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All gave some, some gave all
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with more than two dozen cities and towns claiming to be the holiday’s birthplace.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5, May, 1868, by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30, May, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states. It is now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three-day weekend for the federal holiday). Some southern states still set aside an additional day for honoring the Confederate war dead.

No matter where it started and by whom, the premise has stayed the same. We set aside the day to remember those who died fighting for their country, their flag and your and my freedoms.

The Memorial Day service will, as usual, be held at the Veterans Memorial Park. The park has been well-tended in the last several months. The grass looks like it has been cut with manicure scissors, it is so precise.

 
Portman praised by Delphos resident
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

I would like to thank Ohio’s Senator Rob Portman for his stand against renewal of the Production Tax Credit. Over the past 20 years, American taxpayers have seen little return from the forced investment in wind energy. This handout consistently fails to deliver on its promise of long-term job creation, economic activity, and affordability. It promotes government favoritism in the energy marketplace, threatens the reliability of the energy grid and another two year extension will cost the taxpayers over $12 billion. Recent reports and studies have also shown that subsidizing wind energy results in higher electricity costs for American families.

So thank you Ohio’s Senator Rob Portman for opposing the renewal of the PTC. American taxpayers deserve a portfolio of energy solutions that are economically viable, not those that have to be propped up by carve outs in the tax code.

Sincerely,

Mary Kay Klausing

Delphos, Ohio

 
Stamp Out Hunger supporters thanked
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

To the editor,

On Saturday, May 10, the National Association of Letter Carriers held their annual nationwide “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

Letter carriers at the Delphos Post Office participated as well and we are happy to announce that this years drive brought in a total of 2,490 pounds of non-perishable food!

All the food was evenly distributed between the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Interfaith Thrift Shop, both located here in Delphos. This will really help stock their shelves as the summer approaches.

A task such as this could not be accomplished without the help of others so at this time we would like to thank WDOH and The Delphos Herald for their advertising, the businesses that helped us promote this food drive, our local management; Marilyn Mulholland and Lori Brenner for their cooperation, the rural carriers who worked that day; Lisa Rahrig, Donna Moreo, Louise Laudick and Kim Feathers, for collecting on their routes, our clerks working that day; Lisa Perry and Julia Kleman for taking care of the food collected in the lobby and over the counter; and special thanks to Janet Taff for coming in on her vacation and separating the cans and the boxed donations.

 
The DATA Act: A win for the American People
Written by Rob Portman   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

BY U.S. SENATOR ROB PORTMAN

 

Over the last couple of weeks, something remarkable happened in Washington. Congress passed a bill, and the President signed it. That we were able to see the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) break through partisan gridlock and become law speaks to what this legislation can accomplish for the American people.

The DATA Act was the result of a bipartisan, bicameral effort to significantly upgrade the fiscal transparency provided by USASpending.gov. Even in today’s information age, finding out how the government spends our taxpayer dollars is not as easy as it should be. The DATA Act will shine a light on our government’s finances and will help us to weed out wasteful and abusive spending, a necessity at a time of record debts and deficits.

The DATA Act builds on what we have learned since Congress passed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act in 2006, a piece of legislation I was tasked with implementing as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The DATA Act makes it easier to compare federal spending across federal agencies by requiring the establishment of government-wide financial data standards. It also strengthens transparency by requiring agencies to supply monthly updates to USASpending.gov and increases the quality of that data by adhering to uniform standards that promote consistency and reliability. Critically, the DATA Act empowers agency Inspectors General and the Government Accountability Office to hold agencies accountable for the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data they submit to USASpending.gov.

Of course, now that we have passed the DATA Act, we must remain vigilant in ensuring that it is fully implemented. The DATA Act gives the Treasury Department and OMB 12 months to craft new data standards that are uniform, flexible, and adaptable – the necessary inputs to allow the system to function. I am sure there will be setbacks. But that is why we have to start thinking about these issues now. If we fail at this first step, a great many of the DATA Act’s potential benefits will be delayed or perhaps lost all together.

 
Honor all veterans on Memorial Day
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

By Byron McNutt

 

Memorial Day is a time to honor those men and women who fought bravely and made the greatest sacrifice one can make to defend liberty - their lives.

Too often, we take for granted the ideals for which our ancestors fought. It may be easy to forget because only 6 percent of Americans younger than 65 have served in uniform.

We must constantly remind ourselves that freedom isn’t free. It shouldn’t be an inconvenience for us to take a few minutes on Monday to honor those veterans.

In all, more than 1.2 million Americans have died in wars since our country was founded. Millions more were injured. They were the sons and daughters, grand-children, cousins, nieces, nephews and parents of tens of millions of people.

Who will remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion to the cause of justice, freedom and democracy if not those who live under the protection of these great principles?

While Memorial Day is for veterans of all wars, we are paying special tribute to the men and women, mostly in their 80s and 90s, who served in World War II more than 70 years ago.

In short order, the special tributes will fall to veterans of the Korean War and to the Viet Nam War. As these noble warriors march quietly into eternity, they don’t ask for your praises, they only ask to be remembered.

World War II was about more than the maps, dates and places taught in schools today:

- It was about the 17-year-old boys nearly freezing to death in a foxhole and awakening to hear the rumble of tanks as a massive German offensive began.

- It was about praying that your plane, perforated by enemy bullets and shrapnel, could somehow limp across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean to safety.

- It was about overcoming gut-wrenching fear to charge a machine-gun bunker after watching its fanatical defenders massacre your comrades.

- And it was about searching among the dead for your closest friend and wondering “Why him and not me?”

They were ordinary men and women, many of them just children, thrust into extraordinary circumstances. They bore the burden of defending freedom and our way of life, not just for us but also for most of the world.

They did it for their country, they did it for their ideals, and they did it for their buddy in the next foxhole. And thank God for us they did it so well.

Today, we have the best-trained, best-equipped fighting forces in the world. The free world looks to America to police the world and protect them from evil forces.

As we’ve learned the last 15 years, massive power alone will not win the war. It still takes men and women willing to put their lives in danger. They deserve our unwavering support and gratitude.

 
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