Thanks to Blade Editor David Kushma for letting progressives, such as me, know that there are some people who don’t agree with seeing our state being taken back to the Dark Ages (“Statehouse gang throws Ohio in reverse,” op-ed column, July 7).
Some Ohio lawmakers would replace Planned Parenthood with the back-alley abortion parlors that operated when I was young. Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?
The Democratic Party needs to educate the population of Ohio about the realities of what these rich, power-hungry theologian-lawmakers are doing to our state. They do not represent the majority of Ohio’s population.
Voters desperately need to do all they can to replace them and put Ohio back into the 21st century.
Graffiti, paint pose skateboard woes
Like most other urban places of its kind, Highland Skate Park in South Toledo has its share of graffiti. There’s been a war between the taggers — those who write graffiti — and the city parks and recreation staff. Skaters are the losers.
Periodically, city workers will paint over all the graffiti that’s accumulated since the last time they painted. This war has gone on for years, and does nothing to deter the taggers. This seems to be a waste of money in times where city finances are low.
The paint creates a hazard for skaters. Depending on what color the city chooses, it can camouflage the contours of the ramps and bowls. One year, the city used a fluorescent white that created a blinding condition in the sun.
Over years, the paint flakes and falls off, creating debris and making the surface slippery. A single drop of rain can cause a wheel to slip, sending the skater flying.
I know, because I often skate there, and this happened to me recently.
Skateboarding is hazardous, but painting the surface creates an additional hazard that is avoidable. The best thing to do would be to blast all the paint off and restore the surface to its original texture.
Toledo food bank operation detailed
I want to clarify erroneous remarks in the May 31 Readers’ Forum letter “Other local food bank overlooked” about the Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank. I am a former member of the food bank’s board of directors. I know firsthand the achievements and capabilities of Toledo Northwest.
As a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, Toledo Northwest is leading the fight against hunger in our community and playing a vital role in solving the nation’s problem of hunger. It does not exclude any nonprofit organization that wants to be a member agency and meets its guidelines.
Feeding America has stringent criteria for member agencies, which must meet strict regulations on food-industry standards. Toledo Northwest is the only Feeding America food bank in this region.
Toledo Northwest ensures that people who are struggling with hunger get food through the 300-member agency network. It promotes self-sufficiency and advocates legislation that protects people from going hungry.
Casino shows lack of response
I am bewildered by Hollywood Casino Toledo (“Hollywood Casino gross income drops in June,” July 9). I left a voice-mail message with a casino representative that there will be a golf tournament next month with more than 370 golfers staying at a local hotel.
I asked whether the casino could offer a package deal to entice the golfers to visit the casino. I have heard nothing.
If casino revenues are lower than expected, you would think that the casino would have an interest in attracting more people to gamble. Apparently, the casino is satisfied that billboard ads and natural gambling interest are sufficient, and that there is no need to pursue visiting groups to enhance revenues.
Lopez shouldn’t pin sinkhole on Bell
Toledo mayoral candidate Anita Lopez’s effort to blame Mayor Mike Bell for the condition of the city’s water and sewer system is the same as if people blamed her, as Lucas County auditor, for the ever-lower value of real estate in Toledo (“Lopez: Sinkhole displays failures; Candidate calls for city audit, says Bell lacks transparency,” July 9).
Mr. Bell and City Council members finally are paying attention to the problem of Toledo’s infrastructure. Ms. Lopez would hire an outside engineer and call for an audit.
In other words, she would spend more money for information we already know: Our ancient infrastructure needs more attention than Toledoans have given it in the past 50 years. Does she not read newspapers?
Mayor Bell is no more responsible for the condition of our aging city than all of us who are residents of Toledo and who have whined about costs, then complained about the decay of the system.
Pointing the finger at Mayor Bell is not the solution. Paying for professional studies will not solve the problem. If any candidate has solutions, let’s hear them, please.