Toledo needs to support and start using Toledo Express Airport.
I returned Saturday on a flight from Atlanta. I landed at the airport at 10:22 p.m., got my bags from baggage claim, walked to long-term parking (did not have to take a shuttle), paid for my parking (which was only $24), and was on State Rt. 2 by 10:48 p.m. That is less than one half an hour.
I live in Perrysburg and was home by 11:15 p.m. - less than one hour after landing at the airport.
If I had flown into Detroit Metro, I would still be waiting for my luggage one hour after landing. I would then have to wait for a shuttle, tip the shuttle driver for his help, pay twice as much for parking, and drive 90 minutes home.
Toledo has now lost AirTran from the airport because people did not patronize the airline enough. We can take a flight from Toledo to Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, or Detroit and then connect to any city in the world. Why would anyone hassle with all the problems at Detroit Metro?
Now there are extra security measures at the airports. I have no problem with extra security, but arriving at Detroit Metro two to three hours early just in case and then sitting around is a waste of time.
The added time with travel to and from Detroit and the added time for security measures could add up to six or seven wasted hours.
Toledo is much more convenient to check baggage and go through security. It also has access to four major airports that can take you anywhere in the world.
Stop wasting your time and support our local economy. Fly out of one of the nicest airports in the country; fly out of Toledo Express Airport.
By supporting the Alcohol and Drugs Addiction Service levy on May 7 - Issue 3 on the ballot - the voter will be supporting and sending a strong message to the citizens of Lucas County.
We need to be proactive with all of our prevention efforts for our youth and families. Healthy communities don't just happen; they evolve with the guidance and support that all generations extend to their youth and families.
We must take care of the present if we want to realize the best of the future - our youth.
The ADAS levy will provide more dollars to be allocated to prevention and treatment for “kids and families.”
Through awareness and education we have the ability to make a difference. Scientific research indicates that youth who begin to drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent than those who wait until 21. Also, if we can help delay the use of tobacco until after the age of 18, an individual is not likely to use it at all.
The cost will be $1.25 per month for each homeowner - less than a hamburger or equal to a large soda or cup of coffee - not too much to ask to help our kids and families.
Kids don't care how much we know until they know how much we care. Let's lead by example and vote yes on Issue 3 to bring more prevention resources to Lucas County.
The math is simple. The concept is not new. The results are priceless. Vote for kids and families.
Trying to summarize my objections to Issue 3, I would mention that it would take a very vivid imagination to turn the actual success rate of our drug treatment programs into anything remotely related to success.
And these programs are very expensive. They are merely a Band-Aid on a huge hard drug problem. They serve very few. They can make the health-care conglomerates richer, and drain public resources. It seems to me, in short, that the advertising for Issue 3 is a smokescreen.
Our whole country is on a budget now, because of the tax cuts and the war. Maybe that old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, maybe we should think about that. I believe that a dollar spent on drug enforcement (prevention) is more efficacious than 10 times that amount spent on treatment.
We cannot ignore that with all camps getting into the picture - anti-tobacco, anti-alcohol, etc. - funds are diverted, interest is divided, and why are we attacking the legal drugs anyhow, while the “death” dealers of crack and other hard drugs trade openly?
This issue failed before, partly because many believe that the best use of public funds must be the concentration of those funds on prevention, on (illegal) hard-drug enforcement programs.
Consider this: The patient walks out of COMPASS on Collingwood Avenue, his treatment program completed, and immediately he has the hard drugs right there in his face again.
Attacking truckers seems to be constantly in vogue. One gentleman's recent suggestions for reducing speed limits on U.S. Rt. 24. is an excellent example.
What the writer chooses to ignore, or just doesn't know, is that many truckers use Rt. 24 because it is the most direct route to their destination.
What also should be pointed out is that truckers for the most part have to be at shippers/receivers at scheduled times.
Many times a driver's load is not ready to go when he or she arrives to pick it up. Drivers are under tremendous pressure to be on time.
Where do these people think that the items they want or need to purchase come from? The answer is trucks!
Finally, if people want to blame someone for the proliferation of trucks on the road, blame all of the automakers and retailers that have switched to “just in time deliveries” over the past 10 to 15 years.
Marcy Kaptur's call for a permanent shutdown of Davis-Besse and her blunt criticism of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were examples of the kind of bravery and outspokenness we don't see nearly enough on Capitol Hill, or anywhere else in this country, where so much policy is based upon short-term corporate profits.
Brian “We don't tell a licensee how to proceed” Sheron of the NRC could learn something from her about leadership.
(How ironic that she has been so harshly criticized for having no confidence in the NRC when the NRC doesn't even have confidence in itself.)
It has been suggested that Ms. Kaptur's attack on Davis-Besse and the NRC was a thinly disguised attack on nuclear power in general. I hope it was. Nuclear power is the most expensive form of power there is, relies on taxpayer subsidies to exist, and produces a deadly waste for which there is absolutely no safe method of disposal, and which we seem to be disposing of in the most dangerous manner possible.
(Public Citizen reports that, believe it or not, the U.S. Department of Energy and the NRC are actually helping nuclear companies “recycle” low-level nuclear waste and use it to make consumer goods.)
If Ms. Kaptur really wants to see Davis-Besse close, she should initiate legislation to improve our national energy policy.
If we made full use of all available energy efficiency technology and renewable energy technology, the combination of reduced demand and increased renewables would be enough to replace nuclear power by 2030.
I thoroughly agree with your recent editorial on manners.
Rude seems to be the prevalent action anymore. Could this be part of the action of parents/education? “Manners are the beginning of wisdom.” We need to listen before we learn.
HELEN M. SWOPE
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