Eight bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on while noting, for posterity sake, that we have yet to shovel snow from our driveway in 2006:
Toledo was No. 196. We were No. 195 the year before.
While I will always admire Mr. Ford for the great strides the city made on social issues such as the implementation of a smoking ban and CareNet during his four-year term, he clearly did not master the "economic development" part of the job.
That's not to say his predecessor, Carty Finkbeiner, fared much better in previous Milken rankings. Or his successor, Carty Finkbeiner, will fare any better in future rankings.
But with Mr. Finkbeiner in charge, there's a sense that we're on the verge of turning a corner.
Mr. Finkbeiner understands the importance of being a cheerleader. He has the ability to inspire the community, whereas Mr. Ford showed no interest in doing so.
Four years from now, it will be interesting to compare various statistics of the Ford and Finkbeiner administrations. I doubt if there will be much difference.
In the perception game, however, Mr. Ford is no match for Mr. Finkbeiner.
I've changed my mind: Mr. Petro's ads were a waste of money. Mr. Blackwell's new attack ad in which Mr. Petro is dragged through the mud of the Noe scandal has obliterated any advantage Mr. Petro may have gained from his early ads.
(With Mr. Sanders leaving his job as superintendent of Toledo Public Schools in August, however, he probably will be moving from the area. If so, Keith Wilkowski would be a good substitute in the mayoral race.)
Police Chief Jack Smith called it "irresponsible" and "opportunistic." He's right.
Two words: Woo hoo!
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