This Saturday (June 8), the Hancock-Wood Electric (HWE) Cooperative is proposing three general changes to its Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations. These proposals will be voted on by HWE members.

It is the third proposed change that creates significant concern.

That proposal, if approved, will remove the current code limit on the number of 3-year terms for a trustee. This would allow a trustee to remain in their position indefinitely. This is not acceptable.

The HWE Board needs opportunities for a timely change with its trustees. Our HWE board needs the ability to get “new blood” and new ways to look at our cooperative’s needs.

Over the years, HWE has become known as one of the best cooperatives in the state. It has done so by not having “career” trustees.

With career trustees, there is a greater opportunity for their decisions to be more self-serving rather than making decisions that are best for our entire membership.

Some have also said that our cooperative would save money by eliminating trustee term limits, primarily due to the professional training that trustees are encouraged to participate in each year.

However, our trustees should be trained each year to stay up to date with the industry training, strategic planning, and analyzing financial statements, to name just a few important trainings.

With this being said, there would be little, if any savings, related to professional training.

On Saturday, Hancock-Wood Electric members will be voting on changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations. We encourage members not to vote for eliminating trustee term limits.

Stan Scarbrough, Mike Brand, Don Barker

rural Findlay


Make no mistake, the forces of evil that were alive on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and conquered by his hand of providence working through the bravery and sacrifice of young boys and men, are active today domestically, chipping away against the principles and ideals of a great nation for which it was founded and defended.

Will our generation disavow the sacrifice and blood of the “greatest generation” with a continued apathetic and selfish attitude toward the weakest in their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness?

Or will we continue to snuff out the life of the unborn in the name of sensuality and entitlement, over principle and that which is right?

The beachhead of evil must be conquered once again, and God, by his providence, will allow the battle to be won in the hearts and minds of our citizens, and not on the battlefield of our great country.

Some may challenge me for the comparison on this solemn day, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but they know little of depth of sacrifice. But I watch the daily sacrifice of our military men and women and families, and it grieves my heart that we corrupt the ideals and actions of those serving and the greatest generation who gave everything on the shores of Normandy, while we continue to allow the plague of abortion on the shores for which they defend and have defended, respectively.

The travesty is apparent and the evil a Trojan horse.

May God in his providence raise up a generation of Normandy brothers and sisters who rightly proclaim evil for what it is, and are willing to sacrifice everything for that which is right.

Tim Shank



Flooding. Wet fields. Spoiled crops. That’s what Ohio’s future will likely look like, due to the changing climate.

Ohio will have more rain in the spring — including extreme storms — and more droughts in the summer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio needs frank talk about what this means for Ohio’s agriculture and how farmers can adapt.

And Ohio also needs to reduce climate change, by cutting greenhouse gases from coal and supporting wind and solar energy and energy efficiency. Most Ohioans support this kind of action, according to recent polls.

However, a bill now before the state Senate would do the opposite. HB6 would gut Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

We need to prepare for our future, as a state. That means open talk about how our economy can adjust to a changing climate. And it means strong action to prevent another spoiled spring in the fields.

Maya Fischhoff