Workers deserve thanks
To the editor: On Oct. 10 at 4 p.m., I called the Oregon City Water Department and informed the person responding about a broken water valve in my basement. In a short time, an employee was at my residence and determined the valve indeed was broken.
Also, the valve near valve near the sidewalk was broken. The employee stated that the next morning, the valve at the sidewalk would be replaced and it was and the department workers were efficient and courteous.
I compare this to a very negative response in 2012 from an Oregon city employee.
Indebted to teachers
To the editor: I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the teachers, supporting staff and administrators that have touched my children’s lives. From the secretaries that have been my main source of communication and information, to the lunch ladies that have served my kids, to the janitors that have cleaned my children’s messes, the nurses that have nursed my kids, the bus drivers that have transported my children safely to and from school and extra-curricular events, to the principals that have signed my children’s grade cards and have written words of encouragement, I thank you all.
It is the teachers that I want to focus on. I am truly fortunate, grateful, blessed and indebted to my children’s teachers past, present and future. You have one of the most important jobs and are not thanked, paid or appreciated enough. In addition to academic instruction, you are leader, supervisor, mentor, diplomat, psychologist, organizer, nurse, disciplinarian, role model etc. to our kids, our most precious gifts (most days).
Some of you spend more time with my children than I do because of the school day, after school activities and my work schedule. People who are unaware need to realize that you put in more than an eight-hour day. I understand that papers cannot always be graded during school time because of other responsibilities you do like, morning, lunch and parking lot duty; supervising our kids until the buses arrive at the end of the day or in the morning before school opens; chaperoning a dance; being an advisor to a club; being on a committee; filling in for another teacher last-minute or conducting a concert, performance or competition.
The before- and after-school stuff you do is part of the job and like most places there are some slackers. Not all teachers are great, but the majority are. I understand that the things you do outside of school takes away from your personal life too, whether it be your family, hobbies or your rest and relaxation.
In some instances you not only put in your time, but money too for supplies and educational materials.
To me, your job is of the highest importance. You are helping shape our children’s lives, pick up where we leave off in the morning (since we can’t be with our kids 24/7). I have had the pleasure of knowing some awesome teachers who in turn have helped produce and influenced some awesome kids (society’s future decision-makers, leaders, neighbors, parents, community members and co-workers).
I would challenge anyone to walk in your shoes. Not everyone can do what you do. I am forever grateful to all of you for all you have done. You have truly made a difference and have helped make a better family, community and world.
Mother of four kids who have been in the Toledo Public, Toledo Catholic and Woodmore School Systems
Now is the time
To the editor: In response to letters published last week regarding the facility plan for Northwood Local Schools:
Northwood Schools began assessing facilities with the State of Ohio in 1990. That original study was revisited in 2000, again in 2008 and updated last in 2013. From that work completed over many years, there is no getting around the need to address our aging community infrastructure.
The plan our community is being asked to support was arrived at through a community engagement process in which 61 of our community members took part. Options from doing nothing to constructing new facilities were examined in public meetings at which our community was invited to share their ideas. No plan could completely satisfy all of us, but through the process we were able to arrive at a recommendation that was supported by a substantial majority of those attending the meetings. The information from those meetings is available on our school website.
By the end of the process, it became clear the time was now to partner with the state to build new facilities because we need them and our cost only grows over time.
One mill of property tax in Northwood generates about $115,000 per year. If a property tax alone was used to pay for the plan, the levy needed would have been around 9 mills. That would be a large levy, especially for those on fixed incomes.
Recognizing this, the community members studying our options recommended a levy split between property tax and income tax. The 0.25 percent earned income tax does not tax investment income, pensions or Social Security and makes this levy less expensive for our senior citizens. The district has also chosen to use funds from recent tax abatement agreements which reduces the cost for all.
Northwood Local Schools Superintendent
Watching the mayhem
To the editor: It has been just a few short months since the gutless, neo-conservative members of the Northwood City Council acted to remove the cameras from the intersections in heavily-traveled sections of the city. The mayhem has begun.
I am 82 years old, have lived here in Northwood since 1974 and was ticketed by a camera for running a red light at Drouillard and Woodville roads several years back. When I got the notice and saw the picture of my auto and license plate, I knew what I had done and paid my fine. Now I am careful when I come to the intersections and pay attention to traffic lights.
In recent weeks, I have noticed numerous close calls at Wales and Oregon roads by people running red lights, apparently knowing they can get away with it with the cameras turned off.
Northwood council members who voted for this removal and their reasoning are a joke. Their reluctance to send our money to some company in Arizona that administers the cameras’ operations is a stupid reason. They should do their job and research state and/or local firms that can do this job as well and maybe for less cost. We put a man on the moon; there must be somebody who can do this for us. Council took the easy way out and just turned off the cameras and hope nobody gets killed.
I know that no one likes to pay fines, but sometimes in life, you need a kick in the butt when you make a mistake. It matures you.
Leonard F. Palinski
Editor’s note: House Bill 69, which bans traffic cameras in Ohio, was approved in June in the House of Representatives and is pending in a Senate committee.
Praise for agency
To the editor: We’re writing regarding the article in The Press titled, “Agencies seek millage for continuing services.”
Though the section concerning the Wood County levy was technically true, there were a couple of items that could be misleading. Referring to the growth of those needing services, the article stated, “the number of persons needing service is expected to grow.” The fact is, the number of folks needing services has already grown tremendously since the last levy years ago and that number continues to rise.
The article also mentions a projected operating fund balance of $7.1 million by the end of 2013. This money is not excess, but will be instrumental in keeping the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD) in operation until the levy money becomes available later in 2014. Have you ever before had an opportunity to vote for additional funds for an agency that has done such a great job stretching the money they were given to work with 13 years ago?
Our family has much more than a passing acquaintance with Wood County social services. Our youngest daughter was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Within the first month after she was born, we were contacted by a nurse who came out to our house and helped us to connect with services needed for Christy. For the next 34 years, they were a very welcome and beneficial part of our lives. They were with us every step of the way until Christy died two years ago. Quality of life was much enhanced because of their involvement. We thank God they were there and enthusiastically support the levy.
Ray and Mary Jo Bosch
East Side Pride
To the editor: In the study of local history, we at East Toledo Historical Society have noticed that the phrase, “East Toledo, Ohio” appears on many historic documents and advertising. I thought about the reasons it specifies that part of town and several come to mind.
The address clarifies what part of town the business is located. It also hints they prefer separation from the rest of the city and we know that thought has existed for a long time.
What I feel could be another reason is the pride of a special location within the city. Eat Side Pride has been around as long as the east side has, and it is still going strong. We are proud of our roots; we have a special bond among each other. It is like glue; it sticks to you for life.
Yes, East Toledo is not without its problems, just as other older areas of the city, it is part of urbanization or the outward spread of change. Many of us in the Historical Society have relocated to other areas and some of us still reside in East Toledo, but we still have that common denominator – we were born (or) raised on the East Side.
The love of that thought and the memories associated energize that pride. We do not care what others think of that, or of East Toledo. We handle the negative comments easily with a “Consider the Source.”
We are not a political group, but we do pay close attention to what is going on, including negative events. Our mission is to preserve and procure the history of this area.
We enjoy each other and the reminiscing that takes place at our functions is the result of the love we have for our roots.
Ronald J. Mauter
President, East Toledo Historical Society
“Cat Choice” named
To the editor: The Woodmore High School Varsity Girls Soccer program held their 2nd annual Cat Pizza Challenge Friday, Oct. 18. Five local pizza parlors participated.
The team wishes to thank Marco’s Pizza in Woodville, Beck’s Pizza in Woodville, Pisanello’s Pizza in Elmore, Portage Inn in Elmore and The County Keg in Graytown for participating in the event.
Single-item pizza slices from each pizzeria were purchased by Woodmore Wildcat fans prior to the Homecoming Game. Each slice of pizza purchased allowed participants to vote for the “Cat Choice” favorite pizza award.
For second time in two years –“Cat Choice” was awarded to the Portage Inn in Elmore. On Friday, Oct. 25, DJ Greenhill and family, owners of the Portage Inn were presented the winning banner by members of the Woodmore Varsity Girls Soccer team during the Woodmore vs. Otsego football game.
Coach Jason Allen and Coach Rachel Swope would like to thank all who participated in this event.
To the editor: The failures and broken promises of Obama Care are becoming abundantly clear to the public yet Joann Schiavone’s letter criticized those who oppose the law. Maybe she should look at the reality of what has happened since the law’s inception and she would see why Congressman Bob Latta is standing with the majority of his constituents and Americans on the issue of Obama Care.
The law's lack of popularity led to an unknown Republican winning the Senate seat of the late liberal Ted Kennedy in a state with an 80 percent Democratic legislature. Democrats in Congress ignored that message and used parliamentary procedures to ram the law through, preventing the new senator from stopping it.
In 2010, the law's passage led to an election cycle gain of 63 Republican House seats and six Senate seats on the promises to do something about Obama Care.
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional and Schiavone considers it a settled matter. I wonder if she would have felt that way in 1896 when the Supreme Court ruled that 'separate but equal' was legitimate. Much like that decision, the majority opinion on the court had to create a silly interpretation to deem the law Constitutional.
In 2012, voters re-elected Obama. Democrats call it an endorsement of Obama Care despite polling on the policy being vastly different than polling on Obama versus Romney. At the same time, voters elected more Republicans to national office than Democrats. Today, there remain 24 more Republicans than Democrats elected to office in Washington.
In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced delaying the employer mandate on health insurance while staunchly opposing a delay to the individual mandate. Democrats are fine giving big business special treatment while trampling the little guys.
In the fall of 2013, Bob Latta and others stand for delaying the individual mandate and are blamed for the government shutdown. Within weeks of the government re-opening, many Democrats are coming out in favor of delaying the mandate following the embarrassment of the healthcare website and their re-election bids. Meanwhile, millions are being dropped from their insurance plans despite the president's promises. I wonder if Schiavone considers these people to be delusional like Bob Latta.