2010.02.10 Leon Shulters: This and that

Written by David Green.

Problems in the United States of America. The mess the United States is in today, did not just start. In the early 90s I wrote about increasing medical costs. Workers were giving up pay and health benefits to hold their jobs. Our big three automobile manufacturing companies have been using foreign made parts for years. When you say, “Buy American,” forget it. More foreign made parts are shipped in and more jobs are lost.

If you will notice, our politicians do not care about the working class people of the United States. They worry about the next election. Both parties are guilty, Republican and Democrat. I, for one, voted for a third party in the 2008 election. The Democratic and Republican parties have let the American people down.

Today’s recession will be harder to resolve. In the 80s we had lower medical costs, lower gas prices and we still had a lot of manufacturing jobs in this country. Gone are a lot of jobs and high cost of living are here.

The NAFTA bill was started in the George Herbert Walker Bush administration, a Republican. Bill Clinton, a Democratic president, signed it into law.

As for freedom, we are losing it every day with trumped up laws. In Toledo, Ohio, if you park on the lawn you get a ticket. The air bag and seat belt law—they can save or kill you. It’s the law, so use them or get a ticket. I have smoked since I was 12 years old. I smoked when I was in the Navy in WWII fighting for our grand old United States of America. I am 85 years old today, I still smoke and enjoy it. I didn’t hear anybody cry socialism when the government made it a law that TV was going digital. It is the law.

Both parties, Democratic and Republican, pushed the law through. It is outrageous the cost to the American people the medical profession charges.

The United States is going bankrupt by corruption and high costs, overpaid celebrities, C.O.s, politicians, medical professionals and the advertisement agencies.

– Hal Shulters

Lyons, Ohio

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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