One ultimate test of a politician’s character is whether there is anything for which he or she would be willing to risk being voted out of office (“John W. Potter, 1918-2013; Former Toledo mayor initiated downtown development,” Oct. 6).
As mayor of Toledo in 1967, Mr. Potter courageously supported an unpopular fair-housing ordinance that was rejected in a voter referendum, costing him re-election.
Though he went on to serve many years with distinction — and a delightful sense of humor — as a state and federal jurist, that 1967 defeat may have been his finest hour. I’ve admired him ever since.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Other issues need hopefuls’ attention
In his Sept. 29 commentary, “What’s the plan?”, Blade columnist Keith Burris mentions three issues that the Toledo mayoral candidates should be concerned with: jobs, a dwindling amount of good-quality housing, and the social safety net. However, there are other issues that should be debated.
The city's population continues to decline, costing city government lost income. The value of homes is declining, which hurts the coffers of the city and Toledo Public Schools.
Many homes are for sale in our city because people see the handwriting on the wall and just want to get out. This bleak picture is only going to get worse unless the infrastructure of our neighborhoods is improved to include new streets and sidewalks, along with a beautification plan.
Blighted houses also need to be removed at a greater pace. If nothing is done, we will be the new Detroit, and members of the working class will continue to move to the suburbs and take their money with them.