Archive for June, 2005
I wonder if you are a religious man. Given the fates of some of Toledo Free Press’ columnists, I hope you carry a St. Christopher’s medallion.
I know what you mean. First, Bernadette Noe gets caught in the vortex of her husband’s coin and political dealings. Then, even scarier, Keith Wilkowski becomes a mayoral candidate. I wouldn’t want to be in either of their shoes, although Ms. Noe has better taste in footwear. I suppose Bob Taft and Carty Finkbeiner are glad we did not invite them to write, although I feel bad about the karma we invoked by offering a column to Jay Black Jr. and Katie Holmes. But the worst should be behind us. What are the odds that Bob Frantz or I would get in trouble?
Are there plans for Toledo Free Press to be a daily paper?
Toledo already has a daily paper. Why would you want another one? Actually, we have our hands full right now with the weekly. Once we make a profit with this one, then buy a cable TV company, an advertising agency and commission John Williams to write some sinister theme music, we’ll consider becoming a daily.
We really enjoy Toledo Free Press, especially your use of photography. What can you tell us about photo editor DM Stanfield?
Carol and Ben, Sylvania
Dear Carol and Ben,
DM Stanfield is a great photographer. He has helped define the look of Toledo Free Press. I do not know much about his background, but he’s always there when he need him, day or night, at a moment’s notice. He’s kind of like Batman, but more focused. If you watch the night skies over the Edison Building downtown, you’ll often see the spotlight with the ”DM” blacked out, sweeping back and forth. That’s how we call him. If you’d like to contribute to the fund to buy DM some periods for his initials, e-mail us.
Is Toledo Free Press ever
going to call itself ”Freep”?
I believe Mitch Albom owns the rights to the name ”Freep,” so we’ll have to find our own. I know of a few names some local papers call us, but they’re unprintable.
Will Toledo Free Press write an endorsement for the best mayoral candidate?
Joe, Ottawa Hills
Is there a best candidate?
Will Toledo Free Press
always be free, or will you
start charging for it?
There are no plans to charge for the paper. We think it’s a great service to provide this much
local info in a free format (although one businessowner told us she would revisit us when we ”grew up” to be a ”paid paper,” the snottiest and most idiotic comment we’ve heard – so far). The free weekly tabloid is a national trend with great potential in this market. Stick with us; the fun’s just started.
“A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state…”
Read that again. Ask yourself whether anything that follows it could mean what it did more than 200 years ago? I would argue no.
Gun advocates champion the Second Amendment as giving us the right to own firearms, but they ignore the above language that precedes, “the right to bear arms shall not be abridged.”
At the time the Second Amendment was written, this country was still developing. It had no strong federal government and it was under a persistent threat to its survival.
Against that backdrop, the framers understood the need to maintain militia was vital. Today, the militia is known as the National Guard, and the men and women who serve in it perform an invaluable service. Outside of the National Guard and law enforcement, is there a “need” for individuals to own guns? I think not.
Today’s reality is that guns do not protect us. They kill us. Given the astounding rate at which that happens, it is time to start a serious dialogue about guns and their continued existence in our society. The right to own them is not divine. It is law, and the law can be changed. When the Second Amendment was passed, slavery was legal and women could not vote.
The arguments in favor of guns are wholly unpersuasive.
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Dirty bombs and biological weapons, by themselves, do not kill people, but does that mean you don’t mind if your neighbor keeps them in the
How about guns for home
protection? Law enforcement
officers warn that pulling a gun on an assailant or intruder is more likely to get you shot than your attacker.
Is the killing actually caused by guns? Of course not. But guns make it so easy to kill that they perpetuate the killing. I am not saying that getting rid of guns would end killing. But it is impossible to imagine that if we removed guns from our society, the rate of homicide would not drop dramatically. We, as a nation, have the most liberal gun laws in the world and we also have the highest murder rate. Do you not see a connection?
Deer hunters are quick to argue that they use their guns for sport, and it is important to keep the deer population under control. This past hunting season, one man shot and killed several people because they all wanted to hunt from the same deer stand. I am sure we can figure out other ways to thin the herd. (Perhaps we should try tasers. They have proven quite effective as tools for killing.)
When a right, even one stemming from the Constitution, can lead to the deaths of roughly 30,000 Americans per year, it is time to rethink the right.
Ironically, Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative members of our current Supreme Court, has (perhaps unintentionally) given us the rationale for changing the Second Amendment. In a dissenting opinion in a case involving gender discrimination in higher education, he wrote: “The virtue of a democratic system … is that it readily enables the people, over time, to be persuaded that what they took for granted is no longer so, and to change their laws accordingly. So to counterbalance the majority opinion’s criticism of our ancestors, let me say a word in their praise: they left us free to change.”
And time to change it is. We can no longer sit idly by while Americans are killed by guns in unfathomable numbers. The right to own guns stems from a need for militia in 1789. The gun lobby is powerful and will fight tooth and nail, but enough is enough. It’s time to get rid of private ownership of guns.
Steve Hartman is a trial attorney with the Toledo firm of Kerger & Associates.
With summer’s official arrival this week, Toledo’s teachers are recharging their batteries and gearing up for another year of doing the very least they can under the terms of their contracts. It might benefit us all to keep our minds as sharp as we can during the dog days, so what say we take a little pop quiz?
The answers to today’s test appear at the bottom of the page, but I’m trusting you not to cheat! Do the very best you can and remember to use a No. 2 pencil when circling your selection. And here we go:
1. 42-year-old movie star Tom Cruise proposed to Toledo’s favorite daughter,
Katie Holmes, because:
A. He’s in love with her charm, her beauty, and her intellect
B. He needed to stay in the spotlight to promote his new movie
C. He was behind in his quota of Scientology converts, and when they’re that young, they don’t ask questions
2. Jay Black Jr. resigned his position as Mayor Jack Ford’s chief of staff because:
A. He called a television talk show under an assumed name to defend the mayor’s track record on crime
B. He didn’t want to become a distraction as Mayor Ford campaigned for re-election
C. He felt his voice-over talents would be better utilized on the new Jerky Boys CD
3. The Michael Jackson jury acquitted the star on child molestation charges because:
A. The prosecution didn’t present enough material evidence to prove Jackson touched the boy
B. The accuser’s mother had a history of filing civil lawsuits for monetary gain
C. White defendants always get preferential treatment from all-white juries
4. Toledo lawyer Keith Wilkowski, in announcing his candidacy for mayor, said he will run on a platform of:
A. “Better schools for Toledo’s kids, lower taxes for Toledo’s parents”
B. “More jobs for Toledo workers, less holes in Toledo roads”
C. “More of a pulse than Jack Ford, less insanity than Carty Finkbeiner”
5. Red light cameras are mounted at various Toledo intersections because:
A. Statistics show a significant decline in accidents at intersections with cameras
B. City council is using technology to take pressure off of Toledo’s understaffed police
C. Unsuspecting visitors to Toledo should make up the lost income tax revenue as residents continue to flee the city
6. The Blade’s ongoing coverage of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation investment scandal is motivated by:
A. A genuine desire to ensure that Ohio’s injured workers and their families are not hurt by the bureau’s lost funds
B. The prospect of true reform at the state’s highest levels, where both parties can work in an effort to benefit all Ohio residents
C. Michael Moore, who wants to show the world how George W. Bush stole another
election with Tom Noe’s money
7. President Bush allowed porn star Mary Carey to pay $2500 to attend the GOP’s fundraising dinner in Washington D.C. last week for what reason:
A. To show the nation the Republican party truly embraces diversity
B. To offer Ms. Carey a chance to turn her life around, and leave the decadent world of pornography behind
C. To extend a bipartisan peace offering to former President Bill Clinton
8. Antonio Gonzalez, who was allegedly caught in the act of raping a 5-year-old girl by the victim’s mother, fled and was severely beaten by whom?
A. A mob of ruthless vigilantes who should serve decades behind bars
B. A group of neighborhood bullies who unjustly took the law into their own hands
C. A superhero named Citizen Justice who decided it was time to rise up and defend Gotham’s, er, Toledo’s, children
9. The Democratic Minority Whip in the United States Senate is:
A. Responsible for providing necessary checks and balances so the majority party cannot impose its partisan will upon the Senate
B. Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois
C. What Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, who called American soldiers Nazis, should be beaten with
Well, how’d you do? If you want to go ahead and grade yourself, the correct answer to every question was “C.” But don’t worry — like a loyal TFT member, I won’t sweat it if you failed.
Bob Frantz hosts “Bob Frantz and the Morning News” each weekday on WSPD 1370 AM. He may be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
TOLEDO, 3018 A.D. — The following manuscript was found in the cornerstone time capsule of Finkbeiner Coliseum, which was constructed in 2009.
Sept. 12, 2005 – Dear Diary,
Tom finally met my family today. We all gathered in Toledo, and Tom says he could live here! He loved the people of Toledo, the landscapes of Toledo and the architecture of Toledo. It’s expensive to fly my family to Spain, but Tom says he’ll do it as often as I wish.
Oct. 14, 2005 – Dear Diary,
I am now Mrs. Tom Cruise. I am the luckiest girl in the world. Except maybe for Laura Bush. Tom and I talked about his previous marriages for a long time before our wedding. He says Mimi couldn’t adjust to his growing fame, and Nicole was angry he was always “chasing Oscar.” He means the award, right?
Dec.18, 2005 – Dear Diary,
For my birthday, Tom bought me the Vatican. He says now that we own it, we can tear it down and build the Katie Cruise Scientology Visitors Center. Sigh. I’m in love, love, love, crazy love!
Feb. 14, 2006 – Dear Diary,
James Van Der Beek keeps calling my cell phone. He knows it’s over, but he won’t stop asking me to sign up for the “Dawson’s Creek” reunion. I’m afraid if Tom finds out James is calling, he’ll send Spielberg’s goons to rough him up. For Valentine’s Day, Tom bought me the rights to all future “Batman” movies. Isn’t he sweet?
April 3, 2006 – Dear Diary,
So, like, Tom’s in Europe filming “Cocktail 2” and I’m stuck in L.A. waiting for my agent to call. The night before he left (Tom, not my agent), we were making love and he called me “Oscar.” It’s so sweet how much that award means to him.
June 12, 2006 – Dear Diary,
Sad news today. Tom lost his lawsuit against “Ebert & Tinta.” The case went all the way to the Supreme Court! They said film critics have no right to harm a film’s commercial prospects by criticizing it. The Bush Administration’s lawyers said if free speech doesn’t apply to any other writers, it shouldn’t apply to reviewers. Diary, did you ever look at a word over and over until it stopped making sense? Ebert. Ebert. Ebert. Ebert. Yogurt. Yogurt. Ebgurt. Yobert.
July 3, 2006 – Dear Diary,
Tom’s birthday today. It went mostly well. He and Oprah made up for that incident last year when he jumped on her couch and squashed that box of Twinkies she had hidden under the cushions. I gave Tom a bottle of English Leather and the new “Batman Begins” DVD. He’s still a little taken aback by Nicole marrying Will Ferrell, but he put on a brave face.
Feb. 12, 2009 – Dear Diary,
I solved that physics problem today. It turns out I underestimated the arc of decent and left out the fourth quadrant exponent. Oops!
July 21, 2014 – Dear Diary,
Filmed the “Dawson’s Creek” reunion. I’m pretty sure Michelle Williams had her face lifted. James seems happy. It was very strained between us. We had a moment of silence for the WB.
March 3, 2025 – Dear Diary,
Tom broke his hip during a stunt for “Mission Impossible 7.” He’s going to have Harrison Ford surgery to repair his left hip. His limo driver, Oscar, is taking care of him while I’m filming my segment of VH-1’s “I Love the 80s Strikes Back Again, One More Time.”
Aug. 4, 2031 – Dear Diary,
Where did the years go? Tom and I marked our 25th anniversary today. I can’t believe we’ve been divorced for 25 years. At least I’ve got James. And the Church has forgiven me for tearing down the Vatican. The Pope seems very comfortable in his new offices at the old WB studios.Michael S. Miller is Editor in Chief of Toledo Free Press.
He may be contacted at (419) 241-1700, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Keller spent most of his career working for Food Town, and has parleyed that experience into a full-time opportunity at the Erie Street Market.
At age 16, Keller began working at Food Town as a bagger. He is originally from Toledo, but 30 years in the Food Town business sent him to many Midwest locations. He said the “ongoing training” he spent cutting, packaging and selling meat at Food Town did not go to waste.
On June 2, he debuted Market Meats and Seafood. According to Keller, the opening went well.
Pat Nowak, executive director of the Erie Street Market, said after the Rohr fish stand announced its closing in the spring, she knew who to turn to for a new meat seller.
In Nowak’s previous public relations position for Food Town she met and became impressed by Keller’s work.
Nowak said Keller was always in the handful of Food Town managers who stood out. She asked him almost immediately if he was interested in opening his own meat market at her location.
“When Pat Nowak approached me with this idea, I saw it as a great opportunity and I grabbed it,” Keller said.
Keller and Nowak are optimistic about the market’s business. One reason they believe it will remain marketable is the new area residences being built in the Downtown area.
“These new residences are all either under construction or are already sold,” Nowak said.
Marcia Amstutz, owner of Tanks Meat Inc., used to owned a market at the Erie Street location for nearly 20 years. Amstutz said they decided to close in 2003.
“There was not enough business,” Amstutz said. “There is nothing to bring repeat business back.”
Amstutz said the new residences Downtown “will help.”
Nowak said the market is the perfect place for people just getting off work Downtown to buy meat.
The hours are consistent with the Erie Street Market’s hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Summertime is a lot slower, but we are looking at the entire market to stay open later,” Nowak said. She said she realized that 6 p.m. is early for customers who stop by the market on their way home from work and that she is considering extending hours.