Of course I had to get caught up in the holiday crowds and traffic a few days before Christmas, but the grocery shopping was infinitely less painful than expected.

Kroger and Walmart have their stores so well staffed with helpful, knowledgeable and pleasant people that the experience was a downright breeze.

Now, who did I leave out?

Janet Quarrie



Craig Nichols wrote to The Courier complaining of ridiculous requests out of California for federal help with their homeless problem. Of course, he is completely justified.

But why does California imagine that its cry for help has even the least hint of credibility in flyover country? I suggest that rulers in the “Golden State” hold great faith in their ideology that leads them to believe big government is always the way out. After all, what’s a few billion more in the congressional world of trillion-dollar deficits? Ronald Reagan would remind them that big government cannot solve the problem; it is the problem.

Our Constitution does not permit nor condone a massive, lumbering and self-serving federal government as it exists today. It does not provide a pathway for bailouts of failing states. Only the progressives would purport that it does. They have attacked, twisted and distorted the meaning and intent of our founding document with tormented court decisions and executive actions that have ultimately led us into the swamp.

Apparently the governor of California thinks we all believe in his swamp. In Ohio, not so much. Actually, some of us would prefer a tightening up of the Constitution to preclude abuses originating in the unrestrained imagination of our ever-present swamp dwellers. A few well-thought-out amendments related to taxes, spending and term limits would be a good start. The states can make this happen, and Ohio can lead the way if Columbus will get on board.

Tom Quarrie



The Dec. 24 article in The Courier went into detail about financial problems the school is facing but, like most news, it failed to tell the entire story.

The main complaint of the board was they have not had an increase in revenues for the past 14 years, but what they didn’t say was that at least 150 new homes were built in the district in that period, resulting in a sizable increase in funds for the school.

Another complaint was the reduction of revenue they are experiencing from Whirlpool, but what they didn’t tell you was that during the past few years the school board squandered several thousands of dollars by purchasing four residential properties that adjoin the school and then paid more money to have the buildings torn down. Those four properties are nothing but a liability to the school, and it no longer receives any tax revenue. That’s kind of like shooting yourself in the foot.

The article made it clear it has operated at a deficit the past three years, and the deficit will continue to increase each year if a personal income tax levy is not passed in March. The article failed to mention steps the board took to reduce spending, get their house in order and live within their means.

There was also no mention of the elaborate elementary school that was built a few years ago to the tune of several million dollars. A lot of taxpayer money could have been saved if that building didn’t have so much wasted space and didn’t look like a cousin to the Taj Mahal instead of an educational facility.

When the school board can show me they are good managers of the funds provided, I may consider voting for a tax levy. Until then, I’ll be voting NO on any tax levy they have on the ballot.

I’ve been retired 25 years and know how to live on a fixed income. My real estate taxes increased 21 percent a couple years ago, so I made adjustments and am still living within my means. There can be no annual deficits for retirees and there shouldn’t be any for a well-run school system.

Colin Baird

Van Buren