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Fundraiser support appreciated

To the editor: We wish to thank everyone for their support for donations to the Kyler Hammer Chicken Barbecue Benefit.

The benefit was held March 30 at the Eagle’s Nest Hall in Oak Harbor to benefit Kyler, who was born June 3, 2013 with a genetic disorder.

We especially want to thank Batdorff Real Estate and all associates and spouses for all their help in selling tickets, as well as their help in serving and making it a successful day and event. It was very much appreciated.

Kyler is working very hard with his therapy to make us proud and he is such a blessing. We need extra prayers for his surgery to be successful and for quick recovery in May. He definitely is a fighter.
Nick, Megan and Kyler Hammer
Dean Hammer
Bernie and Gene Hammer

Nothing was done

To the editor: I question just why Congress and the Justice Department are looking into the ignition problem General Motors is having, and the deaths of 12 people.

When thousands of guns were allowed to go into Mexico and were used to kill Mexican citizens and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, nothing was done.

When our ambassador to Libya and three others were killed, nothing was done. The gun-runners were promoted and the Justice Department is stonewalling. The woman who was in charge of the IRS retired and is taking the Fifth before congress.

Hillary Clinton said, when questioned by Congress about the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, “It is over and done with, so get over it.”
Rufus Wallace
Editor’s note: A Mexican man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of Brian Terry. Others believed to be involved are at large or in custody in Mexico.

Outpouring of support

To the editor: In the face of tragedy, one does not know how people will react. The early morning hours of March 9 brought with them an unimaginable and terrible tragedy.

Jose Andy Chavez, a husband, father, son, brother and vibrant family member to so many, was shot and killed as he celebrated his 26th birthday with his family. They will forever feel their loss.

Another family is also mourning its loss. Andy was a full-time Elmore police officer and his dedication to his job was exemplary. His happy attitude and big smile are not only missed every day by the police department but also by the whole Elmore community.

Never facing such a tragedy and not knowing what to expect, the events that took place in the following hours and days still overwhelm me as I think of the dedication and teamwork of so many different factions coming together and working as one with a single goal – to honor Andy Chavez in the very best way they could. Our strong community showed its strength and even got stronger in the face of such adversity.

It is time to say “thank you” to all that worked so tirelessly and unselfishly during this terrible time. The hundreds of phone calls, the meetings, the hours of planning and the all-out effort put out by so many to synchronize a chain of events in such a short period of time could only be accomplished by so many working as one to make it happen.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Police Chief George Hayes and Sgt. Jeff Harrison who were extraordinary in the planning and their coordination efforts.

I would also like to thank Sheriff Steve Levorchick and the entire Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department for all of their help and continued support; the Clay Township Police Department for covering the village the day of the service; the Fraternal Order of Police Association of Port Clinton and the Toledo Police Department for their help and advice on protocols for the funeral, and to Chaplain Vriezelaar for officiating the services. I would also like to thank the Harris-Elmore Fire Department for all their help before, during and after the day of the service, and the Elmore Historical Society.

I would also like to say a special “thank you” to the Woodmore staff, the students and the Woodmore parents for all their efforts they put forth to honor Andy and his family.

It is impossible to thank everyone by name. The list is, indeed, very long. At this time, I would just like to say thank you, everyone for everything you did following this tragic loss.
Matt Damschroder,
Mayor, Village of Elmore

Progressive thinking?

To the editor: This is in response to the letter by Cynthia Campbell. She asserts discrimination is always wrong and many Christians are medieval thinking hypocrites for their views on same-sex relations. The issue has been topical because of events like the photographer who refused to shoot a same-sex couple’s ceremony and a florist who refused to provide services to a same-sex couple’s union. I guess if everyone was a secular progressive thinker, all discrimination would cease. Let’s test a few hypothetical examples.

I guess since religion represents medieval thinking, I’ll use examples that represent progressive thinking. A vegetarian opens a restaurant and approaches a for-hire food critic who happens to be vegan to try all of her dishes. The vegan refuses because of his personal beliefs and the vegetarian sues him. This will be tough for the courts because on one hand, the vegetarian is a woman and the vegan is a man. On the other hand the male food critic is more progressive in his thinking because he is vegan. Maybe the court will rule that her restaurant should give up the medieval thinking of vegetarianism and serve only vegan dishes. Michelle Obama will praise the decision.

A female couple approaches a woman to take pictures for their union. The photographer specializes in serving male couples only and is not comfortable photographing female couples despite being in a same-sex relationship herself. I guess she’s a secular progressive hypocrite so the courts will rule against her on behalf of women’s rights. That makes sense.

An environmentalist runs an eco-friendly carwash for compact cars. Another environmentalist drives up in his SUV. He only drives the SUV because he needed the space to house the seven species of bugs he just saved from extinction in the rainforest. The SUV won’t fit through the car wash so the driver sues. The courts rule that the car wash is wrong for not putting the health of the bugs first and the SUV driver is wrong for not driving a hybrid SUV made by GM. Everybody wins.

Hopefully I’ve made my point.
Adam Swartz

A Good Samaritan

To the editor: I had the good fortune on Sunday, March 20 of having a stranger help, and I never even had the ability to thank him or her.

An unknown person returned my purse intact to the Service Desk at the Oregon Meijer from an outside cart corral.

There is an endless stream of negative news and I realized that honest, decent citizens often are overlooked for their kindness. To this Good Samaritan – thank you. You have restored my faith in humanity and I intend to pay your good deed forward.
K. Ackerman




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