Letters to the Editor, Oct. 4, 2009Written by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
How we operate
TO THE EDITOR:
On Sept. 20, Don Burnard told us of his views on the tea parties. In the Sept. 27 issue of Toledo Free Press, several letters of response from the free citizenry were published both supporting and castigating Burnard’s view.
This is exactly how a newspaper, working under the doctrine of a free press, must operate. A newspaper has the responsibility to fairly report on issues. It is the citizenry that must decide what the best option for our republic is. To do this, we must have all the information available in order to rely on our own judgment.
One letter made the offensive suggestion that Burnard should be terminated from your newspaper. To do so means that we would be deprived of part of the information we need to select the best option which, among other things, will maintain freedom of the press and our right to agree or disagree with our government.
ERNEST LIPPERT, Toledo
TO THE EDITOR,
If Don Burnard’s Sept. 20 remarks (“No tea, thanks”) weren’t so frightening, they would qualify as late-night comedy.
Since when was protesting against elected official’s intervention into nearly every facet of my constitutionally guaranteed rights, become a race issue?
I am a 65-year-old registered Democrat, have been since I was 18. I am also a proud tea bagger protesting the erosion of my freedoms by this administration and if that make me a racist in Burnard’s book, so be it!
DEWEY ROTRUCK, Toledo
Protest the ‘Refuse Fee’
TO THE EDITOR,
Toledo: Scream, yell and stamp your feet in protest!
As city council again weighs the issue of the “refuse fee” and again contemplates raising it, the issue is not if it should be raised, but that it is not legal.
Each time the “refuse fee” is discussed, there is a whimper of protest from Toledoans, which quickly dies away. The residents are lulled into believing the City of Toledo must have this money.
We should be outraged; it is not legal and is nothing short of a thief breaking into your homes, stealing your money.
This is a tax disguised as a fee that the Ohio Revised Code forbids unless passed by a majority vote of the residents. I repeat, the real issue is that this “fee” is not legal, not whether council should raise the “fee.” The courts ruled this is a “tax” and is unconstitutional. Now the question is whether the city keeps the illegally collected taxes.
Will the city be required to return the funds? That is the question before the 6th District Court of Appeals; should this be a class action suit and include every resident who pays the “fee?” Once again, I implore city council to avoid the temptation to raise more easy money from residents with this “fee,” which is, in fact, an illegal “tax.”
Once again, I implore the residents of Toledo to file a protest against the fee.
1, Go to Shanahanselect.blogspot.com
2. Click “Trash Tax Protest Form”
3. Print and fill out the form
4. Mail the completed form to the Department of Public Utilities
6. E-mail Trashtax@gmail.com to notify the attorneys representing you in this lawsuit that you filed
Every thief justifies his actions claiming he had no other option. Don’t let the city get away with this theft. Fight it, don’t relent, make your voice heard. If the city needs money, then get it legally.
KAREN SHANAHAN, Toledo