I agree with your June 18 editorial "Smoke-free campuses."
I'm proud to be a student at the University of Toledo, which promotes a healthy campus and restricts tobacco use to a limited number of areas. I am a proponent of this policy because it benefits students for the rest of their lives.
I can recall many times when a smoker walked in front of me, carelessly blowing smoke in my face on my way to class. Students, faculty, and staff have the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. It's up to the university and government organizations to protect that right.
With more students entering academic programs such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and public health, it's important that they are ready to live and promote healthier lifestyles. It is also important to note that Toledo companies such as ProMedica have made the choice not to hire tobacco users.
I hope to see a ban on tobacco on our main campus soon. I believe that all universities in Ohio should ban tobacco use on campus.
Grandson's stolen money lamented
My 16-year-old grandson is working hard this summer, cutting grass and doing landscaping to save money for college.
He plays hockey at the Team Toledo Ice House, where in the locker room recently he had $200 stolen from his billfold.
I can't believe someone has no guilt or shame about stealing someone else's money. What is this world coming to?
Southwyck's blight needs attention
I concur with the sentiments expressed by the writer of the June 10 Readers' Forum letter "Overgrown lots? Look to Southwyck."
I drive by this blighted area daily and keep wondering when the city of Toledo will address this problem. Action on this eyesore is long overdue.
Ticket vendors on Web are scalpers
I went to the Toledo Zoo's Web site recently to get ticket information about the Fresh Beat Band, the touring version of Nickelodeon's live-action musical show for preschoolers that will be part of the zoo's summer concert series. The zoo's Web site priced the tickets at $28.50 to $39.50, but none were available.
StubHub and other ticket-vendor sites had the tickets priced from about $80 to more than $100. This is obscene. These ticket vampires buy up all the tickets, and then resell them at a hefty profit. How is this different from or more legal than scalping?
I'm all for free enterprise, but there must be a way to stop these bottom-feeders from buying out entire shows, then marking up the price of tickets so much that people in the community for whom the show was intended can't afford to buy them.