Your recent stories about the foreclosure of Keith Sadler's home and the ensuing protest bring to light many problems ("Barricaded homeowner put on year's probation," May 26).
Organizations that offer help for homeowners who face foreclosure do not have the resources to help everyone who needs it, leaving homeowners such as Mr. Sadler to fend for themselves.
The need for help is enormous. More than 6,000 foreclosures were filed last year in the Toledo area.
Foreclosures wreck families and neighborhoods. Foreclosed homeowners must find temporary housing. Children suffer in the classroom. Vacant houses lead to vandalism and crime. Domestic violence increases. Property tax revenues decrease and the institutions that rely on them - schools, parks, zoos, libraries, social service agencies - suffer.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio represent homeowners in foreclosure. Some private attorneys also have stepped up to help.
But homeowners need more free help from attorneys and housing counselors who are experienced in working with banks.
Elected officials need to increase the support for lawyers who defend
homeowners from foreclosure for free. A small investment now will prevent long-term devastation.
We cannot afford further underfunding of this opportunity to make a long-term investment in our communities.
Andrew D. Neuhauser
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc.
The Food Safety Modernization Act gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new powers to improve food safety. But the bill has a flaw that could result in actually reducing safety.
The bill takes a one-size-fits-all approach to regulating food producers. All of the well-publicized incidents of food contamination in recent years occurred in industrialized food-supply chains.
These facilities are inherently more dangerous than small-scale local producers. Applying expensive regulatory practices to small producers could drive organic and local food producers out of business.
Local and state governments are working with small suppliers to establish practical guidelines appropriately scaled to the level of risk in direct-to-consumer transactions.
Local regulation is more than enough for local foods.
Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) has proposed an amendment that would exempt small-scale processors and direct-marketing farmers from the most onerous requirements of the bill.
His and other amendments are critical to the continued vitality of the local foods movement.
The law used to be based on facts and evidence. Now the Ohio Supreme Court says police can base speeding tickets on their opinion of a vehicle's speed, without a radar reading or other method ("Officer's vision enough to ticket," June 4).
Some villages are speed traps now. This is only going to generate more hate.
We already have problems with the judgment of police officers throughout the country who shoot people they think have a weapon.
What's next, arresting people because police think they could be terrorists or murderers someday?
John T. Kleeberger
There seems to be an effort by the media to wipe D-Day from our national consciousness.
An alarming lack of appreciation or mention of the sacrifice by our military during America's drive into Europe during World War II makes one wonder whether the globalization of America begins with erasing our history.
Shame on us if we allow it to continue. Never forget.
I gave you several advance warnings about the Bilderberg Group meetings that took place in Spain June 4-7, but you did not find it newsworthy.
I thought that with Bill Gates the keynote speaker and David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and Paul Volcker among the attendees, you would find a spot, but I was mistaken.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Bilderberg Group should look it up on the Internet to learn what socialist plans the powers that be have in store for us.
As I passed Libbey High School recently, I thought of days gone by ("Libbey graduation brings memories, tears," June 4). In the 1990s, I was music booster president for three years and got to know students, parents, and faculty.
After my last term, my daughter passed away suddenly in May, 1996. The outpouring of sympathy from my Libbey family was overwhelming.
On the Saturday after her funeral, The Blade described what the students and staff had done. I still have the banner they made in memory of Mindy.
Libbey is a family. Just as with the death of a family member, there is mourning as Libbey closes.
To the students forced to transfer: Please be brave. Be proud of where you are transferring from. Keep your heads high and make all of us in the Libbey family proud of you.
God bless all of you and the staff of Libbey. Thanks for the memories.
When I attended Libbey High School as a freshman in 1945, there was a motto: "Libbey Win, Libbey Lose, Libbey Always."
With the closing of Libbey last week, the high school has come full circle.
Thanks for all the great memories.
Charles E. Pohlman
I recently received a pamphlet from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extolling the benefits for Medicare in the Affordable Health Care Act.
Hasn't she read the report from her own agency? At least a week before Congress voted on the health-reform bill, an HHS report said that $575 billion in cuts from Medicare had to be amended or Medicare would fail and doctors and hospitals would leave the system in droves.
The report also said the bill would not save money as the Obama Administration had prophesied, but would cost $200 billion more than the federal government is spending now.
President Obama and his adviser, David Axelrod, sent e-mails telling seniors that the bill would not affect us while they were taking more than $500 billion from Medicare. I resent being sent propaganda by our government, especially when the information is incorrect.
It's hard to believe that any Toledo homeowners who recycle would have so much trash that they need to sneak it into their recycling cart ("Council to discuss mayor's trash rules," June 2).
But if any of my neighbors has an extra bag of trash that just won't fit, feel free to drop it in my container at the curb on collection day.
With diligent recycling, my gray trash cart is only about half-full each week.
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