The Press Newspaper
Regarding Ft. Hood, Lange insinuated firearms were available to resist the murderous attack of Hasan. Not true. I, as a U.S. Army Military Police Lieutenant Colonel, served Ft. Hood as the mobilization Deputy Provost Marshal. Army posts have a lot of military weapons locked up in unit arms rooms, with the ammunition stored miles away. Only an on-duty Military Police Soldier or Department of the Army Civilian Police Officer may carry a loaded sidearm, i.e. none of the soldiers or their family members living in the barracks or post housing. Every personal firearm must be registered and kept locked in the unit arms room or the soldier’s post housing. All Army posts are one giant gun-free zone. Gun-free is only for the law abiding. Hasan knew this and used it for his slaughter.
Lange’s claim that households with guns have decreased to less than 40 percent was without attribution (Gallup says 47 percent) and seems at odds with the ever increasing number of documented firearms sales and documented use of household firearms by their owners to protect themselves, often from previously convicted criminals, who have broken into their homes intent on robbery, rape or murder.
The three homicides in churches were, just like a school, in gun-free zones. Like Ft. Hood, the killers knew this and used it. Of the incidents of murders of four or more Lange mentioned, “almost all of them” were actually in gun-free zones.
Regarding the Sikh congregation murders, in a gun-free zone, he specifically wrote, “No similar incidents have been reported against that peace-loving religion in India, which has the largest Sikh population in the world.” Lange is either woefully ignorant of or attempts to artfully conceal the November 1984 murders of thousands of Sikhs, by their Indian government. He also neglected to mention the millions of civilian Kurds, Germans, Croats, Cambodians, Chinese, Turks and Russians murdered in cold blood by their own governments. There are clearly issues to address, but “journalists” playing fast and free with “facts” lend nothing to the discussion.
Each year, our Red Kettle goal is given to us by the Northwest Ohio Salvation Army in Toledo. This year, our goal was raised to $62,000, and while we were up against obstacles such as not being able to ring as many days as we had in the past, we were still able to surpass our goal by raising $62,603.90.
We were only able to achieve this goal because of the support of our community and bell-ringing volunteers of Ottawa County. The 662 bell-ringing volunteers of Ottawa County rang the bell for 1,324 hours. Congratulations to each and every bell ringer and donor in Ottawa County, for we could not have attained this unattainable goal without you.
I was extremely pleased to have many of our Ottawa County high school and middle school groups get involved with bell-ringing and fundraising efforts this year. These young adults recognize the importance of giving back to our community. We even had bell ringers as young as 2 years old ringing the bell.
From the toy collection boxes, Angel Tree tags, coat collections, mitten trees, toy donations and monetary gifts that were a steady stream in my office from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, I am, once again, speechless at the bigheartedness and overwhelming support we receive each year from the residents of Ottawa County.
We received and distributed more than 1,200 coats this year through our Coats for Families Program and distributed more than 6,800 toys to nearly 1,700 children through our Toy Program.
Without the generosity of the community and volunteers, we could not have served so many people in need in Ottawa County and these programs that the Salvation Army offer year-round, could not happen.
It is with great pride and admiration that I am proud to say that I live in and work in Ottawa County.
As such, they hired an attorney to research the applicability of an antiquated Ohio law that requires people elected to boards attend at least 60 percent of the meetings in any two-year period.
Because I am one meeting short of the 60 percent, it has been determined that I have forfeited my position. Of course, none of them talked to me about this law beforehand, as it has always been their intention to try to get rid of me. When they were not able to do it at the voting booth, they went out to find another way, no matter what the residents of Walbridge wanted.
It is no surprise they have done this, as the goal of these four members of council ever since they came together was to get me out of the mayor’s position. Who knows what drives them, but it is clear to me that they have not been happy with my drive to improve Walbridge through honesty, team-building, fair treatment for all, fiscal conservativeness, and running things like a business?
With these obstacles to their agenda now removed, they can get on with what they want to do. I do however provide this caution to the village residents – please keep an eye on their actions. It would not surprise me that they intend to put people who have previously resigned from Walbridge due to “personal” reasons in positions of authority.
You are all smart enough to know that when someone resigns for “personal” reasons, there is always something they are trying to hide. Also, one of the last things I did as mayor was to introduce a resolution asking our legislature to pass a law that requires all elected and appointed officials to be current on their taxes. This, I believe, is critical to the proper running of any government.
Why should someone who does not pay his or her own taxes be allowed to control the tax money of others? My guess is that our current council will not support this now that I am gone.
I am happy to have served as mayor for more than 10 years and have only one regret – that I was not able to overcome some of the evil in the world so that I could continue to serve the residents and businesses as elected by the people.