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To the Editor:
We would like to publicly acknowledge the generosity of the companies and associations who donated the livestock from the Junior Fair projects to the county home (Golden Age Retreat). Thank you so much to Waynesburg Farmers Exchange (Happy Thanksgiving), Carroll County Republican Party, Carroll County Township Association, Mark Walters, treasurer; and J. Hawk Water Service.

I hope you realize the financial relief this provides for us. The pigs will provide Christmas hams and pork for us for the remainder of the year. The kitchen staff is excited to prepare the enormous turkeys for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Residents of Carroll Golden Age Retreat
Ollie Hawkins

To the Editor:
Thanks to Terry Vahila and Randy Miller for their recent letters to this paper. It’s comforting to know there are others who see Mr. Obama and his circle of cohorts as they truly are. Within the last year, they have done more to bring about the Karl Marx theory of enslaving this beautiful country without firing a shot by causing us to financially hemorrhage than was accomplished within the last 60 years.  Why didn’t more people actually listen to what Obama said prior to the election? He said he planned to “fundamentally transform America” but failed to say his goal was socialism. He also said “Retribution is not enough – I want more.” Think about it! Why wasn’t there more investigation into his radical and Muslim background?

Mr. Obama refuses to listen to us, the people. He surrounds himself with advisors and czars who are known radicals, communists and socialists. The goal of this group is to make us more dependent on government handouts (slaves) and to achieve total control of all banks, big business, education, health care and communications (including the Internet). He has made Congress virtually useless by using “Executive Order” and other trickery to accomplish his agenda.

Mr. Obama is using the BP oil disaster to his advantage by deliberately delaying efforts to protect beaches and cleanup. The larger the mess, the more ammunition it gives him to promote his Cap and Trade Energy program which will give him complete control over our electricity, gas, oil and coal. If you think these items are expensive now, just wait! This act, in addition to our grossly increasing energy costs, gives government the right to demand that appliances be replaced with “energy saving” appliances before a house can be sold  and the right to enter your home to close off electrical outlets if they determine you are using too much electricity. The Obama moratorium to stop all drilling in the Gulf is another deliberate act to drive oil sources away and causing the loss of thousands of jobs. Drillers are pulling out and going to Brazil or other countries. (When a plane crashes, you don’t shut down all air traffic.)

The health care bill recently passed is another infringement into our privacy and will definitely cause rationed care. The financial regulatory legislation passed last week permits an “appointed czar” the authority to access any of your financial records – checking accounts, credit cards, etc. These regulations, however, do not apply to government agencies such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, which caused failure of the housing market to begin with.

Mr. Bush and many of his predecessors were not perfect, but the man in the White House now is frightening: his lack of humility, lack of experience (working, military, anything productive), lack of American culture, pride or religion and his belief that he is both omnipotent and omniscient are definitely not good American leadership qualities. The fact that we must survive another two and one-half years of this is terrifying! By then, will anyone be permitted to express such opinions? Think about it.

Mary Ann Marshall
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor: 
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” That famous line spoken by Marlon Bando as Don Corleone in Mario Puzo’s  “The Godfather” is the second most celebrated line from a movie, outranked only by “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” from “Gone With the Wind.”

Those wishing to keep 4-H alive in this county have done just that; make you an offer you can’t refuse … or, at least, you shouldn’t.

I’m glad they have reduced the amount of the levy for the OSU Agricultural Extension Office to 0.25 mills, which would cost the owner of a $100,000 property less than $8 a year, and produce about $130,000 a year, enough to support one agent and a part-time secretary.

Is 4-H important? Here’s my story: I spent two years in 4-H after my family moved to a farm near Dellroy in the 1950s. I sold my first Angus steer and used the money to buy a family car. All we had was a 1951 Chevy pick-up truck that barely was wide enough for my father, mother and me to scrunch into. I felt a lot of pride that I could provide my family with a car, although I was not old enough for a license.

The second year, I bought a guitar so Jerry Glasser could play behind Eddie Baggott, Sonny Tanner and myself, thus launching “The Delroyals” on the world. Later in life, I would make my living traveling around the country playing my guitar and singing. In short, the rewards of my two years in 4-H have resonated throughout my life.

There are hundreds of thousands of similar stories of 4-H graduates, and more are being written every year. The hope and expectation of qualifying for the Ohio State Fair beats strongly in every 4-H heart. The pride, leadership and self-confidence developed in participation in 4-H engenders benefits of a lifetime.

As I talk to people during my door-to-door campaign for county commissioner, I tell them that if I can’t convince someone to invest $8 a year - $8 A YEAR - to support about 500 of our kids, plus provide needed services to farmers, then I’m a poor excuse for a salesman. Surely $10 a year is an offer you can’t refuse.

Jan H. Kennedy

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