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Letter to the Editor: Mustard Seed Café reopens after break-in

The windows may have been shattered, but not the spirit at Mustard Seed Café. 

In the early hours of Wednesday, May 29th, there was a break-in at Bluffton’s newest restaurant which had just opened on March 22nd.    There was extensive damage to the kitchen, including the food storage area.  It took staff four days to clean up the debris, wash all the dishes and cookware, and restock the pantry. 


Letter: Thanks for supporting the school levy

Ion viewers:

On behalf of the Bluffton Schools Board of Education and the levy committee, I would like to thank you for your support of our renewal on Tuesday, May 7.  We will continue to spend these permanent improvement dollars wisely and will continue to show the community where this money is spent each year.  We are very proud of our school and the community that supports it.  Thank you, again, for all you do for our district!


Greg Denecker
Superintendent, Bluffton Schools


Letter: Vote YES For Bluffton Exempted Village Schools

Icon viewers:

This vote will be to RENEW the existing ½ % Income Tax for Permanent Improvements.
It is NOT a new tax, but will simply continue what is presently paid by Bluffton citizens to support the schools that belong to them and to their children and Grandchildren.

Because of this extra income for the school system, my grandchildren in elementary school can attend classes in comfort thanks to the new air conditioning systems put in place for the Kindergarten through 4th grades


Letter: Relay for Life invites you to participate in Bluffton event

On Friday June 21, 2013, the American Cancer Society will be holding its annual
Relay For Life of Bluffton. Since 1985, Relay For Life has grown from one man
- Dr. Gordy Klatt, who walked, jogged and ran around a track for 24 hours raising
money for his local American Cancer Society unit - to a movement to eliminate
cancer that now takes place in more than 5,200 communities in the United States
and in 20 other countries around the world.


Letter: Kasich's new taxes are the largest middle-class tax increase in Ohio's history

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Last night, as I sat in Lima and listened to Governor John Kasich during the State of the State speech, I was amazed at how dishonest he was concerning his state budget's impact on working Ohioans.


Letter: Sign petition to save small post offices

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Stop the Postmaster General and the U.S. Postal Service from closing any more small-town post offices. We believe the financial crisis in the postal service is manufactured, and Americans are suffering because of it. Americans need and want their rural post offices.

That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Postmaster General, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:


Letter: Staggering stats about human sex trafficking during Super Bowl

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In this article by Huffington Post blogger Eleanor Goldberg, she gives some staggering statistics about human sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.

My question is this: Who are the men who are doing the raping? If there were 10,000 women hired to be raped in 2010 and one 12 year old was forced to be raped 20-50 times in one night, that's a lot of men paying (or not) to commit rape.


Letter: Allen County rape crisis response to Steubenville Incident


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Crime Victim Services (CVS) would like to respond to the incident that occurred in Steubenville by presenting information about rape and what is being done on a local level that will help keep our children safe from similar incidences that can occur. 


Letter: Thanks to all my customers

Letter of thanks to
Greg’s Pharmacy

To the residents of Bluffton and the surrounding communities, I would like to say "thank you" for you loyalty, trust and patronage.

You’re loyalty and support has been the cornerstone to the success of Greg’s Pharmacy.

There comes a time when all good things must end and this is the time for me. I have decided to sell the pharmacy. The official sale will take place on Dec. 31, 2012. 


Merry Christmas Santa, from Kelsey Michelle Kinn

Santa shared Kelsey's letter with the Icon.  He thanks her for keeping it real.  Kelsey said:

Dear Santa,

I would like a pair of clogging shoes. NOT tap shoes!!! (from you).