Hats off

Students endeavor to restore Old Glory

We doff our cap, and place it over our heart, as a salute to Tiffin University’s Student Veteran Organization, which is working on a goal to “Restore The Glory,” an effort to repair or replace every torn or tattered American flag in Tiffin.

The organization is buying American flags made in Ohio by Annin Flag Co., which is offering the group a discount on large orders. The students estimate some 30 flags need to be replaced in the city, at a total cost of about $750. Much of that already has been covered by donations; as of Wednesday, the organization still was seeking about $300.

Those who wish to donate to the “Restore The Glory” project can mail a check made payable to Tiffin University/Student Veteran Organization to Denise Burkin, Veteran’s Affairs Office, 155 Miami St., Tiffin, OH 44883.

The TU Student Veteran Organization is an affiliate of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) which is registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax deductible.

This project is likely to spread to other cities, especially those with college campuses, so Old Glory may be restored in other communities as well.

Jordan’s office cuts its own spending

Hats off to U.S.?Rep. Jim Jordan, whose Fourth Congressional District includes Seneca County, for running the second-lowest spending office in Congress in 2012.

In fact, according to the Statement of Disbursements recently released by the U.S. House of Representatives, the only office to spend less was vacant for eight months.

“Because I have been fighting so hard to balance the federal budget and get spending under control, I think it is important to lead by example,” Jordan stated in a news release.

That release noted Congressional offices are allocated between $1.3 million and $1.8 million per year for expenses such as salaries, rent, travel and communications.

In 2012, the average Congressional office spent 90 percent of its budgeted allowance, while Jordan’s office spent 63 percent.

All Congressional offices are to take an 8.2 percent budget cut this year due to the sequester. This is in addition to an 11 percent cut they have taken over the past two years.