E-mail to Commissioner Dennis Miller Jr.

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Dear Commissioner Dennis Miller:

I am sorry that we have never had the opportunity to meet, but I wanted to take a moment to urge you to very carefully read the above captioned report. I hope you take the time to do that and question if this was indeed a fair and impartial investigation of the facts, or whether it followed the dictates of an agenda.

I also wanted to mention to you that I met a man at the city commission meeting on Thursday who shared with me his thoughts about this issue and others. He also mentioned he's lived in his home in the 1500 block of Shelby Street for 67 years and said there are eight vacant houses surrounding his home. I drove to his neighborhood earlier today, and sadly, it appears the information he gave me is exactly correct.

I wonder if the more than $40,000 spent so far on the Murman investigation and related expenses would have been better spent to protect our neighborhoods and secure our city's future.

Please feel free to call me anytime. There are a great many other concerns I have regarding this issue, and it would be nice to meet and talk with you about them. Thank you for taking the time to consider my request.

Sincerely,

Matt Westhover

Managing editor

Sandusky Register

Ofc. 419-609-5866

Comments

Anonymous

and how long has this type of thing been going on and your just now "writting" about! a little slow

Anonymous

Not a good topic Sue.

Anonymous

Why are you criticizing Sue? She is trying to keep us informed, and all you can say is "why did you wait so long" and "not a good topic"? What is wrong with you people? I think it is an eye opener. Some of our seniors may fall for this, given the way money is tight and they could use some extra cash. I say thank you Sue, for all you do. Linda

Anonymous

Seems like a legitimate, legal investment strategy. There is a way to cheat these "creepy" investors, commit suicide.

I don't understand, do you mean that if there are 10 people involved, they all get paid the same dollar amount as a single person would? Count me in!

Don't blame the investors, blame the insurance companies and legislators who allow this to be legal.

Anonymous

So? The seniors are getting paid. Nobody's twisting their arms to agree.

Anonymous

I really don't see what the problem is.

Anonymous

hello where have you been to; like i said this didn't start yesterday and she is just now reporting? like they say i guess "a day late and a dollar short" what happened did this happen to someone in her family?

Common Sense

To BABY BOOMER:

Sue is not telling us that this is a "new story"; she is just telling us that this is one of the many scams that our society is experiencing as the number of Americans who are aging well beyond their ancestors. Her job is not to jump on every element as it happens. Her work portrayed here is to make the general public, and more specifically, our seniors and their caregivers what they should look out for to maintain maximum health both physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. If you do not like what she has written, move on. There is no need to criticize someone for providing this service

Rick Studer

Personally I hate the insurance companies. All insurance companies are rightwing owned and endorsed ponzi schemes. They not only thrive off the misery and suffering of others, they pursue it.

Buying life insurance on unknown persons is just another example of the ruthless nature of this business. When someone has a financial interest in another’s death we are only courting mischief.

I’m sure the companies will tell you your information is confidential, just like your credit information. How many times a year do you read about personal information being breeched by unscrupulous hackers and thieves?

I may be wrong on this point but I believe this practice started with “investors” buying the insurance policies, cents on the dollar, of dieing AIDS patients. In a particular tasty twist of irony some of these patients who had negotiated monthly payments with the buzzards were able to live for years because of the advances in AIDS treatments.

In silent protest of these vampires I always try to light up one of my favorite Camel cigarettes whenever I’m around an insurance salesman with hopes of contributing to their untimely death. So far, I’ve never had a leech walk away from the talking the deal to avoid the smoke…

RHammons

From my experience PDFs are the best route. They can be rather secure which is a great bonus for you guys. As for download speeds, you'd be surprised what you can do with PDFs. Fonts are embedded, so the majority of your pages (think classifieds/inside pages) won't take up much more space than they would if you had them all marked up in HTML or Rich-Text. Photos and raster artwork can be compressed to a web resolution, or lower, without really bothering the average reader too. As it stands, the current e-paper isn't very user-friendly or accessible, so a well put together PDF could be very beneficial.

Anonymous

I really don't see what the problem is. The seniors are getting something out of this too. Unless the people are trying to bump them off to get the cash quicker, what's the big deal?

Gulliver

TO THE POST WRITTEN BELOW: You should go to the forum on Tues. 8/19 and find out for yourself what the "big deal" is.

jeff

Good blog until the (other then me) part.
Does this mean your to busy with politics and don't want to be bothered?

Feisty

Jeff-

I can answer that one. "Not me" means there is competent, caring staff employed at Serving Our Seniors who will speak with the people who call the agency about this concern--or any other. That's where their job responsibilities lie and they do it very well.

Anonymous

I would think in the long run it is less expensive to buy a few uniform sets for students than to have to spend money on lots of different school clothing items. Am I correct in my thinking, or is it more expensive? Plus you could pass the uniforms on to younger siblings eventually.

Anonymous

I have trouble reading the e-paper.

Anonymous

Actually if you buy clothes that are mix and match it is not more expensive. The uniform rule was just a way for the administration to not enforce the rules they already had. It just makes me sick to think we are going the route of the Nazis who also required all the children to wear uniforms. They want you to think it is for the students own good and it really isn't. There is no proof over time that uniforms make a difference in grades. Teachers make the difference not the clothes.

Doug

How about those that are married with children? Life is hard for those under 50. Our seniors knew a better economy & standard of living - I'm tired of giving.

Anonymous

Aren't they really saying that clothes ARE important by trying to make them NOT important?

Anonymous

A lot of people don't know what they want to do with their lives. But the mistake is to do nothing. Because all roads lead somewhere, just pick on and go.

Anonymous

That's pick ONE and go--sorry, it's early!

Anonymous

Keep calling Medicare and asking different people the same questions until you find the person that really knows what's going on, and who can really help you. Just because someone answers the phone and answers your question doesn't mean they know what they are talking about. Trust me on that one...

Anonymous

I prefer a novel method: rReporters doing exactly what they're supposed to do, which is REPORTING Instead of giving their opinion, like the media does every single day. What about this "method"? I don't need anyone to tell me what or how to think. I can arrive to my own conclusions--even if they're different from yours, even if you--reporters--think I am wrong. Do you think possible that reporters start acting, well, like reporters?

Anonymous

"Going the route of the Nazis". Are you serious?

Sue Daugherty

TO JEFF, Thanks for the feedback. Allow me to explain. Currently, I get messages to call older adults with questions that could have been answered right away if they would have known not to ask for me, but one of my co-workers. I don't know the minutia as well as they do. I learn from them!! Then I write about it.

It's not that I am opposed to anwering calls, but my co-workers are much better at the details -- more efficient at helping -- because they work with it day in and day out. I don't.

My point is, senior citizens will get better service if they ask for Nancy, Kristen, or Kevin. This is their area of expertise -- not mine.

Hope that helps. Again, thank you for the constructive criticism. Communication is such an art. I'm still trying to master it. -- Sue

Anonymous

To: Re I am curious post on Aug 16, 2008 1:10 AM:

You wrote, "It just makes me sick to think we are going the route of the Nazis who also required all the children to wear uniforms."

You're joking, right? It seems to be that the Catholic Schools have used uniforms for decades. Are they "going the route of the Nazis?"

You are really desparately crabing for excuses...and poor ones at that.

The SR should actually do some investigative reporting (I know, I know this will require a little work and effort on the part of the SR; something they are not inclined to do) to see if after one year, this has made any difference at all. The SR should talk to not only administrators, but teachers, non-teaching staff, and students. Wow, that does sound like alot of work.

Anonymous

Think about it, the Nazis started with the children with the theory that by starting with the young they will grow up to be non-conformists. They will follow the leaders in whatever direction they say. The states already dictate what is to be taught in the school systems and you have no chance to indict any new thought process on this. It starts with telling you what you are to learn and then progresses to what you are to wear and then next step is what you say. This has been true all through out history and will repeat again if we let it.

Anonymous

The idea that you have to go to school to "make something of yourself" is all part of the indoctrination, that most of us had to go through. The public school system was not created to ensure that every child has an education, it was mostly, to guarantee social control. We could be a nation of business owners, instead we are a nation of employees, because from kindergarten up you hear repeatedly, that you have to graduate and go to college or you'll be a burger flippin' loser. That is not true, however when people hear it enough times, they believe it. My mother is a nurse, because she was told she had to have a career, when she would have been much happier (and I would not have had to go to daycare) running her own sewing business. My dad worked at Delphi, 70 hrs. per week, when he should have been a photographer, My husband was a cop, when he should have been a musician, (which he now is, after taking an early retirement, and he's finally stress free) and the list goes on. I quit school in 10th grade, not because I'm lazy or a loser, but because I did not relate to what I was being taught, and I always sensed that something was seriously wrong with the education system, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I was not taught in school that I could save up money and buy a house and some land in the country, mortgage free, put solar panels on the house, or a windmill and have no utility bills, Have fruit trees and grow and can my own fruits vegetables, and have no need for a "career". This is what I am in the process of doing, now that I have educated myself and understand this IS an option. I'm 30 years old and do not regret quitting, I would quit again, if given the chance. I have learned the important things, not taught in school and when I come across something I need to learn, I learn it, after all I DO have the internet, and I DO read very well. My children are homeschooled, and are learning about all the possibilities, how to make products kind of like the Amish or native Americans do, not just to become a doctor, or a lawyer, a scientist or a teacher. I wish more people would wake up, but instead they will eat their bag of Burger King while watching American Idol or football, and remaining ignorant to what is going on. Education is the key, agreed, but forced compulsory government schooling is not the answer. Kids will continue to drop out until we as a society can see the public school system for what it is.....a brainwashing day camp.....The people running our country know this, so the joke is on us, no, not the president, the real group of people, not talked about on the controlled news networks, if you went to a public school....that would explain why you don't know what I'm talking about. Please go to: johntaylorgatto.com, research the history of compulsory schooling and try to prove me wrong.

Crackhead

A truly un-brainwashed Sovereign American--- holy cow. i thought all of the free thinkers were gone from these pages. thank you for stating the truth and writing to express yourself so well. they are indeed the government halls of indoctrination instead of the halls of education. how sad it is that so few of us understand and aren't willing to follow the rest of the sheep.
find out about the Rolleye James and listen to her. she has a great show. get informed by those other news outlets. do not follow mainstream media- ever.
question everything, including your so called leaders, because in 2008 blind faith in your leaders or in anyone, can get you killed.

Feisty

As stark as the numbers are that measure unemployment in Ohio--or any where--the numbers themselves dehumanize the reality of the people represented by those numbers.

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