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Convalescing from a minor surgery, I found myself tossing and turning unable to sleep at night. These midnight ponderings were running through my head and sent me to my computer to write:

Waite hits effective
Waite principal Dave Yenrick is understandably proud of his students and teachers for their performance on last year’s statewide proficiency tests. The results, which were released earlier this fall, show that only Start ranked higher than Waite among the seven comprehensive high schools in the Toledo Public School System.

Start achieved a designation of Excellent with a performance index of 102.2; Waite rated Effective with a performance index of 91.2. Yenrick said performance was up 10 percent from the previous year’s index of 83.

 

The numbers are somewhat misleading, however, as Bowsher, which was designated continuous improvement, had a performance index of 92.7.

Nevertheless, Waite outperformed Rogers, Scott, Libbey, which were all rated continuous improvement, and Woodward, rated academic watch.

Yenrick said Waite students tested close to the state averages for reading, writing and social studies, but fell considerably short in math and science.

As expected, Waite did not score as well as its suburban neighbors in Lucas County (See chart). Clay, Sylvania Southview, Sylvania Northview, Anthony Wayne, Springfield, Whitmer, Ottawa Hills and Maumee all scored better. As expected, the schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students scored the worse.

That’s not new. Impediments to learning in an inner city school include single-parent homes, uneducated parents, gangs, crime, and students who must work to help support the family.


Ram this?
Tom Spangler saw the Dodge Ram truck coming before it ran him over, but he didn't see it back over him while he was down.

Tom is the sales manager at the Spangler dealership in Oak Harbor. He had an inkling Chrysler might yank its dealership status when Chrysler and General Motors slashed some 1,800 dealerships earlier this year. But, what he didn't expect was the letters Chrysler subsequently sent to Spangler customers encouraging them to visit other dealerships for service work and enticing them with money saving coupons.

Talk about being Rammed twice.

Tom calls it unethical and some customers have written letters to Chrysler criticizing them for the bully approach. One wrote, "...brand predilection is no longer a deciding factor for most people. Service and maintenance are more important on today's high cost vehicles...What your analysts have failed to consider while deciding to close down dealers is, that around the corner are small town Ford dealers who are still going strong. Guess what brand your abandoned customers will switch to?

"Good luck selling Italian cars to Americans."

I can't pretend to understand the logic behind this move to slash dealerships, many of them in small towns. But, I share this customer's view. In a recent trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin, I counted the badges on cars as they came towards me. More than 80 percent of the 100 or so cars were Fords and Chevrolets. Almost none were foreign-made. These are the Americans who support buying American. Ford will benefit from this shortsightedness.


Lethal Twins sequel
East Toledoan Thomas Eckert has published Unlikely Twins, the sequel to his 2004 book Lethal Twins. The book continues the adventures of Tom Mueller, a CIA operative fighting drug dealers and The Mob.

Eckert, 76, self-published Lethal Twins with the help of his friends at VFW Post 2510 in East Toledo. Eckert wrote his first book long-hand and typed it on two typewriters before being unable to locate ribbons in Toledo. Post 2510 members raised some $2,200 to rebuild a donated computer and pay the print bill to publish 46 copies of the book.

The former marine, who was awarded two Purple Hearts in the Korean War, draws on his military experience to write this latest tale of violence, sex, male bonding and love.

Eckert was a sniper in Korea and had stints as an ironworker, a Toledo Police officer, tavern owner, supper-club operator and Pinkerton guard. He’s been writing for more than 35 years. He started writing novels as a creative outlet after the Big Band he played sax for, the Tommy Leighton Orchestra, disbanded.

The book is available at www.trafford.com or at Post 2510. Call 419-698-8138.

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