(6-10-20) The following is in response to a recent story on the Outlook –


To the Editor,

I am writing in regards to the Mercer County Republican Committee’s recent letter to Governor DeWine criticizing his administration for the manner in which it are reopening Ohio.

I am a member of the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee representing Van Wert City Precinct 1B.  Van Wert County also signed on to this letter.  I was one of the few dissenters.

Governor DeWine and his team have been recognized nationally as being one the most proactive in the fight against Covid-19.

I do not believe any of the Central Committees endorsing this letter has the knowledge or resources to decide what is safe and what is not.  In my opinion, this is a nothing more than irresponsible, childish,  whiny selfishness.   I do not like our current situation any better than anyone else, but I believe I have the common sense to trust the healthcare professionals.

I find it ironic that Mercer County initiated this letter.  At 239 cases, Mercer County has the highest number of Coivid-19 cases of all surrounding counties, plus Allen County.  In the Northwest section of Ohio, Mercer County is in 3rd place behind Lucas and Wood counties.

Mercer County’s per capita rate calculates out to some 580 cases per 100,000 population.  Compare this to the state per capita of 309 cases per 100,000.  Mercer County has the 8th highest per capita in the state.  It is also higher than Indiana and Michigan.

If there ever was a good example of why we need a cautious reopening, it’s Mercer County.

Please, wear your masks, wash your hands, be safe, be smart.


Chris Wilson
Member, Van Wert County Republican Central Committee