Archbold, OH

Letters To The Editor

I felt it necessary to respond to the letter written on Jan. 14 about 4-H and the quality of our fair. I have been a 4-H advisor for about 14 years, and I think people need to know where 4-H lets off and Senior Fair Board begins.

When it comes to the rule of tagging your animals for the fair, that is not 4-H or 4-H Extension. Your Senior Fair Board members and cattle producers and hog producers brought up that rule.

They have put this in effect for tracking purposes later down the road if need be.

People don’t understand that you can be in 4-H without taking your animal to the fair. Fair is actually an extra thing you can do with your livestock project.

I believe as far as the 4-Her, tagging or ear notching or even helping give the calf vaccinations is all part of livestock production.

On tag-in day, we are all 4- H volunteers giving our time to do this process, including Jill Stechschulte. I have helped on many tag-in days, and understand sometimes it can be more stressful on the parents than the animals. The animals can be more patient at times- this coming from a volunteer’s point of view.

We travel to a lot of fairgrounds with our son showing rabbits, and our fair and facilities are something to be proud of.

Jackie Ballmer Fayette

I am responding to a letter in the Buckeye Jan. 14. I understand your frustrations.

I, too, was a parent who felt that I was not getting all the information and being left out of the loop and not quite understanding how things run in the 4-H program.

At the rabbit show, I was complaining about what I thought was wrong. A lady overhearing my conversation asked what I was going to do about it.

I stood just looking at her and she said you have two choices, the first being was I going to stand there and just whine about it, or was I going to step up and be more involved.

I stood there looking at her, but she made me stop and think.

So, I decided to become part of the solution and I got involved in a local club at the county level, and now I know the ins and outs about how the program works, and the reasons why the Senior Fair Board makes the decisions they do.

I don’t wait for the information to come to me; I go get it.

It’s a sad, sad thing, but cheating will always be there, and trying to stay ahead of the ones who feel they have to cheat is a constant battle.

I would also like to add that if the 4-Her can’t make the meeting, I would encourage them to call their advisor and ask if they missed anything important.

I wish to invite you to become an advisor and be more informed and know why this is the way it is done.

So in the words of the lady who opened my eyes, there are only two choices to make.

Amy Miller Archbold

It is time to give president Bush some credit.

To blame the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Mr. Bush alone is ridiculous. He did not bomb the World Trade Center or create the terrorist movement. He was simply in charge at the time of one of the worst attacks our country has ever experienced.

Whether right or wrong, he did what he felt was necessary to ensure that attacks such as 9/11 never happen again.

Whether we agree or disagree with his actions, president Bush was in charge, and few of us can ever comprehend the difficulty and the magnitude of the decisions he was forced to make.

He stepped up to the plate and did what was needed at the time.

My son is in the Army and spent 18 months in Afghanistan. I become weary of comments such as “what a waste the wars” are.

My son did not sacrifice 18 months of his life for president Bush’s agenda. He sacrifi ced for each and every one of us who value our security and freedom.

Never demean our soldiers by saying that our commander in chief is uncaring, and that his decisions were made out of stupidity and insensitivity.

We cannot lose sight of the fact that we will always be called upon to defend our freedom, rights, and security.

Tough decisions, yes, but necessary. We must learn from the past and keep our eyes on the future.

I can only pray that our new president will never be called upon to make the tough decisions president Bush was forced to make, and if that should occur, he will be able to display the same integrity, perseverance, and resolve that president Bush demonstrated.

Molly Knipp Archbold

The Buckeye editorial “America Depends on Obama” concludes by saying “our future depends, in large part, on him.”

Across the page, there is a story of a much different America in the Depression era, when in 1934 “a farmer living a few miles from Archbold lost all he had in the crash.”

The Golden Note of Archbold’s Memorable Past notes that the farmer took a job, kept his family “in bread,” and began paying the interest on his bank loans.

The note concludes by observing, “Bad times cannot keep such a man down.”

Would that there were more such men and women in today’s America, who would recognize that their futures are dependent not on a President, but rather solely upon God and upon themselves.

Chad Baus Archbold

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