Letters to the Editor Nov. 2, 2008Written by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
An open letter to Tim Higgins, reguarding his editorial, “Three Strikes for COSI”:
Do you have kids? I do, and they love going to COSI. Their friends like COSI. I’ve never heard any kid say he didn’t enjoy going there since it opened. Have you ever been to COSI?
For less than $5 a year, I can help keep this open. As Mr. Obama would say, “I can afford that”
My taxes are eight (8!) times as high for the Toledo Zoo. They keep expanding, which will require more funding in the future. Will you vote against that when the time comes, too?
How about Children’s Services, Tim? Eight times as much in taxes, also. They don’t turn a profit, either. I don’t see the things they do everyday, but it must be worthwhile, right? I mean, no one complains about them.
Metroparks- where’s your profit? Come on, be self-sustaining. For one small fee per visit we can look at nature. Board of Mental Retardation, Libraries, Senior Services. The list goes on, Tim. Not every non-profit makes money. Yes, they could run more smoothly, and perhaps even profitably under the right leadership.
Yet you yourself mention 70% of attendance is from out of the county. Don’t suppose they buy breakfast, lunch or dinner in Toledo while visiting, do you? Maybe gas to get home? Pay a little extra into our city and/or county coffers while they’re here?
Get the big picture, Tim. $5 per year. Negative people such as yourself are what bring this city down. Blow your smoke somewhere else. I have some suggestions, if you’re interested.
JON LEFEVRE, Toledo
The mayor and the Mission
I read with interest the recent article in Toledo Free Press regarding the unhoused and the Mayor.
I wanted to write to assure facts are presented. Anyone that knows me understands that if there were any kind of injustice, I would be one of the first to raise a huge flag.
In March myself, along with Dan Rogers, Kathy Steingraber with the Toledo Warehouse District, Chief Navarre and Juanita Greene, met with the mayor after one of the downtown groups conveyed the fear that we treated our unhoused too well, and attributed a crime spree to those increased numbers.
First, Kathy Steingraber stated the crime in the warehouse district they were referring too was NOT created by the unhoused, rather it was a man in a suit she saw taking change from parking meters.
As for the unhoused flocking to Toledo, neither Dan Rogers , Chief Navarre, nor myself could find any statistics to support the claim of the downtown association. We all considered that matter closed.
Moving on, the meeting then turned into a brainstorming session. As a community services, Cherry Street offered to create a drop off center in the vestibule of the building where police could take individuals more suited for shelter than incarceration.
Another outcome from the March meeting was a follow up meeting with myself, Cherry Street, and downtown command officers and police patrols. At that meeting several ideas were exchanged to help coordinate efforts to assist those in need with the right resources when suitable.
For that effort we are creating a “Street Card”, a summary of shelters and services so officers know the most appropriate resources to refer. For example that Family House is an emergency shelter for families?
We live in a great community, truly do. Quick example of the role police play in helping others?
Last year an undercover officer rousted a guy named Jeff who was sleeping in Danny Kaye Park. The officer told Jeff he should be at Tent City. As Jeff was unaware of TC, the officer DROVE Jeff there. Short story, Jeff was able to get an ID card Monday, a job on Tuesday, and off the streets on Wednesday. 1Matters!
KEN LESLIE, Founder1Matters.org
Vote for TPS levies
With these tough economic times that we are facing, the future is inour hands, the voters. We will be going to the ballot box with our home budgets in our heads about what decisions we will be making. Education is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it’s an educational issue.
As a board member with Toledo Public Schools, I made a sound judgment when casting my voteto put issues 34 and 35 on the ballot because I understand the importance of an education to our children. While our students are succeeding in these tough times we need to remember they are the future of our great nation. We can all trim from our budgets, but when doing so, education should be the last thing we trim. With that I ask my fellow Toledo Public Schools families and our community to support Issues 34 and 35 with pride, just as our students do everyday as they enter our buildings.
LISA SOBECKI, TPS School Board Member
Our country is in decline. We have lost the world’s respect, for, in many ways, ours has become a parody of the free and open society we proclaim. With an air of personal arrogance and moral superiority, our leaders have turned their backs against the very principles upon which this country was founded.
Once we honored a Constitution that protected against an intrusive government, an unbridled military, the strong arm of big business and a single religious point of view. We must recommit to that Constitution, for the greatest threat to our way of life comes not from outside our borders, but from within. A cadre of the powerful use emotional religious issues to manipulate the electorate to choose leaders that become their puppets, and then we watch as they design a system that puts more and more wealth and power into the hands of a few. Indeed, this rape of the middle class has created what is essentially an American aristocracy, and that is exactly what our founding fathers sought to avoid through the balance of powers laid out in our Constitution.
Good government recognizes the need for judicious regulation, for it levels the playing field, protecting the rights and liberty of the individual and it inspires industry and innovation on a small as well as a large scale. In recent years, however, regulation has worked against the individual and against small business to further strengthen the hand of big business.
Those who seek to concentrate power in the executive branch of our government do so because it is easier to manipulate the government through the oval office. But big business is more than resources, products and services; big business is also the war machine, the unbridled military-industrial-security complex that Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about. These interests have used the politics of fear, even images of wolves, to cow us into submission to an ever more intrusive government, and to unlimited access to our money, our resources, and the lives of our sons and daughters in the pursuit of their hidden global agendas. Do not be fooled, wars don’t make us safer. They sow seeds of hate, resentment and a desire to exact retribution that lasts for many generations. In war, there are no winners. In war, everyone loses.
We are badly in need of thoughtful, intelligent leadership to reverse the damaging course our country has taken. We must put partisanship and prejudice aside and come together as a people to strengthen our middle class. We need to put jobs and innovation back onto our own shores, to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, to inspire our youth with fine educational opportunities and with confidence in their ability to make meaningful contributions to society. We need to become leaders, not reluctant followers, in the effort to restore the beauty and integrity of our environment. The longer we wait to turn this country around, the harder that task will become.
Let us choose our leaders from the best and brightest among us, and if any one of us harbors a racist attitude, let him acknowledge it and step over it onto a new path, for to continue on our present course is to commit national suicide.
ANNETTE WAKULENKO, Genoa
As a retired teacher and a grandmother, I realize that COSI is an important asset to our community. My 5-year-old granddaughter visiting from Cleveland cried and said, “Toledo is boring now that COSI has closed.” She offered her “tzedakah” money collected for charity to help keep COSI open. If a youngster is willing to donate her money to the cause, shouldn’t every adult support the science center with their vote?
NANCY DANZIGER, Toledo
Why I’m voting for Obama
With all the ranting and raving going on during this presidential election, I have finally made a decision as to who to vote for. Sen. Barack Obama will get my vote for the following reasons.
- Freedom of speech: Who needs it? The hell with free markets being used to determine what people want to listen to. I say we do what the Nazis did during the 1930s and 1940s and the Soviet Communists did through most of the 20th century, and let the government decide what we will listen to. So please, Sen. Obama, reinstitute the so-called Fairness Doctrine. I think it’s unfair that radio stations are able to give their listeners the programming that the audience wants to hear the way they do now. And when talk radio is properly taken care of, then we can start banning rap … or oldies … or rock … or classical music. Freedom Nein! Propaganda Ya!
- Gun control: Despite Sen. Obama and Joe Biden’s claims to want to let us keep our guns and ammo, I take comfort in looking at their actual votes to ban guns, ammo and tax and regulate them into oblivion. Remember, people don’t kill people, guns do. As do knives, bats, clubs, hands, cars, etc. But we can deal with those later. It’s much safer to have an unarmed public. Just think how many criminals’ lives will be saved.
- Spreading the wealth: Some call it socialism but I call it giving us what we deserve. Why should the people who work their butts off to actually earn the paycheck be the only one to enjoy the fruits of his labors? I say, spread it around, baby!
Now I’m sure actual working stiffs would like to keep as much as possible of what they earn, but you know, some of us have needs and we get these needs filled by taking just a little bit from everyone’s paycheck. Even though socialism only breeds more dependence of government services (your paycheck), I’m sure there will always be enough of you working to give us dependents what we desire.
In addition, please vote for any Democrat in general. Without more Democrats in elected office, how else would we be able to force the banks to give us loans for houses we all know we could never afford or be able to pay back?
This is no longer a government of the people, by the people, for the people like our founding fathers formed. This will now be a government of the elites, by the elites, for the elites.
Socialism or freedom … after 232 years of freedom, maybe it’s time for a change.
DEWEY WILHELM, Oregon
You have to wonder
The politicians are all calling for us to sacrifice, work harder, be fair, cut back and do basically whatever they tell us.
Yet the federal government continues to run huge deficits and has not cut one department, one employee or even talked about it. Families, businesses, cities, counties and states have all taken steps to do the things necessary to balance our budgets. We all seem to be able to get the job done with less.
According to an article in The Washington Post, in 2006 the number of people employed by the federal government stood at 14.6 million, and the federal government will spend more than $3 trillion this year.
Seems like that all this money in Washington gives them more of a chance to not only waste our money but to steal it. Hmm. You have to wonder.
BILL HUNTZINGER, Sylvania
Blaming the Mission
Toledo’s mayor never ceases to amaze me. When my husband died five years ago, at the age of 38, I had no idea what to do with all of his clothing. I contacted the Cherry Street Mission and asked if they would take it; they said they would. When I arrived with a pickup truck full of 30-plus lawn/leaf-sized bags of clothing and shoes, they were overwhelmed. All of the men who helped empty the truck thanked me and told me that I had no idea how much all of the clothing would help, how many lives it would touch.
After they were done unloading the truck, we all held hands and prayed. Every one of them hugged me and asked God to bless me. The Cherry Street Mission does a wonderful job providing a safe and warm place for people who have nowhere to go. Additionally, its rehabilitation program is effective and anyone who reads the Cherry Street Mission’s newsletter, or actually investigates the program, knows its success rate is exceptional and well-received.
If Mayor Carty Finkbeiner believes the Cherry Street Mission is creating a problem because it is helping people, then I am also to blame. I continue to donate to the Cherry Street Mission and always will. The care and comfort they provide, to people who otherwise have none, should never be considered a problem. However, having a mayor who makes thoughtless and callous remarks about a charitable organization; now, that’s a problem.
JILL DUSSEAU, Oregon
Apparently, John Robinson Block missed a very important life lesson in his early years: there are no guarantees in life. This means that you have to work and work hard for everything you want, and no one is going to hand you anything.
However, thanks to “enlightened” liberals like Block, we are treated to a life philosophy that is in complete opposition, a philosophy that marginalizes what it means to be an American and what the American Dream really is: through hard work and perseverance, success and wealth will follow.
Block’s Oct. 12 Blade letter to Barack Obama is a slap in the face to those, like myself, who worked hard for what they have. My parents and grandparents taught me the lessons that hard work and determination will let you attain the American Dream. Never were we taught, “just whine a little louder and you’ll eventually get what you want” or worse yet, vote for someone who will promise you those things.
Make no mistake about it. Obama, if elected to the presidency, will turn this country into a socialist state that would rank right up there with the likes of Cuba and the former Soviet Union. This idea of “guaranteeing the right to a job, the right to a decent home, the right to adequate medical care and the right to a good education” … since when were these deemed “rights?” Has anyone read the Constitution lately? This is simply liberal code-speak for a wealth-redistribution scheme.
Block asks, “Do you agree?” I, sir, do not.
BRIAN K. STEVENS, Rossford
Columbia Gas rate case
When competing in a worldwide economy for economic development and the creation of jobs, a state-of-the-art infrastructure is vital to Ohio. Currently, Columbia Gas of Ohio has its first rate case in 14 years before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. This plan includes an unprecedented 25-year program to spend $2 billion to replace nearly 4,000 miles of natural gas pipeline across its service territory in Ohio, including approximately 450 miles of pipeline in Northwest Ohio, reflecting a $200 million investment locally.
The scope and scale of this infrastructure upgrade will have a tremendous impact on the economic development opportunities in Ohio. By upgrading nearly 25 percent of its natural gas lines in Ohio, Columbia will help create a state-of-the-art delivery system to ensure that companies will have a reliable and dependable source for natural gas. In addition, this work will directly create 500 jobs across Ohio and another 1,700 jobs indirectly. The economic impact of this $2 billion investment will translate to nearly $3.2 billion statewide.
In addition to the economic impact, the system will provide ample access for Ohio businesses to natural gas — the cleanest-burning fossil fuel that is considered an “alternative energy” by many. And considering that 87 percent of all U.S. natural gas used is domestically produced, this new infrastructure will help reduce dependence on foreign energy sources.
In the late 1800s, the glass industry was attracted to Toledo by the close, abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas, earning Toledo the title “Glass Capital of the World.” As our community moves forward in this global economy, the proposed rate case will provide the foundation for Ohio’s future economic development and growth.
DEAN MONSKE, Vice President,
Regional Growth Partnership
Who is Barak Obama?
Barack Obama is a good looking, intelligent, articulate speaker who really knows how to dance around the issue when his feet are put to the fire; lies about his voting; and says his actions are taken out of context!
Barack Obama thinks that partial birth abortion is a “legitimate medical procedure”. (It’s murder!)
Barack Obama opposes parental notification of minor girls before they have an abortion.
Barack Obama has stated “the first thing I’d do as president” would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would overturn every local, state and federal abortion law passed in the past 35 years.
Barack Obama, as an Illinois state senator, on three separate occasions, opposed legislation to protect abortion survivors from being shelved to die: March 28, 2001 SB 1095; March 6, 2002 SB 1662; in 2003 SB 1082, Born Alive Infant Protection Act was sent to the Illinois Health & Human Services Committee, chaired by Barack Obama & voted against it again. For 4 years following this 2003 vote Barack Obama misrepresented it, until August 18, 2008 when his campaign admitted the truth. Barack Obama voted against identical legislation as passed overwhelmingly on the federal level and then misrepresented his vote. This act passed the Illinois legislature in 2005 when Barack Obama left Illinois for Washington.
Barack Obama has stated that he would support Medicaid-funded abortions.
Barack Obama has stated that he would appoint as judges men and women who would interpret a law in accordance with their personal beliefs rather than applying it as written. The last thing we need is more judges to legislate from the bench.
Barack Obama has said that he would support repeal of the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (1996) that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for all federal purposes, thus freeing the federal government to give marital benefits to same sex couples.
Barack Obama is the most liberal senator currently in Washington and he has chosen the third most liberal senator as his running mate!
Energy, environment and the economy has been discussed, battered around and discussed some more in all of the presidential/vice presidential debates and this country can work through them, but there has been very little discussion about abortion and gay marriage – some of the fundamental Judeo-Christian values of this great nation!
Charisma and smooth talking just don’t get it. We do not need an inexperienced, smooth talking captain at the helm of this great nation which is sailing into rough waters strewn with hidden icebergs – folks, it’s scary out there!
BRUCE WHARRAM, Sylvania