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Letters to the Editor

Plan to attend hearing on megadairy

As mayor of Woodville for 21 years, I have seen the village go through many changes, but none have been like the changes that will take place if New IJsselstein receives a permit to operate a megadairy proposed to house 2,200 cows less than a mile and a half from the village.

The negative impact on our health, drinking water, environment, property values, and the general quality of life will be like nothing we have ever dealt with. While a few people may benefit financially from the megadairy, our entire community will be left with dealing with the consequences of its operations. These are not my fears but documented facts from other such operations in Ohio, Michigan, and throughout the country.

At the Ohio Department of Agriculture s public hearing, to be held at Woodmore Elementary School on Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m., our community will have an opportunity to provide oral comments. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the ODA Livestock Environmental Permitting Program, 8995 East Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

It is absolutely critical that you participate in this process. I urge you to attend the public meeting and most importantly to submit written comments. This is the one and only time that we as a community have any input in the permitting process. A large turnout at the public meeting and hundreds of comments can make a difference.

Richard A. Harman

Mayor of Woodville

The Oct. 3 opinion page shows a stunning change of pace for The Blade as now it suddenly is a champion of home rule. At issue is the community of Clyde, Ohio, challenging HB 347, which created uniform standards statewide in regard to concealed carry. Suddenly The Blade believes in the right of communities to make their own determination but this hasn t always been the case.

In the recent past, Toledo began enforcing a smoking ban without the vote or voice of the people. The Blade thought this a wonderful idea and decried the fact the suburbs took advantage of Toledo s assault on personal property rights. Not content to verbally bully Toledo s neighbors, it then turned on Toledo voters, insulting those who overturned the ban. The Blade called for a statewide ban, brushing aside concerns for home rule and personal property rights.

So how do we determine what this paper s stance is on home rule? It is easy. If it has to do with personal choice, freedom, and individual responsibility, The Blade is against it. If it has to do with succumbing to the will of government (if Blade approved) The Blade is for it.

Leroy Caplinger


My daughter has epilepsy. We make too much for Medicaid and not enough to self insure. No insurance company will cover my daughter. Why are the Republicans and this President so ignorant of what is happening in this country? Or is it just because they all are so mean?

Penny Wilson

Gilbert Road

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