I would like your readers to know that the “Spirit of 1776” organizing team appreciates the swift action our county commissioners took during the most recent meeting to ensure that our Independence Day program will continue to be held on Dorney Plaza during the July Fourth parade.
Our concern can be attributed to a simple miscommunication regarding the use of the public plaza while allowing the new landscaping to get established.
The letter we received only stated that the grass-covered portion of the plaza could not be walked on, which caused our group concern because it would drastically reduce the area we depend on to set up our educational displays, and also because it appeared to be going against the original intent of Dorney Plaza as a public space.
It was after further explanation during the commissioners’ meeting that the matter was clarified and quickly resolved.
I am very passionate about protecting our freedoms, from the national level down to limiting who can walk on the grass, and was only acting with this passion when I addressed the commissioners.
Now that the matter is resolved, I can once again say “Come to our program on Dorney Plaza this July Fourth to learn more about the founding of our great nation!”
May God bless you and the United States of America!
Don VanRenterghem

I wholeheartedly agree with the Courier’s View (Viewpoint, March 8) expressing the need for a county administrator to more efficiently and effectively guide our county through the trying times that lie ahead.
An administrator, while appointed, would be free from the political and personal pressures experienced by our commissioners.
I’m not saying that the job the commissioners are doing is not a good one, but that they are prone to the pressures of getting re-elected, and that pressure alone could have an effect upon the decisions that they are forced to make in the performance of their office.
I would like to throw out yet another idea that might be worth exploring in the effort for a more efficient and effective use of tax dollars: Let’s consider consolidating all the school districts in Hancock County.
This would not only equalize the education that we offer our students, but it would also ease and equalize the disbursement of tax dollars and stop the competition for revenue that has so recently been experienced in the northeast section of the city.
Just think, one superintendent, one board, one set of officers and officials, an equalizing tax assessment system and no more competition for students through “open enrollment.”
I know it is a big leap and is completely different from what we now have, but this is the 21st century and, as we grow, we must adapt to and effectively manage that growth.
Just some food for thought.
Don Kinn

After a brief interlude, we are once again seeing articles in the news about flood prevention and projects.
Looking at this problem from a distance of 11 miles south of Findlay, it seems to me that all of the benefactors to the projects are living in and around Findlay.
Everyone in Findlay was more than happy to come out to the country and destroy our farmland or cut ditches through family farms.
Perhaps it’s time that we look at known working methods of controlling floodwaters like those used in Dayton, Tiffin, Fremont, etc.: Build flood walls and dikes within the city to keep the water out.
I’m willing to pay a portion of this cost but, to me, the benefactors should pay the bulk of it.
Gary Burns

I’m in disgust at the salaries of Marathon’s executives. And to publish them on the front page of the morning paper.
I get that it’s public information, but who really cares?
Shirley Long
rural Finday