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Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:37 AM


The Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to thank everyone who helped make the centennial celebration of the Lincoln Highway last week so successful.

The events were well organized by our committee members: Kirk Dougal, Warren Kramer, John Marshall, Adam Ries, Gary Showalter, Sarah Smith, Larry Webb and Jeanne Zeigler. The new informational kiosk in Fountain Park is the result of work done by Larry Webb, Adam Ries, Ty Coil and Greg Boley. The kiosk is a reality thanks, in part, to contributions from the Van Wert County Foundation, Eaton Corp and Iberdrola Renewables. Gary Showalter spent countless hours putting together a Lincoln Highway Tour Guide for Van Wert County, which will be available to the public in late July.

The Van Wert Historical Society prepared a picnic lunch for the official Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour, which arrived in town at noon on Wednesday. Jeanne Zeigler coordinated this project and thanks go to her, the Society and to the First United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facility as rain threatened to put a damper on the day.

Despite early rain on Friday, the concert in Fountain Park by the Toledo Jazz Orchestra was great. Thanks to Paul Hoverman and the Van Wert County Foundation for making this concert possible. Warren Kramer and John Marshall deserve a big thanks for all the work they did on the Centennial Car Show held that night in conjunction with the concert.

On Saturday, a bus trip organized by the Van Wert Convention and Visitors Bureau and led by Larry Webb took a group of area residents on a nostalgic journey along the Lincoln Highway from Convoy to Bucyrus, making several stops along the way. We want to thank everyone who went along on this trip.

Larry Lee,

Executive Director

Van Wert Area Convention

and Visitors Bureau

Things that make you go hmmmm
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:35 AM

So I’m sitting in the parking lot at The Herald after returning from delivering a newspaper. On the radio is a commercial for food banks. It’s 50 Cent talking for the average guy who has four mouths to feed and he lost his job.

“You might not pay attention to him but you will to me,” 50 Cent said.

Hmmm. Well, he had my ear. It seems 1 in 6 Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Thanks, 50 Cent. I will think about that and see what I can do. We have numerous food pantries and drives, etc., to help feed our neighbors right here.

I get up to the newsroom and I’m visiting some news sites on the computer to see what this column will be about and there’s 50 Cent in the news but it’s not quite as warm and fuzzy as a public service announcement to help feed our neighbors. Here is part of the story:

Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:02 AM


I oppose so-called “right to work” legislation because it’s misguided and harmful to workers and the middle class. The same CEOs and corporate interests who brought you Senate Bill 5 are supporting these dangerous attacks on workers. Just like SB 5, these policies put profits before people and are an unsafe, unfair attack on us all.

The far-reaching consequences of these policies are clear: in states where workers’ rights are denied, workplace fatalities are 36 percent higher and household incomes are $6,437 a year less than other states. Our everyday heroes like firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses and many others deserve fair wages and safe working conditions, not policies that will lower their pay and compromise their safety.

So-called “right to work” is wrong — don’t trust it.

Mike Edelbrock


Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:01 AM | Updated ( Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:02 AM )


I am writing today to update everyone on things happening in Congress that will affect the Postal Service and its customers.

My last letter I urged everyone to contact their congressmen concerning the harmful effects H.R. 2309 would have on the Postal Service and also our customers.


Hiring Ohio workers first
Written by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown   
Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:00 AM

BY U.S. Senator

Sherrod Brown


The United States is a nation of immigrants. From the transcontinental railroad to today’s technological advancements on the information superhighway, immigrants have helped to build our nation. The solution to the immigration challenges we face won’t be simple, but now is the time to take a commonsense approach to immigration reform. That means ensuring that the immigration bill is also a jobs bill — one that gives American workers a fair chance at fair wage jobs.

At recent roundtables in Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo, I’ve been asking Ohioans their immigration reform priorities. There is almost unanimous agreement that we must fix our broken immigration policy.

The bipartisan Senate plan finishes the job of securing our borders. It also creates a fair, but thorough pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants that require them. It also creates an employment verification system — to crack down on employers who are hiring workers without documentation — that prevents identity theft, and brings jobs out of the shadows.

But while the proposal we’re debating on the Senate floor is a critical step forward, I believe there are ways we can improve it further so our immigration policy is also a good jobs policy.

That means ensuring that American companies seek out skilled American workers before seeking visas for foreign workers.

Right now, the H-1B program serves an important, but specific purpose. When American employers cannot find the technical workers essential to their operations, businesses can recruit foreign workers through this visa. But we need to make sure foreign workers aren’t being hired at the expense of Americans.

That’s why Senator Grassley (R-IA) and I introduced a bipartisan bill called the H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2013. Our bill requires employers to make good faith efforts to hire Americans first and much of it was included in the immigration bill under Senate consideration.

Our work helped ensure that the immigration bill included a provision to require that employers to give American workers the first crack at a job opportunity before it can be filled with a visa holder. But during committee debate of the bill, our provision was altered so that employers now only have to take steps to recruit American workers they no longer have to give hiring preference to equally or better qualified American workers and can instead seek a visa for the foreign worker.

It is counterproductive to require employers to engage in additional recruiting steps designed to attract qualified U.S. workers without also requiring them to hire these workers if they apply.

If there are qualified Ohioans who can do the work, there is no need to fill a post with an H-1B worker. That’s why I’ve introduced an amendment to the immigration bill that will improve hiring practices of companies that temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations.

Our bipartisan amendment requires H-1B employers to first offer a position to an equally or better qualified American worker before seeking a visa to offer it to a foreign worker.

H-1B workers make a valuable contribution to our nation, but they should be hired when there is a demonstrable need not at the expense of a qualified Ohio worker is are ready, willing, and able to do a job.