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Published: Saturday, 6/14/2014


Use Clarion for training firefighters

Toledo officials have chutzpah to think that taxpayers should pay one dime to raze the former Clarion Hotel (“Taxpayers could foot entire bill; $842,000 proposed to level empty Clarion,” June 7). TransCapital Bank of Florida, which owns the Clarion property, should have to pay the full cost of demolishing the building.

A fire recently was set at the vacant hotel. Why did the Toledo Fire Department save a building that is slated for demolition? Perhaps instead of razing the building, the fire department could use it as a site to practice extinguishing fires.

The money that it would cost to tear down the Clarion could be better spent on repaving roads, investing in our infrastructure, and creating jobs.


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Zoo membership discriminatory

I recently went to our lovely Toledo Zoo, of which I have been a member for many years. I was told that the two adults that are included in all memberships must live in the same house and be able to prove it with a driver’s license or a bank statement.

I explained that I was widowed. I was told that if I brought a second adult, that person would have to pay admission.

I am already paying for two adults with my membership. The zoo said I could buy a single admission ticket. But I need the second adult to help with the children I bring. This reeks of discrimination.



Editor’s note: A zoo spokesman said: “The zoo offers a wide variety of membership levels to accommodate members’ needs. If a member wishes to bring additional adults to the zoo, the member can purchase one of our membership levels that offers guest privileges. Our membership policy is reflective of other zoos nationwide.”


A Father’s Day wish on marriage

Father’s Day is one of the happiest days of the year for me. Having two sons has proven to be the highlight of my life.

When my younger son, Zach, got married a few years ago, we celebrated his love and commitment to his wife. That celebration with our family is something I fear we will not be able to share when my older son, Nick, chooses to marry his partner.

Marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other. That’s true of same-sex couples too.

Straight and gay couples want to marry for the same reasons. The love my older son has for his partner is no different from the love my younger son has for his wife.

I hope that one day soon, our state will recognize my children as equal. That would make my Father’s Day really special.



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