Vote yes on Issue 1Written by Autumn Lee | | email@example.com
I am disappointed by the lack of a hardcore press by the local politicians to educate the public of not only all of the valuable assets the renewal funds, but what the severe ramifications of a greatly reduced capability in fire, police and sanitation will be if it is not renewed. The City cannot survive a reduction of nearly $58 million dollars from its budget.
Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop recently stated in a town hall meeting, “In order for our region to truly prosper, it’s vital we have a vibrant, business-friendly Downtown. Without strong locally owned business in our city center, we have little chance of shaking off the economic doldrums that plague our community.” How vibrant and business-friendly do you think Downtown Toledo will be if the renewal is not passed? How vibrant and family-friendly do you think our suburbs will be? The inner city?
Are we all to sit passively fretting? Our future is not a game to be toyed with. Granted, if it fails now, it could be
saved in November. But can we afford to have eight months of tension and anxiety slowing or stopping all momentum of us trying to move forward?
Are local politicians just now realizing all the bungling, in-fighting and crap that has been produced by most of them has us in foul moods? So now when something truly critical and serious comes up, most of the public can’t tell the difference if it’s real or the same old thing we’ve been hearing from city hall for so many years. It shouldn’t have come to this.
Wake up, Toledo. Have some pride. Serious business is afoot. I encourage you all to vote for Issue 1.
Michael W. Nicely, Toledo
Vote yes on Issue 7
My family will support our Toledo Public Schools by voting YES on Issue 7. My husband is a Woodward graduate; I am a Bowsher graduate, and our daughter attends Bowsher. We are proud to be a part of the Toledo Public School family.
This levy is not a new tax; the school district is not asking for new money though they could definitely use it. Without this levy passing, our neighborhoods will feel the loss of district funding; schools could be closed, class sizes could increase; there could be additional layoffs to teachers and principals, and tutoring programs could be discontinued. As a parent, who wants any of that to happen?
There are so many wonderful things happening in TPS every day! Our superintendent, staff, teachers and parents are working together for our students’ educational opportunities. We have a positive momentum going, and it’s contagious, so turn it loose, Toledo, by voting YES on Issue 7.
Randy and Christine Varwig, Toledo