It is my honor to write this letter in support of Jacobs Elementary. Jacobs is equipped with wonderful educators that take pride and dignity in providing quality education and a strong learning environment for all children.

I am the proud mother of four children that currently attend Jacobs Elementary. I am also a foster mom to two beautiful nieces. My family recently moved here from Florida and Jacobs has been exceptionally supportive with the transition for my children. I was very nervous about my children adjusting to the change of environment, but all the teachers and staff members at Jacobs have a sincere interest in all students’ overall development.

When my son was identified by his teacher to receive special education services, the entire team came together with me to develop a plan to further enhance his learning capabilities. They worked diligently to enhance his educational goals and involved me every step of the way, which I truly appreciated.

Jacobs’ support system has been overwhelming. My twins are in Ms. Allsop’s kindergarten class. She is an amazing educator and professional, showing passion for her career in education. My children’s behavior and attitude toward school have taken a positive turn. She uses a variety of strategies to reach each student through their individual learning styles. I really would like to thank her for making such a wonderful platform for the mutual benefit of her students, parents, and teachers. This is not only beneficial for all of us in terms of knowledge, but also making a strong interpersonal bond for the future.

A word of loving appreciation for Ms. Allsop, Mr. DeRose, Mr. S, Principal Kelly, the special education team, counselors, secretary, and nurse at Jacobs: this wouldn’t be possible without your help. A heartfelt thank you for instilling values of caring and empathy in my children and raising them to be good human beings. To conclude, I found Jacobs’s dedication and reliability provides a valuable experience in my children’s lives and the lives of all students. Thanks once again to all of you for this wonderful opportunity.

Kedesha Powell



In the letter from Martha Brown (Feb. 10), she stated, “the last time (Sheriff Heldman) ran in 2016, the reason was to be the longest-serving sheriff in Hancock County.” Where did that information come from? Did Martha attend campaign meetings or staff meetings where this was mentioned?

Martha also stated “she’s heard” that the reason he is running again is so that he gets his name on the cornerstone of the new jail building. Again, was this statement at a public meeting? Where did she hear this? There has been nothing stated about a new jail being built. When making these kinds of statements, they should be followed up with the source of those comments.

Martha also mentioned she was told by her “neighbor man” that, if re-elected, Sheriff Heldman intends to step down after the second year of this term so that he can appoint one of his own members of the “Good Ole’ Boys Club.” You said it Martha — that is ridiculous.

Sheriff Heldman assured me that he is committed to serving the full term if re-elected. Also, a simple Google search shows that in the Ohio Revised Code, a sheriff can’t name his successor (Ohio Revised Code 305.02). Comments like this from Ms. Brown are a simple smear campaign against Sheriff Heldman and not based on reality.

Sheriff Heldman is far from a “Good Ole’ Boy.” He has served our community with integrity, intelligence and dignity. The accomplishments of the sheriff’s office are well known in our community and on record at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for any resident of Hancock County to see.

The longest-running sheriff was elected by the people for a reason — they wanted him in office. And I will vote for him again on March 17.

Karla Beck



I usually read all of the letters to the editor every day. I have really never wanted to respond to any that I have seen, but one letter in particular needs a response.

The letter concerns Medicaid (Feb. 11), the people it helps and the opposition to giving people this help. One statement in particular states how people are living longer, the high cost of nursing homes and how ‘our taxes’ pay for this care.

Let me say this to the individual that wrote the letter I refer to: my mother worked 40 years in a factory, paid taxes and contributed to her community by spending her income there. She worked hard and long days and never asked for any help from anyone. She paid her way.

When she was older, she had a devastating stroke that robbed her of the ability to speak or walk. She spent the last four years of her life flat on her back in, yes, a nursing home. She had to give the nursing home her pension and her Social Security, plus she had to be supplemented by Medicaid. It was without shame that we accepted this help. My mother paid for it by paying in for 40 years!

Please tell me what you find so bad about this? Do you wish for the elderly, the very poorest of our citizens who are disabled, the young who suffer from a catastrophic illness or accident, to be dropped in an alley somewhere to die? Apparently, you have the means to take care of yourself if something bad were to happen to you. Many people do not. Some worked, like my mother, all of their life. Are they milking the system?

Shame on those who look down on those more unfortunate than they are who desperately need help from the government that they helped support all their lives.

Lana Pahl



I am writing to express my support for Mr. Tim Saltzman for sheriff of Hancock County. I had the honor of working with Tim during my tenure at Vanlue Local Schools, where Tim served as the School Resource Officer (SRO).

Tim led numerous safety trainings for our staff. It was evident from the first staff meeting that Tim was knowledgeable, and his delivery of the material was a breath of fresh air. Tim’s innovative approach to the SRO position made him tough to replace when he left. Tim made it known from the beginning his goal was to keep our kids safe.

Tim worked hard to build a rapport with administrators, teachers and especially the students. Tim was the SRO for multiple schools, so his time in our building was limited, but the relationships he was able to develop were genuine.

I recall on numerous occasions Tim taking time out of his day to bond with our students. He was constantly challenging students to better themselves in and out of the classroom. His ability to relate to students of all ages was on full display. High fives, handshakes and hugs were plentiful and meaningful to our students.

Todd Richards