MEDICAID WOES NOT TRUMP’S FAULT

My letter is concerning an article in The Courier (Feb. 6) concerning Medicaid. Isn’t it amazing that a federally instigated program produced by Lyndon Baines Johnson in the 1960s and dramatically enlarged by Barack Obama in about 2014 (which is to help “Obamacare”) is now being blamed on President Trump?

Obama bribed governors of many states (including Ohio) to add thousands to our Ohio Medicaid numbers, then bribed Kasich with a lot of money so Ohio would pay for the increased cost with federal dollars. Sure, state and federal tax money. As the article says, the federal government pays about 60%, and the states make up the difference.

Another statistic, according to the article I am writing about, is that Medicaid covers more than 70 million people “” about one in five Americans. What they don’t mention is how many people out of that 70 million are illegal immigrants. Nor do they mention how much of the 70 million are being entirely funded by Medicaid for nursing home costs (which is a tremendous cost).

The most frightening thing about Medicaid is that it is easy for Obama to increase Medicaid coverage for millions across the country but it is next to impossible to decrease the number of Medicaid recipients. Remember, people are living longer today and thus increasing the number of people covered for longer periods of time.

But the Associated Press writes about how terrible it is that our president is trying to cut the huge cost of Medicaid. Let’s face it “” something has to be done and, like it or not, those who pay taxes are going to foot the bill. Could it be possible that the liberal left is trying to make Trump look bad because the presidential election is coming up in less than a year?

Remember two things: First, every Medicaid recipient can vote and second, that all people paying for Medicaid (taxpayers) should be sure to go out and vote next November. And remember that the liberal left has one in five Americans wrapped up on their side.

I could not find the total cost for any of the tremendous expenditures of Medicaid.

Ralph Anderson

Arlington

TIME FOR SOMEONE NEW

Well, well, well “” it’s time to make Findlay great again. With it being an election year and several candidates running for sheriff, we, the people, get to make the decision of who our next sheriff will be.

Let’s break this down with one subject. Sheriff Heldman did a speed study on Township Road 212 last summer. He used the resources available to him, along with our taxpayers’ dollars, to put up a monitor to study the speed on this road. The study took two months and, when it was completed, Heldman addressed the residents of Township Road 212 at a town hall meeting, stating that now they knew the best time of day for deputies to sit and catch some of these speeders.

Right after this meeting, we had a deputy drive down this road (maybe) twice. Not park “” drive. That drive takes about 45 seconds to a minute. How are you supposed to catch a speeder if there is no one on the road when you drive down it? To date, we have not seen another sheriff car on our road. The speed limit on this road is 45 mph. According to Heldman’s study, traffic on this road ranges from 45 to 99 mph.

“We will take care of this matter.” I call “BS.” Sheriff Heldman was, at one time, a good leader for our community. I feel that maybe he has been on the job too long and has forgotten what his purpose is “” to protect. Heldman does not care about the residents of Findlay. It’s time to put some younger, fresher and honest talent in this position. I wish the two other candidates the best of luck and, if one of them is elected, please do not follow in Heldman’s footsteps. They’re small shoes but ready for a bigger foot.

Kevin Rogers

Findlay

HELDMAN (STILL) THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

I have known Mike Heldman for more than 20 years, and I can’t think of a more qualified individual to continue to lead the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Mike is completely dedicated to his profession and our community, having spent most of his career working to protect those in Hancock County. That commitment is evident in his 23-year streak of receiving the Ohio Certified Law Enforcement Management Award. Sheriff Heldman is the only candidate running for sheriff with this type of training and on-the-job experience.

Mike has created numerous programs that help a wide range of people in our community. I am an alumni member of the Citizens Sheriff’s Academy where I learned firsthand about the inner workings of the sheriff’s office.

Mike has also helped to develop the TRIAD program to address the safety needs of older adults and the Y.I.E.L.D. program to help young drivers be safe on the road. He is also a board member for the Welcome to a New Life program to help rehabilitate those impacted by addiction and give them the tools to be productive members of our county. Past performance is an indicator of future performance, which is why I’m confident about Mike Heldman’s ability to change and adapt to our evolving needs.

Mike has the qualifications, experience and passion for serving our community and making it a safe place. I encourage you to cast your vote for Mike Heldman to continue to lead our sheriff’s office for the next four years.

Rich Zydonik

Findlay

KEEP OUR SCHOOLS EXCEPTIONAL

I am a proud 1993 graduate of Findlay High School. Shortly after college, my husband Craig and I returned to my hometown to be near family and enroll our children in Findlay City Schools. It was the right decision.

Findlay City Schools cater to every type of learner. When we had a struggling young reader, she was offered a before school program. Now she tests above average in language arts. When the children needed an additional challenge, advanced classes were available. Our daughters, ages 13 and 16, have already charted their career paths, one for the sciences and the other for business. They are embracing teamwork, dedication and good health through multiple school sports. They participate in various clubs in areas of leadership, volunteerism and athletics. Findlay High School even has a ski club!

With so much to offer, I often tell friends we would pay private school tuition to attend this wonderful public school system.

For the children of Findlay and our community, we need your help. Increasing daily operating costs, a decrease in statewide funding, and meeting the demand for more advanced educational programs have left Findlay City Schools with a budget deficit. Despite cost-containment efforts, the five-year projection indicates the school will run out of money in 2022, forcing cuts in staff, advanced curriculums, and busing. Please help us make an investment in our children and the future of Findlay. On March 17, Craig and I will be voting “yes” for Findlay City Schools. We hope you will too.

Cary Weasel Seager

Findlay

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