Letters to the Editor Dec. 7Written by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to Jim Harpen’s Nov. 23 column (“All I want for …”), I have just the man who has all of the requirements he wants for our next Toledo mayor. He has the background and experience as a member and president of city council. His name is Rob Ludeman. Check him out; you won’t be sorry!
CARL TABER, Toledo
Congratulations to Jim Harpen for hitting the nail on the head in his Nov. 23 assessment of the political scene in Lucas County.
It has always been my opinion that Toledo should be awarded a trophy for being the “recycle” city and county for politicians.
It doesn’t matter if the person involved is term-limited or loses an election because we just appoint him or her to another position. Better yet, have a relative in the scene, and you are in the process forever.
If I researched this situation in the state of Ohio, I would probably find this is par for the course.
With all my heart I would like to thank everyone who helped make the National Bowling Association Central Regional Bowling Tournament a wonderful tournament here in Toledo, including the hotels, stores, restaurants and bowling lanes, just to name a few.
But most of all I want to thank the 12 people who stood by my side from start to finish and worked harder than you can guess. I owe you the world.
We will be doing this all over again on Easter weekend for the 2009 Junior Regional Tournament when we will have 1,600 bowlers from eight states coming to Toledo.
Thank you all.
GEORGE W. HAYES JR.
President, Toledo Bowling Senate, and Junior Bowling Coordinator
United Way thanks
I have had the honor of serving as United Way Campaign Chair this year. In my role, I have seen Toledo from an entirely new perspective. The hardships endured by some of our neighbors are beyond what most of us can imagine. Poverty, homelessness, teen pregnancy, chemical dependency and high school dropout rates are all very real in Toledo.
These problems are not just statistics and headlines; they are real people who do not have a safety net of family and friends. That is where United Way comes in. They draw resources and support from those in our community who are able to help, and they use those resources to help those who are most in need. Without the good work of United Way, Toledo would be a much different and more desperate place for all of us.
2008 will long be remembered as a year of tremendous adversity. We have witnessed an economy straining under the weight of a failing housing market, a financial industry in distress and a volatile stock market. These challenging times have impacted United Way in two significant ways. First, the number of people in need has grown dramatically. Families who have never before needed help, are turning to agencies and programs supported by United Way for food, utility assistance, shelter and other basic needs. The second impact has been that people who have supported United Way in the past are themselves facing uncertainty and have seen their savings dwindle. They are understandably giving less.
Simply put, we are seeing the need and the challenges in our community grow at the same time that donations to United Way are shrinking.
So, I am asking for help. Based on our current rate of donations, we will not meet our goal for the 2008 campaign. Programs will be cut and our community will suffer.
There has been no time in modern history where each dollar that you contribute would make more of a difference than it will right now. This is a time where coming together as a community for the common good really matters.
As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Please consider making a donation to our campaign this year. It will make a difference. To donate or to learn how you can help during this holiday season, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org.
2008 United Way
Campaign Chairman and
Sr. Vice President, General Counsel, Owens Corning
Help those in need
Many Americans appear to suffer from socialism paranoia. Neo-conservatives and radio talk-show hosts seem almost obsessed with hatred toward socialistic programs. Yet, socialism is simply a practical way of sharing with those in need.
The unemployed and under-employed often have qualifications equal or superior to those with viable jobs. But there have seldom been enough jobs to go around, creating the need for more fortunate working people to share with the less fortunate. Other developed nations have already realized this and taken action to share the wealth. But socialism paranoia, lack of empathy and selfishness has obstructed our nation’s moral development.
However, we do have some socialistic government programs, such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and welfare programs. Public schools are another form of socialism, making it possible for even the poor to get a high school education, improving their odds of becoming productive, benefiting us all.
Some would argue that government management of social programs is too inefficient. But how well has private management worked out? Employee pensions and health insurance are private forms of socialism. Remember when we thought those programs were written in granite? Many are now failing under the poor leadership of CEOs and corporate managers who have led their corporations into failure, demonstrating the need for government programs rather than private. If Social Security were private as many advocate, many of us would be going hungry now.
Public health care is long overdue and already works well in most of the world’s industrialized nations: Canada, Cuba, Great Britain and France, to name a few. A niece in Toronto says she’s generally able to see a doctor within a week of making an appointment. But here in the United States, where we pay directly, waiting many weeks to see a doctor is not uncommon.
Many Americans have had to face terrible losses due to corporate failures, leaving their families’ survival in question. It’s time to get over needless paranoia and support marriages of cautiously designed social programs to our capitalistic system. It works well in other nations, why not here? Ironically, those professing their religion the loudest often oppose sharing through social programs most vehemently!
Let’s face it. If we don’t help those in need through a government program, most of us will do very little to help at all!
DAVID A. WARNER,
Divine mandate? Naw, I’d rather trust the courts
It is time for another one of those annoying pop quizzes that tests your mettle, IQ and maybe your common sense.
Without peeking at the below answers, here are five questions that need your honest input. You have five minutes to answer all five questions. Go.
1. If God gives you a divine mandate to speak out on his behalf, should
you obey it? Yes. No. Maybe (If I am sure it is God and not my answering to last night’s pizza, which had too many anchovies).
2. If you so speak out, do you have a backup plan just in case things
get hot and you gotta bail? Yes. No. Maybe (If I can run to the courts and get possible alternate relief then it is a good thing!)
3. If you speak out and get slammed by the media or your employer, do you keep a steady path or do you “cry in your beer” about these messy mandates? Yes. No. Maybe (Only if crying will help me if this mandate gets me in a tough spot)
4. If you have second thoughts about this mandate due to the pressure that it brought on you, do you try to get others to back you? Yes. No.
Maybe (If those others can support me and they will vouch for my mandate!)
5. If your mandate from God is/was true, do you stand your ground and take the economic or political hit and know that God will back you up and his mandate? Yes. No. Maybe (if I did not fully calculate the costs of obeying the mandate, I want out!).
Let’s check your answers: 1. Yes. 2. No. 3. No. 4. No. 5. Yes.
If you did not get all five answers correct, you need to “stand down” and not issue mandates from God about homosexuals or other controversial topics unless you are willing to start divine and end divine.
Playing prophet or prophetess is no trivial thing. Either you wear the camel cloth and eat the locusts and honey or come in out of the desert and sit in the comfy palace and play bridge with Herod and the boys. Regrettably, Crystal Dixon does not like to walk in the sand and the camel cloth is slightly irritating.
Remember Dixon? She is the University of Toledo employee who spoke up (rightly so) that homosexuals can not compare their “plight” to that of the civil rights struggle (that is true).
However, a livid Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, who is president of the university, canned her on the grounds that she compromised her job (no evidence of that) when she would have to make choices regarding hiring and some of those potential hirees could be “gender compromised.”
Universities are not the bastions of free speech as we like to believe. They can and have made regulations about what goes on in their private fiefdoms and if a person rattles their pet projects or pet groups, that troubler can face retribution.
Dixon was that troubler and she is now suing the university on grounds of free speech and equal protection. Unless the university can show that she compromised her job and/or others were similarly treated as she was, she loses.
However, if she can show that others spoke out on equally hot topics and were employees of the university and they were not canned and no one was denied a job due to their sexual orientation, she wins.
Who is the temporary “loser?” Mandates from God … and Dixon for stating she was under a divine mandate but fumbled the ball when she was blindsided by Herod (aka: Dr. Jacobs), who subsequently ordered her head to be placed on a silver platter.
LAFE TOLLIVER, Toledo
Back to joy
Do you remember when you were very young? Do you remember what once fascinated you? Well, those curious fascinations are still inside you, tucked away, deep down, and are probably, even today, tugging at your heart-strings. You can, believe it or not, bring them back to the surface @@ back to life.
Now just because you’re become an adult doesn’t mean you can’t, once again, enjoy those precious little casual joys. And they’re nothing to be ashamed about, either. Most people won’t admit it in public, but in private, to themselves, they miss them awfully. Their spirits and souls crave them like the hungry stomach craves natural food for sustenance. They are spiritual lifelines in connection with our spiritual needs @@ food for soul.
When you once again find and indulge in your new-found joy, and make something of it, you are “creating.” A piece of “you” has come out, not only for your satisfaction, but for the enjoyment and inspiration of others. Hopefully, they too will want to reach inside themselves and bring out what has been abandoned for so long. You have given them the “green light” to begin in an enchanting and fulfilling preoccupation, one they miss so much.
It hurts to see so many people striving and slaving with not much to show for it. They’re just trying to get by, paycheck to paycheck, week to week. You can tell for the most part that something’s missing. They have little or no joy. Material things only go so far, but can never fill that “inner void.” They need to know and realize that there is hope! They must learn to listen to that inner voice. But not only listen, but to heed and obey. They can step out of those “dull realities” that have got them down.
I am an artist and a writer of sorts. I enjoy doing both, and believe me, whatever situation I find myself in, I draw and write. They are just a couple of my passions. They bring out what’s deep down inside me, in my soul. And I like to share my creations with others, for their enjoyment also. When they say to me, “wow, that’s great, I wish I could do that,” I say “thanks.” Then I tell them, “say, what talents do you have?” At first they looked puzzled and think for a moment. Then they say, “well, I used to like to …” “There it is,” I say. Pursue it. Practice and perfect it. You see, everyone has some inner gift or talent. Some have many talents. They are just as important as the next person’s. We all fit together in that “Grand Picture Puzzle,” each person being a piece of it.
If you are one of those people who expect more out of life than the monotonous 9 to 5 rut, then it’s time to get started. You say you don’t have the time@@make the time! You spend it on lesser things, right? It’s your life. So if you want to make something of it, just begin right where you’re at. Dare to make a difference and begin creating out of the depths of your soul. You’ll feel a lot better about living!
So, if you want to break out of the “mental pit” you’re in, try looking from within and reacquaint yourself with those hidden “nuggets of gold.” Learn to be you again and have fun doing it. It doesn’t take much money, just you and your imagination.
A.R. STURGEON, Toledo