I have a question to ask every single person who can read. The question is: Do you want to live?

Yeah, you heard me the first time. How many of you can honestly say you want to live?

Well, so does my 80-year-old husband. The difference in him living and you living is simple. You see, he’s dying of an incurable kind of cancer. He’s literally fighting for his life every day.

You, who are reading this, are wondering why is this old lady asking me a stupid question like do I want to live? If you want to live, then why do you stick poison in your veins and think it’s not going to kill you? Because it will. It’s heroin.

The thing is, my husband has no choice in his death. You do, but you continue to use and you will eventually die from it.

My son-in-law was addicted to opiates, too. But by pure chance, he overdosed and was in all terms, dead, in front of my daughter and his own son. Only (and I say only) by the grace of God, he was given a second chance. He did die in January 2016, but was able to, through resuscitation, be brought back to life.

He is now in a program that helps him deal with his addiction to opioids. He is currently alive and well, and clean. No more drugs to help him deal with chronic pain.

He made a choice that January 2016 day that nothing is more important in life than to live. He wants to live for a lot of the same reasons my husband with incurable cancer does. He wants to love his family until the very end.

Your end could come any time you put that needle in your arm.

My husband’s life is in God’s hands and in God’s time.

Linda McRill



What are the low-income and disabled people of Findlay going to do without HATS?

Many people use HATS for: doctor appointments, medical treatments, going to work, going shopping and other errands. HATS can transport people in wheelchairs, power chairs and scooters because they have lifts.

A lot of people cannot afford to pay for a cab or other private transportation. If United Way cuts the budget to fund HATS, it is going to cause a bigger burden.

Also, HATS takes people out of town and even out of the state for medical reasons. Veterans go to Ann Arbor to the VA Hospitals; HATS is there for them.

A lot of HATS drivers are retired and need extra income to supplement their income. Some of the drivers also work to have health insurance, which is a must. So, by not getting funding from United Way, it hurts more people and that trickles down to the whole county of Hancock.

Patricia Heldman Holt



Being a retired law enforcement officer, I’m wondering about two different municipal court “events.”

The first is the continuation of driving under suspension arrests. Week after week, there’s more arrests for DUS violations, and they continue to pile up.

Now, I realize that these violators have committed these offenses themselves, but how long will this go on? These people will continue to drive even though they’ve been fined by the court.

There has to be some solution by superiors. Don’t get me wrong, I do not feel sorry for these violators, but wouldn’t this affect their jobs, and what about their families?

It appears to me that this will go on and on until the streets in Findlay will look like Ghost Town. There has to be a better way to fix this problem. Maybe the court system enjoys the cash that’s piling up, week after week.

The other event involves drug violators. The police do a great job finding and arresting people involved with drugs.

But what happens? They go to court and the judge fines the violators $150 or more, and they’re back on the streets doing the same thing. The fines do not bother these people as they’ll probably steal the money somewhere or they will sell drugs to make up for whatever they’re fined.

My point is, the problem continues to exist. There has to be another way to confront this disastrous trend.

It appears that Findlay and Hancock County are flooded with heroin and other drugs. Many people are overdosing and dying. There has to be a way to clamp down hard on the drug users.

For some reason, the whole country seems to be looking the other way when it comes to really enforcing the law for violators, such as maybe a year in jail for users locally. Maybe that would make them see the light.

Tom Daley