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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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SunnyThursdaywith highsin the mid40s and lowsin the upper20s. See page 2.
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Authors to signbooks at library
The Delphos PublicLibrary is hosting abook signing by twoDelphos natives.Margie Rostorfer, writ-ing as Maggie Ann Ross,had her first novel printedthis year,
She Came Home
.She is currently work-ing on her second novel.Nioma Kortokrax Stephanhas written a non-fictionbook
 Low Bridge
about theMiami - Erie Canal. Shehas also penned a mysterycalled
The Cameo Effect.
Join them from6-8 p.m. today.
BBB warns of email scams
The Better BusinessBureau has received reportsof emails being sent to con-sumers that appear to havecome from Time-Warner,suggesting that there is aproblem with their bill-ing and they should fill outthe enclosed form (whichasks confidential financialquestions) and return it.This email is not fromTime Warner; they do notcontact customers in thisway for any reason, especial-ly matters concerning billingIn another related matter,consumers are reporting theyare receiving phone callssupposedly from Microsoftclaiming there is a problemwith their computer and arethen are given instructionsfrom the caller on how tocorrect it. The motivationis to hack into the victim’scomputer and steal infor-mation and data. Do notdo what the caller says.Microsoft does not contactcustomers in this fashion.Contact Neil Wingetat 419-227-8012 formore information.
Jays selling tickets forFort Recovery game
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment is selling ticketsfor its home game Fridayversus Fort Recovery (6:30JV tip) in the high schooloffice until 3:30 p.m. Friday.Adult tickets for pre-saleand all tickets at the doors are$6; student pre-sale is $4.
Jefferson selling pre-saletickets
The Jefferson AthleticDepartment is selling pre-sale tickets for its home girlsbasketball games Thursdayversus Crestview (6 p.m. JVtip) and Saturday afternoon(1 p.m.) and road boys bas-ketball games at CrestviewFriday (6 p.m.) and Saturday(6:30 p.m.) during normaloffice hours at all four CitySchools District buildings andthe Administration Building.Adult pre-sale ticketsare $5 and students $4; alltickets at the doors are $6.
City schools opt out for new facility
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — DelphosCity Schools will politelydecline an offer by the OhioSchool Facilities Commissionfor a new school building.Officials learned this monththe district was eligible tostart the process through theOSFC.“We know the district andthe community are not in afinancial position to considerthis,” Board President JohnKlausing said Monday eve-ning.Treasurer Brad Rostorfersaid he will prepare thepaperwork to send back tothe OSFC to have the districtremoved from the list.The district will joinothers in Allen County toimprove purchasing power of items districts all use. Theschool board approved join-ing the cooperative which hasno membership fee or cost tobelong. The initiative is in itsinfancy.Bus driver Doris Knebelbrought concerns to the board.Several months ago, she hadasked Superintendent FrankSukup for an aide on thebus she drives to Spencervillefour days a week with spe-cial-needs preschoolers.Sukup found her an aide andTeresa Sensibaugh now rideswith Knebel. Knebel’s con-cern was that she was underthe belief Sensibaugh’s posi-tion was only temporary andshe would not have an aidethe entire school year. Sukupassured her Sensibaugh’sposition was for remainder of the year and would be revisit-ed on an as-needed basis afterthat. Knebel seemed relievedand thanked the board fortheir time.Perry Wiltsie will serve aspresident pro-tem until the 7p.m. Jan. 14 meeting whennew officers are elected. Theorganizational meeting willbe held in the administrativebuilding.In other business, theboard:
• Accepted the resigna
-tion/retirement of LandeckElementary School cook PatRode. Rode has been withthe district for 30 years. Shewill retire at the end of theschool year;
• Approved Chad Schrader
for a 5-hour cleaning positionat Jefferson High School; and
• Approved supplemen
-tal contracts for coaches forspring sports as follows:Larry “Bub” Lindeman, var-sity boys track; Jeff Stant, junior high boys track; RyanCarder, varsity girls track;Ben Rahrig, junior high girlstrack; Doug Geary, varsitybaseball; and Josiah Stober,varsity softball.
Community gathers for Christmas Worship Service
The Delphos Ministerial Association’s 35th annual Community Christmas WorshipService was held Monday evening at St. John the Evangelist Church. The programincluded performances by Jefferson and St. John’s high school choirs as well as aquartet, eight soloists and the St. John’s Grade School Hand Bell Choir. The servicedrew a great crowd. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)American Cancer Society Income DevelopmentSpecialist Sarah Burke, left, goes over paperwork with St.John’s Schools Relay for Life Team Captain Kelly Beiningat Tuesday’s meeting. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Relay Chair Metzgerexcited for 11th event
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Plans arewell underway for the 2013Relay for Life of Delphos.Chair Cindy Metzgershared her excitement withteam captains at Tuesday’smeeting at the DelphosEagles.“Why wouldn’t I be excit-ed?” Metzger asked. “We aregoing to hit $1 million thisyear and are closer than everto a cure.”Metzger said some bigthings are planned this yearfor all teams to participatein, including a bed sheet sale,pub crawl and wine pairing.“We try to come up withdifferent things so everyone’sinterest is piqued at some-thing,” she said.Metzger herself had a can-cer scare since the 2012 Relayin June.“Before, I never had any-one close with cancer. Ourfamily has heart trouble, soI’m expecting that. I had tohave a biopsy and then waitseveral months and be checkedagain and it was nerve-wrack-ing,” she exlained. “While Iwas waiting, I thought, ‘Theycould call me and tell meI have cancer.’ That mademe even more determined tomake this next Relay evenmore successful. We need tostart at the source and get ridof it.”Metzger also introducedAmerican Cancer SocietyIncome DevelopmentSpecialist Sarah Burke. Burkeis a Spencerville native andhas relatives in Delphos.She has a degree in businessadministration and managerialbackground in retail. This isher first year with the ACS.“I’ve Relayed in St. Marysand I have family who arecancer survivors, so when theopportunity came up to workfor the American CancerSociety, I took it,” Burkesaid. “I’m pleased to workwith the Delphos Relay. Ihave an aunt who lives here,Jan Wiechart, who is a cancersurvivor and the support shereceived from this commu-nity was overwhelming. Thisis a very caring community.”Burke will also be incharge of the Auglaize andMercer county Relays.Team captains are remind-ed to sign up their teamsonline. Packets are availableby contacting Metzger at 419-236-5314.
 Kiwanis, Rotary take over local eyeglass collection
The Delphos Kiwanis and Rotary clubswill take over the local collection of used eye-glasses for Vosh International. The endeavorwas a Lions Club project. Jim and DarlenePohlman, left, of Vosh volunteers, present acollection box to Rotarian Andy North andKiwanian Rob Moenter. Used eyeglasses, sunglasses and “cheaters” can be droppedoff at Edward Jones, Delphos Vision Care, Trinity United Methodist Church, SuperiorFederal Credit Union, First Federal Bank, Westrich Furniture, Spectacular Adventures, Union Bank, Ottoville Bank or the DelphosHearing Aid Office. Eyeglasses are thentaken to the processing center in Pandora.(Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Pope hits 1M mark as he tweets: ‘Dear Friends...’
By NICOLE WINFIELDThe Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — PopeBenedict XVI hit the 1 mil-lion Twitter follower marktoday as he sent his first tweetfrom his new account, bless-ing his online fans and urgingthem to listen to Christ.In perhaps the most drawnout Twitter launch ever,the 85-year-old Benedicttapped the screen of a tabletbrought to him at the end of his general audience after theequivalent of a papal drumroll by an announcer whointoned: “And now the popewill tweet!”“Dear friends, I am pleasedto get in touch with youthrough Twitter. Thank youfor your generous response.I bless all of you from myheart,” the inaugural tweetread.At around the same timethe message was sent, thenumber of followers of Benedict’s (at)Pontifexaccounts surpassed the 1 mil-lion mark, with all eight lan-guages of the pope’s accountcombined.While the (at)PontifexEnglish account remainsthe most popular, nearing800,000 followers, the popeis tweeting simultaneouslyin Spanish, Italian, French,Portuguese, German, Polishand Arabic. Each languagehas its own handle, thoughthey’re all the pope’s account:(at)Pontifex—es, for Spanishfor example, (at)Pontifex—itfor Italian, (at)Pontifex—frfor French, and so on.The first papal tweet hasbeen the subject of intensecuriosity — as well as merci-less jokes, criticism and com-mentary. “The pope has aniPad?” comedian Jon Stewartasked earlier this year. TheOnion satirical newspaperran a piece “Pope tweets pic-ture of self with God.” Andin perhaps a more long-termand problematic issue for theVatican, the (at)Pontifex han-dle was flooded with negativemessages from users remark-ing on the clerical sex abusescandal.Vatican officials have saidthey expected such negativ-ity, but that is a risk theytake by putting the CatholicChurch’s message out.“These are already all overthe Internet, in newspapers,in so many forms of expres-sion,” the Rev. AntonioSpadaro, editor of the Jesuitmagazine “Civilta Cattolica”told Vatican Radio this week.“They form part of ordinarycommunication.”Benedict actually senthis first tweet over a yearago, using a generic Vaticanaccount to launch the HolySee’s news information por-tal. Someone in his nametweeted daily during Lent,part of the Vatican’s effortsto increase the church pres-ence in social media.A personal Twitter accountfor the 85-year-old Benedicthas been the subject of specu-lation ever since the Vatican’s
See POPE, page 2
 
2 The Herald Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Larry E. BetzDoris E. SmithHilary J. ‘Fred’Friedrich
March 8, 1949 - Dec. 10, 2012
Larry E. Betz, 63, of Delphos, passed away at 3:30p.m. at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter on Dec. 10, 2012.He was born March 8,1949, in Lima, Ohio to ByronBetz and Mary (Kramer)Lowe, who preceded him indeath.On Sept. 22, 1978, he mar-ried Laura (Metzger) Betz,who survives in Delphos.Also surviving are 3 sons;Jason Betz of Lima, David(Mindi) Betz of Delphos andMichael Betz of Cincinnati;4 daughters; Kelly Betz-Haggard of Delphos, BobbiBetz of Lima, Jennifer (James)Betz-Grubb of Convoy andNicole Betz of Delphos; 14grandchildren, 1 great grand-child; step-mother Verno Betzof Adrian, MI and mother-in-law, Dorothy Miller of Delphos.He was preceded in deathby a son Larry Betz II.Mr. Betz was a CorrectionOfficer at Lima CorrectionalFacility. He then worked atTeleFlex.Mr. Betz graduated fromColumbus Grove in 1967. Heloved to fish, enjoyed all typesof sports and was an avidBears and Ohio State fan. Histrue love was his family andgrandchildren, for whom hetook great pleasure in babysit-ting. He was a member of St.John’s Catholic Church.Mass of Christian Burialwill be held at 11 a.m. onFriday at Delphos St. John’sCatholic Church with FatherChris Bohnsack officiat-ing. Burial will follow inResurrection Cemetery.Family and friends may callfrom 2-8 p.m. on Thursdayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome. A wake service will beheld at 7:30.Memorial contribu-tions can be made to St.John’s Scholarship Fund,the American DiabetesAssociation or the AmericanHeart Association.
Oct. 6, 1926 - Dec. 10, 2012
Doris E. Smith, 86, of Spencerville, passed awayat 12:11 p.m. Monday at St.Rita's Medical Center follow-ing a sudden illness. She wasa resident of the RoselawnManor Nursing Home.She was born Oct. 6, 1926,in Jay County, Indiana, to GuyJ. and Dessie A. (Grile) Stults,who preceded her in death.On Dec. 15, 1945, she mar-ried John F. "Bud" Smith, whodied on Dec. 23, 2009.Survivors include twochildren, Steve (Pam) Smithof Spencerville and Cheryl(Patrick) Osting of Delphos;six grandchildren, Jeff (Stephanie) Smith of Opelika,Ala.; Greg (Kelly) Smith of Dumas, Texas, Mike Prineof Spencerville, Carissa(Marc) Reinicke of Lima,Joseph (Krystall) Knepperof Defiance and MitchellPrice of Columbus; 10 great-grandchildren, Meagan andTyler Dietering, Alysa Smith,Hannah and Haylee Prine,Jesse Farley, Indiliza Reinicke,Karlina Reinicke and Briannaand Kelsie Day; a sister,Margaret (Fred) Reynolds of Anderson, Ind.; and a brother-in-law, Gerard Rodmaker of Marion, Ind.She was also precededin death by a son, ThomasSmith; three brothers, CecilStults, Glenn Stults and infantIrvin Stults; a sister, MarjorieRalston; brothers-in-law,Robert (Dottie) "Nub" Smithand Raymond "Ace" Smith;and a sister-in-law, NormaRodmaker.Mrs. Smith was a 1945graduate of the Portland HighSchool in Indiana. A home-maker, she enjoyed gardening,cooking and baking and play-ing cards.Funeral services will be at10:30 a.m. Thursday in theThomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville, theRev. John G. Medaugh offici-ating. Burial will follow in theSpencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Wednesday at the funeralhome.Memorials may be madeto the Spencerville UnitedChurch of Christ.
Jan. 12, 1934Dec. 10, 2012
Hilary J. “Fred” Friedrich,78, of Middle Point, died at8:33 p.m. Monday at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.He was born Jan. 12, 1934,in Delphos to Joseph and Rose(Carder) Friedrich, who pre-ceded her in death.He was married to Velma“Val” (Granger) Friedrich,who died Nov. 26, 1998.Survivors include chil-dren, Gary (Mary) Friedrichof Wetzel, Sherrie Friedrich of Van Wert and Cindy Friedrichof Fort Jennings; a brother,Edward (Janelle) Friedrichof Delphos; sisters, MargaretFischer of Delphos and Marilyn(Dick) Hemker of Findlay; and8 grandchildren and sevengreat-grandchildren.He was also preceded indeath by two sisters.Mr. Friedrich was a theformer caretaker at KingCemetery, Middle Point, andretired from Ryder TruckRental in Fort Wayne. He wasa truck driver at Hagen Mfg.,was a mechanic and worked inthe parts room at Fort WayneLeasing. He served in the USNavy Reserves for 8 yearsand was a member of theAMVETS Post 698, MiddlePoint.He was a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch in Delphos and was avolunteer at the Middle PointFire Department for more than40 years. He was a past mem-ber of Van Wert County RabbitBreeders Assoc. and coachedMiddle Point Little League,ACME and Pony Leagues forboth boys and girls.Funeral services will beginat 10:30 a.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home &Crematory, Van Wert, the Rev.Stan Szybka officiating. Burialwill be in King Cemetery,Middle Point.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursdayat the funeral home.Preferred memorials are tothe Middle Point Fire Dept. orVan Wert Inpatient HospiceCenter.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 20s. Southwinds 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY:
Sunny.Highs in the mid 40s. Southwinds 5 to 15 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT:
 Clear. Lows in the upper 20s.Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
EXTENDED FORECASTFRIDAY:
Sunny. Highsin the mid 40s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT:
Partlycloudy. Lows in the lower30s.
SATURDAY:
Cloudy.Chance of rain in the morn-ing, then rain likely in theafternoon. Highs in the mid40s. Chance of rain 70 per-cent.
SATURDAY NIGHT:
 Mostly cloudy. Rain likelythrough midnight, then chanceof rain after midnight. Lowsin the upper 30s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
SUNDAY:
Mostly cloudywith a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 40s.Corn $7.36Wheat $7.87Soybeans $14.71A girl, Nora Lynn, wasborn Dec. 8 to Justin andTracy (Burgei) VanBuskirk of Greenwich.Grandparents are JudyBurgei of Fort Jennings andthe late Mike Burgei and BobVanBuskirk of Greenwich andthe late Karen VanBuskirk.Great-grandparents areBetty Osting of Delphos andthe late Ed Osting and Orvilleand Ethel Burgei of Delphos.A boy, Olsen Scott, wasborn Dec. 4 to Brent andNicole Bruns of Perrysburg.He weighed 7 pounds, 12ounces and was 21 1/2 incheslong.He was welcomed homeby siblings, Olivia, Owen andOliver.Grandparents are Tony andDodie Bruns of Millbury andArnie and Margie Wienken of Delphos.A boy, Callen Patrick,was born Dec. 3 to Scott andKristie McCormick.He was welcomed home bya sister, Landen.Grandparents are Dave andKathy Rose and Pat and JulieMcCormick.Great-grandparents areBetty Rose and Ralph andBonnie Hemker.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Pansy M., 85,of Spencerville, funeral ser-vices will begin at 11 a.m.Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville,Pastor James Fletcher offi-ciating. Burial will followin Spencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursdayat the funeral home, where anEastern Star service will beginat 8 p.m. Preferred memorialsare to the American BaptistWomen Assn. or St. Rita’sHospice.
ST. RITA’S
A girl was born Dec. 10 toJessica and Toby Bidlack of Cloverdale.A girl was born Dec. 10to Jessica and Gregg Core of Elida.
Delphos weather
High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 34 degrees,low was 29. High a year agotoday was 42, low was 21.Record high for today is 59,set in 1946. Record low is -7,set in 1962.
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senior communications offi-cial said in February the ideawas gaining traction.Vatican officials haveacknowledged the pope won’tactually type the messages andthat someone in the Vatican’ssecretariat of state will writethem on his behalf. And soit happened today: Benedict just tapped the screen on thetablet to send the inauguraltweet.But about an hour later,a Vatican official tweeted aquestion that had been sent tothe pope in the long run-up tothe launch, asking his adviceabout how to be more faithfulin daily life. “By speakingwith Jesus in prayer, listen-ing to what he tells you in theGospel and looking for him inthose in need,” the respond-ing tweet read.Later still, a third tweet,responding to a questionabout how faith can be livedin a world without hope. “Wecan be certain that a believeris never alone. God is thesolid rock upon which webuild our lives and his love isalways faithful,” it said.The Vatican has insistedthat the words are Benedict’salone, culled from his speech-es, homilies or catechism les-sons.As incongruous as it mayseem for the 85-year-oldBenedict to be on Twitter,Vatican officials have stressedthat he is merely walking inthe footsteps of his prede-cessors in using the latest incommunications technologyto spread the faith.Pope Pius XI, for example,caused a similar stir when helaunched Vatican Radio some80 years ago to bring the pope’smessage on radio waves aroundthe globe. The Vatican also hasits own newspaper, televisionservice and maintains dedicat-ed YouTube channels and anInternet news portal.
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Dec.12, the 347th day of 2012.There are 19 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Dec. 12, 1787,Pennsylvania became the sec-ond state to ratify the U.S.Constitution.
On this date:
In 1870, Joseph H. Raineyof South Carolina becamethe first black lawmakersworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.In 1897, “The KatzenjammerKids,” the pioneering comicstrip created by Rudolph Dirks,made its debut in the NewYork Journal.In 1906, President TheodoreRoosevelt nominated OscarStraus to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor; Strausbecame the first Jewish Cabinetmember.In 1911, Britain’s KingGeorge V announced duringa visit to India that the capi-tal would be transferred fromCalcutta to Delhi.In 1917, Father EdwardFlanagan founded Boys Townoutside Omaha, Neb.In 1925, the first motel —the Motel Inn — opened in SanLuis Obispo, Calif.In 1937, Japanese aircraftsank the U.S. gunboat Panayon China’s Yangtze River.(Japan apologized, and paid$2.2 million in reparations.)
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Voice of Democracy winners Eric Gerberick, second from left, and Quinn Wise, received checks, flags and pins from Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Grothause andVFW Post 3035 Commander Mike Hughes after reading their winning essays. Eric is theson of Mark and Patty Gerberick and Quinn is the son of Ken Wise. Both are students atSt. John’s High School. (Photos submitted)
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Approximately 100 peo-ple recently gathered at VFWDelphos Post 3035 for theannual membership dinnerand to honor this year’s win-ning Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy winners.Patriots Pen winners AlyssaHohlbein and Haley Smith,and Voice of Democracywinners read their winningessays and were given anAmerican flag, checks andpins from the Men’s Unit andthe Ladies Auxiliary.State VFW commanderChuck Keller and his wifealso attended the dinner andCommander Keller presenteda short speech.Local Post CommanderMike Hughes spoke brieflyabout the recent trip madeto New York and Jersey bymembers of the post takingtwo trucks and trailers withclothing and other items val-ued at $40,000 to aid the vic-tims of Superstorm Sandy.Hughes also spoke of themany local and area organi-zations and schools that havebenefited by the donation of over $36,780 to their needs.
Patriot Pen winners Alyssa Hohlbein, left, and HaleySmith were honored guests at the VFW Membership DinnerSaturday night. Both girls read their essays and received anAmerican flag, checks and pins from the VFW and the LadiesAuxiliary. Alyssa is the daughter of Ron and Paulette Smithand Haley is the daughter of Adrian and Amanda Smith. Bothgirls are sixth-graders at Jefferson Middle School.
Claiming tax refunds, protecting tax cuts
BY US SENATORSHERROD BROWN
Good communication isimportant, and poor com-munication can be costly.Unfortunately, miscommuni-cation between Washingtonand Ohio could cost familiesin Wilmingtonand Orville up to$3,700 next year.As the NewYear quicklyapproaches, it’scritical that Ohiofamilies are awareof the unclaimedtax refunds thatmay be owedto them by theInternal RevenueService (IRS).Often times, inaccu-rate addresses have causedthese funds to be returned bythe U.S. Postal Service. Andin fact, last year, more than2,000 Ohioans were eligibleto claim tax refunds. In 2011,undelivered refund checkswere worth more than $1,500on average.Ohioans have alwaysworked hard and played bythe rules. But every year,millions of Americans don’treceive their tax returnsbecause of postal errors.Taxpayers deserve to easilyreceive the money that thegovernment owes them, andshouldn’t lose money justbecause their checks got lostin the mail.Fortunately, claiming a taxrefund is an easy process if you are eligible. According tothe IRS, if a refund check isreturned to the IRS as unde-livered, taxpayers can gen-erally update their address-es with the “Where’s MyRefund?” tool on IRS.gov.The Tool also enables tax-payers to check the statusof their refunds. A taxpayermust submit his or her SocialSecurity number, filing sta-tus, and amount of refundshown on their 2011 return.The tool will provide the sta-tus of their refund and, insome cases, instructions onhow to resolve delivery prob-lems.Ohio taxpayerschecking on a refundover the phone willreceive instructionson how to updatetheir addresses.Taxpayers canaccess a telephoneversion of “Where’sMy Refund?” bycalling 1-800-829-1954. They can alsogo to the Where’sMy Refund? onlinetool to check the status of their refund by clicking onhttps://sa1.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus. jsp.Ohioans can also take twosimple steps to avoid the riskthat their refund could get lostin the mail. They can start bysigning up to have their taxreturns directly deposited totheir bank accounts, eliminat-ing the potential for postalerrors. Next, they can filetheir taxes electronically.In addition to reducing thepotential for miscommunica-tion, e-filing reduces errorson tax returns and speeds upthe refund process.But while ensuring Ohiofamilies receive the refundsthey are owed is important,it’s also crucial that we fightto guarantee middle classfamilies across the countrydon’t see their taxes rise alto-gether.Right now, taxes willautomatically rise for allAmericans on January 1unless Congress acts.Both the President andI campaigned on maintain-ing tax rates for 99 percentof Ohio families, and onNovember 6th, you stronglysupported this position. But,more than a month later,some conservative politiciansin Washington still haven’tgotten the message. They arestill protecting the wealthiestone percent, at the expense of the middle class.In July, the Senate passedthe Middle Class Tax Cut Act,which would prevent 99 per-cent of Ohio families – and allAmericans making less than$250,000 per year – frompaying higher taxes. Underthe bill, the median incomeOhio households would savean average of $2,200 on theirtaxes next year. Leaders inthe House of Representativeshave failed to schedule a voteon the bill – in part, becauseit asks the wealthiest two per-cent of American householdsto pay the same tax rates theypaid during the Clinton years,when our economy added 22million jobs. It’s time for theHouse of Representatives tostop holding hostage middleclass tax cuts and pass thebill.It’s our duty to ensure thattaxes will not go up for themillions of Ohioans who wakeup early, send their childrenoff to school, keep our assem-bly lines productive, tend toour vast agricultural areas,and stand up behind a counterserving customers for eighthours or more each day.Let’s move forward with oureconomic recovery and ensurethat Ohioans have the resourcesthey need to support their fami-lies. By accessing unclaimedtax credits, and providing taxcuts that bolster middle classfamilies, we can continue tomake our country stronger.
Brown
Hite, Faber named ‘Defenders of Liberty’
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 COLUMBUS — StateSenator Cliff Hite (R–Findlay)and State Senator Keith Faber(R–Celina) were named asa “Defender of Liberty” bythe American ConservativeUnion (ACU). The senatorsreceived the award during aceremony this morning in theLadies Gallery of the OhioStatehouse.“I believe that we canstrike a balance that allowsgovernment to be efficientand productive on behalf itscitizens while also respon-sible a wise with its resourc-es,” said Hite. “I’m honoredthat the ACU has noticed thework we are doing in Ohioand I’m proud to be awardedas a defender of liberty.”The Defender of LibertyAward recognizes SenatorHite’s 100 percent conserva-tive voting record during the2012 session of the 129thGeneral Assembly.The AmericanConservative Union is basedout of Alexandria, Virginia.
Senate to vote on letter grades for schools
COLUMBUS (AP) — The state Senateis poised to vote today on a bill to bestow Athrough F grades on Ohio school districts,buildings and specialty programs.The legislation would give letter grades toschool districts, school buildings, communityschools, STEM schools and college-prepara-tory boarding schools based on more than adozen performance measures.Grades would be phased in to replace thecurrent five-tier system of excellent, effective,continuous improvement, academic watchand academic emergency. No overall gradesfor districts would be given this coming year.Community schools serving mostly aca-demically challenged students would see adifferent scale developed.The Senate Education Committee made aslew of technical changes before approvingthe bill Tuesday. The House passed an earlierversion of the proposal and would have tosign off on the revisions.

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