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Opinion

And the winners are

I asked. You answered.

So many of you did that I apologize for printing so few responses, but from here to the bottom of the page doesn't leave us much room - let's get right to it (albeit edited for space, clarity, and, um, libel).

  • Most Influential Metro Toledoan of 2004.

    Bob and Mary Morris: "Lloyd Mahaffey. Who else, other than perhaps a Renaissance Pope, has deposed a party chairman and a county commissioner for insufficiently fervid ring-kissing!"

    Mike Heinze: "Jack Ford! Who else can inspire greatness with his foresighted outlook and catch phrases such as, 'We'll worry about 2006 in 2006.' "

    Joe Peltier: "Sandy Isenberg, for weaseling her way back into politics and sticking a knife deep in the back of John Irish."

  • Metro Toledoan Who Most Deserved To Be Exiled To Southeast Michigan in 2004.

    Mary Kunz: "Since I live in southeast Michigan, please do not send us Ray Kest, or even Maggie Thurber at her best; or Jack Ford at his slumberful quietest."

    Dave Friedman: "Ray Kest. I mean, would I be a more productive member of society if society [paid my tuition] to better educate myself? Someone ask Aristotle - this one is deeep."

    Chuck Wilburn: "Tim Gladieux. [He'll] take the money from all the concessions in a new building, but he won't help build one."

  • Most Under-Appreciated Metro Toledoan of 2004.

    Carol H. Laasch: "Voters who went to the polls and, despite the flat economy in northwest Ohio, voted for most of the levies. I was surprised and impressed that a majority of citizens in the metro area appeared to choose quality-of-life over their personal pocketbooks.

    Chuck Wilburn: "Bobb Vergiels, the stadium announcer who left Fifth Third Field this year and went to announce for the Detroit Tigers. This guy was an institution, and nobody ever realized it until he was gone. He was the voice of summer when you were at the ball park."

  • Most Important Metro Toledo Occurrence of 2004.

    Rob Williams: "Jack Ford's metro government proposal. Citizens realize we have a global economy, now we need a global city/state called NorTol."

    Roger VanGunten: "Construction. Big bridge, big mall (Westfield Shoppingtown Franklin Park expansion), big schools. Lucas County is growing in assets, and will continue if you control the bickering and egos."

    Joe Peltier: "Smoking ban amendment! Nonsmoker here who supported it! Smoking ban should be a state issue."

  • Who Should Run Against Mayor Ford.

    Dave Friedman: "Chevy."

    Pat Sierra: "Let's pit Jack Ford against a box of NoDoz."

    Lou Carlucci: "How about some energy? Let's go with Mountain Dew."

  • Political Match-Up You'd Most Like to See.

    Larry Hawkins: "Jack Ford vs. Sandy Isenberg. She built a ball park in less than three years. Hizzoner still can't decide where he wants a new arena."

    Rob Williams: "Bob McCloskey and Al Capone."

    Bob and Mary Morris: "Dr. David Grossman vs. Arnie Elzey. Let them go one-on-one in the Sports Arena with hockey sticks and clouds of cigarette smoke."

    Pat Sierra: "Let's get Carty to run against Carty. It'll be fun to see how he trashes his opponent."

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