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Borrowers need consumer protection too
Written by Andrew Korfhage   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:16

Imagine a widespread E. coli outbreak that sickens millions of Americans. By the next year, the government determines that lax oversight exacerbated the problem and calls for restructured FDA regulations to protect consumers from tainted products.

In response, the industry cries foul. “These regulations will limit our innovations,” howl the food lobbyists. “Our customers deserve greater freedom of choice.”

Or, imagine this scenario. Children’s toys contaminated with lead paint have been found on store shelves, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission responds with regulations to protect children from dangerous toys.

“No fair,” cry toy-company lobbyists. “Low-income consumers can only afford the lead toys. Why should the government punish low-income families by regulating toys?”

 
Brown, Seferian Debate addresses senior center, small businesses
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 14:56

Mayor Marge Brown, who is seeking a third term, and her challenger, long-time Councilman Mike Seferian, sparred for about an hour in a debate before about 150 people in St. Charles-Mercy Hospital’s auditorium Wednesday evening.

The debate was sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, The Press, WRSCradio.com and Channel 13. Jeff Smith from Channel 13 served as moderator.

Brown and Seferian answered questions on a variety of issues, including economic regionalism, a new senior center, the need for a full-time fire department, how to improve drainage, how to maximize the city’s greatest assets, Lake Erie and Maumee Bay State Park, and what can be done to help existing small businesses.

On economic regionalism, Brown, who had been chairman of the executive board of The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), said sitting down and networking with area communities is important.

 
Northwood to vote on layoffs, budget cuts
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 14:54

Four full-time employees with the City of Northwood received notices that their last work day is November 6 due to the recession.

Two full-time police officers, a full-time court employee, and a full-time secretary will lose their jobs next month because of a big loss to the city in income tax revenue.

“In May, we were hanging in there, just down 6.3 percent,” said Administrator Pat Bacon. In June, we were down 8.8 percent, then 9.7 percent in July. We knew we could handle a 10 percent loss in revenue. We anticipated that. In August, it went to 12.7 percent, then in September, it was 14.8 percent. That came out of nowhere.”

Much of the loss is attributable to shutdowns of four major automotive suppliers in the city for a couple months, she said.

“We went from being down $121,000 in May to being down $484,000 in September. That’s devastating. And that was not projected. It was far worse than we thought because we have so many automotive related suppliers. And when the Jeep plant’s down, the suppliers aren’t working. Or they go from three shifts to one shift,” she said.

 
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