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Time for farmers to weed out Palmer amaranth, waterhemp

If you drive into the country you may notice farmers checking their soybean fields; some may use binoculars or fly a drone to see the whole field. They are looking for two pigweed species that need to be removed before they go to seed — Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. These...

Letter to the Editor 7-31-18

KEEP NOE LOCKED UP In regards to the recent news that Gov. Kasich is asking for another hearing of clemency for this GOP rip-off artist Tom Noe, I believe that Noe’s prison sentence should continue, due to the seriousness in nature and the $13 million that has never been...

Letter to the Editor 07-30-2018

The old saying that nothing in life is sure but death and taxes should be rephrased to nothing in life is sure but death, taxes and the cry for more taxes. In Thursday’s Courier’s View, the paper again put forward the cost of jailing lawbreakers and the need for more...

Don’t let caterpillars worm their way into your tomatoes

My wife, Colleen, was recently watering our small flower garden and few vegetable plants. She noticed that our only tomato plant was looking pretty sickly with a condition that had come on very suddenly. We had friends visiting when she mentioned that it looked like our chances...

Safer schools

Getting a tax issue passed in Hancock County has never been an easy task. But then, it shouldn’t be. This past November, voters rejected a request for a sales tax increase that would have financed an expansion of the county jail and built a new county office building. More...

Letters to the Editor 7-28-18

THERE ARE FIVE POLITICAL PARTIES Jake Laird (letter, July 23) wrote in his first sentence, “it never fails to blow my mind.” I have to remind him that his mind was blown quite some time ago or he wouldn’t have written his letter. I guess he went to a so-called...

Letters to the Editor 07-27-2018

MAKE PREVENTION THE TOP PRIORITY We should be spending 90 percent of our drug abuse resources on prevention and 10 percent on rehabilitation. Finding creative and effective ways to prevent folks from substance abuse in the first place is the best use of our dollars. Once a person...

Inmate housing

The Hancock County Commissioners will have a tough call to make regarding the rising cost of housing criminals. The problem is none of their options are good and the clock is ticking. One way or the other, Commissioners Mark Gazarek, Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol will have to...

Letters to the Editor 07-26-2018

BEING COOL IN HOT TIMES I know that my family is not unusual, in that not all vote for the same party. I sense for most of you, this is also the case. I urge caution if putting party above extended family, friends and country by being cool in hot times, as the president asked us...

Letters to the Editor 07-25-2018

EIGHT YEARS AND COUNTING Monday, July 23, 2018, marked an important anniversary in the life of our community that I celebrate. I refer to The Courier’s front page story by Sara Arthurs titled “Incredible loss of life to overdoses.” I was happy to see the many...