I lived on Monclova Road, directly across from where Jerome Road ends at Monclova, for 18 years. We moved from there in 2003.
Jerome is a residential, unimproved street with a speed limit of 35 mph. I took walks down Jerome on a daily basis. Mall traffic has no business using a peaceful, residential street as a shortcut.
I doubt that the Nov. 23 letter writer who complained about this being a "no outlet" road would appreciate mall traffic being able to cut through the street that she lives on.
It is the people who have purchased homes in these new developments who have turned Monclova Township from a place of quiet, country living into the suburban nightmare it is becoming today.
If the letter writer can afford to shop at Fallen Timbers and purchase a home at Waterside, Crystal Ridge, or Clearwater, she can afford to drive the "extra" three or four miles to the new, upscale mall.
Focus on positives in future campaigns
Regarding The Blade's coverage (to death) of the Seneca County courthouse issue, enough is enough. Why do we have to be bombarded past the point of reasonableness with an issue that has become, after all this time, negative? The Zogby Poll follows its customer - why would they reveal a poll that does not support the position of the paper that is their customer?
The Blade has run stories on the courthouse for two months. At the beginning of August, the margin favoring demolition was 52.3 percent. After a two-month campaign by The Blade, public opinion polls reversed completely. In October, the Zogby Poll reflected public opinion favoring restoring the courthouse by 52.6 percent - approximately the same margins.
Why does The Blade choose not to discuss, applaud, and advertise all the positive aspects of our great Toledo metropolitan area? Positive attracts positive, upbeat creates more upbeat; how about attracting positive, upbeat issues with Toledo Blade campaigns?
Sandy Blackstone Carman
Veterans' breakfast at market well done
As a veteran (U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division), I would like to thank the United Way, Lucas County commissioners, and everybody involved in the Nov. 9 breakfast for the veterans at the Erie Street Market.
Also, thanks to Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, council members, and other officials for being present. It was a wonderful breakfast and I am sure everyone there had a good time.
Many thanks also to the people who made it possible: food handlers, the staff at the Erie Street Market, etc.
Just a couple of thoughts on Scout, the first dog. Why not ban Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and keep the dog? Now there's a budget saver. A little dog food to go.
Another option might be to have all 1,200 employees bring their own stress-relieving pets, but don't forget the pooper-scoopers.