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Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:02 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

On July 29 of this year one of our worst fears occurred; a fire at our home. I have dealt with the Delphos Fire and Rescue employees for many years in the capacity of having them teach the preschool children at Kreative Learning where I have worked for the past 16 years. Having Kevin Streets teach the little kids about safety and what to do if there is a fire is priceless when it comes to your child surviving a fire.

You never really think you will have a fire at your house. I guess what you really call it is praying you never have a fire. When it happens, you realize how valuable time is. Time is everything when you are trying to keep your house from burning to the ground. Handling the thoughts after the safety of the firemen leave your home is not easy. Trying to sleep that night waking up wondering if the fire will start back up, (even though Bunny checked the walls with the thermal sensor) is something you have a hard time dealing with. Making your 20-year-old college student sleep downstairs that very night so you can get her out if it comes back. These are all things every person must deal with when having a fire at their home.

On Sept. 8, we once again needed the services of the First Responder and EMT personnel when our son broke his tibia and fibula and needed to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Again, time was imperative.

I have been reading some of the comments in The Delphos Herald concerning police and fire rescue. I would like to ask the citizens of the Delphos voting district: Can you really afford to wait 20-25 minutes for the fire department to reach your house? We live six miles from the fire department it took the fire department approximately 11 minutes to reach our house. I truly believe that the metal roof on our house was what kept it from being burnt to the ground in those 11 short minutes until the fire department was here to do what they do best.

When our son broke his leg, the first responder was here within 13 minutes. If you are having a massive heart attack do you think time will be important? Of course it will.

No one ever wants to use the services of the Delphos Fire and Rescue but the fact is we will use them.

It may be your house next time, or your loved one who is hurt.

I do not pretend to have any answers for the budget issues in the city of Delphos but I can tell you from personal experience, cutting our fire and rescue or police department is very disturbing to me. I ask everyone to look deep, ask yourselves do we need to cut fire, police, EMT or do we need to see where the waste really is within the city? Is the fact that some people are focusing on the overtime for the fire department or the fact that we have so many police officers really the problem? Will that fix the budget? Maybe this year but what about next year? Does this mean relying on volunteers will be our only option?

People of Delphos, I ask you to really think about taking away Delphos Fire and Rescue or Delphos Police department employees. Ask yourselves if you are going to want time on your side when you need one of these departments or do you want to have everyone with a scanner in town to keep saying please, please someone get to those people in need and 20 minutes later still saying that same prayer because that is what happens when you move to an all-volunteer department. That is what I do when I hear some of the neighboring towns call out for their department assistance of volunteers.

Please understand I am not saying volunteers are not where it is at, they, too, serve a very important purpose in our community.

Look for the fat elsewhere in the city. I am sure there is plenty of other positions that our city can live without.

Sincerely,

Brenda Hoersten

Delphos

 
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Saturday, September 07, 2013 12:24 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Gold in September stands for kids with cancer. An opportunity is available to you to raise awareness and support for these special kids.

An organization called CureSearch holds an event called CureSearch Walk to raise money and awareness. This is a nonprofit organization that funds life-saving research through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). There are more than 200 children’s cancer centers across the U.S. Some of these centers include Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Toledo Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Hospital. CureSearch is a research organization that is strictly dedicated to research of children’s cancers. Ninety-six percent of all money raised goes directly to research. Several individuals who partner with CureSearch are the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and major league baseball player Craig Breslow’s Strike 3 Foundation.

There are several walks to be held in the next few weeks. Today, one is being held in Toledo and one is taking place on Sunday in Fort Wayne. Dayton is hosting a walk in mid-September and Columbus will offer one on Oct. 4 in conjunction with an evening at the zoo. For a complete list of walks or to donate, please log on to www.curesearchwalk.org.

In memory of my granddaughter, Alivia, who passed at the age of 3 in 2011, I have donated to CureSearch. Won’t you join me in raising money and raising awareness for the need to find cures for children’s cancers?

Sincerely,

Betty Shobe

Delphos

 
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Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

On behalf of the volunteers who have just completed our annual Marbletown Festival, I would like to sincerely thank the businesses in our community and the area residents who turned out to make our 2013 event the most successful ever.

As has been the case since our community celebration began, funds you helped us to raise will be used to make improvements in Garfield Park, which draws its history from the very beginnings of our neighborhood.

We are very grateful for the corporate contributions we received and for the many folks who took part in our activities or purchased our raffle items and souvenirs.

We hope you will plan to join us in early 2014 for our next Marbletown Festival.

Sincerely,

Kathy Gengler

Marbletown Festival Committee Chair

 
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Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:34 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

While driving across Indiana-Ohio state line on Sunday, July 21, I noticed that not one of the giant wind turbines in sight was turning. The temperature was almost 90 degrees. Many air conditioners were working hard while no power was being generated by the monstrous wind generators. I drove to Van Wert on Thursday, July 25, and again, every wind turbine in sight was motionless.

It’s a good thing the power companies have other sources of energy - ones that are consistent, reliable, efficient and cost-effective.

I’ve read Iberdrola, the Spanish oil company involved with wind generators in this part of Ohio, has had lots of experience with wind generators in Spain. Spain has so invested heavily in wind generators that some believe the high price of energy is a major factor that caused many companies to leave Spain and locate where energy is less expensive. Some believe that losing all of those employers is the reason Spain is having financial problems. According to an article I read recently, the Spanish government either had to raise energy prices by 42 percent to consumers or change how they compensate Iberdrola and other energy companies. Fortunately for customers, the government chose not to raise their energy prices.

Do we want 42-percent energy price increases like that for ourselves?

My primary disagreement with wind generators is economics. If they are not costly and inefficient, why do they rely on federal subsidies to survive? Our government is collecting taxes and borrowing billions from China and others and then spending funds on expensive and unreliable “alternative energy” projects. These projects benefit companies like Iberdrola and a few landowners but the high cost is borne by all of us through higher taxes and higher energy prices.

Someday, our kids and grandkids will not only be saddled with very expensive energy prices, they’ll have to repay that borrowed money.

This is nonsense and should be stopped now.

Tom Odenweller

Delphos

 
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Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

The Summer Reading Program 2013 has come to an end and I want to take this opportunity to share some highlights of our last eight weeks here at the Delphos Public Library. First of all, I invite all Facebook users to “like’” our library page where you can view loads of wonderful pictures of the children enjoying library adventures. We also welcomed Sarah Brotherwood to our children’s staff this spring. Sarah brought a lot of enthusiasm, computer expertise and creativity to the mix.

This year, we had 348 children and teens join: 216 kindergarten through fifth-graders, 101 preschoolers and 31 members of the Teenread book club. Of the 247 school-age members, 170 completed the program by reading at least 90 minutes a week for six weeks. Total attendance for all 34 events was 1,880.

As part of our programs, we reveled in the antics of David Kaplan, magician and comedian; at the Family Night, the children were able to climb on and experience several large vehicles, including tractors, a garbage truck, a fire truck and grain wagons; and they also got to dig in the mud and play with worms, compliments of our friends at Allen County Soil and Water Conservation. These are just a sample of the different activities that went along with the theme “Dig into Reading.”

Of course, none of this would be possible without the back-up of the whole library staff and a team of volunteers. Our 2013 volunteers were Sally Kiggins, Sue Wildermuth, Sharon and Sarah Closson, Teresa and Kayla Pohlman, Jessica Recker, Jennifer and Jason Ditto, Holly Dellinger, Makayla Herron, Adam Schneer, Emily Buettner, Claire Sensibaugh, Erin Pohlman, Madison Spring and Ryan Dickman. These folks gave a valuable service to the library this summer and we appreciate them very much.

As the Children’s Librarian, I want to compliment and thank the families for bringing the children to our summer activities as they are a joy to spend time with and serve. We’ve enjoyed their curiosity, enthusiasm and zest for life.

Sincerely,

Denise Cressman

Children’s Librarian

Delphos Public Library

 
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