A MOTHER’S MISSION: Never, ever, ever forget who they are

I was going through my facebook messages and saw a picture of my oldest daughter. I looked at her beautiful face but kept going back and focusing on her eyes. The gateway to her soul. And I saw life. I saw peace. I saw beauty. I saw freedom. I saw my daughter’s soul again.The one I KNEW lived inside her. I saw the beauty of recovery. My daughter is a recovering addict. As I looked in those eyes, I had flashbacks of when what I saw in them frightened me beyond any fear I have ever felt in my life. I had witnessed seeing the evil hell of addiction stealing her soul and felt at times I was truly looking into the eyes of Satan himself. There were times I had to turn away as I felt that if I looked too long, the darkness would suck me in. And I still shudder everytime I have these flashbacks. Which thank God, are not much any longer. I believe though, that sometimes we have to go back so we remember and celebrate the victory over this horrible disease. The beauty of recovery. And the freedom of a precious soul.

  • Written by Robin Barton

What does our flag mean ... to you?

Unfortunately not what it should, based on the lack of respect that it is shown on almost a daily basis. Look around you and count the number of ways it is incorrectly displayed. It is especially evident on national holidays, with the lack of respect shown to our national standard when it passes by in a parade. People don’t stand and uncover their heads, they remain seated paying scant attention to what is going on around them.

  • Written by Russell S. Strayer, Bellefontaine

Consideer boat, water safety

As the summer months are coming a lot of people will be looking forward to enjoying water sports. Almost all people can swim. So because of that most people do not wear life jackets. Yes, it is a personal choice to do so or not. Most people put them on children. That is great but what about yourself?

  • Written by Mary Staley-Royer, Bellefontaine

Vets to D.C. trip appreciated

I was honored to go to Washington, D.C., last weekend with Logan County area vets to D.C., those who fought our country’s wars and defended our freedom over several generations, especially the World War II vets. They fought the war, they won the war, then came home and built this country and gave us all a good life in America.

  • Written by Ken Green, Marine Veteran, Kenton

What I have learned from Top of Ohio Pet Shelter

I have been a volunteer for the shelter for over six years. I am heartbroken that our shelter is closing. I have worked through three different shelter administrations. I have seen mismanagement in the past but have stayed involved because of my love for the animals. Each time we got new management my hopes went up that this time we would get it right. Recently with our new director Barbara Faulkner, a new board and Randy Schmidt, I again had great hopes. I saw Barbara and Randy take on an enormous responsibility, trying to dig us out once again. I saw firsthand their commitment to turning our shelter around against insurmountable odds. The shelter struggles to overcome a reputation of mistrust and mismanagement in addition to a lack of funding.

I know our shelter has had many problems in the past. This time I saw us moving in a positive direction. Barbara took over a thankless job and worked full-time hours on a part-time salary to try to save our shelter. The staff and volunteers are the most amazing, generous, giving people I have ever known. They spend hours walking dogs to get them out of their kennels, loving them so that they would not fear  people and taking them on endless adoption events, giving up their weekends to do so.

I have learned that no matter how hard you try, when  your community does not support your efforts, you are doomed to fail. The shelter survives on a combination of dog license fees, fundraisers, income from bingo, help from some of our local businesses and donations.

  • Written by Becky Babyak, Bellefontaine