To the editor: According to the TV news clips, many dogs are being turned loose due to the bad economy. I have never heard of a dog leaving his owner if he has troubles.
To call a dog almost “human” is a misnomer to that faithful animal.
Joseph V. Kubasek
To the editor: Largely unnoticed, for-profit and non-profit developers have continued building new housing units and rehabbing existing housing units within the city of Toledo, despite the general housing market slump. This year, the number of housing units to be built from new construction permits pulled for single-family buildings (residential structures with one to four housing units) has already exceeded the number from the last year.
Private developers of market-rate subdivisions are diligently and methodically building or completing subdivisions, such as Edgebrook Villa off Holland-Sylvania Road, Brody Trace off Nebraska Avenue near I-475, the Villas at Suder Cove and Foxwood Villas of Dorr Street. In these and similar housing developments, we anticipate the completion of 131 market-rate units in all, with 105 of the houses already completed and another six single-family homes under construction at this time. Many of these developers located their market-rate construction projects within the City of Toledo Community Reinvestment Areas to take advantage of the reduced real estate tax liability, that they then pass on to the future homebuyer.
In addition, the city has seen 392 affordable housing units recently built or rehabilitated. Such housing provides affordable, safe and decent housing for the occupying families and seniors with limited or modest income. For example, Neighborhood Housing Services of Toledo, a local non-profit recently completed another 25 scattered single-family homes in South and East Toledo. Various faith-based organizations, like the Catholic Dioceses of Toledo and Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, and private developers like the Millennia Group and Harvard Development Company, have overseen the rehabilitation or construction of affordable housing units. Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority substantially rehabilitated 98 housing units in 2008, with another 44 units under construction. The City of Toledo provided many of these developers with either grants or affordable loans from its federal funding allocations or provided real estate tax relief through its Community Reinvestment Areas to assist these developers in making the rental units affordable.
While 456 market-rate and affordable housing units have been constructed or rehabilitated this year, there are another 338 units under construction, financed through both public and private sources. I am extremely grateful to these developers and residents who have recently built a new home or rehabbed their existing home for their faith in Toledo. So when you see Toledo developers or neighbors who have rehabilitated or built new homes in the city, be sure to thank them for their commitment to Toledo.
City of Toledo Commissioner of Housing
To the editor: A big thank you to the owners and staff of Chippewa. They have certainly renewed life to the old course for the young and older golfers.
In just two years, Dean Stroh and Marty Dubbs have completely transformed the entire layout, including the clubhouse and parking lot.
They have expanded the course some 500 yards to approximately 6,700 yards. This will make Chippewa a par 72 with each nine playing 36.There have also been other improvements too numerous to mention.
For instance, these owners have expanded every pond, added a new automatic sprinkler system, improved and replaced soft white in all bunkers, added about six more bunkers, removed 200 trees, refined all fairways to three separate cuts in length, vastly improved putting greens to best condition (that I have played in 35 years as a member, added four tee boxes to nine holes, and the old number 18 hole is gone. These men have also established a super driving range on Billman Road.
Many of these improvements have occurred since the course closed before Thanksgiving.
For resident golfers near and far who want to enjoy these most recent improvements, bring your golf enthusiasts because you will be missing something special if you don’t.
George J. Cizak
A sad commentary
To the editor: A recent Press story about an O.J.-type verdict at a mock trail in Oregon Municipal Court with fourth-graders finding for B.B. Wolf against Curly Pig may seem cute to some. I find it a sad commentary on Oregon education.
William Dewey Caldwell