Random thoughts inspired by today’s headlinesWritten by Maggie Thurber | Toledo Free Press Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2 Councilman D. Michael Collins was correct in demanding that Mayor Carty Finkbeiner provide city council with a copy of the Erie Street Market (ESM) business plan because it had already been provided to three members of the general public.
However, Collins made a tactical error when he originally pushed for the business plan. Based upon his recommendation, council approved funding for ESM for four months pending the development of the business plan and required that Finkbeiner produce the business plan by that deadline. Failing to anticipate Carty’s strict adherence to the requirement, Collins left no time for council to review the business plan prior to the expiration of funding.
As a result, Collins requested legal action against the mayor to compel production of the document prior to the deadline so that council would have time to review it. I believe Collins has learned a valuable lesson and won’t allow for such a situation in the future.
• I love Toledo. I love Point Place, which is where I grew up and still live. I could have moved away like so many of my friends, but chose to stay. I love the people and their friendliness. I love the values Toledoans have. But I disagree with so many things our elected officials are doing which, I believe, are detrimental to Toledo and our long-term future. So I criticize some of their decisions and actions. And I, in turn, get criticized for being “negative.” I’m often accused of trying to tear down the city, when the exact opposite is true.
It’s called tough love, when you have the courage to tell the truth, knowing it hurts to hear, but that it helps in the long run because you are, hopefully, addressing the problem rather than just letting it fester. And I’ll take honesty over cheerleading any day.
• If we don’t yet have a firm financial plan for funding the new Lucas County Arena, how do the commissioners know they can meet the projected $25 million increase in costs — and still have enough money to spend $50,000 on art for the project? Or perhaps, in light of the amount of the unfunded additional costs, another $50,000 won’t make much difference.
• The Enumerated Powers Act would require each act of Congress to contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that act. Basically, every new law would have to cite what part of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to pass it. This seems so logical that I cannot understand why Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Sen. George Voinovich and Sen. Sherrod Brown have not signed on as sponsors of the bill.
Perhaps it’s because they fear so many of bills they support have no basis in the Constitution? As this is an election year for Rep. Kaptur, I believe this is a question that should be asked at every campaign stop she makes.
• The state is facing budget issues, and Gov. Ted Strickland has laid off some employees and cut back in many departments. Still, actions taken so far may not be enough considering the state’s economy. Why then, would he considering expanding coverage of Medicare, one of the largest expenditures in the budget? If we’re cutting back in so many other areas — and rightfully so — why would we want to move people out of private insurance and into the state program? Doesn’t this seem a bit contradictory?
• April 23 was Tax Freedom Day in the United States. That’s the day by which most Americans had earned enough money to pay their taxes. In Ohio, our tax freedom day was April 17, so we’re better than the rest of the country. It’s hard to comprehend that up until this date, we were working to pay taxes and not ourselves.
• There are many ways to address problems. However, when it comes to “helping the less fortunate,” conservatives are often accused of being heartless. Just because we don’t believe in the liberal’s particular political solution, it doesn’t mean we don’t care about the people who they claim to want to help.
• Many times, people do not know how to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, and repeat slogans — anything except reason. Is this a reflection on our parenting, our educational system, our media or all of the above?
Maggie Thurber is host of “Eye on Toledo” on WSPD-AM 1370.