The Delphos community is quite appalledright now. It should be. I’m sure residentsthroughout the region share our reaction to asenior citizen being beaten in her own home.This is an outrage but Margaret Ditto is wiseto inject a calm sense of reflection into themix.How did we get to this point? How did we,as a community, get to a place where some-thing this atrocious has happened here?There is no simple answer. There are manycontributing factors and the responsibilityrests primarily at the feet of the perpetratorbut others played a role.Mrs. Ditto and the police chief both toldme the same thing — people in her neighbor-hood have been practically screaming aboutone set of apartments widely-known as aproblem property. The chief said good peoplehave, periodically, lived there and this is trueof the couple now living in the other apart-ment. However, most of the tenants in theduplex have been the kind of people we mightsay aren’t “winning” thus far in their lives.Unfortunately, the area of Dewey Streetand Lima Avenue is not the only good neigh-borhood infected with a property or two wheredrugs are involved. Many of those who rent inDelphos are law-abiding residents, but thosewho are not make life difficult for neighborswho don’t deserve being stuck with uncivil,if not criminal, behavior next door or downthe street. Mrs. Ditto certainly did not deservewhat happened to her.The police department is well-aware of the problem and is doing what it can. Whensomeone gets out of jail or gets off of parole,they are out there without a leash. Well, prettymuch. The cops know who they are and arekeeping an eye on them. However, they arebusy. They can’t babysit every degenerate24/7. There are some things the city can dobut neither the city or police department cansimply run someone out of their home, gen-erally speaking. Once these miscreants arecaught having broken the law, they can belocked up. I think I can speak for the commu-nity in saying that’s great but it’s a too late. Atleast in Mrs. Ditto’s case.Something needs to be done about thisproblem. Yes, individuals are responsible fortheir behavior. As I mentioned, it’s primarilyat the criminals’ feet but what can the commu-nity do? The city and the police departmenthave to work within the law. So do the rest of us who are law-abiding, but are we overlook-ing anything?I would like to see us band together.Community watch programs are great. Youknow what else would be great? If the land-lords in Delphos would all band together andpledge to screen all applicants and not rent toanyone with a certain criminal background.Or, at least, only rent to them under certainconditions. It would also be great if landlordsenacted “community guidelines.” I have afriend in California who lives in an apartmentcomplex where renters are not allowed to benoisy or trashy. There are strict rules and if you break them, you can be evicted. Becauseit does sometimes come to that, everyone takesthe standards seriously. They behave properlyand this makes the arrangement nice for every-one. This community is also a nice place tolive but some of our neighborhoods are suffer-ing. It’s time to take action, Delphos.
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(Continued from Page 1)Florida for the next 17 yearsand managed various stores,”he continued. “I worked forHome Goods, Linens ‘NThings, Office Max and a lotof places like that.”Krutak is single, whichmakes moving around for hiscareer much simpler.“I moved here fromLafayette, Indiana, which iswhere I lived when I workedat the Delphi ALCO,” hesaid. “I just started here onJuly 11, so I’m still gettingeverything unpacked. Thecompany moves you aroundbut they don’t unpack you, soI have my brother down fromMichigan and my friend fromFlorida here helping me withall of that. I’m leasing a homedown on Carolyn Drive, andI really like the area. It’s niceto be so close to work, whenbefore I had to do quite a bitof driving.”Krutak has plans to gethimself and ALCO moreinvolved in the community.“I was involved in myChamber of Commerce andthe Rotary Club and I’mplanning on doing that hereas well, soon,” he said. “Ivery much want ALCO tobecome more involved in thecommunity and I want it toappeal to people locally. Iwant people to know that thisis the place you can cometo for the things you need,instead of Lima, and that youcan get a good price. I’m veryhappy to be back in Delphos.I’ve been welcomed by somany people already, by somany of the residents. I’mvery grateful for the accep-tance.”
(Continued from Page 1)if they would lock their carsand take their valuables outof plain view; lock the house;lock the garage; lock the shedand have external lights on atnight. Prevention is critical,”he said.He added that 85-90 percentof car break-ins in town arecarried out by people lookingto commit crimes of opportu-nity. They walk around in themiddle of the night checkingdoor handles specifically torob contents from cars thatare left unlocked.“If everyone in Delphoswould simply lock theirdoors, lock their cars and takevaluables out of plain sight,we could drastically reducethe incidents of break-ins,” heconcluded.
Boehner’s measurewould provide a quick $900billion increase in borrow-ing authority — essentialfor the U.S. to keep pay-ing all its bills after nextTuesday — and $917 bil-lion in spending cuts. Afterthe bill’s latest alteration,any future increases in thedebt limit would be contin-gent on Congress approvingthe constitutional amend-ment and sending it to thestates for ratification.“With conservativesinsisting on the addition of a balanced-budget amend-ment requirement, SpeakerBoehner’s bill will now cut,cap and balance” federalspending, said Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona as Friday’sscheduled vote approached.The White House calledthe bill a non-starter. Presssecretary Jay Carney issueda statement that called ita “political exercise” andsaid congressional leadersshould turn their efforts toa compromise that Obamacan sign by Tuesday.The developmentsoccurred one day afterBoehner was forced to post-pone a vote in the Housefor fear the earlier versionof his measure would suf-fer a defeat. But by forc-ing a delay the conservativerebels upended the leader-ship’s strategy of makingtheir bill the only one thatcould clear Congress beforea default and win Obama’sreluctant signature.“Everybody acknowl-edges that because of thedust-up yesterday we’ve lostsome leverage,” said Rep.Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio,an ally of the speaker.The rebels said they weremore worried about stem-ming the nation’s steadyrise of red ink.Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La.,a, a first-term lawmaker,issued a statement sayinghis pressure had paid off.“The American peoplehave strongly renewed theirNovember calls of bringingfiscal sanity to Washington.I am blessed to be a vehicledriving their wishes to frui-tion,” he said. “This planis not a Washington dealbut a real solution to fun-damentally change the wayWashington operates.”Administration officialssay that without legislationin place by Tuesday, theTreasury will no longer beable to pay all its bills.The result could inflictsignificant damage on theeconomy, they add, caus-ing interest rates to rise andfinancial markets to sink.Executives from thecountry’s biggest banks metwith U.S. Treasury officialsto discuss how debt auctionswill be handled if Congressfails to raise the borrow-ing limit before Tuesday’sdeadline.But Carney said theadministration did not planto provide the public withdetails Friday on how thegovernment will prioritizepayments.The day’s economicnews wasn’t very upbeat tobegin with — an economythat grew at an annual rateof only 1.3 percent in thesecond quarter of the year.Investors weren’timpressed with either theeconomy or the efforts inWashington.The Dow Jones industri-al average appeared headedfor a sixth straight day of losses, and bond yields fellas investors sought saferinvestments in the event of a default.At the White House,Obama cited the potentialtoll on the economy as heurged lawmakers to find away out of gridlock.He said that for all thepartisanship, the two sideswere not that far apart.Both agree on initial spend-ing cuts to take effect inexchange for an increasein the debt limit, he said,as well as on a way toconsider additional reduc-tions in government ben-efit programs in the comingmonths.“And if we need to put inplace some kind of enforce-ment mechanism to hold usall accountable for makingthese reforms, I’ll supportthat, too, if it’s done in asmart and balanced way,”he said.That went to the cruxof the conflict — his insis-tence that Congress raisethe government’s borrow-ing authority by enough toavoid a repeat of the currentcrisis during the heat of the2012 election campaigns.Republicans have resist-ed, accusing him of inject-ing purely political consid-erations into the debt limitnegotiations.But Boehner’s fail-ure to line up the votesfor his legislation Thursdaynight seemed to emboldenDemocrats.Obama asked his 9.4 mil-lion followers on Twitter tosend tweets to Republicanlawmakers.“The time for put-ting party first is over. If you want to see a biparti-san (hash)compromise, letCongress know. Call. Email.Tweet,” Obama wrote in atweet, signed “-BO.”
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