An act of kindness

Last Saturday as gloomy as the weather was, a gentleman brought a ray of sunshine to me.

I was eating lunch at Cassano’s at the lake. When I was ready to receive my check, the waitress told me the gentleman sitting close by paid my bill.

I was not aware who was sitting around me, whoever you are: “Thank You.”

  • Written by G.K. Camburn, Bellefontaine

25 years of ADA improve lives of America’s disabled



Twenty-five years ago our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has done much to improve the quality of life for millions of people with disabilities by expanding participation in community life, improving infrastructure, and reducing communication barriers. The law’s protections have and will continue to shape and improve the lives of disabled Americans. 

This celebratory time offers an opportunity to reflect on the ADA’s history and its future potential. The ADA changed the way society views people with disabilities. We think about how a person can be accepted and integrated into our community rather than ways to accentuate their differences. 

The concept of home and community based living would not be making progress without the ADA. The Americans with Disability Act propelled the widespread availability of home and community-based services from a lofty goal, accessible only to those who could afford it, to an expectation. Most people strongly prefer to receive care and services in their homes and communities, as opposed to institutional settings. The ADA gives that preference the legal legs it needs to advance policy and become a reality. 

  • Written by Saul Bauer, Director of the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities

City should not outsource tax collection

As the recently retired tax administrator of the city of Bellefontaine, but most importantly as a citizen of the city of Bellefontaine, I am writing this letter in opposition of the city administration’s efforts to have the city income taxes collected by an outside source.

There are two agencies that they are looking into, including Regional Income Tax Agency and Central Collection Agency. While both of these agencies are collecting income taxes for multiple cities in Ohio, I do not feel that this is the best route for our city to be taking. In my opinion, losing control of the city’s tax collection would not be beneficial financially and good customer service for the citizens of Bellefontaine would be jeopardized.

In a recent article in the Bellefontaine Examiner, Service Safety Director Jim Holycross stated that the city would be paying approximately two percent to three percent of their gross income tax collections to an outside source for the service. The total receipts for 2014 were roughly $5.9 million, so even at a conservative 2.5 percent, there would be close to $150,000 flowing out of our local economy into someone else’s. The total budget for 2015 for the tax department minus the refund appropriations is $150,283 so it would be about the same, except that it is staying local. Even if an outside source is collecting the taxes, Mr. Holycross did state that there would be someone locally to assist taxpayers with any questions so that position would have to be budgeted for also in addition to what is paid to the agency.

  • Written by Beth A. Christian, Bellefontaine

Admission of problem is first step to recovery

Bellefontaine is my hometown. For months now I have heard many stories about how the heroin epidemic is affecting this community. I have prayed about what I can do to help in cleaning this up. A couple days ago, my husband told me there was an article in the June 22 issue of Sports Illustrated I might want to read. A special report: “Smack epidemic: How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts.” I read it and realized one way I can help is to share this article.

Stories of young athletes who, due to sports injuries, were prescribed painkillers, became addicted to them and then the prescription ran out. The addiction, however, was in full force. So they resorted to the streets or “pill parties” looking for that high their body ached for. In doing so they discovered heroin was much cheaper and afforded them the same high. Several of the young people written about overdosed and died. Sadly, the article states, that families said they received  no warning from physicians about the addictive powers of painkillers.

Please read this informative article especially if you are  parent of a young person. Read it, then have them read it, then talk about it.

  • Written by Robin Barton, Hilliard

GUEST EDITORIAL: Saving time and money earning college credit

$1.75 million saved by BHS students thanks to dual enrollment program



What started on paper as a Seniors-to-Sophomores grant initiative in 2007 has actually enabled many Bellefontaine High School students to achieve that status. Through the district’s Dual Enrollment Program, students can transition directly from the ranking of high school senior to college sophomore. Better yet, all this can be achieved without leaving the halls of BHS. In other words, students are able to walk across the graduation platform with a high school diploma in one hand and a college transcript in the other. This equates to saving lots of time and money — two valuable commodities.

Bellefontaine High School continues to be a state leader in the early college credit initiative. Students jumpstart their college careers by choosing from a menu of college class options. These challenging college level classes are taught at BHS with a specially trained BHS instructor. Better yet, the students earn college credit at a fraction of the cost. Over the eight years the program has been in existence, Bellefontaine has partnered with multiple universities including University of Findlay, Urbana University, Clark State Community College, and Wright State University.

Approved high school instructors meet the university requirements to qualify as adjunct professors. In turn, they work with the college professor to assure that the curriculum and assessments are aligned with the college equivalent course. “After eight years of dual enrollment at BHS we still take the alignment of classes with the college curriculum very seriously. We want to provide the college credit to our students but more importantly we want to prepare them for what is ahead. The benefit to our students is incredible both in the credits they have when they enroll and also in their success once they are there” says Kristy Mount dual enrollment instructor in Chemistry and Physics.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, BHS offered 19 dual enrollment college courses. Currently 167 students are earning credit for a total of 336 college courses. At an average of four semester hours per course these students collectively accumulated 1,409 credit hours before stepping on a college campus. At an approximate cost of $300 per semester hour, students and parents have saved over $400,000 this year alone. In the eight years the program has been in existence, over 1,400 courses have been completed by students at a monetary value of over $1,750,000!

  • Written by Angie Haver, Bellefontaine High School guidance counselor