GUEST EDITORIAL: Local volunteers combat cancer one head at a time

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration established by the Points of Light Foundation in 1974 to recognize and thank America’s volunteers and call public attention to all they do to improve communities nationwide. During National Volunteer Week, the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts of its approximately 2.5 million volunteers nationwide who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

This year’s celebration will be held April 12-18. Celebrate Service, the theme for National Volunteer Week, captures the meaning of this signature week: honoring the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society.

In Logan County, volunteers participate in a variety of opportunities such as Look Good Feel Better, Wig Salons, and Relay For Life. Vicki Arnold has been involved with the American Cancer Society as a Look Good Feel Better facilitator since 2006. At the beginning of last year, she became a free wig salon and provides wigs free of charge to women in Logan County. The American Cancer Society wig salon program provides Vicki's wig bank with quality, new, free wigs to cancer patients undergoing treatment who have lost their hair. Look Good Feel Better is a free program designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. They learn specific techniques to help make the most of their appearance while undergoing treatment. This program provides women with a makeup package valued at $200. These programs take place at Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Oncology Clinic on May 19, July 21, Sept. 15 and Nov. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Women can call (800) 227-2345 to register for this program.

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How Ohio’s public records law turned into a mess

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DENNIS HETZEL

In 1963, the Ohio General Assembly fashioned the state’s first open records law. It took a broad approach to defining public records with a strong presumption that almost all records kept by government would be open to citizens.

  • Written by DENNIS HETZEL

West Liberty water project not good for village

I am very much opposed to the proposed Ion Exchange Water treatment Facility for the following reasons:

1. The lime-soda system that we are using is still considered the “Best Available Technology” for the softening of water by the EPA.

2. Therefore the use of Ion Exchange is an inferior technology to what is currently being used.

3. The use of Ion Exchange may require a substantial percentage of residents to use bottled water for drinking because of the added sodium content. This includes the residents of Green Hills, a good many of whom are included in that group.

  • Written by J.E. Nash Former WL water department employee West Liberty

Intentional acts of caring in everyday life

These past several years we have all witnessed the rise of acts of evil perpetrated by people against others all over the world and in our country. It seems that we have come to expect “man’s inhumanity to man,” and we say “that’s just the way the world is today. We just have to accept it.”

I would like to enable you to see through a microscope into our “mini-world” here in the Bellefontaine and Indian Lake communities that I frequent. So many people here are living life with their eyes open, looking for the needs of others. I have heard these acts called “random acts of kindness,” but if they are “random” are they accidental and can they become just infrequent acts? I would rather like to think of what I am seeing as “intentional acts of caring.” You cannot only see the act, but sense the heart that has motivated it.

Let me give you some examples from my experiences:

  • Written by Barbara Rausch, Huntsville/Indian Lake

GUEST EDITORIAL: Logan County Board of DD discusses changes in future

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SAUL BAUER

Thursday Jan. 15, the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board discussed changes to the Federal definition of “Home and Community Based Services” which will effect Medicaid funding and changes to the timeline to implement “conflict free case management.” These changes will directly affect county board services. 

Superintendent Saul Bauer highlighted information regarding a correspondence sent from Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights).

For years, Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights) has heard from many people with developmental disabilities and their families that Ohio’s system does not give them opportunities to live, work, and spend time in their communities.

People with disabilities should not be grouped together and separated from everyone else just because they have similar needs. Ohio has people living in facilities who want to live in their own homes in the community. Long waiting lists for waiver programs mean that most people have to wait over 13 years for the services they would need in the community.

The law also requires these changes. The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990, and the Supreme Court made its decision in L.C. v. Olmstead in 1999.  A state must provide services to people with disabilities in the most integrated, least restrictive setting in the community appropriate to their individual needs. Over the years, Ohio has not changed its service model to comply with the law, leaving thousands of people in facilities when they would like to live and work in the community.

The average wages for direct care staff who support people with developmental disabilities in the community are below poverty level and there is far too much worker turnover (47 percent). No one’s family should be expected to provide support or care if they are unable to do so.  

Any changes should be made carefully. This may require many years to do. The state should not act too quickly and put people at risk.

  • Written by Saul Bauer, Logan County Board of Developmental Disabillities