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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Cloudy witha 50 per-cent chanceof showersThursday.Breezy and cooler with highsin the lower 50s and lows inthe lower 40s. See page 2.
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High radiation levels found at Ohio nuclear plant
By MEGHAN BARRThe Associated Press
CLEVELAND — High radiationlevels recorded at a nuclear reactorin northeast Ohio have prompteda special inspection by the U.S.Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Workers at the Perry NuclearPower Plant immediately evacuatedit on April 22 when radiation levelsrose while it was shutting down fora refueling outage, the commissionsaid Tuesday. Plant officials don’tbelieve workers were exposed toradiation levels “in excess of NRClimits,” the commission said.“The plant is in a safe conditionand there has been no impact toworkers at the plant or members of the public from this issue,” the com-mission said in a statement.Radiation levels rose while work-ers were removing a monitor thatmeasures nuclear reactions duringstart-up, low-power operations andshutdown, the commission said.The highest radiation exposureto any of the workers was 98 milli-rems, which is equivalent to two orthree chest X-rays, a spokesman forthe plant’s owner said. The NRC’slimit for radiation exposure in ayear is 5,000 millirems, he said.The commission, which beganinspecting the plant on Monday, didnot say how high the radiation lev-els were or how often such inspec-tions occur.The nuclear plant, owned byAkron-based FirstEnergy Corp.,is about 35 miles northeast of Cleveland and began operating in1987. FirstEnergy spokesman ToddSchneider said the four workersinvolved were contractors hired toassist with the plant refueling. Hesaid the contractors were working ina containment building underneaththe reactor at the time.“The contractors did not use theproper method to remove this pieceof equipment from underneath thereactor,” Schneider said.The plant refueling has contin-ued on schedule, Schneider said.“It shouldn’t have happened,but the bottom line was it did notimpact the safety or health of thecontractors or the public,” he said.In March 2010, a small fire brokeout in a water pump’s lubricationsystem at the plant. The fire burnedfor several hours, and two membersof the plant’s fire brigade weretaken to a hospital for heat stress.The plant experienced numer-ous safety problems several yearsago, causing the NRC to monitorits safety operations every threemonths in 2005, when the plant wasforced to shut down briefly becauseof problems with pumps that circu-late coolant through the reactor’score.
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St. John’s High School musical ‘Oklahoma!’ starts tonight 
St. John’s High School will present “Oklahoma!” at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday and at 2:20 p.m.Saturday in the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium. In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the 20th century, two youngcowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love. Tickets are avail-able by calling 419-692-5371. Above: the cast of “Oklahoma!”
Latta talksprices, jobsand deficit
BY KIRK DOUGALStaff writer
DELPHOS — Gas prices,the federal deficit, the futureof Ohio and jobs — all werekey points in a discussion withRep. Bob Latta (OH-5) as hesat down with representativesfrom the Delphos Herald andthe Times Bulletin on Tuesdaymorning.According to Latta, the oneitem he runs into time andagain is uncertainty.Latta said that employershave told him they have con-tinued to hold off on rehiringor expansion because they areunsure how the health carereform will affect their busi-nesses. They say the overreg-ulation of the federal govern-ment and agencies threatensto kill the entrepreneur andworry over threats of rises inbusiness taxes or in inheri-tance tax, sometimes referredto as the “death tax.” Andnow they are wondering if their pursuit of the AmericanDream is worth it. He saidhe often asks groups when hespeaks to them if they believetheir kids will be better off than them. The last time heasked, only two people inthe entire group raised theirhands.“They’ve given up on theAmerican Dream,” he said.Not only it is killing thedream but all the uncertaintyis causing people to hesitateand hang on tight.“I see it when I talk to allthese businesses out there,”said Latta. “Everybody says,‘You know what? We aregoing to make do with whatwe’ve got — somehow we aremaking it right now — but weare not going to add anybody.We are going to keep whatwe’ve got and hold.’ We haveall this money right now, sit-ting on the sidelines.”Latta said the number onetopic of discussion at hismorning visit to St. Maryswas the cost of fuel. He saidthe answer is simple but howto get to the answer will takemore work.“We have to be more self-reliant in this country. We arenever going to be totally self-reliant but we have to becomea lot more,” he asserted.He pointed toward theBakken Formation whichextends as far south as theDakotas in the U.S. andreaches north into Canada.That oil reserve is estimatedto be even larger than SaudiArabia, yet no one is allowedto drill on the site. The U.S.has vast reserves lying just off the shores of the country, yetnew exploration has basicallyground to a halt since the BP
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Survivors needto register forlap/reception
Whether just diagnosed,a survivor for numerousyears or still battling thedisease, survivors are invitedto join in our SurvivorReception at the Relay.The survivors will “kickoff” the18-hour event by tak-ing the first lap during the 6p.m. Opening Ceremony atthe June 17 Relay for Life.Wheelchairs will be at theevent for those who don’t feelthey can walk an entire lap.To register for theSurvivor Lap/Reception andreceive a T-shirt, return theform that was sent by May 5.
Delphos Parks/Rec.Dept. taking teams
The Delphos Parks andRecreation Department istaking teams for its Tuesdaynight and Friday night men’sslow-pitch softball leagues, aswell as hoping to restart theWednesday night women’s/co-ed league. If there isenough interest, games couldbe played on Mondays.Ten team spots are avail-able in all three leagues.Friday night is a “fun”league, with no umpiresbut mats used for balls andstrikes. The cost is $100per team. All games beginat 6 p.m. starting May 27.The Tuesday men’sleague costs $250 per, withgames starting May 24.The women’s/co-edleague costs $200 per, withplay beginning June 1.Deadline is May 14.Contact the Rec Dept.(419 695-5712 or e-mailat delphosparks@yahoo.com) or Chris Kemper(419 234-6614).
Relay moves; $30,500 raised so far
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — This year’sDelphos Relay for Life willstill be held at JeffersonHigh School, just not at theCommunity Track.With renovations of theinfield planned, school offi-cials asked the committee tomove the event to the eastside of the school along StateRoute 66 where the girls soft-ball diamond is located.“We think this locationmay even be better in someways,” Co-chair Sue Applesaid after Wednesday’s teamcaptains meeting. “We thinkthe sound will be better andwe will be more visible from66 so when people drive by,they may stop instead of thinking it’s just a schoolevent.”The south entrance to theparking lot will be closed.Relayers are asked tobring FM radios as the eventwill be location-wide broad-cast on an FM station like ata drive-in.The new location willalso afford some shade andis closer to restrooms in theschool building.As always, children under18 must be on a team if attending overnight and citycurfews will be observed.With 51 days until the startof the Delphos Relay, bankershave tallied $30,502.65 raisedtoward this year’s event. Thegoal is $85,000.“With the economy theway it is, I am pleasantly sur-prised,” Apple said. “We justhave to work a little harderand get more creative withour fundraising.”Some upcoming fund-raisers include Lake GilleadGang “Bowling for a Cure”at 6:30 p.m. Friday eveningat the Delphos RecreationCenter. There is still roomfor one more team of six.Sea of Hope is hosting agarage sale Thursday throughSaturday at 115 Miller Drivein Ottoville.The VFW team is hold-ing its annual chicken BBQwith a poker run on May 14.Dinners will be served after2 p.m. with poker run regis-tration at noon and the firstbike out at 1 p.m. Dinnersare $7 and the poker run is$10 per person and includesa dinner. A 50/50 drawingand door prizes will also beoffered.Team captains need toattend the 6:30 p.m. May 24meeting at the high school topick campsites and learn of the inclement weather plan.
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Relay for Life Co-chair Sue Apple shows the new locationof the 2011 Relay for Life event June 17-18. The Relay will beheld on the east side of Jefferson High School instead of theCommunity Track area, which will be under renovation.Relay banker Elaine Evans, right, accepts money fromMargaret Merschman and Nathan Burgei of the Jim’sRestaurant team.
 
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 268
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is KaylaSchimmoeller.CongratulationsKayla!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is VictoriaBlack.CongratulationsVictoria!
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Betty J. Metcalfe
Dec. 2, 1924 - April 25, 2011
Betty J. Metcalfe, 86,of Delphos, died at 9:13p.m. Monday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Dec. 2, 1924,in Glandorf to Louis and Clara(Kolhoff) Wortkoetter.She married Marion“Mike” Metcalfe, who diedon Dec. 9, 1967.Survivors include threesons, John (Kyong) Metcalfeof Tacoma, Wash., Daniel(Kathleen) Metcalfe of Ottoville and William (Brenda)Metcalfe of Elida; three daugh-ters, Judith (David) Kriegel of Evans, Ga., Ann (Mark) Pittelof Macomb, Mich., and MaryJo (Scott) Foust of Delphos;a sister, Cecelia Walling of Dayton; a brother, Bernard(Annabelle) Wortkoetter of Simpsonville, S.C.; and 11grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by a daughter, SharonLucas; two brothers, Hermanand William Wortkoetter; threesisters, Mary Wortkoetter,Leona Cook and Ida MaeCostello; and three grandsonsand two great-grandsons.Mrs. Metcalfe worked atSarah Jane Nursing Home asa STNA for 22 years. Shewas a member of St. John theEvangelist Catholic Churchand enjoyed crocheting, read-ing and loved spending timewith her grandchildren.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Jacob Gordon officiating.Burial will be in St. John’scemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake will begin at7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are tothe Delphos Senior CitizenCenter or St. John’s ParishFoundation.
ST. RITA’S
A boy was born April 25to Dean and Beth Trombly of Fort Jennings.A boy was born April 25to Dan and Eva Vonsossan of Fort Jennings.No citations were issuedfollowing a two-car colli-sion reported at 10:37 a.m.Tuesday in the 200 block of North Canal Street.Glen Rampe of FortJennings was northbound onCanal Street when a vehicledriven by Richard Elstonof Middle Point was back-ing from a parking space andstruck the Rampe vehicle inthe right side.Both vehicles sustainedlight damage and no injurieswere reported.
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Ohio woman pleads guilty in Indiana casino sting
CINCINNATI (AP) — Awoman pleaded guilty Tuesdayin Ohio to robbing Indianacasino patrons and others andhas agreed to testify againsther co-defendants, includingthe father of her child born in jail.Amy Hoover, 25, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty tofive counts of aggravated rob-bery in a deal with HamiltonCounty prosecutors, AssistantProsecutor Mark Piepmeiersaid.Four other charges weredismissed in exchange forHoover’s testimony against herboyfriend, Kenyatta Erkins,36, and Ugbe Ojile, 34, also of Cincinnati, Piepmeier said. Allthree were arrested in Octoberin an undercover operationand are accused of followingpatrons back from riverboatcasinos in neighboring Indianaand robbing them.Hoover’s attorney didnot immediately return callsTuesday.Hoover, who could havereceived 50 years on the charg-es, is to be sentenced June 1.No sentencing recommen-dation has been made yet,pending court proceedingsagainst Erkins and Ojile, pros-ecutor’s spokeswoman JulieWilson said. They are sched-uled for trial May 16.“She’s definitely goingto prison,” Piepmeier said of Hoover.Hoover, who cried through-out her pleas, said her childwas born while she was in jailand now lives with Hoover’smother in another state, TheCincinnati Enquirer reported.The group robbed casinopatrons at least two dozentimes, prosecutors said.Hamilton County ProsecutorJoe Deters said at the time of the arrests that the suspectswould target people they sawwinning money at a casino,follow them to their homes orhotels and rob them at gun-point. Most of the robberiesoccurred in Ohio, and many of the victims were elderly andseen as more vulnerable, hesaid.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Showers andchance of thunderstorms in theevening, then rain likely aftermidnight. Lows in the mid 40s.West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gustsup to 25 mph after midnight.Chance of rain 80 percent.
THURSDAY:
Cloudywith a 50 percent chance of showers. Breezy and coolerwith highs in the lower 50s.Southwest winds 15 to 20 mphbecoming 20 to 30 mph in theafternoon.
THURSDAY NIGHT:
 Cloudy with a 30 percent chanceof showers in the evening thenmostly cloudy after midnight.Lows in the lower 40s. Westwinds 15 to 20 mph.
EXTENDED FORECASTFRIDAY:
Mostly cloudyin the morning then becom-ing partly cloudy. Highs inthe lower 60s. West winds 10to 20 mph with gusts up to 30mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT:
Mostlyclear. Lows in the lower 40s.
SATURDAY:
Partlycloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.
SATURDAY NIGHTAND SUNDAY:
Mostlycloudy with a 40 percentchance of showers and thun-derstorms. Lows around 50.Highs in the mid 60s.
SUNDAY NIGHT:
Mostlycloudy with a chance of show-ers and a slight chance of athunderstorm. Lows in the mid40s. Chance of measurable rain40 percent.
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High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 70 degrees,low was 50. Rainfall wasrecorded at .48 inch. High ayear ago today was 52, lowwas 38. Record high for todayis 87, set in 1990. Record lowis 28, set in 1976.
Delphos weather
1 dead as storms poundSouth for 2nd straight day
By ANDREW DeMILLOand NOMAANMERCHANTThe Associated Press
VILONIA, Ark. — Violentweather ripped through theSouth for a second straightnight, killing at least one personin Arkansas, damaging morethan 100 homes in a rural EastTexas community and over-turning a trailer at an oil drillingsite in Louisiana.The latest round of severeweather Tuesday night andearly today came a day after aseries of powerful storms killed10 people in Arkansas and onein Mississippi.The National WeatherService issued a high-riskwarning for severe weather ina stretch extending from north-east of Memphis to just north-east of Dallas and covering alarge swath of Arkansas. It lastissued such a warning on April16, when dozens of tornadoeshit North Carolina and killed21 people.The Arkansas Departmentof Emergency Managementconfirmed early today that oneperson died in a storm in SharpCounty. Officials said the personwas in a home near ArkansasHighway 230 but didn’t knowexactly how the person died orwhether a tornado had toucheddown in the area.Dozens of tornado warningshad been issued in Arkansasthroughout the night. Strongwinds peeled part of the roof off of a medical building nextto a hospital in West Memphis,near the Tennessee border, butno one was inside.One person was injuredwhen a storm slammed throughan area 75 miles east of Dallasnear the tiny East Texas townof Edom, said Fire Chief EddieWood. Witnesses describedseeing a tornado, and thewoman who was injured was ina mobile home that was rolledby the possible twister.“We have major destruc-tion,” said Chuck Allen, VanZandt County emergency man-agement spokesman. “We havemultiple houses damaged ordestroyed ... easily 100-plus.”A video shot by the TylerMorning Telegraph showedemergency responders coveringthe injured woman to shield herfrom rain and hail. Her mobilehome was reduced to a pile of debris in the road.There were also minor inju-ries reported in northwesternLouisiana when a trailer at anoil drilling site turned over inhigh winds in Bossier Parish. Innearby Webster Parish, Sheriff’sDeputy Chuck Warford saidthere were reports of downedtrees and power lines and somedamage to roofs.The latest round of stormsmoved through as communitiesin much of the region struggledwith flooding and damage fromearlier twisters. In Arkansas,a tornado smashed Vilonia, just north of Little Rock, onMonday night, ripping the roof off the grocery store, flatten-ing homes and tossing vehiclesinto the air. Four people werekilled in Vilonia, and six diedin flooding elsewhere in thestate. In Mississippi, a 3-year-old girl was killed when a stormtoppled a tree onto her home.An early warning may havesaved Lisa Watson’s life. Shepacked up her three children andwas speeding away from theBlack Oak Ranch subdivision inVilonia when she looked to herleft and saw the twister approach.Two of her neighbors died intheir mobile homes, and a visit-ing couple who took shelter in ametal shipping container wherethe husband stored tools diedwhen the container was blown atleast 150 feet into a creek.Jimmy Talley said his broth-er, David, told his mother thathe and his wife, Katherine, wereleaving the mobile home they’dbeen staying in because theythought the container would besafe.“He said ‘I love you, Mom,’and that’s the last that anybodyheard from him,” Jimmy Talleysaid.The tornado also reducedthe mobile home the couplehad been staying in to a pileof boards and belongings. Theother victims were CharlesMitchell, 55, and a 63-year-oldman whose name has not yetbeen released.Faulkner County JudgePreston Scroggin said the tor-nado tore through an area 3miles wide and 15 miles long,and he thought more peoplemight have died if the residentshadn’t been receiving warningsabout a possible outbreak of tornadoes since the weekendand the local weather officehadn’t issued a warning almost45 minutes before the twisterhit Vilonia.
 
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Dr. Barry to presentforgiveness conferenceat First Friends Church
First Friends Church in VanWert is hosting a conferenceon the “Releasing the HealingPower of Forgiveness” onSaturday.There will be two identi-cal sessions, morning: walk-in registration8:30 am; session 9a.m. to noon; andevening: walk inregistration 5:30p.m.; session 6-9p.m.Each sessionwill cover thesame informationand are open to thepublic. There is noregistration fee; afree will offer-ing will be taken tocover expenses. Thesessions are open to the pub-lic.Dr. Michael Barry, direc-tor of Pastoral Care at theCancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, Pa.,will share how the “HealingPower of Forgiveness” affectsour physical, emotional, andspiritual health. Dr. Barry,author, speaker and chronicdisease researcher, specializ-ing in cancer research, willbe exploring the connectionbetween spiritual and physi-cal health. Is there a con-nection between emotionalwounds and chronic disease?Dr. Barry believes there is.Recent research at CTCA inPhiladelphia disclosed that61 percent of their patientsself-assessed themselveswith forgiveness issues, andhalf of those (34 percent)disclosing severe forgive-ness issues. Cutting edgeresearch is revealing the linkbetween unforgiveness andchronic stress,which decreaseour body’s abil-ity to fight of disease. Learningto live a lifestyleof forgivenesscan relieve stress,improve immunefunction, lowerhealth risk andincrease personalquality of life.In his lat-est book, “TheForgivenessProject,” Dr. Barry chroni-cles the life stories of fourcancer patients and howfinding forgiveness from theheart has positively affectedtheir lives. Using a practi-cal, hand-on approach, Dr.Barry assists participants inthe conference on how tofind the road to forgivenessfor themselves and how tohelp others find healing inbody, soul, and spirit. Eachparticipant will receive a freecopy of his latest book “TheForgiveness Project.”For more information or topre-register, call Pastor PaulHamrick at 419-771-9378 ore-mail mercy_missions@hot-mail.com
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Ohio to pay $2.6M to manwrongly imprisoned 29 years
COLUMBUS (AP) — ACleveland man imprisonedalmost 30 years for a rape hedid not commit will receivenearly $2.6 million in a settle-ment from the state.The settlement amountappears to be the largest everpaid from Ohio funds in awrongful imprisonment case,Dave Pagnard, spokesman forthe Ohio Office of Budget andManagement, said Tuesday.Ray Towler, 53, was con-victed of sexually assaultingan 11-year-old girl during theabduction of two children at aCleveland area park in 1981.He left an Ohio prison lastMay after being cleared by aDNA test.The Ohio ControllingBoard approved Towler’s set-tlement on Monday, and he isexpected to get the money inabout a week.“You can’t make up for30 years with any amount,but I plan to keep movingforward,” Towler told TheColumbus Dispatch.Towler was one of 30inmates profiled in a 2008series by the Dispatch aboutholdups in applications fornew DNA testing.Towler told the newspa-per that he plans to continueworking in a corporate mail-room in Cleveland, at leastthrough the summer.“I don’t want this moneyto change who I am or what Ibecome,“ Towler said. ”I waslucky to find a job when I gotout, and I’m not going to justrun out on them.”Towler was not able toattend the board’s hearingMonday because of his job,but state Rep. Clayton Luckie,D-Dayton, offered Towler anapology and encouraged Ohioto conduct more DNA testing.“Too many individuals arefound guilty by associationor are in the wrong place atthe wrong time,” Luckie saidafter the hearing. “We shouldapologize when we make amistake and lock up an inno-cent person.“Towler, who said hebelieves things happen for areason, said he has “no hatefor anyone.”He was serving 12 yearsto life for rape, feloniousassault and kidnapping fora May 24, 1981, abduction.The 11-year-old girl and a12-year-old boy said a manlured them into the woods atthe Rocky River Reservationin Cuyahoga County.
“I don’t want thismoney to changewho I am or whatI become. I waslucky to find a job when I gotout, and I’m notgoing to just runout on them.”
— Ray TowlerFINDLAY (AP) — AnOhio community with a trou-blesome river is bracing foranother major flood, less thantwo months after the last one.The National Weatherservice says the potentialfor an inch of rain or moreby Thursday could push theBlanchard River more than 2feet above its flood level inFindlay in northwest Ohio.Sandbags are availableagain for residents and busi-nesses, as was the case at theend of February. The Couriernewspaper of Findlay reportsthe flood that began at thattime was the sixth worst onrecord for the city 45 milessouth of Toledo.Flood watches and warn-ings covered most Ohio coun-ties today amid forecasts forheavy rain.In Cincinnati, the flood-ed but receding Ohio Riveris expected to rise again onThursday.
Flood-wearyFindlay couldbe hit again
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incident.Of course the other side of the coin is that the U.S. hasnot built a new oil refineryfor almost 40 years, mainlybecause of government reg-ulation. The only way thatdomestic production hasincreased is through techno-logical advances and by add-ing on to existing facilities.“We do need to have thosenew plants built because with-out refineries, you could bringup everything you could getand you still couldn’t use it.”The U.S is still the coun-try with the largest energyreserves in the world butLatta said it is hard to seethat if someone is just drivingdown the street. He pointedout that before Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu wasconfirmed, Chu was quotedas saying he was perfectlyfine with U.S. citizens payingwhat European residents werepaying for gasoline. At thattime, Europeans were pay-ing around $8.70 for gas and$11.50 per gallon in diesel.Prices that high would causesevere economic problems fora vast number of Americanfamilies, not only directly ontheir pocketbook when theyvisited the pump, but alsoindirectly through inflation onall goods that needed to bemoved as freight.Latta said it is that seeminglack of disconnect to what thefederal government’s actions,or lack of actions, are doingto the country that is the mostfrustrating part for the every-day citizen to understand. Heeven used a recent example todrive home the point.In a recent committeemeeting, a government pro-ponent testified that govern-ment regulation creates jobs.In disbelief, Latta said heturned to the other witness,a private businessperson, andasked him if regulation cre-ated jobs. The businesspersonanswered “Yes, if you are inthe government. But it is notgoing to help anybody out inthe private sector.”All of those economic fac-tors play into jobs in the U.S.and, consequently, tax rev-enues and the federal govern-ment’s deficit. Latta said theInternational Monetary Fund’sannouncement earlier thisweek that China would over-take the U.S. as the world’slargest economy in 2016caught many in Washingtonoff-guard because only lastyear the estimate had been theyear 2025. The Chinese arealready the largest lender toAmerica but he pointed outthat is not the only factor.“Last year (China) not onlybecome the world’s secondlargest economy, they alsobecame - depending uponwhich report you read - thenumber one or number twolargest consumer of energyin the world. And that meansthey are manufacturing.”Even more frightening forthe long-term debt problemsof the U.S. is Japan. Japan isstill a close second to China asa lender to America but withtheir recent disaster, they havealready stated they will needto begin a heavy reinvestmentinto their own economy. If they stop buying U.S. obli-gations, who will take theirplace?“There is a large group of people (in Washington D.C.)who don’t think there is aproblem. When the vice-pres-ident says we are going tospend our way out of this - if I went down the street here intown and said we are going tospend our way out of this, doyou know what they would doto me? They would probablyput a recall on me if I saidsomething like that. There issuch a disconnect. Their opin-ion is we are just going tohave to raise taxes and spendour way out of this.”He also went on to explainwhat many in Washingtonconsider to be a “cut.” Forinstance, if one departmenthad a $100 million budgetin 2010 and was slated toreceive $150 million in 2011in the proposed budget yetwere only given $125 million,they count that as being a 16.7percent “cut” ($25 millionfrom $150 million). In the realworld, receiving $125 millionwould constitute a 25 percentincrease ($100 million plus$25 million). That is why whenthe Republicans were holdingout for real cuts from the pre-vious budget, stalemates haveoccurred in the budget pro-cess. Latta said what makesthis kind of Washington matheven more frustrating is thatfederal government spendinghas increased by 24 percentover the last two years.“The federal government,without our vote, actuallyincreased the budgets for thesedepartments and agenciesby 24 percent. If you throwin stimulus (funds), some of these departments received upto an 83 percent increase over2008. You can’t comprehendthis stuff.”Latta regularly trav-els around the district whenhe is back in the state fromWashington, D.C., and yester-day that was his agenda, start-ing in St. Marys in the earlymorning, hitting Delphos andVan Wert later and then on toKalida and Leipsic in PutnamCounty in the afternoon.

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