Letters to the Editor

Modified sick leave accumulation/severance pay

There have been at least two statements made in The Advertiser-Tribune in the last few weeks about sick leave severance pay for a category or categories of city of Tiffin employees. The articles seemed to say "new" and "non-union," and there are five or six such employee positions like that ...

May is Mental Health Month

Why does it matter to you if May is Mental Health Month? Mental health is a key component to a person's overall health. According to estimates from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately one in five individuals aged 18 and older reported having a diagnosable mental ...

Veterans’ grave markers

Last year, between Memorial Day and July 4, some local cemeteries were hit by thieves who targeted veteran's flag holders, probably planning to sell them for scrap.As sexton at South Bend (Bethel) Cemetery, near McCutchenville, I notified the Seneca County Sheriff's Department and they promptly ...

Don’t judge, understand

It's hard for people to understand things that they can't see or haven't experienced. It's very easy, however, for people to make judgements. I believe judgement is merely a result of ignorance, so I thought I'd share some information.I have a dysautonomia called neurocadiogenic syncope. There ...

Support the library levy

To the residents of the Bellevue School District:Our Bellevue Public Library is an outstanding asset, anchoring the eastern end of historic downtown Bellevue. It's a busy place, hosting more than 8,000 users and visitors a month. Everyone, from age 3 to 73 (and beyond) can find a 'home' in the ...

Pave way to brighter future

I am writing in response to a letter published in last week's The Advertiser-Tribune. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion but they are not entitled to their own facts. My company (Laminate Technologies) will receive no other benefit than will the rest of Seneca County if the ...

Deceived?

Some well-meaning people support The Common Core State Standards for Ohio Public Schools, but are they mislead? Please consider the following information and thought from a retired teacher who taught for 35 years.The children in school will be "assessed" extensively, which means there will be ...

Close the loopholes

Your editorial, "Enforce existing rules on firearms," (Sunday, April 21) attributes Congress' (inaction) on guns to concern about infringing on Second Amendment rights. That motivation is plausible.Another possible motivation is fear of punishment by voters and campaign supporters.Yet, why are ...

Remove symbol of prejudice

The prominent display of the Confederate battle flag on homes and on vehicles sends a very unwelcoming and un-Christ-like message to anyone living in or visiting our area. The Confederate battle flag does not represent heritage; it represents hatred, racism and the brutal oppression and ...

Government success stories

In response to Beck Orians' letter of April 8, in which she claims "we all know the federal government ruins whatever it gets involved in," I would offer the following, in no particular order:Rural Electrification Administration, World War II, Interstate Highway System, national parks, Centers ...

Join Mass for Friedman

Recently, we received news Bob Friedman had died in Florida at age 90. He had many friends in Tiffin, not the least of whom were the many students and graduates of Calvert High School.I got to know Bob and his good wife, Genie, when I served on the Calvert school board and we started the ...

An idea for Tiffin

We, the citizens of Tiffin, can all guarantee ourselves financial independence by simply voting down any new taxes for the public schools, daily operations of the city, and all county operations and services. It is a no-brainer.After all, what could be simpler than keeping more of our own, ...

The choice to kill children

Do pro-choice people value their own life? Just how morbid are they? If they do not value life, what do they value? Their mothers were pro-life. They gave them the gift of life. Are pro-choice people saying they wish they never were born? That they would be willing to give up being born so ...

Give them the day off

A while back, we got a chance to sign up for the Flag City Honor Flight. This flight will take us to Washington, D.C., June 4. The good thing is we got on the list to go, but most of us need a person to push us around in a wheelchair. We are not as young as we used to be.That's the good part. ...

Please return camera

To all the people who came out to help, donate and support our seminarian matching fund garage sale at All Saints Church in New Riegel this last weekend, we cannot say enough thanks. Our goal was met for our matching funds from our home office in Naperville, Ill. This money will be used to help ...

Rewards outweigh risks

Open Letter to CommissionersSubject: Permissive TaxMs. Holly StacyMr. Jeff WagnerMr. Fred ZoellerI have read with interest the recent articles about the proposed $5 permissive tax on registered vehicles. This is a bold and visionary proposal.The purpose of this letter to to request your ...

What? No Primary?

The League of Women Voters often has been asked when it will do a Voter Guide and/or a Candidates Night for the primary election as it does for the general election in November. This year, there is no primary for the city of Tiffin, so we definitely will not do a Voter Guide or Candidates ...

Support Memorial 5K

I am writing this letter to request a sponsorship or donation for our upcoming 5K run/walk. Our son, Airman Nathan E. Smith, was serving in the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and was killed in a motorcycle accident a year ago. To honor Nathan, we are having a 5K run/walk and a ...

Salute to Volunteers overlooked fire, EMS

Saturday, The Advertiser had an insert on volunteers. I'm not sure who selected the volunteers who got an article in this insert, but I think a lot of volunteers were forgotten. It makes me upset that nothing was said about the hundreds of dedicated men and women of rural Seneca County who ...

Road work

Welcome, "I'm a businessman not a politician" Fred Zoeller. The first thing on his agenda is to raise taxes on all the fine people of Seneca County. Thanks a lot!Any person who says it will cost only a price of a pizza per year is a worse politician than you are. Almost everyone has at least ...