The Black Swamp Conservancy thanks Gov. John Kasich for his decision to approve funding for the conservation programs of the Clean Ohio Fund in the budget-review bill he signed ("Kasich uses veto in policy overhaul," June 12).
The Clean Ohio Fund finances farmland preservation, brownfield revitalization, recreational trails, and green-space conservation. Every one of Ohio's 88 counties has benefited from Clean Ohio projects. A majority of voters in every county supported renewal of the fund in 2008.
In northwest Ohio, the Clean Ohio Fund has helped to build blocks of preserved farmland in several counties, open Lake Erie shoreline to the public, and protect important bird habitats that attract bird watchers from across the country and around the world.
The fund enhances our quality of life and supports economic development. Thanks to Governor Kasich, the Buckeye State is a better place in which to live, work, and play.
Executive Director Black Swamp Conservancy Perrysburg
Blinking lights may alert drivers
At the intersection of I-280 and State Rt. 163, a stop sign with blinking red lights drew my attention long before I was even aware there was a sign. Perhaps this would solve our recent rash of wrong-way drivers ("New signs to reinforce wrong-way warning," June 14).
City, UT should join in street repair
In my job, I drive throughout Toledo. There are some road repairs under way, but not enough.
The streets leading to the University of Toledo campus are a concern. Douglas Road from Central Avenue to Dorr Street is pathetic. Potholes and patch jobs are endless. A giant bump at the Kenwood Boulevard intersection reminds me of a ride at Cedar Point.
Bancroft Street is not much better. Secor Road is so narrow in some places that I wonder how many side mirrors have broken off or wheels scraped.
The poor road conditions must have an effect on potential students who visit campus. With tuition going up, how can they afford car repairs or tire replacements because they can't find a smooth road to get to class? I wonder whether these conditions also have an effect on attendance at UT sporting events.
City and university officials should work together to address these terrible roads.
The Docks needs to be kept attractive
Recently, my wife and I stopped at Admiral's American Grill restaurant at The Docks. The parking lot looked as if a party had taken place the night before and nobody had cleaned up. Beer and liquor bottles and assorted litter and debris were all over the place.
We mentioned the parking lot to the greeter, and suggested the mess would turn off Toledo visitors, especially those who are traveling to the casino and looking for a place to eat.
He later told us that he had informed the manager, who was going to have someone clean up the parking lot.
The Docks used to be a jewel on the river. It needs to be kept spruced up, including the landscaping, which has not received much attention.