Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, which began in Crimea, has been brought to the world’s attention (“Russia’s barbarism,” guest editorial, July 23).
The nations that are mourning the 298 innocent airliner crash victims need to get together and take out the terrorist rebels. How can this horrific crime scene be allowed to remain unsecured and outside the rule of law?
It is time to remove the pro-Russian thugs, allow an unimpeded and fair investigation, and restore a semblance of dignity to this situation.
FRANCINE CURRO CARY
East siders should reclaim their turf
I agree with complaints about overgrown grass at the East Toledo house pictured in your July 14 story “City residents angry over slow response to out-of-control grass.”
The neighbor’s house had trimmed grass, a swing, and lawn chairs. I’ll bet it doesn’t take long for that neighbor to cut the grass, so why doesn’t the homeowner cut the grass of the next-door property?
People on the east side should stop complaining and take action. They should take back their neighborhood.
Curbside pickup adds to blight
One way to fight neighborhood blight is with a sense of pride in your home (“Council poised to create Toledo Blight Authority,” July 22). But it is hard to feel proud when the most prominent features of many front yards are big refuse bins.
Toledo’s switch to curbside refuse pickup was a bad idea for a large number of neighborhoods.
Knoxville inspires hope for Toledo
When I was on vacation in Knoxville, Tenn., last month, I walked down the city’s main downtown street. At 3 p.m., hundreds of people were shopping, dining, and sightseeing. A block from the main street is a mall with art shops and businesses, along with a shaded park with benches.
I wish Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins would visit Knoxville and see what Toledo could look like.
Allow folks to fix vacant houses
To help eliminate blight in Toledo, I suggest a program that would get people into houses that are capable of being renovated. These people would take ownership by doing basic remodeling, and by bringing plumbing, heating, and electrical components up to code.
Compared to the cost of demolition or doing nothing, this kind of home ownership would be a bargain for the city.