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Yes, there is honor in all work
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

There’s more to be celebrated on Labor Day weekend than the last blast of summer and the coming of another beautiful autumn.

It’s time to celebrate working folks—not just the ones who own or manage businesses, but the ones who work for them.

Even Labor Day is a busy workday for those who bag groceries, work in restaurant kitchens, checkout customers at retail stores, bus tables, haul garbage, patrol our streets and highways and defend our country.

They are the front line workers who take our abuse when we don’t like their bosses’ policies or when the equipment malfunctions. They are the ones who often work combinations of jobs to make the rent or pay tuition or keep the kids in sneakers and braces.

They are the ones who show up even when they don’t feel well, the ones who stay as long as it takes to get the job done. Many will start counting the days this Labor Day until they’re laid off for the season.

I like to say there is honor in all work, no matter what kind of work it is. As we pause this weekend to celebrate Labor Day, I am reminded of the following thoughts:

On the Other Hand - Should I stay or should I go?
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:07 PM | Updated ( Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:26 PM )


Today’s column is about a rather delicate subject. As Delphos mourns the loss of a young mother at the hands of her husband, I feel compelled to address the issue of domestic violence.

I urge anyone who is being mistreated — verbally or physically — to get out of the situation. If there are children involved, do so doubly fast.


On the Other Hand — It all starts with one
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM

I don’t consider myself a “political” person. I have my beliefs and they don’t always line up on the same side of the fence. I’m a huge fan of forming the “Common Sense” party. Sometimes these politicians make me want to go back to bed with a good book and forget where and who I am.

On Friday, I covered Governor Kasich’s campaign rally in Lima. I didn’t think I was going hear much other than the usual rhetoric. These things are usually predictable and could be written, in most, without attending the event.

He did say one thing that stuck in my mind and I hope it will continue to grow in there and come to fruition. He said you don’t have to start out with the idea that you need to help 100, 50 or even 10 people. You just have to help one.

Huh. That’s pretty simple. Just focus on helping one person.

Look in the mirror …
Written by Anita Hesseling   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, August 08, 2014 7:43 PM )

To the editor,

Everyone is upset about the condition of water supplies in several of our nearby lakes. The Herald printed an article in Monday’s paper that states that farmers’ runoff and sludge plants are being blamed for the problem. No where did I see that everyone who fertilizes their yards was being blamed.

Know how taxes may affect decedent’s estate
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM

Q: Weren’t estate taxes eliminated in Ohio?

A: While the Ohio estate tax was repealed effective January 1, 2013, a decedent’s estate may have to pay a federal estate tax if the gross estate is more than $5.34 million dollars (“the exempt amount”).

Q: What is the tax rate for estates that exceed the exempt amount?

A: The tax rate is 40 percent. This rate also applies to generation-skipping transfer tax (when, for example, a distribution is made from a grandparent to a grandchild).

Q: Can any tax deductions be taken from the decedent’s gross estate?

A: Yes. Typical deductions include expenses associated with the decedent’s funeral and burial, debts and obligations, gifts to charities and most transfers to the surviving spouse.

Q: Should an estate file a federal estate tax return if all assets are transferred to the surviving spouse?