Adventures in potty trainingWritten by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | firstname.lastname@example.org
Just kidding. It’s been a while since Letters to the Editor have been answered, so let’s see what’s in the mailbag.
Buy a backbone
TO THE PUBLISHER,
Please do us all a favor, buy a new Editor in Chief that has some backbone. Your current Editor is all soft and cuddly and may see the disparities taking place in our society but he lacks the strength to follow through.
His words have shown me he does not understand the duty of his responsibility, which causes me to question if you understand yours.
STANLEY C. THEISEN Jr., Toledo
Dear Mr. Theisen Jr.,
Thank you for signing your letter and not just dashing off an anonymous complaint. Not so thrilled about you contacting my employer to suggest he “buy a new Editor in Chief,” but as Costco told me they are out of Editor in Chief and do not expect any shipments until the holidays, I am going to cruise for a few more months.
Your letter specifically criticized my handling of the red-light-camera issue and my garage sale hassles. Perhaps it has not occurred to you that just by being in this space each week and addressing these topics, I am displaying some degree of backbone.
But then, as you chose to avoid confronting me directly by slinking around to my employer, you have demonstrated that you are not qualified to judge anybody’s backbone.
Foolish and foul
This bit of ignorance was posted to our online comments section after the July 12 story on the life and death of community activist Robert Brundage:
“Robert will be missed by n***er lovers worldwide. Robert so loved the n***rs, that he gave his life for them, and got exactly what he deserved.”
Yikes. And people ask me why we moderate comments on our Web site. Intellectually, I understand there is a sick and unhappy person behind this post and that I am “feeding the troll” by discussing this. But it is important for the community to know that people like this are out there feeling this way, so blinded by hate and prejudice that they would use the death of a community leader to further delude themselves.
This spew was, of course, filed anonymously with a fake e-mail address, but there was an IP number tracked: 22.214.171.124. If any of you who run blogs or comment sites see this pop up, please let me know.
I would like to send a personal response his way.
In the doghouse
I do not reach out to you for help very often. You responded generously to a few calls for Make-A-Wish, but in general, it is not my habit to take advantage of our relationship.
But next Friday, July 31, I need your help.
I am spending that morning locked in a kennel at the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS), raising funds for the animals in need.
A big kennel, I am assured.
As the economy has tightened and people and corporations have limited their philanthropic giving, food and shelter have become an understandable priority.
But our four-legged friends are also feeling the pinch, so the TAHS has arranged to lock up some notable personalities — and me — for a fundraiser.
Harvey Steele and Cliff Smithers of K100, Ben Konop, Lucas County commissioner and Toledo mayoral candidate, and Tom Cole, BCSN sportscaster/commentator, will also spend the morning of July 31 locked away to raise funds for TAHS.
For more than two years, we have regularly run a “Carlson’s Critters” feature with WTOL’s Dave Carlson. More than 100 dogs and cats have been adopted from the feature, and our weekly interaction with TAHS has been a consistent pleasure.
My family has adopted a cat from the shelter, and I can testify that the process is quick, smooth and leads to a wonderful experience.
In 2007, TAHS housed an average of 50 dogs and 300 cats per day. Nearly 6,000 animals were handled in all that year. That is about $12.50 per animal per day and about $33 in medical expenses per animal. TAHS goes through about
70 pounds of dog food and 100 pounds of cat food each day.
The dozen or so full-time employees and nearly 350 volunteers also deal with almost 2,500 annual cruelty calls and 400 calls to the Behavior Hot Line.
If you can help, even with the smallest pledge, you do not have to wait for July 31. Call (419) 891-1561 and make your donation; let them know it is for the July 31 fundraiser, in the name of whichever personality you choose.
Thank you in advance for the help and support; the TAHS and I appreciate it.
Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com.
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