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Lunch with the mayor exceeded expectations

Members of our office recently had lunch with the mayor in his office. He answered all of our questions about the city in a very relaxed setting. I would strongly recommend anyone who goes to a charity auction to bid on having lunch with the mayor. He is very down to earth and easy to talk to, definitely a standup guy.

TIM ROONEY Senior vice president/investments Branch manager Stifel Nicolaus & Co Inc.

Let opinions be heard on Huntington turbines

On a huge block of granite (on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.) are emblazoned the words: “What is Past is Prologue.” Too bad more members of Congress and the current administration have not followed this excellent truth.

There used to be medicine men: hucksters who traveled our country, visiting towns and villages. They would set up a stand loaded with different-colored bottles of magical elixir which cured any and all ailments known to mankind. The miracle cure contained unknown ingredients (usually bitter tasting) and anywhere up to 50 percent alcohol. The people bought the pitch, paid their money and went on their way. And so did the pitchman – richer for his efforts. The person who ingested the magical ingredients still had their ailment, plus a whale of a hangover.

Other “medicine men” are active today. That’s why it is important to remember some other adages: Act fast and regret forever. Confirm and then act. Seek the truth. And my favorite (taught by my parents): If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t.

Never witnessed acts of bait and switch? Well, listen up, Huntington County taxpayers. A possibly similar production is coming right here to our own River City at 9 a.m. today.

Appearing in the offices of the county commissioners will be front persons for the wind turbine industry, offering their words on why we must take advantage of this product, which could affect our community – dramatically – for many decades.

This is the ideal chance to join other concerned citizens at this meeting. The commissioners need our help. If you have strong opinions – one way or the other – make this gathering. The questions are: Should Huntington County take immediate advantage of this deal? Or should we move any vote forward to a future time after having the opportunity to study the effects of wind turbines in other locales? This is your community.

Property owners in Salamonie Township, near the Wells County line, would be the first affected by possible visual and audio disturbances as well as loss of property values. Let the commissioners know where you stand on this issue.

Several letters have already been published in our area about wind turbines. All authors agree they are a serious potential problem.

Yes, it is true: “What is Past is Prologue.”


Can we blame Obama for the weather, too?

It is so cold! And it is not winter yet.

This is President Barack Obama’s fault.