FRACK: LAST OF A FINE LINE
Bill Frack must certainly have died with a smile on his face.
Surely, he would have been so proud of the financial freedom he offered in so many ways to those both known and unknown.
Billy Frack was five years younger than I, but, when we all lived our young lives on West Sandusky Street, he was part of the early-morning gathering on the curbs and sidewalks where we met to play for the day.
The group meeting each day was made up of Mary Frances Wiseley and her brothers, Billy and Dickie, Pud Fellabaum, Gerry and Tommy Graf, Truby Rue Epler, Harpster Wonder, the Lyon boys, Joyce Foltz, Mike Arnold Hugh and Kay Bell.
There were older kids, too, Don Gerard, the Wheland boys, the Leininger boys, Billy Ginn and Nan and Sue Montgomery. So when, throughout his life, Bill referred to “The West Sandusky Street Gang,” that was the group about whom he spoke and remembered.
Bill was born to George and Virginia Duncan Frack. He lived his early years at the home of his grandparents on West Sandusky Street.
Not only did Billy live there with his mother and father, but also with his dear Aunt Mary Duncan McCabe and his grandparents, the Judge and Mrs. Duncan.
He must always have considered he was lovingly raised for they were all such nice and sweet people.
He had an uncle, Tom Duncan, who taught at Donnell and of whom Billy was very fond. Bill’s dad, George, was a gregarious and funny man and, along with our own daddy, the two men made our lives lots of fun.
We often skipped along on the way to Dietsch Brothers for ice cream while Mr. Frack and Mr. Bell walked along behind us, chatting and laughing.
The Fracks eventually built a home on West Lima Street and it was at that time Bill’s mother died at a young age. His dad taught for many years in the business department at Findlay Senior High School and was very well liked.
George married Ruthanna and Bill always considered her to be his mother as she was so kind and loving to him.
Bill Frack is the last of a very long line of very fine people.
And so, from The West Sandusky Street Gang, we say goodbye, Billy, see ya’ later!
Kay Bell Chesebro
NEARING THE TIPPING POINT
Congress wouldn’t do it, so our dear leader, President Obama, got out his famous “phone and pen” and called on the EPA to impose new extreme carbon emissions requirements on power plants.
So cap and trade raises its ugly little head once again.
The biggest impact of these new regulations will fall on coal-fired plants which will, as the president stated in 2008, “necessarily increase electricity costs.”
In addition to that, power authorities predict the job losses of tens of thousands more in the power and coal industries.
I have some questions, sir.
• Given the fact that carbon emissions have been falling steadily in America since 2005, why impose this now when the real problem lies with China and India, who are the greatest offenders on Earth and will not stop?
• Why send more people to the unemployment line during the current (longest in our history) jobless recovery of your failed economic plan? And, finally, given the fact that coal provided 69 percent of the electricity used by Ohio in 2013, according to the government’s own figures, where will we get it from now?
My wages have fallen by 20 percent under this administration. Gas for my vehicles, electricity costs, food prices and medical care costs have risen significantly in the last five years and Terry Cook’s “Hemp solves all our problems” plan hasn’t panned out yet.
All of these things keep pushing the middle class toward a “tipping point” where our disposable income gets reduced to zero and we have to spend every dime we earn just to survive.
I thought I got past that 35 years ago and really do not want to be there again.
STUDENTS SHOWED THEIR APPRECIATION
Friday, as the funeral procession for Dean Butler moved slowly down Ohio 12 to the burial site in Benton Ridge, it passed the Liberty-Benton Schools, where the students and staffs from Liberty-Benton High School, as well as the L-B Middle School and the L-B Elementary School, stood solemnly by the roadside.
What a moving gesture of respect and appreciation for a fine individual who was so dedicated and committed to their school!
Clearly, this stirring tribute is just another fine example of why the Hancock County schools are such special places to learn.
Larry J. Busdeker
superintendent, Hancock County ESC/Schools
SHE AGREES TO DISAGREE
I would venture a guess that Brian Smith (letter, May 28) missed the point of my letter. Not my most recent, as he suggested, by my first.
To be honest, I was warned by friends that there might be very harsh replies. I just wish Mr. Smith could have found a more diplomatic way to express his unreasonable anger without the accusations.
He obviously thinks there is no place in this world for gays, while I think they are citizens of our world. So, on those terms, I agree to disagree.
I don’t think, and never did think, I was a 100 percent correct, slightly liberal Democrat. I’ll leave being 100 percent right to the uninformed Mr. Smith. Over and out.
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