Letters to the Editor

Congress must repeal ‘Obamacare’

DEAR EDITOR: I think I’m living in an alternate universe. Every year, I get at least five insurance proposals when my Medicare renewal comes around. If “Obamacare” were repealed, do you think the insurance companies would just sit on their hands and not go after those people? By just ...

Insurance problems bigger than ACA

DEAR EDITOR: On a recent political talk show, a government official spoke about how the Affordable Care Act was failing. For those of us who are paying insurance without benefit of the Affordable Care Act, we are experiencing problems, too. The standard monthly Medicare Part B premium for 2017 ...

Ohio is great enabler for drug addicts

DEAR EDITOR: Do government officials we’ve elected know the definition of an enabler? With regards to addiction, enabling is to accommodate the addicts in order to protect them from facing the full consequences of their drug use. What happens when an addict overdoses? Nothing. Our leaders ...

Execution delays are injustice

DEAR EDITOR: This is in response to two letters about capital punishment that appeared April 30. No one has asked the victims’ families if Ohio should stop executions when the people involved in these heinous crimes were guilty and received the death penalty. It is expected that our ...

History of liberals often omitted

DEAR EDITOR: Jane Mayer was interviewed by PBS’ Tavis Smiley as she promoted her book “Dark Money,” a rant and a rave about big money for the right. Jane had a brain freeze when she omitted the billions raised by the left’s George Soros, Anna Wintour, David Geffen or the smug ...

Shaker will make a great judge

DEAR EDITOR: If Chris Shaker has absorbed 25 percent of (Mitch Shaker’s) his father’s knowledge, he will be a great judge, in my opinion. GEORGE R. HOLKO SR. Warren

Mathews levy must pass

DEAR EDITOR: I am a student at Baker Elementary in the Mathews Local School District. I want to explain why it is important that our levy passes on May 2. In my classroom at Baker this year, when the snow melted during the winter, they had to use garbage bags to catch water that was ...

Shooting in Howland must stop

DEAR EDITOR: I recently left my house in Howland to take my dog for a walk to the cul-de-sac and back on Springwood Trace. I heard gunfire coming from somewhere in the woods southeast of the end of the block. I said to myself, “Oh, no, not again.” The gun sounded louder than a pistol or ...

Pigs didn’t deserve nightmare

DEAR EDITOR: How sad it was to read about the truckload of innocent pigs being in a horrible accident. Those poor, helpless creatures had to endure yet another nightmare on the way to their deaths. How horrible it must have been for them to have been crammed in cages on top of one another ...

Ohio’s death penalty

DEAR EDITOR: Once again, the state of Ohio is dragging its feet in implementing the death penalty. In a recent 2-1 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found the use of the drug Midazolam “unconstitutional.” Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans To Stop ...

Solution to execution drug problem

DEAR EDITOR: You may recall the TV series “Colombo” with Peter Falk playing the detective. He had a habit of saying “Just one more thing,” and then asking a question. So, with the state of Ohio always seeming to have a hard time getting drugs for execution, and the fact that we have ...

Trump passes the buck

DEAR EDITOR: “The buck stops here!” That’s what President Truman said, and it was echoed by the following presidents until now. Now we have Donald Trump, a man who will throw the blame on everyone else except himself. The failing of “Trumpcare” was first blamed on the Democrats ...

Stop federal budget cuts

DEAR EDITOR: The White House is proposing drastic cuts to global development programs in our national budget. This would be disastrous. Currently, millions of kids are able to go to school and get vital medical treatment because of anti-poverty programs supported by the U.S. government. ...

Perfect storm makes Bristol fire levy necessary

DEAR EDITOR: Our town is in a tough spot right now because the perfect storm has been building and is about to hit. We have a fire truck that is 29 years old and a fire engine that is 19 years old. We have taken good care of them. They look great, but the frames are rusting, water tanks are ...

Property values not affected by new schools

DEAR EDITOR: I am one of the outspoken old people in Fowler Township who has been voting no for the new school bond issues wanted by our board of education and boosters. I am on a fixed income and watch every dime. We have noticed an extreme decrease in enrollment to our school district ...

No should mean no on Mathews schools issue

DEAR EDITOR: This will be the fifth time the Mathews school bond issue is on the ballot, only, this time it feels strange; I have seen zero “vote yes” signs for the Mathews school bond issue. During the first four tries I saw hundreds of “vote yes” signs in yards and “vote yes” ...

We can’t afford Mathews bond issue

DEAR EDITOR: Here we go again. Mathews voters have turned down a new school complex three times because we cannot afford it. How many times do the voters have to say “no” before Superintendent Lew Lowery and the school board accept it. They must think they can wear us down and we will ...

Strong schools heart of strong community

DEAR EDITOR: On May 2, residents of the Cardinal Local Schools will decide a levy that would provide critical funding for district operations. Without it, the district faces an $1.8 million deficit next year and fiscal emergency status. The 5.5. mill operating levy, which appears on the ...

Holding Niles mayor accountable

DEAR EDITOR: At Wednesday’s Niles fiscal commission meeting I asked the mayor about three spending issues: Why the administration spent $30,000 on Chamber of Commerce services? Why were separate safety and service director positions created, costing $12,000 more annually? Why the ...

The big picture of Steve Stevens

DEAR EDITOR: While the media is in a flurry about how Facebook contributed to the senseless murder of Robert Godwin Sr., they are missing the greater story. None of the events of last week would have taken place had it not been for Stevens’ out of control gambling disorder. He showed all ...