On Jan. 17, the Herald ran an article entitled “Business Owner sees Downtown Ghost Town.” I was interviewed for that article and do need to clarify some points made in it.
First of all, I would like to thank the Herald for interviewing me in regards to my concerns; however, this was not my first choice as I wanted them to print a specific letter from me. However, they stated that letter was too large and they suggested an interview. I knew I would lose editorial control of the final product but I accepted that offer.
Overall, the article did a good job of highlighting my concerns and positive suggestions. (The full text of my letter can be found at www.mybigcommerce.com or at my store - Coins, Currency and Collectables at 238 North Main St. I suggest you look at it to see all of my ideas).
HOWEVER, the article attributed the comments and concerns to myself and several local businesses. This was not the case at all.
I have talked with a variety of businesses and individuals; however, all the viewpoints expressed in the article were strictly mine and no one else’s. I stand by them but do not wish that anyone infer that any of the listed businesses made or endorsed any of these comments as they did not.
I did discuss with the interviewer the need to call a meeting and out of that, we would hopefully form committees to address the issues that would come from such, both positive and negative.
I did state something to the effect that I would hope a number of local businesses, such as the ones listed, may join this effort. I sincerely hope they do; however, at this point, none of them were involved in any group or writing this article.
Moving past that now and as mentioned in the article, I would like to call a meeting of any concerned citizen or business owner to start the process of looking at downtown Delphos. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday above Coins, Currency and Collectables at 238 N. Main St.
Please bring all concerns with resolutions and positives to the meeting. There are no bad ideas.
I hope by working together we can form a positive vision and mission for our great city. (The tentative agenda for this meeting is also on our website.)