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Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:01 AM


Wind turbines are incompatible with farming

My home is on 65 acres 3/4 mile from 100 wind turbines. Your county’s residents have asked me what their future holds. I implore Van Wert County to avoid making the same mistake that McLean County did in destroying thousands of acres of what was once the most productive soil in the world by permitting wind turbines without protecting residents and agricultural businesses with safe setbacks. Farming and living in a peaceful rural community is gone once turbines come.

Choosing turbines will cause you to give up access to environmentally friendly methods of protecting waterways from nitrogen runoff by planting cover crops aerially. Aerial applicators reserve the right not to spray within one mile of a turbine. Our past state association president said, “Aerial application can be done in maybe 10% of the fields inside wind farms, but it isn’t worth somebody’s life to get in there and try to do that.” Many fields will lose the option to protect their crops aerially. If a plane hits a tower, blade, or unmarked meteorological tower, the leaseholder can be sued by the developer for damages. A farmer here testified that he will never be able to spray his field by air again: he can’t get insurance. When offered more turbines, he declined, stating he wouldn’t have gotten the first ones had he known. Farmers have a right to do what they want on their own property, but they do not have a right to put up a wind turbine which may deprive their neighbor of their livelihood, income they get from farming. Can the county be sued for approving this as an unfair business practice? Will your neighbor sue you to recover damages they’ll suffer from decreased yields and increased costs because of your turbine?

Soil compaction and crushed field tiles from heavy cranes is permanent and occurs repeatedly during 60 year leases. Tile removal and raised access roads in fields create drainage nightmares. Farmers seldom get the same yields after destroying their fields with wind turbines. Wind turbines are completely incompatible with farming. You choose - farm or place an industrial power plant in the middle of a once a productive field.

You cannot do both. It’s inexcusable for Van Wert County to ignore evidence from victims of other wind farms. Deny permits which will endanger the health, safety and livelihood of your citizens.

Learn more - Windaction,

Kim Schertz

Hudson, Ill

Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00 AM


Read your article in the Saturday newspaper about “The Ice Man,” This article really hit home with me because I was an Ice Man in the late 1930s.

I worked for the Steinle Brewery Co. one whole summer and fall. I worked with Leonard and Clarence Lause at the time.

I don’t know who wrote this article but there is a lot more to tell about being an ice man. It was hot, hard and sometimes long work to do. I could probably write this whole page about what we did that summer.

I do have an ice pick like the one in the picture, the top one. These picks and tongs were a big part of this job.

I really liked the article because I had something to do with it a long time ago.

I only wish you really did know what an “ice man” really did in a day’s work.


Arthur J. Grothouse

Letter to the Editor
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Friday, July 19, 2013 11:58 PM | Updated ( Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:01 AM )


Christian belief holds that almighty God created the heavens and the earth and humankind in his image.

We then, as created beings do not have divine authority to elevate or denigrate other created beings based upon skin color, ethnicity, weight, intellect, talent or any other attribute assigned by the creator. Our nation’s founders held that equality was intended by God.

Of course, my comments are prompted by the recent Travon Martin/George Zimmerman situation in which a young man lost his life. The one who fired the fatal shot was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

Our laws are based upon the Ten Commandments. Our judicial system is not perfect and justice is not always blind.

At times, some will differ with a verdict and have the right to voice pleasure or displeasure.

I disagreed with the “not guilty” verdict in the O.J. Simpson case. I accepted it. The news media reported much jubilation and celebration by some.

I agreed with the “not guilty” verdict in the Martin/Zimmerman case and accepted it. The news media reported much displeasure by some.

Some who were displeased by the verdict chose to manifest it in unlawful, violent, terroristic and destructive behavior, some of which was condoned and encouraged by those they look to for leadership.

Such behavior should be dealt with under our system of laws.

Rioting advocates and indeed is the attempt to rule by mob, the antithesis to rule by law.

My hope and my prayer is that we become as our creator intended and that we look to those in leadership whose view of humankind transcends all.

Larry Semonde


What to do, what to do
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Friday, July 19, 2013 11:56 PM

So it’s that time again. As you read this, I will be taking my hubby to the airport for his annual trip to our niece’s national dance championships in Ocean City, Md.

With a week without my hubby and best friend stretching before me, I ask myself, “What to do, what to do?”

Letter to the Editor
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Friday, July 12, 2013 11:52 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:08 PM )



I would like to thank Lois McLennan and the entire Delphos Swimming Pool staff that worked the afternoon of July 3, 2013 for their calm, thorough and compassionate response to an incident that injured my son. My son jumped off the diving board at the pool as he has done many, many times this summer but on July 3, he struck his head on the end of the diving board which left a serious cut that required medical attention. The lifeguards and Ms. McLennan immediately responded to the injury in the calmest and most compassionate manner I could have hoped for. They quickly applied ice and pressure to his head and quietly spoke to him which I believe helped reduce any fear and anxiety he might have felt. Ms. McLennan was more than helpful in assisting with my two other children that were also at the pool which allowed me to focus on my son that was injured. The lifeguards are mainly young kids, but on July 3, 2013 they handled a serious situation in a very mature and grown up manner. I would also like to thank the Delphos EMS for their quick response and care in transporting him to St. Rita’s. Our family can’t thank all of you enough, but please know how much we greatly appreciate the care and concern you showed that day.


Chris, Lisa and Alex Herron