Toledo Public Schools will ask voters to approve two levies Nov. 4, one to renew operating costs and the other to authorize renovation and improving current facilities.
Issue 34, which allocates $15.7 million for necessities, such as heating, lighting, security and transportation, has been on the ballot every five years since 1991. The levy, which is labeled as an emergency requirement, aims to supplement a decrease in state funds, according to TPS Superintendent John Foley. He said that, although the current tax does not expire until next year, the districts must establish the 2009-2010 school budget by June, and a rejection by voters would mean drastic cuts.
“It’s significant to lose that amount of money in the budget given the anticipation that the revenues from the state and other places are going to flatten out and not be necessarily available to us,” Foley said. “We anticipate that the next biannual budget will be a tough one from the governor, so we’re projecting a flat budget. But the question of why we need money is to continue what we currently have and not asking for additional funds.”
The levy does, however, ask for a 10-year renewal as opposed to a five-year renewal in years past. The most recent levy passed in 2002, authorizing new operating dollars for the district. Foley emphasized the importance of renewing the funds in order to continue TPS operations and that taxpayers actually would pay a smaller amount than in the past, which would be distributed among property owners as a lump sum and not a rate charged against their home values.
“It’s actually going down; it was 4.9 mills and the current projection is 4.8 mills,” Foley said, “and in the past it’s been renewed every five years. We are asking for renewal for 10 years because we just feel that, given that it’s been in the books since 1991, it would certainly allow us to be able to project 10 years out and not have to be on the ballot every five years.”
Opponents such as Steven Flagg, spokesman for the Urban Coalition, on the other hand, believe Issue 34 and Issue 35 are premature. He said the capacity at many schools remains below the maximum, and the district could redraw boundaries to accommodate the student populations. If, for instance, Libbey High School, which houses about 640 students, combined with Scott High School’s approximately 770 students, one facility would suffice.
“I know that there’s political ramifications [for redistricting], but I don’t think they’ve made all the cuts that they should, and as a consequence, I see this levy also as premature, Flagg said. “And if you add in the fact that it’s a year early — it doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2009. So it comes a year early with a budget that we, frankly, have a whole lot of questions about. A ‘no’ vote in November will not cut any funding for TPS this year or next year.”
To Flagg, Issue 35, which appropriates $37 million to improve facilities, “robs Peter to pay Paul.” He said only one facility, Waite High School, needs the attention TPS claims, but it hasn’t been scheduled for renovation. He agreed that the city needs a facility on the east side of the river; however, the remaining plans to renovate translate into nothing less than “greed” on the part of the district.
The levy also would suppress efforts to draw residents and businesses under an atmosphere of declining population.
“There’s something wrong here in an environment where we’ve got pretty high unemployment, a city where the property tax rates and income tax rates are as high or higher than any of the surrounding suburbs when you combine them together,” Flagg said. “How are we going to retain citizens and businesses, let alone attract them, if we continue to raise the taxes? At some point in time we have to bite the bullet.”
Foley denied waste within the school budget, saying the district has been “pretty fiscally prudent.” Also, failure of the levy would preempt placing a new issue on the ballot in time for the 2009-2010 school year because there is no election planned in March as there have been in past election cycles.
“That’s the potential, but there is no primary so it would have to be a special election,” he said. “And to do that the district would have to pay for that special election in addition to the costs of raising a campaign.”
Archive for October, 2008
Toledo Public Schools will ask voters to approve two levies Nov. 4, one to renew operating costs and the other to authorize renovation and improving current facilities.
Eric Hillenbrand and his staff know a thing or two about Toledo’s Warehouse District. Since its founding in 1992, Hillenbrand’s 20 North Gallery has played a significant role in shaping the area’s artistic landscape and its ongoing cultural evolution. On Nov. 7, the gallery will celebrate its 100th exhibition opening.
The exhibit, “America the Beautiful,” will feature work by Kimberly Arden, Sharon Frankel, Edith Franklin, Tom Grant, Klaire, Carol Lee Rice, Julie Schnell-Madden, Mike Basista and others. Basista, who is a photographer, will be the exhibit’s principal artist. He will participate in an artist talk at the gallery at 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
“I originally moved to the area to attend the University of Toledo’s law school, but found that the field really wasn’t for me,” Hillenbrand said. “I purchased our building in 1990, and though I do operate my own separate business, the gallery has been my true labor of love ever since.”
Hillenbrand said he is grateful for the community’s support.
“Local response was positive from the very beginning,” he said. “This was before Fifth Third Field was even built. When the stadium was first proposed, it was supposed to go literally right on top of our location, but the developer pointed out the gallery as an example of the area’s potential.”
Though Basista’s photographs will be the focal point of the exhibit, it will also showcase photographs, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and decorative arts by other Toledo artists, as well as selected works by international painter and sculptor Joseph Sheppard.
“Our 100th show represents a major accomplishment for our art director, Peggy Grant, and all those who have contributed to the success of the gallery during the past 16 years,” Hillenbrand said. “Reaching such a significant milestone for a Downtown arts business is good news for all who believe in a vibrant and dynamic Downtown. The arts are recognized as an economic driver for urban revitalization.”
The Nov. 7 opening reception for “America the Beautiful” is open to the public and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will run through Jan. 18. For more information, call (419) 241-2400.
“Swing State Ohio”: 7 p.m. Nov. 2 on WGTE TV: Takes viewers into the key battleground state of Ohio during the 2004 election.
“Live From FM 91″: 10 a.m. Nov. 7 on Public Radio FM 91: Join host Greg Kostraba for a performance and conversation with musicians Katie Jones, flute, and Julie Buzzelli, harp.
“Great Performances: Sting: Songs from the Labyrinth”: 8 p.m. Nov. 8 on WGTE TV: A concert featuring a legend performing timeless music.
Collingwood Arts Center and Truth Gallery to host fundraiser
Who says that Halloween only happens once a year? On Nov. 8, The Collingwood Arts Center and the Truth
Gallery will host a post-holiday fundraiser to benefit their respective organizations. Known as the Warlock’s Ball, the event will be hosted by Dorian Gray and will feature Tarot readers, movies, music for dancing and other entertainment throughout the night. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will run until midnight. The admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased by calling (419) 244-2787 or (419) 243-0007.
America the Beautiful exhibition
America the Beautiful gallery exhibit will run from Nov. 7 to Jan. 18 at 20 North Gallery in Downtown Toledo. The opening reception is Nov. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call (419) 241-2400.
Stonehaven Farms hosts riding training clinic
Stonehaven Farms will welcome Heather Campbell to host a training clinic for the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Heather Campbell is a nationally-known Large R licensed United States Equestrian Federation judge in a number of English Riding disciplines. The training clinic is Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. Group and private sessions are available. For more information and application, visit www.stonehavenfarms.net or call (734) 854-5825.
Academy Open House
The Notre Dame Academy and Junior Academy Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at 3535 W. Sylvania Ave. Notre Dame offers education for young women in grades seven through 12. Families will tour the campus, meet the teachers, and learn more from student guides. Meet athletic coaches and teams who have won the City League All Sports Award for five years in a row. See the fine arts in action with performances by the Honors Chorus, Speech, and Drama classes, Speech Team, and a snippet of the fall musical “The Wizard of Oz.” For more information, contact Notre Dame Academy at (419) 475-9359 or visit online at www.nda.org.
Classic book group
“Classics Revisited” is starting its 15th season of book study and discussion. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from September to May in reader’s homes. The Nov. 18 discussion will be on Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Contact Virginia Dean at (419) 878-3383 for more information.
Little Flowers Church’s November Fest-Feather Party is on Nov. 8 from 5-10 p.m. Door prizes, raffles, bingo and booths are included. Contact Tom Coy (419) 537-6655 for more information.
Honi Deaton and Dream in Maumee
Honi Deaton and Dream from Georgia will appear at the Maumee Indoor Theatre on Nov. 10. The performance is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are free. For more information check out www.GlassCityOpry.com.
‘Peter Pan the Musical’ in Oregon
Oregon Community Theatre opens its 2008-2009 season with a two-weekend run of Peter Pan the Musical. Shows will be presented at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., on Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for seniors/students and can be purchased in advance or at the door. www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org
Chinese organization hosts fall celebration
Chinese Association of Greater is holding its Fall Celebration on Nov. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. The event is free and will include folk dances, comedy shows, singers and martial arts. http://www.miraclebookends.com/toledochinese/
Auditions for musical
Auditions for the comedic musical “Don’t Hug Me” will take place Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Village Players. Needed are: one man (45+), two men (20s), one female (45+), and one female (20s). The musical will run Jan. 9 to Jan. 24. The Village Players is located at 2740 Upton Ave.
Sky surveys and modern cosmology at UT
The Toledo Astronomical Association will present Professor David Cinabro, an astrophysicist working on the Sloan Supernova Survey, to talk about sky surveys and modern cosmology. The event is Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor classroom of McMaster Hall at UT. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Frank S. Merritt, email@example.com or (419) 535-8775.
Nobody was going to make me successful. If I had a goal, nobody else was going to make it happen. I had to do it. I had to put in the work and the long hours. If anybody was going to drain his own blood, sweat, or tears for me to make it; it was going to be me.
The part that is striking though, is that the lesson wasn’t in me just gaining that knowledge. However, it was living in that realization that was painful. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many millionaires I would be around day in and day out while I was still eating off of the dollar menu. Or, how many Bentley’s or Mercedes Benz’s they drove while I was on the train. All the while I would sit fighting inside myself thinking: “If they’d just give me the opportunity, then I can show them what I’ve got!” or “If they would just helped me out a little, then I could be successful.”
The problem with this line of thinking is that we continue to base our lives on what we expect others to do for us when they’re not required to do so. “If they just did this, then I could…” is how we dictate our lives waiting for someone else to come save us. And oh, what a shame that is. The truth is, nobody is coming to save you. You have incarcerated yourself in your own mind. You did it; you’ve locked yourself up. And you’re waiting for somebody to come and let you out of your mental cell in order for you to do what you need to do to be happy or free.
If you want to be successful at anything, YOU have to do it. It has to be YOUR own priority. Nobody else has the time, the patience, or the responsibility to hold your hand. When you go home tonight and the refrigerator is empty, that is your fault. When you don’t get that report done for work, that is no ones else’s fault but your own. There is always something you can do to change your situation. Always.
If someone has done something, which you feel prohibits you from maneuvering a certain way, then its time to find some encouraging friends or mentors who can help you see opportunities that you’re not seeing, and what may be right in front of you. If your job blocks out so many hours of your day so you feel you can’t be free to start your business, then its past time to change the way you think. Look, its time to get creative people! People are losing jobs everyday waiting for somebody else to do something. How about you do something?
You know what the sad part is? Many people reading this won’t feel like this applies to them when it probably applies to the great majority of us. How many times do we wait for someone else to do something before we believe we can act? How often do you wait for someone to love you more in order for you to love him or her more? How many times have you waited for a loan in order to buy a home, a car, or start a business? I’ll tell you this and I mean it… that person will never love you more, the bank will not “all of a sudden” approve your loan, and things will not change without you first doing something differently.
When you begin to think differently and act differently the help will come, the people will come, and the money will come. That’s just the way it works. When you begin to have more responsibility than you can handle, people, things, and money come in that can take a load off. But here’s where it gets sticky: First, it’s not when you begin to have more responsibility than you think you can handle… it’s when you begin to have more responsibility than you can actually handle. You must become larger than your environment in order to move past it. Secondly, you have to be were your destined to be. If its not your passion, then you can forget it because there is nowhere find the strength to carry you through hard times when your in a place your not supposed to be in.
Guess what. If you never get that loan, if you never get that job, and if you never get that break, its not going to be anyone else’s fault. It’ll be yours. Act. And do it now.
Will “King Keyser” Lucas is president of BELIEVE1.org.
History has shown that the stock market reacts in the short term to events going on in our country and world. With Election Day approaching, combined with shaky economic conditions, many are wondering how this election will affect their investments and retirement savings. How will the stock market react when the votes are in?
The stock market: Democrat or Republican? Is it better for the stock market to elect a Democrat or Republican? After doing some research, we found that the average annualized rate of return of the S & P Stock Index when a Democrat has been in office is 8.9 percent. While Republicans were in office, including the Great Depression years of Herbert Hoover, the S & P has averaged 0.4 percent.
Take out the Hoover years, and the Republican average has been 4.7 percent. So it appears that if you want the stock market to do well, history has shown that it is better to elect a Democrat.
Taxes: Democrat or Republican? What about taxes? How should we vote in order to pay less? Obviously making more money is great, but a consequence of higher income can be a higher tax bracket. Do you want to give more each year to Uncle Sam? I think most would answer a resounding no!
Let’s look for a moment at some historical tax rates under past presidential administrations. Under the current Bush administration, for a married couple filing jointly, the income tax rates range from a low of 10 percent to a high of 35 percent. Bush lowered taxes from the Clinton rates of 15 to 39.6 percent.
Under George H.W. Bush, the rates were 15 to 31 percent. The first Bush initially lowered taxes to a range of 15 to 28 percent and then raised them slightly. During the Reagan years, the income tax rates ranged from 0 to 50 percent, down from the Carter years of 0 to 70 percent. You had to make more than $215,000 to get taxed at 70 percent, which was a lot of money back in the 1970s but, wow, 70 percent? That seems like a lot. So you want to pay less in taxes? It appears the best bet is to elect a Republican.
Will taxes go up or down under our new president? Where do our current candidates stand on taxes? McCain proposes lowering taxes across the board, but Obama argues that the bulk of McCain’s tax cuts will benefit the wealthy.
Obama proposes lowering taxes for middle-to lower-income taxpayers and raising taxes on the wealthy (those individuals or families making $250,000 or more per year). Obama says that his plan will cause higher income people to pay more of their “fair share,” and McCain says that Obama’s plan will have a negative effect on small-business owners resulting, in an increase in unemployment and reduction in the creation of new jobs. Who should we believe? Oprah? Joe the Plumber?
What to do? The wisest thing to do is to educate yourself as much as you can before entering the voting booth. Examine the issues closely and vote for the candidate that you think will be better for the country in the long term.
The policies of the candidate elected will have an effect on you and your family and generations to come. It is an important decision that we all must take seriously.
Postelection game plan. Keep in mind that we are not giving you tax advice and you should always consultan an accountant. Yet, no matter who wins the election, you will be affected in some way by the outcome.
There is no better time to get together with a qualified adviser and re-evaluate issues like risk tolerance, income taxes, retirement savings, investment choices, income requirements, estate taxes, probate and more. A comprehensive game plan can help you be prepared to weather a storm like we are experiencing today and help you be successful in reaching your retirement goals. Take action for a better tomorrow by getting out and voting, and by meeting with your adviser for a postelection planning session.
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With so many high-profile levies on the ballot, including the Port Authority, COSI, the Sylvania-Sylvania Township merger and local schools (Anthony Wayne, Evergreen, Maumee, Oregon, Ottawa Hills, Swanton, Sylvania, Toledo (2) and Washington Local), there are a few I’d like to put a humble spotlight on.
Issue 38: Lucas County Children Services replacement: support of children services and the care and placement of children.
Issue 39: Lucas County Mental Health & Recovery service board replacement: providing financial support for the operation of mental health programs and alcohol and drug-addiction services.
Issue 40: Lucas County Mental Retardation & Development Disabilities replacement: providing financial support for the programs and services for developmentally disabled individuals and the operations of a MR/DD facility.
It’s not my purpose to persuade you to support these levies, but to ask that you take the time to understand them before you go to the voting booth. I believe these are vital services that are being asked to take care of more people with fewer resources, and as our economy staggers into 2009, there will be fewer people willing or able to provide.
Politics and rhetoric aside, these three levies provide crucial social services that deserve serious consideration and, ultimately, support.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at 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
Having lived in the Midwest all my life, I like to think that I know a thing or two about getting ready for “Old Man Winter” and all his anger… all his fury. Actually, I can’t say it’s much of a “fury,” really… it’s more of a “wrath,” though it’s a wrath that’s completely erratic and aimed at no one in particular. Let me put it this way: dealing with winter is kind of like being on the road with really, really old people who are driving: you could die at any moment.
Old Man Winter is old. REAL old. If Old Man Winter drove a car (a Cadillac or a Park Ave, guaranteed), he would barely be able to see over the steering wheel. He might kill 4 people in the process — and not even know it. His judgment is absolutely shot. Oh, why’d he dump 38 inches of snow on you right before your big 4-hour turnpike trip? Probably because his blinker is STILL on and he has no clue he just dumped 38 inches of snow on anything or anyone. He shouldn’t even be driving.
Anyway, winter is almost here. So in order to help you prepare for The Old Man, I’ve put together a list of useful tips and helpful information, gathered from my numerous years of experience dealing with the bitter cold.
Rule No. 1 – Never Clean Your Gutters
I can’t stress this one enough. In my experience I’ve found that letting your gutters fill up with water and freeze is actually a GREAT way to insulate your home. Plus the gigantic stalactite-esque icicles that your gutters will produce also gives your home a very festive/wintry look, perfect for creating that “Winter Wonderland” you sing about each December.
Rule No. 2 – Don’t Rake Those Leaves!
“Leaving” the leaves (yeah, I said it) right where they’re at is a GREAT way to keep your grass warm and dry all winter long. Think of that layer of fall foliage as a sort-of “long-underwear for your lawn.” If your grass could talk, it would say, “Boy am I toasty!”
Rule No. 3 – Crack Your Windows During the Day
Everyone knows that the daytime is warmer than the night time (cause that’s when the sun is out, dummy!). So, open up your windows and let all that warm, sunny air into the house. Sure it may FEEL cold, but looks can be deceiving. You see, each one of those air cells has been roasted by the sun’s ultraviolet-rays prior to entering you home. Once they’re inside, they’ll “pop” and release a burst of hot energy (scientifically known as “heat poppers”), warming your home from top to bottom.
- Don’t drain your garden hose. Simply tie the ends into a knot and save all that summertime water — it’s full of valuable nutrients…
- Forget the defrosters, use boiling-hot water on your windshield each morning…
- When driving in the snow, always accelerate as fast as possible and “peel out” your tires. Doing so will cause the rubber to heat to intense levels and melt away any snow you encounter… You’ll be driving a literal “Chariot of Fire.” Remember: when in doubt, floor it.
Read Ray Barry’s blog, True Stories at Stanleyavenue.blogspot.com. Ray Barry can be reached at email@example.com.
As Miriam Leeper-Kende listened to her son play piano, an indescribable feeling came over her.
“It was like a dark cloak,” Leeper-Kende said. “I heard a voice whisper, ‘Life as you know it is over.’ ”
Later that March 2007 evening, Leeper-Kende’s son, Isaac Weintraub, who knew his mother had been experiencing problems and who lost his stepmother to cancer in February 2007, said to his mother, “You will get a CAT scan when you get home.”
Leeper-Kende was visiting her son after donating 10 inches of her once long and wavy brown hair to Locks of Love on St. Patrick’s Day, anxious to show off her new hairdo.
Leeper-Kende had experienced inexplicable pains in her rib area before, but had recently discovered lumps.
“I knew something was severely wrong with my body,” Leeper-Kende said.
Leeper-Kende said her son’s insistence led to the CAT scan that saved her life.
Leeper-Kende was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on April 13, 2007.
Leeper-Kende, who has survived cancer for a year and a half, sports black hair that forms perfect curls around her face.
She works as a graphic designer for TolTest and has been married to her husband Ivan Kende since August 2006.
As she talks about her battle with cancer, she is emotional but passionate about her message to women to be “vigilant about their health.”
“The good thing is, if you’re vigilant, you will find results,” Leeper-Kende said. “If something’s not right, don’t stop trying to get the answer.”
Ovarian cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the ovary, which is one of a pair of female reproductive glands in which the ova, or eggs, are formed.
According to the Lucas County Adult Health Assessment, from 2003 to 2005, the leading causes of cancer deaths for Lucas County women were lung, breast, colorectal, pancreatic and ovarian cancers.
Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Garth Phibbs said although there are not many signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, some symptoms include persistent abdominal pain and persistent bloating.
“The key is persistence,” Phibbs said. “If it comes and goes, it’s less likely to be important.”
Phibbs, who has the largest gynecological oncology practice in the Toledo area, said the vague symptoms of ovarian cancer make early diagnosis difficult.
“Over 75 percent of cases are advanced beyond the ovary when diagnosed,” Phibbs said.
To test for ovarian cancer, doctors use vaginal ultrasound, rectal and vaginal exams and the CA125 blood test, Phibbs said.
“The CA125 blood test can be used as a screening method, but it is not 100 percent specific to ovarian cancer,” Phibbs said.
Phibbs said within a short time, tests to screen for ovarian cancer will improve in their specificity.
Currently, screening is reserved for women who have a family history of ovarian cancer, have had breast cancer before the age of 50 or have had one or two types of cancer, Phibbs said.
“If we use these tests on everyone, it can lead to a lot of unnecessary surgery because of the benign conditions that can cause modest elevation in CA125 levels,” Phibbs said.
There are 25,000 new cases of ovarian cancer each year in the United States, and one in 70 women will have this disease, Phibbs said.
If you catch Joe Lovano’s Us Five Quintet in concert, it’s like seeing 24 jazz groups.
“Within the one quintet, we have a quintet sound, we have four quartets, 10 trios, nine duos and five unaccompanied voices,” the saxophonist said via phone after playing a gig in Adelaide, Australia.
“I thought it would be really interesting to have a quintet with [two drummers] in it and tried to create some new music and ways of playing together where we really created different tapestries and different combinations.”
Joining Lovano for the 8 p.m. Nov. 7 show at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor will be bass player Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman, and drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown III. Opening the concert will be pianist Jason Moran. Tickets range from $18 to $44.
“We’re going to play in Ann Arbor and then we’re going to do a week at the Village Vanguard [in New York City],” Lovano said. “Then the following week we’re going into the studio for my next release from Blue Note Records.”
His latest disc, “Symphonica,” was recorded live with the WDR Radio Big Band and Orchestra from Cologne, Germany. For the orchestral project, the composer picked songs he had written during his career.
That record also spotlights Lovano’s experimentation with different ways to express himself. The 55-year-old is constantly jamming with various players and ensembles.
“What’s inspiring is the people that you play with,” the Cleveland native said. “And realizing early on that jazz music is a multicultural experience and a multigenerational celebration and through the years playing with that awareness and that amount of scope has just propelled me to do the things that I’m doing.”
The sax man won a Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble in 2000 for “52nd Street Themes.”
“You play and you create music spontaneously with an ensemble. It’s an experience not only for us playing, but for the audience,” Lovano said. “And for me, it’s really about how expressive can I be? You know, it’s all about telling stories, and I try to tell a story on each piece that means something to me so I could play it for you and hopefully touch you in some way. That’s what jazz is really about — it’s telling stories.”
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