Dear Editor, Does your zip code start with 458? If it does, then listen well to what I have to say, because your mail service may be about to change in an unprecedented way. I am writing to voice my opposition to the proposed move of the 458’s processing of mail from Lima, Ohio, to Toledo, Ohio. As a 458 customer and an employee, I can assess the situation from both sides of the spectrum. An amp study is currently taking place at the Lima plant in an effort to “prove” that this move would save money. Our furthest 458 office is 134 miles from Toledo one way. It is physically impossible to process their mail in a city that far away and still get it to these towns in time for morning carrier delivery. The furthest office that Lima currently carrier walk sequences, is 122 miles from Toledo. Can this mail be processed timely there, using current delivery standards? No. Are we looking at probable delay of our area’s mail? How can spending extra fuel daily, to bring the mail back to the Lima area, or having to possibly revamp smaller offices’ docks to accommodate larger trucks, save money? It can’t. Much consolidation has been done around the country, some with disastrous results. Why close the Lima plant down? Our facility is newer and has room for more letter sorting machines if need be. No one processes or knows Lima area’s mail better than Lima. Many of us live in the small surrounding towns and cities in the 458 area that we service, and are customers of our own service, six days a week, just like you. Our productivity at Lima is top notch. Our scores have been through the years, consistently over 90%. Lima is in the Cincinnati district, of the Alleghany region. Cincinnati officials have stated numerous times that our productivity score make their district look good. At times in the past, our automation department’s productivity has even ranked first in the country! Time is short. We’ve been told that public opinion matters, in these decisions. I am urging you to write your local and state representatives and let them know your concerns. Your immediate input to the office that is conducting the amp study is crucial. Please submit a letter to: Consumer Affairs Manager, Cincinnati District, 1591 Dalton Street, Room 108 Cincinnati, Ohio 45234-9631 Remember, when our local processing service is gone, it’s gone. Patrice Suever Lima plant employee

Vote Yes for C-R


In November the Cory-Rawson School district will be voting on a levy to build a new elementary school.  The local share is $6,287,899 (48%).  The state share is $6,811,891 (52%). This is over a period of 29 years.  Cost on a $100,000 house will be $169.90 per year, $13.90 per month, $3.21 per week, .46 cents per day.  The Cory-Rawson community needs a new elementary school.  We are fortunate the state is supporting our decision to build an elementary building only and not insisting we build an entire K-12 building which has been required of schools in the past.  It will be more cost efficient for us to build just an elementary building.   Everyone knows this is not the ideal time to ask the community for more money especially with the economy as it is.  On the other hand, the community of Cory-Rawson has never been afraid to take on a challenge, or to work hard and make sacrifices to accomplish goals set before us. We have always strived to offer our children the best when it comes to their education, and we can be very proud of the outstanding students that the Cory-Rawson School turns out. Please vote yes in November and continue the Cory-Rawson tradition of excellence. Randy and Kim Anderson, Bluffton

Bluffton Community


My name is Rhonda Thompson, my daughter Allene Thompson is a 7th grader at Bluffton Middle School. In November 2006, she was dying. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes or juvenile diabetes. Once she began insulin therapy she bounced back. There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes, only life-sustaining medication. Allene wears an insulin pump that delivers insulin to her body. This has been a very positive development in her diabetes management. She is able to provide the majority of her medical care: changing her pump site every 3 days, filling her insulin reservoir, checking her blood sugar 6-10 times a day, giving herself an injection as needed, although as a 12-year-old she still needs occasionally assistance with her care. Everything she puts in her mouth must be weighed or measured and her blood sugars even need to be checked while she sleeps and during any strenuous activity. She is always a trooper, rarely complaining and amazes us with her ability to handle this overwhelming disease and continues to bless our lives with her positive attitude. In fact, you can cheer her on as a member of the junior high cross country team. There are three other Bluffton students with Type 1 Diabetes. You may know 2nd grader Nephi Peralta and 4th grader Nate Staley. They are all incredible kids dealing with a terrible disease. They are all our heroes. Many thanks to the schools for their assistance with our children’s care. We are waiting and hoping for a cure. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has been working on a cure since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, and each year of research gets us closer. Due to past research, kids with diabetes are able to live longer, healthier and more normal lives. More than 85% of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. The “Walk to Cure Diabetes” is an annual event held each September and October all across the country to raise money for JDRF research for a cure. Our family will be involved with a Walk in Dayton, on October 3rd. If you would like to make a difference in Allene’s life and the lives of Nephi, Nate and one other student, please send a tax-deductable donation to JDRF. You can contact me at 567-204-2384 and I will make arrangements to pick up your donation in any amount, made payable to JDRF or you can donate directly to www.jdrf.org. We will deliver all donations in Allene’s honor as well as Nephi, Nate and one other Bluffton student the morning of the walk. Thank you for helping us research for a cure. Bob, Rhonda and Allene Thompson Rural Bluffton



To the editor,

I’m writing this letter in concern on the streetscape. I
have talked to some of the store owners and they got a surprise
letter saying there would be an increase in their cost.
I’m not the best on letter writing and letting my concerns
be known but here goes.

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