It was quite a eye-opener to read how Ohio is subsidizing Wendy’s, Bob Evans, and other companies with tax breaks and development loans while it is providing Medicaid coverage for the low-wage employees of those companies (“Ohio taxpayers paying for health care while some firms reap state tax credits” Apr. 22),
Why is the state rewarding these employers who treat their employees so poorly that it is left up to taxpayers to foot the bill for the medical coverage of those workers?
Its time to end this haphazard, expensive health-care mess. Obamacare is not the answer. There has to be something more uniform and comprehensive, such as Medicare for all. Otherwise, health coverage will continue to deteriorate.
■ Collingwood art raises question
Even though the federal government is almost broke, it has money to build a concrete island down the center of Collingwood Boulevard so modern sculptures can be bought with tax money (“Old West End tree removal gets feds’ OK; Approval given amid complaints work destroys historic grounds,” April 20).
I wonder how long it will be before the sculptures end up in someone’s scrap heap. Toledo has been suckered again.
Editor’s note: A spokesman for the Art Commission of Greater Toledo said the commission will be responsible for the sculptures, which will be paid for by the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art program.
■ An ode to country star George Jones
George Jones was the greatest male country singer of all time. He sang rowdy songs, happy songs, drinking songs, and sad songs (“‘Greatest that ever lived’; Hard-living singer left dozens of country classics,” April 27).
I suggest people listen to him sing his masterpiece “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” close their eyes, and remember their loves.
Thank you, George Jones. You will be missed and remembered.
■ Hospital lights a beacon of relief
On a recent Saturday evening, my two granddaughters and I were at the Sundance Drive-In in Oregon when I got a call that my daughter was in Toledo Hospital’s emergency room. We left the show immediately, even though I wasn’t sure how to get to the hospital.
I got on Interstate-475 westbound, looked to my left, and saw the green lights on the hospital like a beacon in the night. I sighed in relief, because I knew which way to go.
People who live near Flower Hospital in Sylvania should take a different look at their complaints about similar lights. Those lights may annoy them, but they could be a lifesaver to others.