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Four more years
Written by Murray Cohen   
Friday, October 19, 2012 12:18 PM

My vote this year again will be for Barack Obama for a second term in office.
I wish more had been accomplished during the past four years but what has been done, especially in an economy that was in total collapse when he took office, is breathtaking.
He would almost earn my vote for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, something the George Bush administration  couldn’t accomplish. It was Obama that got the job done. Just as he promised.
Ohio, with its big stake in the auto industry, must be grateful for the skillful way the Obama administration saved General Motors and Chrysler. Mitt Romney - at the very least - gave no support for this. And it’s not just GM/Chrysler he saved. It was hundreds of suppliers to these companies, whose bankruptcies would have impacted  the economy of scores of communities in Ohio and the Midwest.
Romney said on his first day in office, he would have repealed Obamacare. Tell that to the millions of Senior Citizens who have benefited, tell it to the many families who can still keep their children on their health plan for several more years. Obamacare must be amended to make it more friendly to the medical profession, but all the good stuff in it to see that the middle class doesn’t go broke over illness should be retained.
As for a “voucher” system for Social Security and other benefits, which Romney-Ryan espouses, although we have much reforming to do, that’s a no-go as far as I am concerned. You are pitting millions of people out there against insurance companies who have the expertise to out-maneuver them. Social Security must be reformed but a voucher system is a threat to all of the middle and lower classes.
It is unacceptable to me that people earning millions of dollars a year should be paying no more-or even less-than their secretaries. And Romney-Ryan are pledged to give the millionaires and billionaires a tax break even with the current deficits and other challenges. They’ll make up for it, they say, with ending, “loopholes.” At every step of the way, brilliant attorneys/lobbyists who earn more in an hour than the average reader and advertiser of this newspaper make in a week, will be building giant walls to stop them. The major “ loopholes”  that would be ended would be those benefiting the average citizen.
I have been disappointed in Obama. I had hoped the Asian wars would have been over within his first year. I had hoped for an immediate clamp-down on tax benefits for moving American production overseas. I had hoped for the deficits to be reduced or eliminated despite the irresponsible mess left behind.
But, given the challenges he has faced and partially overcome after eight years of Bush’s gross mismanagement, I believe Obama deserves another term in office.
In the past four year, we have seen:
— Reversal of the 800,000-a-month losses in jobs in the private sector;
— Return of a good measure of the respect for the United States among many countries since the debacle of the Bush administration;
— Passage of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act;
— Achievement a new treaty with Russia to limit warheads and launchers;
— Keeping American troops from being involved in the Syrian Civil War;
— End of torture policies, which according to the Geneva Convention were illegal;
— More financial possibility for students to get through college;
— Tripling of AmeriCorps;
— More protection for credit card consumers;
— Reduced oil imports and the probability the USA will be a natural gas exporter; and
— Payroll taxes reduced.
(Another view of the election  is presented today by my friend Jim Perry of Perrysburg, a former Delphos resident who is a long-term director of Delphos Herald, Inc.)

 
Letter to the Editor ~Klingler
Written by Staff Reports   
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:06 PM

DEAR EDITOR:
Paper boys and girls
Wow what a job these kids do! They are  out in all kinds of weather, up by 4 a.m. on Saturday morning and out the door delivering. 
It’s pretty much a thankless job, as people want their paper put in specific places. I can certainly see the elderly or handicapped may need this help but the younger generation certainly doesn’t.
Then the Delphos Herald gets calls that their paper wasn’t delivered and they blame the carrier. Before you get irate, maybe you should think did someone else in the family pick it up, did a neighbor pick it up by mistake, did a neighborhood dog carry it away, who knows. But instead of getting all upset over it why don’t you call your paper carrier and ask if they could bring you another one?  
These young carriers don’t get paid much. Yes, I understand it teaches them responsibility and gives them the tools they need to find a better job when they are older. I can honestly tell you that most people wouldn’t do this job because of the pay. So, congratulations to these young kids and their parents who support them.  
Remember your paper carriers at Christmas and tip them once in a while if you see them. Tell them what a great job they do. 
Before you complain maybe you should deliver the paper with them one day to see just what they do go through.

Donna Klingler
Delphos

 
Letter to the Editor-Violet
Written by Our Viewers   
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:27 AM

DEAR EDITOR:
Resident of Lima and neighbors have been extremely blessed with classical and seasonal music under the baton of Conductor Crafton Beck and the symphony orchestra.
He has inspired young people to pursue participation in practice and performance. We urge the LSO Board to continue this opportunity in the future.
Norma Feathers Violet
Delphos

 
A bumpy ride ahead
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:18 AM | Updated ( Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:20 PM )

In the coming weeks, we will be bombarded by political ads posturing about the good (them), the bad and the ugly (their opponent). We’re smart enough to figure out not everything in political ads is necessarily true. Apparently, it doesn’t have to be. It just has to get your attention. The more you hear a name, the more likely you are to check that box on election day, especially if it’s a state or national candidate you really don’t know much about. They are counting on it.

 
Letter to the Editor ~Kiene
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, October 12, 2012 12:02 PM

DEAR EDITOR:
I am writing this letter in concern for my full support to re-elect Vincent Schroeder as Putnam County Commissioner. Not everyone always agrees with Commissioner Schroeder and I respect that belief.
I remember when Commissioner Schroeder first ran for office and I asked him what were his top priorities in life. He answered God, family and country. Commissioner Schroeder is pro-life and believes the holy sacrament of matrimony is between a man and a woman. He is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment which is the right to keep and bear arms. He demonstrates this since he is a proud member of the National Rifle Association.
I also believe Commissioner Schroeder has his priorities in order for Putnam County. He first became commissioner in January 2005 and Putnam County’s budgeted expenses today in 2012 are lower than when he took office. He has paid all long-term debt off which was scheduled as late as 2031.
I believe since I have known Commissioner Schroeder, he had shown a high standard in morals and ethics. He will work hard and respectfully earn your vote and not buy it. He will tell you that he does not have all the answers. I appreciate that since the only person always accurate with his decisions could walk on water 2,000 years ago.
Join me on Nov. 6 and vote for Schroeder for Putnam County commissioner.

Charlie Kiene
Glandorf

 
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