Indifference to blame
To the editor: I read with interest, your in-depth coverage of East Toledo home values. Good writing, but you missed some of the meat of the matter.
The indifference of the City of Toledo toward the East Side has much to do with the state of the neighborhoods there. Lack of policing, lack of city council involvement and general lack of caring has greatly added to the overall decay of East Toledo. This cannot be underestimated.
I would be happy, as a former resident and still-East Side Proud person to debate anyone, anywhere on whom the blame should go to for the long-running neglect.
Interviews with past and current city officials would have put a different lean on your reporting, but I understand – I am sure those to blame would not have talked, had you asked.
Very sad. Hopefully the East Side can pull together and find someone to represent them. They have no one now capable of that.
To the editor: We were very fortunate in Oregon to experience no injury or loss of life due to our recent tornado. It even provided a beautiful pine tree to decorate this season.
I noticed, however, that the sign in front of the tree called it a holiday tree. For something to be politically correct, it must also be correct. This is not correct.
The pine tree has forever been called a Christmas tree. The reason why is because it is the Christian symbol for the birth of Jesus.
A menorah is the symbol for the miraculous lighting of oil lamps after the desecration of the temple in Jerusalem. The oil lamps miraculously burned oil for eight days though there was only a one-day's supply in each lamp. If we put a menorah on public ground to remember Hanukkah, we would not call it a holiday menorah. It would be called a Hanukkah menorah, which is what the Jews are celebrating. Governments honor religious leaders all the time. This does not mean they promote their faith.
If Kwanzaa has a symbol and it was put on public ground, it would be called an African symbol not a holiday symbol. If the Muslims have a symbol during Ramadan, it would be called a Ramadan symbol.
It is just a way of honoring people of all different beliefs in a country that has religious freedom. It is what makes us the melting pot of the world. It is true diversity.
I suggest we add a menorah and a Ramadan symbol, if they have one, and label all three as what they represent. Then the tree would be correctly described as a Christmas tree.
As for the atheists, if they have a symbol, we could include that also.
Happy Hanukkah, Happy Ramadan and Merry Christmas to those who worship in these manners.
P.S. I noticed that the sign that called the pine tree on Coy and Navarre a holiday tree has been removed and a sign saying “Happy Holidays” is now present. My aforementioned comments still apply in general to what society is doing.
Fire dept. lauded
To the editor: We are writing to express our appreciation for the prompt response, care and total professionalism of the Oregon Fire Department.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 6, a discarded cigarette butt caused a small fire in an exterior wall of our Ralphie’s restaurant on Navarre Avenue. Through the fine actions of our fire department, the source was quickly identified and extinguished, preventing significant damage. We were able to open for business the next day and for that we are grateful.
More facts needed
To the editor: Regarding the story in the Health Section in the Dec. 9 issue of The Press – “Ohio pauses to celebrate historic drop in teen pregnancies,” what exactly is the definition of “coercive sexual activity” and how do the statistics listed for the decline in Ohio teenage pregnancies correlate with abortion statistics? Or for adoption statistics?
For example, fewer teen pregnancies and births versus the same number of teen abortions/adoptions, more, less for the same time period? What does “dropped substantially” mean?
Finally, the headline indicates that the whole state of Ohio is celebrating this. If there has been a “substantial” increase in abortions, I am not celebrating.
Editor’s note: The writer is referring to an article in last week’s paper written by Mary Kuhlman, of the Ohio News Connection, a statewide news service.
To the editor: The Arc of Ottawa County ran a very successful summer camp again this year, thanks to many wonderful people and organizations alike.
The Arc is a nationally recognized organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Ottawa County operates a summer day camp for youth with disabilities. Twelve area youths participated in a variety of camp experiences this year. The theme was Nursery Stories, but with a twist. The twist to these stories is that not only do the youth learn about the story itself, but science, math and language skills are always incorporated into every story.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Deb Cook, camp director, for her dedication to serving youth with disabilities through her tireless talents and ambition. I would also like to thank all the camp assistants and youth mentors who most certainly made the camp experience a huge success.
Next, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Ottawa County Community Foundation for selecting the Arc of Ottawa County as the recipient of a $2,000 grant for the second year in a row. This grant money offsets the cost of field trips and OCTA transportation to all the field trips.
Campers traveled to several locations throughout Ottawa County, including the Oak Harbor Golf Club, 20th Century Lanes, Seoul Gardens, Drown’s Dairy, the Ottawa County Fair, Island Adventures and Pizza Hut. There were even trips outside the county, which included the Merry Go Round Museum (Sandusky), Imagination Station and the Toledo Zoo.
I would like to thank local churches, organizations and individuals who made a difference in the lives of these youth by donating financially to the Arc of Ottawa County. Last, I must thank the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities for assisting families with a large portion of the camp fees over the years and for providing space for camp.
We are a small organization comprised of parent volunteers. Without all this generosity we would not be able to provide this valuable summer camp to youth who are so deserving of these experiences and opportunities.
Bobbi Beck, President
Arc of Ottawa County