Sadly, deaths by opiate/heroin overdose are a regular occurrence in our county and surrounding areas.
Although treatment is available for different severities of addiction, people with opiate addictions are dying from overdose or seeking services in emergency rooms at taxpayer cost as well as causing grief to their families and friends. More and better treatment and other services are needed.
From The Courier’s court docket (Feb. 8), I gather the city and county court systems are going soft on drug dealers. It appears many dealers get fined, receive a small amount of supervision, have their driving privileges suspended and are allowed to remain in the community.
I believe this places a burden on the community and the justice system. The courts are being pressed to lower incarceration rates and costs, but not to dealers.
Meanwhile, there is overcrowding in the jail as they incarcerate people for petty theft or for minor traffic violations.
Drug dealers are criminals making money from the illegal drugs they sell to finance the lifestyle they lead. Those addicted to drugs are dying as drug dealers continue to enjoy expensive clothing, jewelry, and cars that selling drugs offers.
In my opinion, things will get worse as long as addiction is treated only as a disease. and dealers are left on the streets.
Those in the fields of criminal justice, education, health care and addictions need to treat addiction as psychological and social, as well as medical, problems.
Prevention, intervention and ongoing recovery needs to address social/economic factors. Prevention and intervention are also needed at the levels of child, teen and family, ensuring they are receiving proper nutrition, education and parenting.
Policies and procedures at the state and federal legislative levels need to be developed and implemented to provide needed nutrition, education, income and housing for the most vulnerable.
Cutting benefits is going to make difficulties worse with more of the unemployed poor and working poor turning to drugs to cope.
Don Iliff
My wife and I were dining at the Red Lobster last week when she said, “This is our 69th wedding anniversary dinner.”
A young couple sitting behind us overheard her and when they left they stopped by our booth and wished us a “happy anniversary.”
We thought that was really nice and thanked them.
Later, when the waitress brought us our check, she told us the couple left $20 to be given to us toward our check!
We were almost brought to tears to think this young couple would do this for complete strangers!
I pray God’s blessing be on them, whoever they are. I hope they read this.
Gene and Georgia Thompson
The Courier’s View of Jan. 23 stated: “For example, if a property is someday removed from the flood plain due to the construction of a diversion channel, that property could be redeveloped.”
That one line tells much about the plans for the use of our sales tax money for flood mitigation.
The sales tax collected in all of Hancock County since 2009 is being used to only benefit Findlay, though we all pay for it.
This plan comes at the expense of family farms and the incomes they produce for those families, which will forever be lost to them and to the community.
I do believe that everyone in the watershed should be responsible for maintaining and paying for river, ditch, and stream cleaning, because we all use water daily.
I was told by Phil Riegle and Steve Wilson this could not happen, though, because only the people who live on the ditches, creeks, or river would be the ones assessed the tax since that is current state law.
They also said to change state law is a question for Cliff Hite and Robert Sprague. That is probably true, but couldn’t they get a waiver because of our flooding problem?
From past experience, I have learned that one government agency is quick to pass the buck to another one so nothing ever gets done.
Couldn’t you at least try, or is that too much work for you? Isn’t this what you’re getting paid for, to try and figure out the best way to help all of Hancock County and not just one area?
It appears that those who have farmland and livelihoods taken by the diversion will also be the ones responsible for its upkeep. Is that not a devious plan, or what? Apparently, Findlay and Hancock County politicians have not heard the verse, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Once again, people have been deceived by government, and this time at the local level by local politicians!
Sharon Stilipec
rural Findlay