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Top quotes from 2008: They came, they spoke, we listened
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 08 January 2009 15:52

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.”

 
Money woes hit governments, schools and us in 2008
Written by John Szozda   
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 12:47

If we thought we had less money in 2008, wait until 2009.

High gas prices, stagnant wages and a plunging stock market played havoc last year with personal finances, but if you can predict the future from the headlines of 2008 the ride to the bottom may not be over.

Local governments and schools struggled. In Toledo, some ice-covered residential streets could have been safely negotiated over the holidays only by Santa’s sleigh. A lack of salt is blamed. A new garbage pick-up schedule, which will save $400,000 annually, is more complicated than a Rubik's Cube. And, 1,000 city employees recently received layoff notices.

 
Ringing the bell while waiting for the bailout to trickle down
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 18 December 2008 15:34

They don’t wear cashmere here and they don’t drive Escalades. They wear sweats and drive sedans with rusted rocker panels, or come by bus, by cab, or on foot.

They don’t give fives, they give a dollar or loose change. Or, in the case some years ago of one homeless man scouring the pavement for cigarette butts worth relighting, one shiny penny removed from a plastic change purse pulled out from under his overcoat and the coat under it.

 
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