The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, May. 20, 2022

As Treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we, the people, aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital, or Washington, D.C. I believe that when we make government small in size and […]

POSTED: 08/19/17 at 7:21 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Prevailing wage is a state calculated mandated wage that is used on all local government construction jobs that exceed $250,000 in total value.  State universities, cities, counties, townships and other government entities such as libraries, museums and fairgrounds are all required to pay prevailing wage when they are using taxpayer funds. Simply stated, prevailing wage […]

POSTED: 07/20/17 at 6:25 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Live long and prosper! Buckeyes are taking Spock’s famous advice to heart. Over the past three decades, Ohioans’ life expectancies have increased in every county. They can thank healthcare programs like Medicare Part B for these increases in longevity. Part B helps seniors pay for lifesaving medicines, such as chemotherapy, that must be administered by healthcare […]

POSTED: 07/06/17 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Finally, it can begin. After a couple years of adjusting the power structure and reorganizing and combining efforts, 2017 purports to be the birth of a new era. Local resident Stacy Adam takes the helm as Director of the Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation (VWAEDC – still trying to get people to pronounce it […]

POSTED: 01/07/17 at 8:07 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

2016 may have been a year of restructuring economic development in Van Wert, but it was anything but a lost year. On multiple fronts, efforts that have been brewing in the background over the last several months have either paid off or are beginning to blossom. The Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation Board recently […]

POSTED: 10/31/16 at 6:25 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Since taking office nearly four years ago, I’ve searched incessantly for the way to bring college to Van Wert. The first efforts were just to get some classes here. We (the commissioners and the county economic development office) convinced Wright State to offer a few classes at Vantage initially but they weren’t well advertised and […]

POSTED: 10/03/16 at 7:27 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Millennials are a new and strange generation in a new and strange world. They make us older folk glad that smart phones and all-absorbing video games didn’t exist when we were young – think of all the things we would have missed. Millennials are such a unique generation that even their boundaries can’t be defined. […]

POSTED: 09/19/16 at 7:48 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Efforts continue behind the scenes on two important economic development programs in the county: one to build the future and one to tear down the past. The Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation (VWAEDC; pronounced Vwa’-dek) has been meeting weekly, going through the tedium of forming a corporate structure, adopting bylaws, and establishing accounts for […]

POSTED: 09/02/16 at 10:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

If only we could, as the Talking Heads once celebrated in song, burn down the house. Oh for the day when the fire department could flame out a dump for practice, back before the EPA, in its never ending crusade to save us all from things that never seemed to hurt us before, made the […]

POSTED: 08/13/16 at 6:21 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Wanna start an argument? Go to almost any random group of people in Van Wert County and state your opinion about windmills. Chances are, you will quickly find someone with whom to disagree. Without question this is the most divisive issue blowing around our county, the one that puts people in ardent camps of pro […]

POSTED: 07/05/16 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions