When the city of Toledo went to the one-worker-per-truck system for trash pickup, those employees who did not make the cut were placed in other positions with the city.
Now, with the entire system being sold, I bet every one of those employees who had a job as a trash worker still has a position with the city ("Private pickup of Toledo trash gets go-ahead," May 18).
That's politics as usual in Toledo. I want the city payroll lowered when city jobs are supposedly lost.
Dale R. Perne
Let worker in Ohio mail its brochures
In last Sunday's edition of The Blade, there was a special section about travel in Ohio, including state parks and lodges. I filled out a form and found that I had to mail it to an organization in Arizona to be processed. Is there no one in Ohio who can fill an envelope with brochures and mail it?
Bill us monthly for water, trash
Why can't the city of Toledo's Department of Public Utilities and the Division of Solid Waste bill us monthly instead of every three months? I don't think it would be so painful.
Cut subsidies for oil, gas companies
Anyone who is serious about cutting the national deficit has the opportunity to cut billions of dollars by not giving oil companies their tax cut ("Obama calls for end to oil, gas subsidies," May 1).
Congress just wants to cut programs for the lower and middle classes. All they care about are their wallets, insurance, and health care.
Knight Academy deserves a look
For anyone who is discouraged by the quality of education, look at what's happening at Knight Academy.
This school serves fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. It was recently awarded $200,000 by the Ohio Department of Education for increased enrollment, rising state achievement scores, and satisfactory performance on district efficiency ratings.
The academy is a different kind of public school. With an extended school day and school year, the emphasis is on rigorous academics and preparation.
Students start the day reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during a schoolwide morning assembly.
They must comply with a dress code, they must complete homework nightly, and they are expected to practice the values they learn from the character education infused throughout the daily curriculum.
Special-interest clubs and competitive athletics are offered after school.
Our son has benefitted from small class sizes, the quality of instruction, individualized attention, and the school's atmosphere of respect and order.
The parents organization actively supports the school. Stop by to see what's happening at the Knight Academy.
Brandynn and Christopher Adams
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