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November 21, 2019

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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.


Letters: Vote "yes" for Ohio Issue 1 on May 8

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Under what circumstances does an important bill pass the Ohio Senate with a unanimous vote? 

What kind of ballot issue is endorsed by both the Ohio Democratic Party and the Ohio Republican Party? 

It only happens when the issue is obviously good for the state. That issue is Issue 1, and all voters should vote yes for Issue 1 on May 8.


Letter: We have worked closely with Terri Kohlrieser

She deserves your vote for Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge

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Allen County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Terri Kohlrieser is on the May ballot for the Republican Nomination for Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge, now held by David Chaney who is not running for re-election.

There is no Democrat on the ballot. We have worked closely with Terri Kohlrieser and know her passion for justice, her great intelligence, her deep knowledge of the law, and her personal integrity. 


Letter: What is common sense gun control?

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We keep hearing about common sense gun control. What is common sense gun control? Is it banning five to ten million AR-15 type?

The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates there are roughly five to ten million AR-15 rifles owned in the United States, a small share of the roughly 300 million firearms owned by Americans. If banned, what would happen to these guns? Does anybody believe that people would turn them in or sell to the government?