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UT’s pay to advisers sickening

The University of Toledo board of trustees’ decision to allow valuable resources to be spent on consultants and advisers is sickening (“UT paying 2nd adviser $1,200 a day; Cash-strapped school wants consultant to add enrollment,” March 10).

Taxpayers in Toledo and Lucas County support multiple economic development agencies. UT should play a supporting role, but not fund costly consultants who work without adequate oversight.

It would also be helpful if UT trustees were selected because of qualifications and not their political affiliations or well-financed lobbying for the positions. The board has a responsibility to the UT teaching staff, student population, and future students.

A high-quality and affordable education should be the university’s first priority. That would take care of diminishing enrollment.


South St. Clair Street


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UT news is entertaining

In the past few months, your coverage of the University of Toledo has been exceptional, including that of the resignation of track coach Kevin Hadsell (“UT track coach resigned in wake of texts to athlete; Inquiry uncovers relationship with ex-student,” Feb. 13).

This followed articles about an unfortunate kidney mishap and a former UT board of trustees member paid $1,200 a day to manage UT’s business incubator program.

I hope you keep the UT coverage coming, because it’s entertaining.




Circuitous route bad for post office

If the U.S. Postal Service used shorter routes for packages, it might save a few billion dollars (“Return to sender,” editorial, Feb. 10).

I recently mailed a small package to Cleveland from Toledo. About 100 miles separates the two cities on the Ohio Turnpike.

According to the online tracking records, here’s the route it took: From my local post office, it went to the Postal Service’s regional processing center on South St. Clair Street; then to a sorting facility in Allen Park, Mich.; then to a sorting facility in Pittsburgh, then to Cleveland.


Sylvania Township


Gas hikes hurt Postal Service

The Postal Service’s fiscal problem is only half told (“Saturday mail set to end in Aug.,” Feb. 7). In 2008, gasoline cost about $2 a gallon. Now it is close to $4 a gallon.

I am a clerk at the Postal Service’s regional processing center on South St. Clair Street. When the cost of gasoline rises, the Postal Service’s expenses rise. We have no immediate way to recover these expenses.

If the cost of stamps were raised by maybe a dime, the Postal Service would have a way to survive and maintain service.



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