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Woodville Mall or Great Eastern: Which will survive?

It was another hot, sticky, dreary, August night and I found myself wrestling the pillows trying to get some sleep when my mind wandered through these Midnight Ponderings:

Woodville Mall or Great Eastern?
Only one will survive, the one that rebuilds first. Both shopping centers are losing stores: Elder Beerman is closing its doors at the Woodville Mall, leaving two majors and a handful of small businesses and Value City Furniture left Great Eastern last year, leaving no majors.

Odds favor Great Eastern. Wheeling Street, which connects Navarre to Woodville Road and ends at Great Eastern, is on the fast track for widening. Meijer’s, Applebee’s, Office Max and Bay Park Community Hospital are relatively new additions to the Wheeling-Woodville Road corridor and Menards is close by.

Woodville Mall suffers from its own emptiness and the vacant big box sites that once housed Hills and FoodTown, both located across from the mall. It also lacks easy access from Oregon. The Coy Road extension that would have provided that access never materialized.

The new Veterans Glass City Skyway, which was supposed to create easy access for West Toledoans to come here, also provides easy access for us to go there where the more extensive shopping areas are located including Westfield Franklin Park. You can get there from Oregon almost as fast as you can get to Woodville Mall.

Darker days are ahead for the area’s first mall, unless a creative entrepreneur can overcome the mall’s location.

Who will fight for you?
If you don’t think professional journalists are needed anymore, try finding the latest proposed garbage and recycling fees for the City of Toledo, or for that matter, what the current fees are.

I went to the City of Toledo Web site and clicked on “city council,” “Division of Solid Waste,” and “collection services,” but couldn’t find the fee schedule. I did a search for “proposed garbage fee,” “garbage fee,” “recycling fee,” and “cost of recycling.” Here’s what I found: 21 rules of how and when to put out your garbage including how to properly dispose of hypodermic needles and animal waste. I also found answers to frequently- asked questions such as how to throw out your old can, or how to get a new can and I learned how to enroll in the pilot recycling program.

I also read a letter from the city that encouraged me to attend meetings to learn more. The one thing I couldn’t find, however, is the fee schedule. More importantly, I couldn’t read about the new incentive program proposed by two councilmen which could save or cost Toledoans money. For that, you need to call the city, which I did, and talk to the solid waste division, which I did. That spokesperson referred me to the city spokesperson who didn’t call me back.

So, where did I get the fee schedule?

From The Blade, Toledo’s daily newspaper.

Imagine the nightmare and the cost to you if professional journalists aren’t around anymore to ferret out the public’s information and package it in a convenient way for you to read.

The Press, over the years, has spent thousands of dollars on attorneys to file public information requests to get information to you that government leaders would prefer you don’t see. The Blade has probably spent hundreds of thousands.

Who will fight for your right to public information if you don’t support newspapers?

Labor shortage
Good news for those who don’t think college is for them, or who don’t want to start their adult life $20,000 to $30,000 in debt. The 2009 Talent Shortage Survey from Manpower shows a number of jobs for which a college education is not needed, although some require some higher education or specialized training. Here they are for the United States: 1) Technicians, primarily production/operations, engineering or maintenance; 2) Production operators; 4) Laborers; 6) Sales representatives; 9) Skilled trades and 10) Secretaries, administration assistants and office support.

The study surveyed nearly 39,000 employers across 33 countries. Thirty percent of employers reported having difficulty filling these positions.

Reducing unemployment
Just wondering how unemployment would decrease if Baby Boomers had reasonably-priced health care available to them before becoming eligible for Medicare? Seems to me many would take early retirement, freeing up a slew of full-time jobs, but only if they could find an insurance company to take them with their pre-existing conditions at an affordable rate.

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