From now until Election Day, President Obama's campaign strategy will be a plea for more time to fix the economy ("Jobs and votes," editorial, July 8). And his attacks on his likely challenger, Mitt Romney, will reach new lows, with growing personal assaults, distortions, and half-truths to divert attention from his failed programs.
When he took office, President Obama promised to cut the deficit in half in three years and reduce the debt. With the passage of his stimulus package, he claimed that unemployment would not go over 8 percent. He touted shovel-ready projects, which would jump-start the economy. None of this has happened.
The deficits under Mr. Obama have risen from those under President George W. Bush. Unemployment rose to levels not seen since the early 1980s, and our national debt has risen to an alarming level. Recovery is still not in sight, but President Obama wants approval to hit the reset button.
President Obama cannot run on his dismal record. He owns this economic disaster. His socialistic playbook is obsolete and his administration is bankrupt of new ideas. Diversionary tactics are all he has left.
Priests behave badly; kudos to nuns
In response to your June 23 article "Priest guilty of child endangering; Monsignor is 1st senior official convicted in sex-abuse cover-up": Do convicted clergymen ever feel the pain they have caused the boys who have become men, the wives whose lives they have affected, the parents involved, and the parishioners in the pew?
Sending priests to other states and parishes instead of getting them counseling was wrong. The spirit must truly be with the Catholic Church, or it would have collapsed in the filth of priests' decisions and transgressions.
Nuns are holding up the example for all of us to follow. Nuns should carry on, caring for the poor and the sick and educating our children.
Follow the Gospel. We need nuns desperately.
Birmingham's play area off limits
I am a proud resident of the city's Birmingham neighborhood, which has a history of civic and community achievements. But it lacks one component necessary to sustain the neighborhood's quality of life: a playground for our children.
We have a new, beautiful elementary school. We believed the school playground was to be an integral part of our community. But the two play areas are locked and children are not allowed to use them.
Toledo Public Schools wants us to support its levy. TPS won't be getting my vote, or the vote of any parent who holds his or her child's hand while looking into a locked public facility.
Editor's note: A TPS spokesman said the play areas are locked because of graffiti and vandalism.
Betty Mauk will be missed
I remember taking the bus downtown to buy and eat a crepe made by Betty Mauk, who passed away on June 26 at age 93 ("Advocate for riverfront gave it touch of France," June 27). Her crepes were delicious.
She will be missed.