Bad roads at UT hurt city’s image


I’m a senior at the University of Toledo. I moved here partly because of how beautiful the campus is. But it’s a shame that Douglas Road, Bancroft Street, and Arlington Avenue — three of the major roads bordering the University of Toledo’s main campus and health-science campus, the former Medical College of Ohio — have potholes and patches (“Pothole problems grow as snow melts; City working to repair streets, maintain trucks,” Jan. 11).

UT is one of Toledo’s biggest assets. It brings in thousands of people from all over the country and world. Most UT students are commuters.

If Toledo officials really want to improve the city’s image, they should look into repairing these roads — not just patching them.


Perth Street


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Disabilities board shows no concern

Last November, Lucas County voters approved a levy for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The board lets the community know of its importance in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. What it frequently leaves out is who provides that care, day in and day out: certified residential providers.

Mother Nature recently socked the area. In response, the board closed its doors for a week. Yet my agency, and many other providers, continued full operation.

We never missed a shift, incurred many costs that will not be reimbursed, and ensured the health and safety of vulnerable individuals.

During the week, my organization received no contact from the board to inquire whether our clients were safe or there were any issues. Kudos to the residential providers.


Secor Road


Muslims should protest actions

In response to S. Amjad Hussain’s Jan. 6 op-ed column, “Islamic Center’s recovery from arson buoys faith in community”: Why don’t moderate Muslims in our country, who enjoy tolerance and freedom of religion, protest the lack of such attitudes in Muslim-ruled countries?

Christians in Muslim countries suffer persecution. And God help the Muslim who converts to Christianity.

Would Dr. Hussain explain why American Muslims do not protest these actions?


Marengo Street


Politicians forget Christian values

A high percentage of Americans claim to be Christian, but where are they? What’s happening in Congress and in the legislatures of Ohio, Michigan, and other states in no way reflects Christian practices.

Ultra-conservatives, emboldened by single-minded financial supporters, are doing unkind things to people: denying medical coverage, eliminating job opportunities, and cutting back education capacity.

Our politicians are unabashedly ignoring their constituents to appease personal benefactors, while funneling money and tax breaks to those benefactors.