Trump’s new ads. Follow the money, well we would if he would disclose his tax returns and his foundation would report their donations and expenditures correctly. The use of foundation money for personal use is fraud. He is currently involved in at least 7 lawsuits and possible bribery charge in New Jersey. Of course what he is alluding to is the Clinton Foundation’s receipts of contributions made while Hilary was Secretary of State. She may have been a conduit for individuals to make donations that were never solicited by her or the Foundation. An investigation determined there was no favoritism given those donors. If you gave a large donation would you not want to meet and have your donation acknowledged by the Foundation’s founder. Unlike Trump’s illegal foundation by NY law and Federal guidelines for charitable foundations, the Clinton Foundation does charitable work around the world, providing health care and other humanitarian aid. Unlike the a Trump Foundation that uses donations for personal purchases and expenses. His newest ad professing how much he has done for women — Bull Shit, look at his record on what he has said about women over the last 20 years. As he does on many topics, he pivots and thinks we have short attention spans. He has shown his true colors and no matter what he does in an attempt to make people think he is something different than what he truly is is not going to work, a zebra can not change his stripes. He is a classic egomaniac, most recently evidenced by his behavior – that is a very serious issue that can have very drastic results for all of us. His surrogates have to rephrase what he says, what he says is what he truly means, they are interpreting what he says to what they think he intended to say, who would run the government, his surrogates? His organizations have broken laws of which, unfortunately, will not be adjudicated until after the election. Hilary’s email problem is not of concern to most people, it was determined there were nothing in those emails on her private email server that put the U.S. or any other country at risk and it was determined there were no laws broken. As to the missing ones, well it was her private emails and those may have been personal in nature. Why do people on the left refer to her as Killary? Accusation the Clinton’s had a couple of individuals murdered has no substance, only speculation and innuendoes. Congressional hearings and investigations vindicated her of any responsibility for Behngazi. The ambassador was told to return to the embassy compound but he insisted the people on the streets loved him. Funding had been requested for security improvements for embassies prior the attack, but funding denied by a GOP controlled Congress. The unemployment rate is down, family income of the middle class is up. They will tell you that the unemployment number is low because many have just given up, well gee, how many baby boomers have recently retired from the workforce. Trump believes in trickle down economics and that does not work, that is why income has not risen at a comparable rate to the wealthy. Recent research indicates the income of his base is above the national average of the middle class. Trump,can not create jobs with his proposed economic policies. His proposed economic policies have been declared a disaster by economists. To borrow his favorite phrase “believe me”. Bigotry/racism are part of his mental makeup. Those that would vote for him will be complicit in the disasters that would follow his election. You have no reason to fear Hilary.

Reverse Psycology – 13 Ways To Kill Your Community

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13 Ways to Kill a Community
The following is a summarized version of Doug Griffiths’ speech in which he uses some “reverse psychology’ to make his point and get the audience’s attention. Doug is a former school teacher living in Wainwright. Alberta; he is an MLA and captivating speaker with a penchant for rural communities that zealously pursue success. Check out Mr. Griffiths’ new book – It is sure to be an interesting and informative read.

1. Water Quality

If water quality in a community is bad, the community is probably in sharp decline with businesses closing, empty houses for sale and a community that appears decrepit and unsightly. Nowadays, people view good quality water as an essential quality of life. Furthermore, many industries require good quality water to be sustainable, including agriculture and tourism.

If you want your community to fail, if you do not want to see it grow – just don’t bother to address the issue of water (supply, quality, safety, disposal, etc.)

2. Business Attraction

The more businesses and business competition in a community, the more likely it is to be sustainable. People like variety and choices and they are willing to drive an hour or more to get what they are looking for. Successful communities are very innovative in their efforts to retain and attract business to the community. They understand that businesses create jobs and expand the tax base; more shoppers means more revenue in the community.

If death of your community is the ultimate goal, don’t bother doing anything about attracting new people and new businesses to your community; don’t change your bylaws or do anything to entice business development.

3. Youth Involvement

The more young people (35 years and under) are encouraged to participate in recreation, culture, and community affairs, the more vibrant the community is likely to be. These people have energy and fresh ideas. I guess all you have to do is look at the average age of municipal councillors in Saskatchewan to see that ‘youth’ are not part of the leadership mix. Successful communities say that complacency and saying that youth aren’t interested are just excuses for not changing the old ways of thinking.

If stifling your community is your plan, continue not engaging youth, don’t find reasons for them to stay and don’t seek out and use their ideas.

4. Assessing Community Needs and Assets

You know the old saying, “fail to plan and you automatically plan to fail”. Well, that is especially true with communities. If you don’t take a critical look at the community needs and then plan step by step how to meet these needs; if you don’t take inventory of community assets and create opportunities and creative ways to use them to the community’s advantage, you are just taking up space while you community continues to decline.

If the failure of your community is the ultimate goal, just continue doing things the ways you have always done them while you continue to expect different results.

5. Shop Elsewhere

How many rural businesses do you know actually seek their customers’ feedback on how the business could provide better service or better products? Of those that do, they probably also engage their consumers in conversation and demonstrate the their customers are very valuable to them.

Here are ways that businesses can encourage people to shop elsewhere:

– Don’t give local consumers a reason to shop local (poor service, don’t keep the business clean and attractive, high prices, putting the ‘guilt trip’ on customers for not buying locally, ‘bad mouth’ other businesses)

These are ‘sure fire’ ways your business community can decrease business, lose customers and jobs and eventual close their doors.

6. Appearance of Businesses and the Community At Large

It’s human nature to be drawn to attractiveness, whether aesthetically pleasing people or places. We don’t usually buy houses, cars or clothes that are ugly. We don’t usually shop in businesses that are junky, disorganized and messy. What affect do rundown, dirty, dimly lit and ‘shop worn’ businesses have on consumers? Well, people will actually pay twice as much for a product or service from a business that is nicely decorated, freshly painted, tidy and well organized….even if it means shopping outside of the community. The same holds true with peoples’ reaction to communities with poorly lit streets, uncontrolled weeds and unsightly premises, cracked sidewalks, streets with potholes, poorly maintained civic and recreation facilities, damaged signage or lack of signage, lack of well groomed park areas and green spaces. There is no civic pride in an ugly community and this type of community is certainly where most newcomers would not want to live.

If the failure of your community is your ultimate goal, continue to make business and community aesthetics a low priority and you will no doubt be very successful in driving business and newcomers away from your community.

7. Cooperation

An essential requirement of all human relationships is cooperation (marriage, business, friendships, sports teams and work bees).

Another sure way of ensuring your community remains at a disadvantage is to refuse meaningful cooperation with other municipalities, organizations, businesses, etc. You can do this by ignoring activities, talents, efforts of another groups; you can actually pursue open conflict with other groups; or you can pretend to work with them while you ‘bad mouth’ them behind the scenes and follow your own hidden agenda. Any one of these is an excellent way to kill spirit and energy.

You can be assured of leading your community into a pattern of bullying, intimidation and hostility if you are determined and cunning enough.

8. Live in the Past

To have the ultimate goal of destroying your community (albeight unwittingly most of the time), requires just the right attitude. Although the previous 7 ways to kill off a community are mostly about attitude, living in the past and dwelling on past problems, mistakes and failures will infiltrate the entire community. These type of folks are usually the most vocal in meetings, the coffee shop, the lounge and sitting around the council table. They are very skilled at sucking the energy out of creative, forward thinkers. They much prefer arguing about failures than seeking out solutions for the future.

If strangling your community is the ultimate goal, negative attitude is essential. Hold on to it, live by it and share your thoughts with everyone who will give you a moment’s attention.

9. Ignore the Seniors

Ensure that this large, dangerous group is kept in the background and not involved in the community in anyway except at their own senior drop in centre. Even though many of them have money, time on their hands, and are capable of contributing to the wellbeing of the community, many community leaders chose to ignore this community asset. However, successful communities capitalize on their senior population. They realize that seniors are consumers that contribute to the overall economy of the community. They want to be involved in building the community in which they live and want to be active, contributing members of the community. Success communities don’t just keep their seniors, they attract others.

If you are bent on destroying your community, you are best to ignore the seniors. Warehouse them in old folks homes and don’t let them get too involved in the community. And definitely don’t cater to their needs. Out of sight – out of mind is the best approach.

10. Nothing New

If you want to keep your community down trodden and in its place, ignore anyone who brings up new ideas or talks about emerging trends.

Community that seek out ideas, explore options, exchange ideas and seek out ways of working with other communities, the private sector and other organizations discover a whole new world of opportunities.

Businesses often learn to be successful by following the practices of other successful businesses and by regularly seeking out suggestions from employees, suppliers and customers.

Imagine the chaos if a community employed similar practices! No, you must continue using the same leaders, the same leadership styles and the same ideas over and over again while continuing to expect different results. You are best to stay within sight of the water tower. This will ensure that no new ideas come up and the community will slowly die doing the same things it has always done.

11. Ignore Immigrants and Newcomers

Don’t go out of your way to attract immigrants and newcomers. They have such strange ideas and ways of doing things. Besides they dress funny and chatter in a language we can’t understand.

Now successful communities don’t take this approach. They wholeheartedly welcome newcomers, including immigrants into their community. They recognize the benefits of diversity, new skills, the newcomers’ work ethic, their entrepreneurial drive and their willingness to invest in their new community. They are most appreciative to have the opportunity to be part of a safe community.

If you don’t want newcomers to get a foothold in your community, the best way to deal with these people is to keep them shut out of civic affairs, make little or no effort to integrate them into the social fabric of the community and keep them in the shabbiest of living conditions. After all, they are ‘transients’. They don’t think like us, they seem to work all the time and they east such strange foods – they are really weird. Make then feel different and excluded and, In due time, they will move somewhere else.

12. Take No Risks

By all means don’t take any risks….just keep tight purse strings on the budget and cut where ever you can each year. Don’t even think about trying something that’s never been done before. Taking risks and trying something new can lead to failure best just stick with what you have always done and let the government figure out what can be done to attract new people and business to rural communities.

Successful communities are not afraid to take risks and embrace change. By being creative and taking on a ‘can do’ attitude, they find that one success leads to another and another.

If you like the status quo and have no stomach for risk taking – you’ll be in a good leadership position to keep your community away from all chances of being successful.

13. Don’t Take Responsibility

Lack of housing and financial resources, declining volunteerism, high taxes, increased vandalism, people moving to larger centres – are always someone else’s fault. Is your cup half empty or half full? Positive thinking people see problems as an opportunity to make changes, develop new skills, make money, meet new people, create new partnerships, etc. Negative people are unable to think beyond the problem, they tend to focus on everything that is wrong and have no problem solving skills.









Paulding Progress Reports ODOT Resurfacing Project In Paulding


US 127 repaving in Paulding to begin soon
Melinda Krick, Editor
Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:45 PM
From Paulding Progress Website

PAULDING – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 in Lima said lateThursday that paving on U.S. 127 in Paulding will likely begin the week of Aug. 22.


Gerken Paving of Napoleon won the bid for for paving portions of U.S. 127 and Ohio 111 in Paulding.

Many residents and motorists have been complaining about the rough condition of 127 (North Williams Street) since crews completed a sewer separation project on the thoroughfare late last year.

The project description, included in ODOT’s construction list for 2016, specifies the location as U.S. 127 from Jackson Street to Garfield Avenue, and on Ohio 111 from Cherry Street to U.S. 127. Work is to include performing necessary pavement repairs, resurfacing with asphalt concrete, constructing curb ramps and placing pavement markings.

Traffic is to be maintained during construction.
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Our Investigation section is responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes and refers cases supported by substantial evidence for prosecution or alternative resolution.

You may contact an Ethics Commission Special Investigator at (614) 466-7090 to determine whether or not your allegation falls within the authority of the Commission, as defined in Ohio’s Ethics Law. Once this determination is made, the Investigator will mail to you an Allegation Form to be completed and returned to the Commission.

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I. Financial Disclosure

Failing to file a financial disclosure statement in violation of R.C. section 102.02(C) is a fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $250 and/or a maximum of 30 days in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(A); 2929.21. In addition, the Ethics Commission is required to assess a late filing fee equal to $10 per day, up to a maximum late fee of $250. See R.C. section 102.02(F).

Filing a false financial disclosure statement in violation of R.C. section 102.02(D) is a first-degree misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(A); 2929.21.

II. Conflict of Interest

Violations of R.C. sections 102.03, 102.04 and 102.07 are first-degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(B); 2929.21.

III. Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract

Violations of R.C. sections 2921.42(A)(1) and 2921.42(A)(2) are fourth-degree felony criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $5000 and/or a maximum of 18 months in prison. See R.C. sections 2921.42(E); 2929.14; 2929.18.

Violations of R.C. sections 2921.42(A)(3) through (A)(5) are first degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 2921.42(E); 2929.21.

IV. Soliciting or Receiving Improper Compensation

Violations of R.C. section 2921.43 are first-degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 2921.43(D); 2929.21.

In addition, a public servant who is convicted of a violation of R.C. section 2921.43 is disqualified from holding any public office, employment, or position of trust in this state for a period of seven years from the date of conviction. See R.C. section 2921.43(E).

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Building A Vibrant Community

Vibrant Downtowns Key to Community Development
August 4, 2016 at 10:39am by Caitlin Jones

Prior to World War II, many communities in the U.S. were centered around downtowns for living, shopping, entertainment and work. The quintessential downtown was typically home to a bank, a post office, government offices, a library, clothing stores, a music store, a cinema, a grocery and a diner. Most of the buildings offered apartments on the second, third and fourth floors. Downtowns were the hearts of communities.

Since the post-war suburban boom, downtowns have changed and continue to evolve. With the emergence of shopping centers, malls, one-stop shops and improved transportation, many of the small businesses lining the downtown streets have been forced to close. Downtowns all over America lost that spark that made them special, some turning into local government offices, some with a few shops and a lot of boarded buildings. In some places, they have been completely abandoned as neglect and apathy took over. In the age of 70 mile per hour highways, constant sales and advertising, Internet shopping, and an always-on-the-go mindset, the glory days of downtowns are lost on many.

Many communities, however, have not given up on the importance of downtowns in community development. Many of these communities have joined Main Street America, an organization dedicated to revitalizing downtowns in a way that does not damage the historic integrity while ensuring economic vitality. Many communities in Ohio including Cleveland, Delaware, Greenville, Medina, Portsmouth, Van Wert, Wooster and others have become accredited Main Street America programs. The Main Street Approach is used by member programs to provide structure and stability to the revitalization efforts of downtowns. The approach includes inputs, transformative strategies and outputs.

Jeff Speck, an urban planner and designer, has determined that the singular factor of community success is walkability, which is best accomplished in the downtown area of communities. In his 2012 book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, Speck writes, “The General Theory of Walkabilty explains how, to be favored, a walk has to satisfy four main conditions: it must be useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting.” Speck explains how decisions have long-lasting and far-reaching effects and what decisions need to be made to have such effects on downtowns.

Communities across the nation have seen the positive impacts a thriving downtown has on community development. If you believe your downtown could use a little TLC, suggest to your community development leaders consider strategies for revitalizing your downtown.

Revitalizing downtowns is not a ‘flavor of the month’ experiment, but rather a proven means to developing communities and stimulating local business. Additionally, revitalizing downtowns into walkable community areas will improve community health.

Check out Speck’s books and his TED Talk, contact Main Street America, and be sure to look over the variety of ready-to-use tools created by OSU Extension, UWEX, and University of Minnesota Extension that can be used to create vibrant downtowns.

Caitlin Jones is the Program Coordinator for OSU Extension Community Development in Van Wert County & the Maumee Valley EERA.

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Abuse Of Power Grounds For Recall Election

Abuse of power

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Abuse of power, in the form of “malfeasance in office” or “official misconduct,” is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties. Malfeasance in office is often grounds for a for cause removal of an elected official by statute or recall election. Abuse of power can also mean a person using the power they have for their own personal gain.

Pass This On


The Paulding Village Council will meet today, July 18, 2016.

Suggest if you are concerned about the recent happenings that you attend the meeting and voice your questions.  A participative government is more efficient and more responsible.

I believe most citizens have been alienated by local government and not included in the conversation.  We need more transparency from our local officials.

Now, citizens may feel if they say anything, even village employees and council members included, they will be subject to retribution and retaliation.



What are some signs that a small town is dying?

Written by Criss Roberts – writer & traveler

1) The very first sign will be when the school closes. No children = no school.

2) The grocery store will follow. Locals will drive 10 miles to save 12 cents at a larger discount store. The local service station will try to accommodate with more prepackaged food and a RedBox.

3) Retail is next. What remains will be a beauty salon and a resale shop. The resale shop will close. The beauty salon remains until the owner’s death.
The downtown is now a row of boarded up buildings.

4) Housing is occupied by senior citizens on assistances. Younger families have moved to be near a school. Empty houses are either abandoned or rented for little $. There will be a growing drug problem and at least one fire from a meth lab explosion.

5) Churches can not support their pastors or repair their facilities. The ruling body does not offer enough help and they begin to close as their congregants age and move/die. An evangelical church from the nearest larger city will consider opening a storefront branch in one of the boarded-up businesses, but ultimately decide there aren’t enough souls to save.

6) No one runs for city government because no one wants the job.

7) Near the end, the only business in town is the tavern and a gas station which charges too much for gas. The gas station will close. The tavern remains.
There will always be a tavern.

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