision. Would it be feasible to conduct a public town hall meeting?

Golden opportunities seldom come along to villages with a population of less than 1,000.

Many established businesses here could benefit with the additional amount of people patronizing Dollar General and at the same time, stop elsewhere throughout the retained business district for miscellaneous purchases.

This new adventure could open the door to commercial growth for all of us to benefit now and in the future.

Closing the door on this proposed commercial project, while taking into consideration the site across the road (State Route 224) of the K-12 school, the positives outweigh the negative points of concern.

Hopefully as our governing officials preside and after all matters have been explored, it is decided to grab the brass ring — before it slips away.

Sincerely,

Jerry Hohlbein

Ottoville

 
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR,

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

Delphos

Van Wert County Taxpayer

 
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