Criticism of Jacobs unwarranted


Your criticism of University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs for withdrawing from a transfer agreement with two area abortion clinics is simple-minded and biased (“Double-talk,” editorial, April 25).

If the UT Medical Center never had this agreement, and declined to enter into it in the first place, would Dr. Jacobs be subject to criticism? I doubt it.

Dr. Jacobs is effectively re-establishing the neutrality that is appropriate for his institution. Who this neutrality happens to please or upset is irrelevant.

Certain individuals are upset because the existing lack of neutrality — which Dr. Jacobs is correcting — benefited them. It is The Blade that is taking sides in the pro-life/pro-choice controversy.


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Neutral on abortion; what about ROTC?
Dr. Jacobs’ decision to cancel an agreement with local abortion clinics makes it appear that university neutrality in controversial issues is an important value to him. Congratulations to Dr. Jacobs.

Now, when can we expect the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program at UT to be canceled?

113th Street

Health care at fault for stress
There is a clever though somewhat annoying local TV commercial in which a doctor wags his finger and scolds us to avoid junk food and choose a stress-free lifestyle. Out here in my demographic, it isn’t that simple.

Because financial struggles cause me the most concern and loss of sleep, the stress that I have no control over in my life comes from the cost of my family’s health care.

Hospitals that were once mainly institutional healing centers with medical specialists seem to have become ostentatious profit centers with marketing specialists maximizing their income potential. And I’m helping to pay for this?

It is ironic that those who are supposed to keep me well are causing the most stress in my life.

And while I have a health maintenance organization in the event of a catastrophe, if it ever seems that I might need more critical care, I can’t say I won’t choose denial only to avoid financial anxiety.

Curtice, Ohio


Sidewalks clear, but folks in street
After every winter storm, Toledo residents are reminded that they have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks or they could be fined.

Spring has arrived, temperatures are up, sidewalks are clear, and people are still walking down the middle of the street.

117th Street