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Published: Saturday, 4/30/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Parents are key to our safety

I commend Toledo City Council member Paula Hicks-Hudson’s efforts in hosting a community meeting dealing with growing crime and gang activity in her district (“Youth focus of meeting about safety, crime in District 4,” April 26). The usual stakeholders were present: people who are tired of unsafe neighborhoods.

There’s really one answer to safer neighborhoods and it was missing from your article: parents.

When are we going to start holding the parents or guardians of unruly individuals and groups accountable for what they have given us?

We do the same thing with our schools. Our school boards are afraid to tell parents that they, not the schools, are responsible for their children. They don’t want to upset those who vote on school levies.

Parents would rather hold the police, school administrators, and teachers accountable.

I asked a friend who works for Toledo Edison what happens when he has a roll of defective wire. He said he goes back to the shop and picks up new wire. If I have a student who doesn’t value education, I can’t go to the shop to pick up a new one. And you want to base my pay on that?

Let’s start holding parents accountable for what is happening on our streets, in our schools, and in our society.

Terry Reeves
Oregon
Editor’s Note: The writer is a teacher in Toledo Public Schools.

Suspended teen acted responsibly
A student had a pocketknife in his backpack and, once he realized it, turned it over to an adult (“Suspension reduced for teen who took pocketknife on bus,” April 27). This student could have just thrown it away and kept quiet. But instead he acted responsibly — and is being punished.

First, he was suspended for the rest of the year, and then his suspension was reduced to 10 days. Both punishments are overly zealous for an honest mistake.

If this student had no history of problems, as your article stated, and is heavily involved in school activities, why is he being punished? Shame on Blissfield schools. I hope this will not affect the student’s future college admission.

Erin Thompson
119th Street

Honesty costly for Blissfield teen
Congratulations to the school officials who decided that missing his prom and a band trip during a suspension was the proper action to take against a 17-year-old boy who inadvertently took a pocketknife on an earlier band trip.

What were they thinking? Instead of commending the young man for his honesty, they chose to punish him. What a lesson. Now he and his friends have learned that it is far better to be deceitful than honest.

This is truly “justice” gone mad.

Our society is full of examples of people who have chosen to cover up mistakes rather than admit them. How many disasters could have been avoided in this country if workers at nuclear power plants, on oil rigs, and in hospitals had tried to rectify mistakes while there was still time to avoid damages or death?

I hope Christopher Dashner doesn’t take the board’s lesson to heart.

He sounds like a good kid with a better sense of what is right than the Blissfield Board of Education.

Dorothea Barker
Bowling Green

One can’t cuddle with a goldfish
Please keep the dog stories coming and track progress at the Lucas County pound (“Dogs? Some of us prefer goldfish,” April 26, Readers’ Forum).

Some compassion is needed for our four-legged friends. I like goldfish too, but you can’t cuddle with them or take them for a walk.

Marilyn A. Tucker
Sunset Boulevard

Mutt breeders need to be stopped
All your dog stories will accomplish nothing in the Toledo area if the puppy farms and the breeders of mutts are not stopped. No manager of any good shelter can possibly place all the animals that are brought in.

Donald N. Volk
West Bancroft Street

City has money for Libbey project?
The city’s purchase of a portion of the Libbey High School campus is a ridiculous idea (“School board OKs Libbey transfer to city,” April 27).

I could recite a litany of services Toledo Mayor Mike Bell has told us we cannot afford. Yet we now have $1 million to purchase these buildings.

The mayor is telling us that this property is worth $1 million, yet he sold The Docks for $2.15 million. Is this property worth almost half of the value of The Docks?

How much will it cost the city to maintain, secure, insure, staff, renovate, and, eventually, demolish those buildings? And where will we get all of that money?

Linda Grant
Beverly Drive

Sheriff’s home suffered neglect
Why did the Lucas County commissioners and the other powers that be allow the former sheriff’s home to fall into such disrepair (“Historic sheriff’s home, jail empty, in disrepair,” April 25)?

The answer is simple: deterioration by neglect.

Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak’s statement that “we care about that building” is hogwash.

If that were true, there would have been ongoing maintenance of the building, and County Administrator Peter Ujvagi wouldn’t have to find funds to repair it. The commissioners always seem to find funds when they dig deep, so I say: Find the money and revive this jewel.

I remember, as a youngster growing up in the 1950s, my awe of the handsome sheriff’s residence. My grandfather, Judge John W. Hackett, took me to Sheriff William Hirsch’s house one time to visit.

Who’s responsible for this building falling into such a state? The Lucas County administrator and commissioners, the 6th District Court of Appeals, and the Maumee Valley Historical Society. The historical society awarded a plaque because of the building’s historical significance, then apparently provided no follow-up care.

We do not need yet another place for “juveniles recently released from in-custody programs” to get their acts together, as Judge Denise Cubbon suggested. Let’s force parents to provide projects for their troubled youth.

Your article was riddled with excuses from county officials.

My suggestion to them is: Make it happen.

William W. Schroeder
Collingwood Boulevard

Toledo’s teardown mentality appalling
What is wrong with this city and Toledo Public Schools? How can you have a renaissance without any buildings?

I’ve supported TPS and my sister has been a TPS teacher for 30-plus years. But the school system continues a campaign to demolish every great structure it has ever touched.

The district has saved almost nothing from the historic school buildings it has razed. Now it is going after one of the most beautiful, historic buildings downtown: the original central post office, now called Jefferson Center (“TPS’ Sykes defends Jefferson Center,” April 28).

It is a fabulous, classic structure that once epitomized Toledo’s greatness. If the city allows this travesty to take place, I will have lost all faith that Toledo will rise from the ashes.

As the owner of the only business in Toledo whose sole purpose is reclaiming and retaining architectural elements from our past, I am appalled by this possibility. The thought of tearing down another usable building that’s an integral part of Toledo’s past sickens me.

My husband and I have dreamed of moving our architectural salvage business into that building. What history it exudes. But maybe we should just move out of this dying city to a place where history is treasured and saved.

Shame on TPS and the city if they allow this devastation to continue.

How can you have a renaissance if there are no buildings to support it? How many parking lots do we need — and for what?

Jane Cairl
Owner
Toledo Architectural Artifacts, Inc.
South Ontario Street



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