I applaud The Blade for its investigation of the use by former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell’s administration of city credit cards (“‘Like plastic on steroids’; Citing spending during Bell’s term, Collins says ‘no more credit cards’ for Toledo staffers,” April 6).
I can’t dispute any of the purchases made by Mayor Bell and his staff because I am not in the loop. However, I was curious about the interest that was sometimes paid — 29.99 percent is a pretty hefty charge.
Shame on the city for allowing these spending practices to happen. Kudos to Mayor D. Michael Collins for nipping this practice in the bud in his administration.
Why report about spending now?
Why are you reporting about spending by Mayor Bell’s administration now? Why didn’t you report this while the big spenders were still in office?
Your report is useless unless you aim to follow up and see that something is done about it.
Collins’ actions reaffirm his role
Kudos to Mayor Collins for declaring that his staff will not have credit cards. The changes he is making reaffirm that we have the right man sitting in the mayor’s office.
Mental illness key to shootings
The latest shooting at Fort Hood should be a wake-up call about mental illness not only in the military, but also in society (“Fort Hood suspect was angry about taking leave,” April 8).
Many of the mass shootings across America are committed by people who have mental health issues and access to firearms. How many more mass shootings must Americans endure before our medical professionals issue warnings that mentally unstable people must not be allowed to purchase or own firearms?
FRANK ALBERTS III
Feinstein outrage at CIA misplaced
In the name of the war on terror, the Central Intelligence Agency uses torture, kidnapping, murder, and unauthorized spying with impunity (“CIA torture report languishes when it should be made public,” op-ed column, April 10).
Now U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate intelligence committee, is furious to learn that the CIA spies on her office. Where was her outrage over CIA atrocities committed during the oversight of her committee?