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Red light cameras and Woodville Mall were hot topics
Let’s give the last word to those who made the pages of The Press in 2013.
newborn baby, (and that house) has been burned down.”
An East Toledo resident attending a talk on the demolition efforts of the Lucas County Land Bank.
Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles, on moving to East Toledo after living six years in Springfield Township.
Chris Hall, vice president of Danberry Realtors.
Adam Burke, attorney for owners of the Woodville Mall.
Bob Anderson, Northwood city administrator addressing a complaint from the owners which contends the city is now responsible for tearing down the mall because it didn’t meet a court deadline to submit paperwork. Anderson contends the mall owners didn’t provide enough detail to guarantee public safety.
Ed Schimmel, Northwood councilman, on eliminating the red light cameras in the city.
“The loss of businesses on Woodville Road has fueled this decrease in traffic. With a decrease in the number of cars moving through the intersection, of course the number of accidents has decreased. The number of businesses on Woodville Road has also greatly decreased since the placement of the cameras. I do not believe that this is a coincidence.”
“If that was truly the case, why is Franklin Park thriving. They have cameras near there. If those cameras were causing an issue, then their businesses would suffer.”
“If we do have the availability of safety money from the cameras, I see this as a good area in which to put some of it. The number of people who end up paying the fine might not even live here. So instead of taxing our own people to provide a service, we may be able to tax a region to pay for a service. As a resident, I would support that.”
“We, in essence, by putting it off, have made a decision. So whether they just don’t sign a contract and keep it tabled forever, or vote not to renew the contract, the result is the same: The red light traffic cameras are not operating.”
“After high school, you're offered scholarships. That's to get you in the door. It's hard to turn down those scholarships. If you think you can handle it, if you're academically gifted, give it a shot. But if not, take a break, work at a job and learn the value of money, because in high school, you don't live on your own. I'd recommend taking a break, experience the world and when you have some of the skills, like time-management and organization, go back to school.”
“Most people prefer to be with their pets in order to hold them during the final moments. Why should it be any different for a shelter dog?”
“Go back to your childhood mind where anything is possible. From there set your intentions. Decide on who you want to be and the path you want your life to take. Then, just like you did when you learned to walk, make it happen.”
“If you don’t provide our youth with leadership avenues, they’ll find them themselves and a lot of times it’s not constructive.”
“Why can’t that nursing home assessment approach work for schools? Why can’t teams of teachers and administrators, trained to look for the good and the bad, walk in some morning, observe classes, evaluate lesson plans, talk to students, parents, teachers and administrators, and make an overall assessment based on both qualitative and quantitative data? People and numbers count, not just numbers and numbers.
“People don’t have lawn services, so it can be a win-win to be poor, actually. I know it sounds crazy, but I know people who have bees in Perrysburg and they die every year because everybody has a chemical lawn service. But, on the east side you don’t have the money for lawn services so it’s a much healthier place for bees…They have the Maumee River for water a block away, they have no chemicals, and it’s a perfect place for the bees to live.”
“It used to be feather parties, or Monte Carlo night, reverse raffles, and bingo. Now the regulations just for operating a bingo parlor are so restrictive. It’s hard to get people involved because of work schedules. Volunteer fire departments are smaller now than they’ve ever been. It takes so much to train and be qualified. There were not enough people to volunteer for the ox roast to make it run as well as it should.”
“You get one shot at this deal. What you put into it (life) is what you get out of it. When its’ gone, it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Some get it and envision it and think about their legacy and then some get older and have regrets.”
“We really don’t know sometimes what exactly this will do in the future to a shallow body of water like Lake Erie. As I look at the foam and the suds out there day after day in the green water, it’s pretty sobering. I just want to make sure we continue to support programs that will help out. Looks like banning fertilizer, manure and bio-solids on frozen ground might be one way to help in the short run. But it’s a pretty serious threat.”
“We will bring that trust back together. East Toledo is part of Toledo and not a step-child which identifies itself as a zip code.”
“I think the minorities here have more opportunity to work and to study. In Hungary, the gypsy minority are discriminated against, so they don’t have opportunities because they don’t have a job. I think here finding an occupation is easier and I was happy when I saw black people, for example, in public office. In Hungary, you can’t if you are a gypsy. I think if I go home, we can be more motivated to do what I see here in the U.S. as a good example.”
"With all due respect, and saying it politely: gas money, beer money, and date money. He’s not doing it."
“This modern energy revolution will provide the foundation for a manufacturing renaissance that will stimulate the economy throughout all of North America…I say what’s going to happen is people are going to seize that and say, ‘I’m going to build a plant in the United States instead of, say, in Dublin.’”
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