Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins’ proposed transfer of $14.1 million from the capital improvements plan budget to the operating budget suggests an old farm saying: Don’t eat your seed corn (“Mayor’s ’14 city budget as austere as predicted; Millions are redirected away from street repair,” Feb. 15). The wisest step would be to cut costs across the board.
Toledo has been raiding the capital improvements fund for years. Now, although weather has contributed to deterioration, much of the poor condition of city streets is caused by neglect.
Streets are the first view a visitor has of the city. Are the city’s streets examples of what officials want as a visitor’s first impression?
Parking ticket sours fund-raiser
On Feb. 10, there was a fund-raiser at PizzaPapalis restaurant for the families of fallen firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman (“Pizza raises funds for fallen; Firefighters’ event at downtown eatery helps families,” Feb. 11). My husband, a Toledo firefighter, was a volunteer at this event.
He parked in a metered parking space close to the downtown restaurant. Our vehicle has a windshield sticker that identifies him as a firefighter.
At 4:47 p.m., he was issued a parking ticket. In the area around PizzaPapalis, parking is free after 5 p.m.
Was ParkSmart lying in wait, seeing this event as a moneymaker because things are slow during the winter? Most of our community supports our firefighters. Shame on you, ParkSmart.
Rose Arbor Drive
Obama’s stand on pot shameful
As a retired high school teacher, I was horrified to read that President Obama regards pot smoking as a bad habit, not different from cigarettes (“Bad habit; Obama: Pot risk no more than alcohol,” Jan. 20).
I never thought I would ever hear a president say something so stupid. The use of marijuana is dangerous. Some studies suggest its use leads to more-powerful drugs.
In my classroom, I could always tell who was using marijuana.
They were less focused, were never prepared, and had a “don’t care” attitude. Many were suspended or in detention. Some associated with other drug users and got in trouble outside of school.
I tried hard to help these students choose the right path, but most of them weren’t interested.
I am ashamed of what the President said. He is sending the message to young, impressionable children that using an illegal drug is OK, and giving them the impression it is harmless when it is not.
MARY ELLEN DUNN
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