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Letter to the Editor
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:00 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

I want to say “thank you” to a very special organ donor who in November 1997, allowed me to be alive today!

I received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. I will always remember the day my donor’s little sister asked if she could hear her brother’s heart beating in my chest. I will never forget the big smile and happy tears on the face of that 11-year-old younger sister. She just hugged me and said Aaron, her brother’s name, and looked up and smiled.

Have you considered being an organ donor? You could help to give the gift of life to another. Thank you for considering it.

Bob Grothouse

 
Someone else has less
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:00 PM

Where has the year gone?

It’s already November and we’ve had our first snowfall.

To many people’s surprise, we’ve already had a Christmas story in the paper.

I’m sure with the economy, the Delphos Community Christmas Project will need every bit of time they have to pull together a nice holiday for those who need a little boost. It’s tough out there and every penny will count.

It will be that way for many of us, I fear. Most of us are fortunate and have jobs. It may not be the one we want or need but a job none the less.

And here comes the quandry: What place will Thanksgiving have this year?

 
Longing for Lotus Leaf
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Whew! Sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with things.

Just as I was getting into full Thanksgiving mode, we learned Lotus injured her knee and may have to have surgery next week and the family won’t be able to come home for Thanksgiving.

Big - fat - bummer!

I haven’t seen my husband’s sister, her husband or Lotus since they were home for Thanksgiving three years ago. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up and, especially, decorating the tree with Lotus. My husband and I have it all planned out. We’ll go from Thanksgiving to Christmas in a few short hours.

I am hoping to share the stories behind some of my ornaments and drink hot chocolate and eat pumpkin pie and just have auntie time and make some memories.

My other nieces and nephews are grown and scattered and some have children of their own.

 
Letter to the Editor
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

The Allen County Council on Aging, Inc., Senior Citizens Association of Bluffton, Inc., Senior Citizens Services, Inc., and Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc. thank the voters of Allen County for the passage of an elderly service replacement levy. The passage of this levy insures the above four agencies can continue to provide vital services to all Allen County’s senior residents.

These agencies working together provide a multitude of services. As this segment of our population grows, the demand for services to meet their needs increases.

On behalf of these agencies, boards, staffs and participants, we thank the Allen County Commissioners and voters for their continuing support of services that benefit Allen County’s elderly.

Sincerely,

Diane Bishop, Executive Director

Allen County Council on Aging

Betsy Winget, Executive Director

Senior Citizens Services, Inc.

Joyce Hale, Director

Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.

Tonya Meyer, Director

Senior Citizens Association, Inc., of Bluffton

 
Letter to the Editor
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM

DEAR EDITOR:

City of Delphos Citizens:

It has come to our attention that the dispatching of our police, fire and EMS is being considered by the Council as non-essential to the operation of the city. The cost of three dispatchers, their benefits and insurance supposedly could help balance the budget. As a former dispatcher, I hope the citizens of this community realize what this, in essence, means to their safety and well being.

One: If your home catches on fire and your 9-1-1 call is dispatched, do you want to risk having a delay calling out our fire department should there be an event or crisis in Lima where your call will be coming from to our fire department? Likewise, do you want having a heart attack, accident or life-threatening emergency with one of your family to be held for even seconds because there is no longer anyone in our city’s police department to page out a squad?

Two: How is it that this can take place? Were we told, beyond saying that cuts would have to be further made if the levy didn’t pass but nothing about the disbanding of our dispatch department was ever stated beyond getting no replacement for those police officers retiring? Will the cost of doing away with these officers and dispatchers really warrant the savings supposedly reflected versus the problems created by doing without them? Why are these the only options given to us because as former dispatchers, we have seen what can and does happen when you have to rely on a larger entity that is NOT familiar with your streets and roads in paging out police or fire or EMS.

Three: I would like to know who among you would be allowed to run up a water bill the way the company in the industrial park ran up a $400,000 bill? Why were they allowed to get away with this with no stopping them? That should never have happened and now you as taxpayers are going to lose because you didn’t vote for the levy or so we are told but wait, was this the plan all along? How can this be when you the taxpayers weren’t made aware of the full ramifications of not voting for this levy? Interesting, isn’t it, that the fact that it was to be the employed and not the retirees who are on limited income already who would have to pay for the levy? Time to ask our council men who’s idea this was and why as a community we will seriously lose if this taking away of our dispatch center is implemented????

Retired Dispatchers

Mary Grothause

Karen Wiechart

Mary Lou Wrocklage

 
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