Letters to the Editor Dec. 14, 2008Written by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
County needs more equitable way than transfer-tax increase
Homeowners wishing to sell their homes in Lucas County have faced an uphill battle for a long time now. Sales of homes have fallen steeply. There were more than 1,000 fewer deed transfers in 2007 compared to 2006 when 10,428 properties were sold. So far this year sales are down even more.
Despite these bleak sales figures, our county commissioners want to make it more difficult to sell and buy property by adding $1 per thousand to the real estate transfer fee to fund economic development.
This doesn’t make sense to me. We already are taxed at a high rate for services.
Now a small minority of people will have to pay more to sell their homes and commercial properties to pay for economic development services that everyone benefits from. I’ve got to believe there is a more equitable way to fund economic development!
Increasing the tax on real estate transfers would just add one more negative aspect to Lucas County’s already depressed real estate market.
Toledo Board of REALTORS
Incumbents must go
I am a lifelong Toledoan who now lives in Monclova Township and works in Downtown Toledo. The time has come for real change, not talking change and then reusing the same old political figures and culture.
Even the candidates I thought were good have gone bad because of the existing political culture.
A new year is coming; we can all start fresh.
Please make a personal commitment with me.
In 2009, do your research and find someone new, someone who can lead us in the future.
By the fall of 2009, you can start to make a change.
It starts at a local level: city, then county, then state, then national.
All incumbents must go! Not just the ones who oppose your political party, but all!
To better the world, better your world.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Dixon rightly fired
Crystal Dixon, the former University of Toledo associate vice president for human resources, was rightly fired, not for her opinions, but for her decision to publicly air her view that discrimination is valid. She was in a highly public position of authority which meant she needed to keep any opinions contrary to the university’s policy out of the public realm or risk being fired.
She claims homosexuality is a choice, a myth that has been scientifically disproved and discredited by all mainstream science organizations. Just as some religions chose for centuries to hold onto the belief that the world was flat in the face of overwhelming evidence it is round, so too do many people today choose to hold onto irrational beliefs about homosexuality, often citing interpretations of religious texts. The real choice is whether folk feel empowered enough to act on their innate nature to be free, happy, fulfilled human beings, including the drive to love, bond, and mate, and whether the rest of us choose to support this. For many years, and still to this day for some, people were forced to be in the closet out of a need to simply survive. The wreckage caused by homophobia harms us all: sham “hetero” marriages, family conflict, internalized self hate that leads to all kinds of self harming behaviors including addictions. Most of all, oppression denies humans the ability to be their best and therefore best contribute to society.
Finally, denying same sex marriage rights, takes away everyone’s right to choice, whether you call yourself straight, gay, trans or blue. It is the civil rights issue of our time, and surely it is a matter of time before people understand what Martin Luther King said, “until we are all free, none of us are free”.
Kaleo Kaluhiwa, Santa Cruz, Calif.