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Money & politics

To the editor: American Promise in Port Clinton is asking for support in ending the unlimited and hidden influence of money in elections and governance.  We want to stop the domination of money in our political system so our legislators, both Republican and Democratic, may represent the people, our communities, states and nation, rather than donors and special interests.

        Representing the Ninth Congressional District in Ohio, Marcy Kaptur has signed the American Promise pledge to work for reform.  She has been active with the House Bi-Partisan Campaign Finance Caucus working toward the fundamental changes we need to strengthen a political system dominated by money.

        She has introduced a constitutional amendment resolution as well as a bill that targets foreign money in our elections.  Congresswoman Kaptur is a strong advocate for the reforms that people want.  

        With a new Congress comes new opportunity.  We ask that Rep. Kaptur continue with these cross-partisan efforts to get money out of politics and become a champion for her constituents.  

Ellen Greene Bush
Port Clinton

Tired of hate

To the editor: I don’t know about you but I am tired of seeing young people being assaulted with a baseball bat. I don’t know about you but I am tired of innocent children being shot through car windows. I don’t know about you but I am tired of see children in the safety of their homes being shot through windows that should be for watching parents returning from work and waiting for their friends to come get them to play outside.

        I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the divisions that pull us apart, that are highlighted on the news constantly. I’m tired of the hate and prejudice that prevents us from coming together. There is a better way.

        How about we seek out the commonalities between us and learn about each other? How would the world change if we just loved each other as we are commanded by our morals and our faith? It all begins with you, we are the people and we matter. It’s time to show the people in power that working together is the best way. We can lead and they will follow. Please chose love not hate and make a difference for someone not like you.

Kathy Varga


Kindness appreciated

To the editor: On Dec. 28, I was at the Oregon Walmart, standing in line when my phone rang. I was expecting joyful news that a lovely new grandbaby was on the way but the call turned out to be grave news I didn’t expect.

        The baby was born early, placed onto life support, but wouldn’t survive.

        I immediately felt grief and couldn’t control my tears. My mother was with me and held me close while trying to control her tears as well.

        I looked up to see a young girl reaching out to offer us a warm smile and embrace without even knowing us or why we were crying. Her smile warmed my heart. She offered a condolence and then stepped back. Then her mother stepped forward and offered the same.

        I was touched by their kindness. The young girl’s name was Makayla (I’m not sure of the spelling) but I hope you know who you are. I wanted to thank them and others for their compassion.

        Our family was also moved by the kindness of other family members, friends and neighbors during this difficult time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Recker/Hieber family

Connie Hieber


Truly blessed

        To the editor: It is this time of year that I, with an overflowing heart, report on the success of The Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit’s 2018 Holiday Season Programs.

        Each day, as we hear in the news, there are events happening that have a way of putting life’s perspectives in order. Words cannot describe the pride and admiration I feel living in Ottawa County, where I am blessed to have the opportunity to recount numerous interactions I have with both those in need and those who donate.

        It is because of the caring and generous residents in our county that I am able to report that, although we did not meet the $70,000 monetary Red Kettle Goal, we have exceeded our giving capacity in so many extra ways.

        Besides the $66,971.15 we raised in the Red Kettles alone, the many toys, bikes, coats, hats, gloves, socks, boots and mittens that were donated this year far surpassed previous years’ collections.

        This is not only amazing, but is another record for the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign in Ottawa County.

        If not for our 496 volunteers and their 1,416 hours of bell ringing, and our Red Kettle sites including Walmart, Kroger, Friendship Food Store, Miller’s Market and Community Market in Oak Harbor, this would not have been possible.

        We were able to distribute more than 7,600 toys to over 1,227 children (with the help of 72 volunteers and 440 volunteer hours). We also distributed hats, gloves, mittens, coats, socks, and also raised $17,581 at our 15th Annual Tree-A-Rama Charity Auction.

        This success is made possible by the multitude of volunteers and community supporters in Ottawa County that come together during this season and put others first and “Make a Difference” in our community and ultimately in our world.

        “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” is our motto.

        It is an honor to be able to say I work and live in Ottawa County and am able to serve those in need through the Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit. I am truly blessed.

Maureen M. Saponari

Director, Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit




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