The U.S. government has, as always, stepped up to help the people of the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan (“U.N. mobilizes to distribute food, supplies; United States pledges $20M to provide relief in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan,” Nov. 12). This kind of help is what we as a country are all about.
I recall the Philippine government kicking us out of the Subic Bay naval base in 1992, after it canceled a lease. Our country offered the government more than $200 million a year to extend the lease, but we were told to leave.
We again are showing the world that we can be dumped on and still write checks to people who need help. That base would come in handy to bring in aid today.
Philippines didn’t send us aid
How much money did the Philippines send to help us recover from hurricanes Sandy and Katrina?
I would rather see the $20 million spent to help homeless veterans and other homeless people in this country. Or we could use the money to reduce the national debt.
Billionaires could help Philippines
Wouldn’t it be nice if the people on Forbes magazine’s rich list each gave $1 billion to disaster relief in the Philippines? Once you have your first billion, what do you need with more?
Sadly, that still would not bring back those who have lost their lives.
Collins’ union ties will hurt Toledo
Toledo Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins is too close to unions to represent the city’s taxpayers properly (“Transition team meets to aid Collins,” Nov. 17). He will represent unions first and taxpayers second.
Toledo is a shell of what it once was. Having a union man as mayor will not enhance Toledo’s reputation as a good place to do business.
I am encouraging my children who own houses and live in Toledo to get out while there is time. I see nothing but a continued downward slide for Toledo as a result of this election.
Signs gone; Collins keeps his word
Mayor-elect Collins already has made good on one of his promises. After the election, he had his volunteers take down all of his campaign signs.
He talked about “tidy towns” during the campaign; he meant what he said. He is leading by example. The right man was elected.