To the editor: Each year, I write a letter to the editor after my bell-ringing/Christmas season, thanking members of the community for their extraordinary dedication to the Salvation Army in Ottawa County.
However, this past week, three extraordinary events have compelled me to write.
While shopping at our local Wal-Mart for items for our Food Pantry, which is located in my office, after collecting two shopping carts full of non-perishables, toiletries and paper products, I proceeded to unload the cart, with the help of a very kind woman behind me. A cashier, Kari, proceeded to not only scan each and every item in a very quick and timely manner, but she also sorted everything according to product, while packing the bags.
Nearly 400 items and $600 later, not only did she have my carts loaded, but she also had called someone to help me out to my car, all while listening to me talk about my Food Pantry and all of the other programs we have at the Salvation Army in Ottawa County. She was so energized and excited to be part of our programs that she offered to come to my office at the Sutton Center on her break and unload my car and sort all my items. Sure enough, she was at my office by 10:15 a.m. and had everything unloaded and sorted on my Food Pantry shelves within 20 minutes.
This young lady is an exceptionally giving and caring person. I now have a new volunteer for our upcoming toy, coats and kettle season. The next time you go in to our Wal-Mart, tell Kari what a wonderful addition she is to the Salvation Army.
Another act of extraordinary kindness was from our local Subway in Catawba. Manager Rhonda and her staff had collected their tips for one full week and bought coats for our Coats for Families Program. I was blessed with 27 brand new kids’ coats in my office this week. The next time you are at Subway Catawba, tell the staff, “thanks for caring and sharing.”
And, without giving any names, thank you to the anonymous donor of a $1,000 to the Coats for Families Program. I promptly went shopping at our local Wal-Mart and bought $1,000 worth of kids’ coats.
I am honored to live, work and be a part of our community.
Director, the Salvation Army Ottawa County
Levy support urged
To the editor: The Woodville Township trustees are asking voters to approve a 4-mill replacement levy for Emergency Medical Service, a rate that is 60 percent higher than it has been in its 30-year history.
After getting past the obvious sticker shock, along with the feeling that the voters’ hands are tied (because the alternative is no funding at all), it is imperative that we support the 4-mill EMS levy. The end result would be disastrous if Woodville Township’s only service would be available from the Sandusky County EMS located south of Gibsonburg.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, a group of dedicated and trained responders are standing by to ensure that you or your family members are cared for in the face of whatever medical or traumatic emergency may rise. We all want the comfort of knowing that an ambulance is only moments away when needed.
As you vote on Nov. 6, please join me in supporting the Emergency Medical Service Replacement levy. Vote “yes” to continue this excellent service to our community that assures that when the need arises, you will be protected.
Rich Harman, Mayor
Village of Woodville
Not the right solution
To the editor: Issue 2 – the proposed constitutional amendment seeking to reform our redistricting process – is not the right solution. As a member of the Ohio community, I recognize that the redistricting process needs change. But as a member of the legal community, I am voting no on Issue 2 for one simple reason – it inappropriately involves Ohio’s judiciary in one of the most high-stakes political processes we undergo – redistricting.
Judges were never intended to be part of a political process like redistricting. The judiciary must remain fair, impartial and independent to interpret the laws and the constitution. Their job is to be the umpire, not the player on the field.
Let’s keep it that way.
Reginald S. Jackson, Jr.