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January 21, 2019

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Letter: We enjoyed our time in Bluffton

America in Bloom judges

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Our thanks and appreciation goes to Bluffton for its participation in the America in Bloom awards program. Special thanks go to Becky Ramey, Susie Stratton and all of the Bluffton in Bloom members, staff, participants, sponsors, and volunteers for organizing a remarkable tour and meetings on July 19-20, 2018.

We have enjoyed meeting and spending time with all of you as you showcased all of the reasons Bluffton has to be proud.


Letter: Rep. Jordan would not schedule meeting to discuss proposed 28th amendment to Constitution

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Most Americans feel strongly about getting big and dark money out of politics. A recent survey on democracy found that 77 percent agreed that “the laws enacted by our national government these days mostly reflect what powerful special interests and their lobbyists want.”  Only 17 percent chose the alternative statement: “The laws enacted by our national government these days mostly reflect what the people want.”  


Letters: Bluffton legion post donates over $8,000 this year

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Our American Legion Post 0382 in Bluffton, Ohio, exists to support fellow veterans, their families, and our community.

In the last nine years we have donated an average of $7,000 to local community and veteran organizations. This is from our annual golf scramble.

Our donation this year is over $8,000. Basically, we see all levels of involvement from our members.

Some attend all our functions while others pick and choose their involvement because of commitments to other activities or personal family responsibilities.


Letter: Thank you sponsors from Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library want to thank all the businesses and companies that sponsored the 2018 Friends 5K Run/Walk for Literacy. 

Your generosity is very much appreciated! A special thank you to Shirley's for their generous donation and help in getting the information about the Run/Walk out to so many people. We also want to thank Mayor Rich Johnson, the EMS, and the many volunteers who helped to keep the runners and walkers safe.


Letter: Crying children and due process of law

Taking my kids away without first proving it is lawful, ain’t right, it ain’t right, it just ain’t right

Note: This column comes to The Icon from PeaceVoice Program, Oregon Peace Institute.

By Kary Love
Being a lawyer, I have long been interested in and have studied the question, where did law come from?

It turns out to have been the result of a centuries long, hard struggle by people over generations as humans evolved to try to incorporate justice into their villages or tribes.  Generation built upon generation, honing and improving law.


Letter: I appreciate the Elida students who spoke up

Mr. Ascura’s AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition made his verbalized threats to the four students credible.

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Note: This was originally posted in the Lima News as a guest column.

By Beth Bish

I would like to express my appreciation to the four Elida students who spoke up regarding Mr. Ascura’s threats to “shoot up,” Elida High School. They were courageous when they decided to talk with the Allen County’s Sheriff’s office. I appreciate the speed at which the Allen County Sheriff’s office assessed the threat, made a decision, and then carried out their investigation to a peaceful end.