Let’s give the last word of 2008 to the people who made the pages of The Press.
“There is a broad portrayal that large farms do not provide the same care, comfort and concern for their animals as smaller farms do. Large farms are designed with animal care and welfare in mind. A cow that is not comfortable will not produce milk.”
Cecilia Conway, spokesperson for Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development, on so-called factory farms.
“The Bridgewater 3,500 cow dairy in Williams County has an electric-generating methane digester using manure to produce up to 30 percent more electricity than needed to operate their farm. Would this not be a good requirement for the 2,000 cow operations being proposed for Sandusky County? Two thousand cows producing 70 pounds of milk each day results in more than $9 million gross revenue each year…The dairy operations should be able to afford…an electric-generating methane digester instead of storing millions of gallons of liquid manure in open ponds.”
Dwight Wise, former state representative.
“I deeply appreciate the outcry from the public and everybody’s time and expense for fund raisers, but I am a private business and I don’t want anyone donating money for my own private financial gain. If anyone wants to feel compelled to give me any money, please give it to Luther Home of Mercy in Williston.”
Ora Dipman, owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics in Genoa, one of a number of businesses destroyed by fire.
“It’s difficult sometimes for people in the community to find out what’s going on in municipal government, and it’s getting harder. The longer I’m in government the more I realize how important it is for transparency. I’ve always felt in Oregon we have a pretty open, transparent government. And I want to keep it that way. I don’t think things should be hidden from the public.”
Mike Sheehy, Oregon council president, opposing a proposal to allow for secret meetings.
“I was nominating him because he was my hero.”
Danielle Cecil who nominated her father Damon, for America’s Most Wanted All-Star contest which honors police officers, firefighters and other first responders. Mr. Cecil, who is with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, followed up on a suspicious incident which led to the break-up of a major theft ring.
“Even when I was teaching, and there was a levy up, we just didn’t do that. That’s using kids to sell your levy. The parents who have called me say it’s very distasteful.”
Marge Brown, Oregon mayor, on an assignment given to Clay High students to write a persuasive letter convincing voters to vote for a school levy.
“You know, when you come right down to it, people are the same everywhere. When we first got there, people on the street just looked at us. I was told that they had only begun to see people like us for maybe six or seven years. After we waved to them, everybody began smiling and waving back.”
Paul Drake, Oregon resident, recalling his visit to China as an umpire for the World Special Olympics.
“Earmarks are the yeast that raises the dough. Without them, funding for these crucial Lake Erie restoration projects would not be available. If we don’t hustle for Ohio who the devil is going to do it?”
U.S. Senator George Voinovich on trying to get reauthorization of the Great Lakes Legacy Act.
“I mean, come on. All we want is for our neighborhood to be nice.”
Todd Sergeant on the city demolishing an East Toledo property on Greenwood which had broken windows, a collapsing porch and piles of garbage which attracted rats.
“Often, homes sold on land contract are sold with major structural and infrastructure defects. Owners can’t afford the repairs and can’t afford to pay installments on a home they cannot live in. The seller gets the home back, keeps the owner’s payments, and resells the property to another unsuspecting buyer…If we did not do anything, what would you think of us keeping the door wide open for another series of people to be victimized? Home ownership is the single greatest feature to America’s free-enterprise system.”
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner on legislation requiring inspections of homes sold on land contract.
“I will not be intimidated, set up or pushed out of this position because of bruised egos, pranks and childish behaviors. My boss is the auditor of the State of Ohio, Mary Taylor, and I work for the township residents who elected me.”
Julie Van Nest, Jerusalem Township fiscal officer, about disputes with the township trustees.
“You can take the boy out of the east side, but you can never take the east side out of the boy.”
Gil Guerrero, Waite grad and golf coach at Owens Community College, reflecting on returning to East Toledo after living for years in Florida.
“This is my life. I mean, this is where I was raised, and this is where I work. This is where I’ll live out the rest of my life, on this side of town. It’s just something that’s part of me.
Bob McCloskey, former Toledo councilman, on his return to East Toledo from prison after serving his sentence for a bribery conviction.
"One of the biggest things that we see are over-inflated appraisal values. We had a gentleman in our office who had a loan on his house that was roughly $60,000. When we looked at it on ARIES, his house was valued at $16,000. That's not all that uncommon. Unfortunately, that makes it impossible for someone to sell their home and walk away. They're never going to sell their house at $60,000 when it's only valued at $16,000."
Lisa Lawson of the Fair Housing Center on one reason for the large increase in home foreclosures.
“I’ve contacted the city every time this has happened. And they basically tell me it’s not their problem. I want a solution to this problem. I pay almost $4,000 in taxes. I’m ready to say `Screw the house.’ I’m ready to move out of Oregon because this is my dream house, but my dream house is gone, now. And I’m still not hearing a solution for the problem…Who is going to pay this $14,000 bill? If this problem happens again tomorrow, I won’t be here. I will just let the house go.”
Regina Fobbs, Oregon resident, about sewage backup during the July 4th storms.
“Your imagination is the first step to creating the future you want. It’s the mental blueprint your brain uses in directing your thoughts and actions. Since it’s rare to accomplish more than you imagine, allow your imagination to soar to any destination you desire. The greater your imagination, the greater your results.”
Bryan Golden, Press columnist.
“Good quality water means a lot. Water is the oil of the future. And, we have it in our backyard. And, it’s quite vulnerable.”
Sandy Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper, urging the City of Oregon to reduce sewage backups into homes and Wolf Creek.
“You could have the Hope Diamond in your backyard, but if no one realizes it’s there, nobody’s going to appreciate it.”
Dave Gallaher, chairman of the economic development committee on Northwood council, supporting a $30,000 marketing study for the city to promote economic development.
“If you want to make a dog uncontrollably aggressive, you hook him to a fixed post with a chain and you tease him. He knows he can’t run. He knows he can’t hide. So, all he can do is run the chain out and try to grab you. If you abruptly change your behavior—run away, jump back, cry—he gets a buzz out of it, a chemical turn-on. Pretty soon, that dog that was only trying to defend himself is getting a real rush out of coming after you. That’s a dog, which if the chain or collar breaks, will go off the property and come after you. That’s called post agitation and a whole lot of well meaning people are doing that unwittingly.”
Tom Skeldon, Lucas County dog warden.
“I would have never authorized the expenditure of such a large sum of money in regard to a minor misdemeanor complaint in which the maximum penalty was a $100 fine.
Michael Benton, Gibsonburg police chief, questioning the wisdom of the village solicitor charging the village $2,486.25 for his work in regards to a traffic citation with a maximum fine of $100.
“We are truly living at the needs level. It is funny how little we have, yet we are happier and more peaceful then we’ve ever been before. Simplicity is a beautiful thing.”
Jodi Harrington, Oregon, who hiked 4,834 miles across America to raise funds for those who suffer from a neurological disease.
“It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”
Donna Stefan of Lake Township on shaking hands with Barack Obama when he was at Maumee Bay State Park.
“It’s simply non-acceptable. It’s fairly easy to uphold the law. They (the stores) simply aren’t doing it. For seven out of ten to fail indicates a pervasive problem.”
Tana Schiewer, director of the Oregon Community and Family Coalition, on seven of 10 stores selling alcohol to an undercover minor working with the police department.
“It’s discouraging for us, because there’s a pattern here, which is Envirosafe violates the law, pays a fine, then violates the law again, pays another fine again, violates the law, pays a fine. The purpose of these fines should be to discourage them from violating the law. It apparently doesn’t discourage them from violating the law. They keep doing it. There are other measures and weapons in the arsenal of the Ohio EPA to encourage Envirosafe to follow the law. Ohio EPA apparently chooses not to use those other weapons in their arsenal. “
Paul Goldberg, City of Oregon law director, on objecting to the EPA not taking stronger steps than fines to comply with Envirosafe’s hazardous waste permit.
“One of the worst things schools could be doing is turning kids away when they come out for an activity. It’s really a crime this is happening in any sport. Not only do they get the fitness benefit, they get psychological benefits, social connections, discipline and teamwork. That should be a part of the scholastic picture.”
Jason Jamison, national director of the United States Tennis Association’s No-cut program, promoting no-cut sports.
“If there were 9.6 million kids being affected by anything else, it would be front page news.”
David Justus, director of Northcoast Fatherhood Initiative, a group providing services for fathers in Northwest Ohio talking about the number of children who have not seen their father in the last year.
"It's not about your gifts and struggles. It's about how hard are you willing to work. What's beautiful is when somebody takes whatever they have and tries to make that the best."
Jim “Basketball” Jones, motivational speaker.
Nuts for the Buckeyes
“There are some great experiences in life--birth, marriage, the birth of your children and Ohio State football.”
Harold Hamilton, a Northwood resident who attended the Buckeyes’ annual spring football game.
Slots, not slips are needed
“East Toledo and the Marina District do not need Larry Dillin. We do not need boat docks, marine terminals or row houses. We need businesses like gambling casinos that can ease the tax burden on homeowners.”
Sam Tarsha, East Toledo resident, in a letter to the editor published in The Press.
“Dude, you stabbed me. Are you kidding me?”
Troy Neff, Genoa native and radio talk show host, on being stabbed in a road rage incident in Perrysburg.