The Press Newspaper
Let’s give the last word of 2009 to the people who made the pages of The Press.
“The residents here don’t want anything. They don’t want any money to drop that appeal. We have parties in the park twice a month in the summer. We’re a tight knit community…Many of them have lived here most of their lives. These folks are tired of the pollution that they deal with.”
“That’s what we are looking at —opportunities. You may see empty buildings, empty stores, houses, but what we see is opportunity because as the Marina District progresses, we are going to grow, too.”
“It doesn’t matter if they think they should be rescued or not. Once a rescue operation starts, the authorities are in control and you will get off the ice.”
“I don’t care if they rag on him (Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner) and say he gave away too much to keep Chrysler—but if we didn’t have that Jeep plant, Toledo would be a ghost town.”
“I used to be real quiet. I was the kind of guy who held everything inside until it was too late. And, then, things got broke. Once you unleash it, you can’t take it back. I learned the hard way I guess. It’s better to get it out and talk about it than keep it bottled up and fester over it because everybody pays the wrong way…One mistake can hurt you for the rest of your life.”
“We as parents set the scene for the next act. It was rough. It was rocky. But, we communicate better now. If it wasn’t for Unison, we’d be at each other’s throats. We have healthier, happier kids and I have a better relationship with their father. It’s not about us as adults any more. It’s about us as parents.”
“Nobody wanted to advertise because we didn’t want to put in $8-$10 per hour because we’re just going to get brain dead people…I don’t buy the fact that $8.75 per hour is for brain dead people. We can get good people for that kind of money. You overpaid the former assistant.”
“I grew up dirt poor. I lived in like 13 houses up to the time I was 10-years-old. Wendy’s was a night out. We went through a time when we didn’t have any electricity or heat in our house. We would bring in a bright metal bucket we could fill with warm water to take a bath. Every once in a while (today) I take a cold shower to remind myself, ‘Hey, I have it pretty good in Oregon.’
“I guess I have to reflect back on my 28 years experience as a police officer. For me, it just didn’t pass the olfactory test.”
"In good times you reward your workers with good contracts. In challenging, difficult times everybody should step up and do what's necessary to keep as many of your fellow employees working as you can...It makes sense for everybody to take a little bit of hurt, rather than some people taking a big hurt and have the whole community concerned about public safety."
“It’s very sad and even kind of spooky here now– like walking into a mortuary. Usually if I come here, I just drive to one of the anchors and leave. It’s just too sad to walk through the mall now.”
“In this difficult economy, it is unreasonable to expect citizens to accept double digit increases in water rates. The complaints are loud and understandable. Even though their state representative and county commissioners don’t vote on water rates, maybe we can find a way to help.”
“While the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge was under construction, Mayor Brown told the people in Oregon that as soon as the bridge was finished, great things would happen in Oregon. Well, what did happen is that it is now a lot easier for residents of Oregon to get over to West Toledo to shop.
“On the night of the attack our family’s faith in humanity was badly shaken. But in the ensuing days, the amount of prayers, generosity, and kindness we have received has been so uplifting to us as a family. This has all hastened the healing process.”
“What good is a river view park without a beautiful view?”
“It takes two to tango. If an adult child always turns first to the parent in times of trouble, regularly needs money from the parent or calls the parent every time there’s a crisis in the child’s romantic life, then they can expect the parent to continue acting out the parenting role.
“It started a couple years ago. People just don’t move, they walk out the door and leave the property.”
“Just because I'm a kid doesn't mean that I can't try to make a difference and try to help those in need.”
“They’ve mismanaged our money, with their new sports arena and other things. That’s what this is all about. Nothing’s changed. I’ll be damned if I’m going to let them walk in here and say we need to pay them $347,000 or they’re cutting service. Screw them.”
“The water’s edge provides a readily discernible boundary for both the public and littoral landowners.”
“For too long, you’ve had career politicians who tell you what you want to hear because they are worried about being elected. I can be real with you. I can tell you the truth. I’m not worried about being elected.”
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