Help protect your postal carrier from dog attacks

In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week.    I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”

Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 — more than 200 higher than the year before. Within Logan County there have been dog attacks since the beginning of the year.

My concern is not only for our employees, but with the general population as well. Here are three critical points to remember:

  • Written by Steven Dunton, Bellefontaine Postmaster

Remembering Jodi and Randy

One of my sons sent me a link this winter to an NPR documentary series about poverty. One of the installments mentioned the story of Randy and Jodi Speidel of Bellefontaine and he wondered what we remembered. To my deep dismay, I remembered nothing.

  • Written by Russ Miller, Bellefontaine

Agriculture: What is it, who is it and why is it important?

Agriculture by definition is the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products. But to me “agriculture” means people. It is the farmers I work with daily to help promote and protect their way of life, it is my neighbors, my friends, my family and our future. Most of all Agriculture is me.

  • Written by Jill Smith, Organization Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau serving Auglaize, Logan, Mercer, Shelby and Union counties

Kelly’s treatment was revealing, chilling

Bellefontaine native Katie Kelly’s terrific letter to the Forum, Examiner, Nov. 11, 2016, was both revealing and chilling. Democracy, free speech and dissent gone asunder.

Knowing this article will meet with contempt, or outright hostility, in pockets of Logan County, I’m appalled that Donald J. Trump’s hateful image as president will be America’s face to the world on Jan. 20, 2017.

It makes me ashamed of my own skin color: white.

The Bible-thumping, conservative, Republican mind-set, which has always prevailed around her in my lifetime (71), can be suffocating, in my opinion. Even menacing, as Kelly points out so well.

If you haven’t read Katie Kelly’s letter, I highly recommend that you do so.

It’s serious and timely if you supposedly believe that we will always live in a “free society.”

  • Written by Jerry Turner, Quincy