I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the voters of Hancock County for passage of our renewal levy. Amid the chaos and financial uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis, you came through for our fellow Hancock County residents with disabilities.

Not only did you come through, but you came through massively! We won 70 percent of the vote. That is incredible, astonishing and unbelievable. Thank you!

Passage of the levy will enable us to continue providing a high level of support.

Hancock County is a special place. Don’t doubt me on this. I have been associated with many county boards of developmental disabilities. There are few counties in Ohio to compare to Hancock when it comes to supporting people with disabilities. The support and inclusion makes us a better community.

Meanwhile, we continue to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Can I say this to the individuals we support — I miss your faces.

This is, first and foremost, a people business. We talk about programs, funding and IEPs, but it always comes back to the personal touch and making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Thus, I am used to interacting face-to-face with the people we support.

I miss that. I think it’s great that we have created ways to stay in touch electronically, but it’s just not like the personal touch.

As we begin to come out of the shelter-in-home order, I hope that we can once again begin to see your faces around Blanchard Valley Center.

In the meantime, be well and be safe. We will all get through this.

Kelli Grisham

Blanchard Valley Center


I read with great interest a letter to the editor that ran May 12 in The Courier. The heading read “It’s a numbers game” and went on to compare the COVID-19 virus with heart attacks and strokes.

The COVID-19 virus is a communicable disease while heart attacks and strokes are not. Should someone next to you (God forbid) experience a heart attack or stroke and they sneeze or cough on you, they will not pass that heart attack or stroke on to you. Likewise, car accidents are not communicable diseases. Should someone lose their life in a car accident, they will not increase the odds of you having a car accident.

Please, let’s at least let logic prevail in comparisons with this virus.

Gary Porcello

Mount Blanchard