In response to your June 17 editorial "Shelter, and more": The City of Toledo's Department of Neighborhoods supports, as one of its several critical priorities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's continuum-of-care national objective to end homelessness in our community.
The lead agency for the continuum of care is the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board. The continuum, however, also relies upon several other key partners for implementation of steps to end homelessness. They include shelters.
The Department of Neighborhoods must focus its very limited resources among service providers, as well as take the necessary steps to effectively address ending homelessness.
The Department of Neighborhoods will continue to advocate strongly for the continuum, enhance collaboration and centralization among stakeholders, and strategically target limited funds to help remove barriers that would impede our overarching goal of ending homelessness in our community.
Director Department of Neighborhoods Toledo
Where's justice for victims?
It makes me sick that our courts allow more rights to the defendants than they do the victims ("Attorneys challenge death penalty; Defense says suspect in double-murder case mentally disabled," June 4).
GrayStone families should hire lawyer
Thirteen families in the GrayStone Woods subdivision in West Toledo have not had natural gas service since May 31 because of methane issues ("Methane leak puts residents in bind," June 16). Did the developer and his business partner do soil and gas testing before developing the site?
Because naturally occurring methane is common in this area, such testing should be routine. The City of Toledo should have made such testing a requirement long ago. Virtually everyone tests for radon gas these days -- why not methane?
I can't believe that the residents have put up with this situation for so long. If it is not resolved soon, they should hire an attorney to force the developers to move them permanently to comparable housing at the developer's expense.
Romney's vision pictured as woeful
Mitt Romney's economic vision for America:
All the rich people would be in his station wagon with the windows up, doors locked, and air-conditioning on. They would discuss their hotel reservations and have dinner.
The rest of us would be tied to the station wagon's roof with his dog and the tent we would be sleeping in.