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Letter to the Editor
Written by Nancy Spencer   
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

 
Getting Ohio back to work
Written by US Senator Rob Portman   
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM

BY US SENATOR

ROB PORTMAN

 

The last few weeks, I’ve been working with my colleagues in the Senate to secure an extension of long-term unemployment benefits that is paid for and will help Ohioans who are still struggling in this economy. I wish we didn’t need an extension at all, but even five years after the recession officially ended, too many of our friends and neighbors are still out of a job. In fact, the number of those who have been searching for work for at least six months remains at historically high levels, far above even what we’ve seen at the height of previous recessions.

An unemployment extension is not a moment for celebration; it’s a moment for reflection on what hasn’t worked in the past to spur job creation for the American people and what we can do better in the future.

 
On the Other Hand — Hail to the leftie
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Today’s column is a tribute to southpaws or lefties. My brother is a leftie. (I’ve always thought he was odd but not because of that.)

Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, left-handers have been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history. The word “sinister” even derives from “left or left-hand.”

 
Can we learn from others?
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, March 22, 2014 3:15 PM )

We see countless stories about the current economy and the destruction of people’s lives and livelihoods. Heck, we don’t need to watch the news or read about. Some of you, your neighbors or someone you know is going through it.

We need to see more of how some people, communities, groups, whoever, are making it. Some are making it.

We need to get up and do something. We are sitting around complaining and waiting and whining for someone to fix our problems for us while we run around in circles with our hands in the air.

 
On the Other Hand — All full up on snow
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00 PM

This past week has brought some heavenly and not-quite-so heavenly weather. Warm enough one day to forgo the winter coat and cold enough the next few to see more than six inches of rain, snow and sleet (of course all in one event).

I know we didn’t get as much as some but I feel secure in saying I think most of us have had enough. Next winter, when someone hears me whining about where’s the snow, smack me a good one.

 
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