Letters to the Editor Aug. 2, 2009Written by Administrator | | email@example.com
YMCA member laments South Y closing
TO THE EDITOR,
My name is Winie Barchick-Suter and I’m 10 years old. I live very close to the South branch of the Toledo YMCA on Ogden Avenue. I was very unhappy July 27 to learn that the closest YMCA to me was closing. I don’t think they should close the South Y because:
It is my and my neighbors’ activity center. People use it to exercise, for daycare, parties, meets or games. They use Woodsdale Park to walk pets, play games, have picnics, have practice, meet friends and just to have fun. And it’s a place where the whole neighborhood can do all of these things. These are the people in my neighborhood. I have come to know YMCA lifeguards and people who work at the front desk, too. I don’t want to not be able to see them again.
My neighbors and I can walk and ride bikes to the YMCA. If I go to the other branches, I won’t be able to walk there, walk my dogs or ride my bike there!
No more family centers in south Toledo? All the family centers are in the suburbs. None of them, except the south and west branches, is in the city limits. I’ll have to get my parents to drive twice as far just to go have fun. I’ll probably not be able to go to another YMCA for a long, long time.
A part of my neighborhood would be taken away. I like my neighborhood. I can ride my bike to the library, South Y, Huggy Bear, Highland Park, Gino’s Pizza and St. Charles Church. And I know many people who work at these places. I am proud of my neighborhood. My family and I help plant flowers at Highland Park. Without these places to ride to, I would not have a friendly place to live and grow-up.
This, to me, can’t be true, but it is.
I feel like the city keeps moving farther away from Downtown, and someday someone will say, “Hey, what happened to Toledo?” And we who live in the city parts will be totally forgotten. I read that YMCA is losing state funding for childcare so they are closing the South Y. So why is YMCA giving property away for free? If they need money, giving something away for free isn’t how you make money.
My point is that they shouldn’t close this YMCA because it is very useful and important to my neighborhood. If they do close the South Y, they are breaking apart my neighborhood. Many employees may lose their jobs, and people might not even want to be a member of the YMCA/JCC anymore.
WINIE BARCHICK-SUTER, Toledo
Truth or consequence
TO THE EDITOR,
Mr. Miller: No one of consequence reads the space you print.
STANLEY C. THEISEN Jr.
Mr. Theisen Jr.,
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Are they reading?
In the Blade pages of opinion I read on numerous occasions people commenting on the HealthCare bill and The Cap and Trade Bill. I wonder if these people have even read one paragraph from either one? I have read portions of each bill and I am more confused now than before. I feel that if you have not read these bills and totally understand them then you should not comment or vote on them. What do you think?
KEN ARMER, Toled
The Devil is in the details
And now for the million dollar question. When President Obama was asked if his family will give up their rich federal healthcare coverage, he was evasive. A number of senators were asked the same question and their response was “they’d think about it”. The “Kennedy Care Bill” contains language that EXEMPTS Congress from the proposed national healthcare program. Wow, that seems strange . . . not good enough for our “Leaders” but OK for the rest of us. Could it be that they don’t want to be subject to the rationing that will be imposed upon the rest of us?
WAYNE MILEWSKI, Whitehouse