BISHOP STEPHEN WARD CONSIDERING TOLEDO CITY COUNCIL CANDIDACY

Right Time, Right Choice!

I've spent a lot of time over the past few months talking one-on-one with dozens of Toledo residents – from prominent community leaders, to business owners and schoolteachers, to the homeless and low-wage workers.

It's evident, that Toledo is in a crisis; in a desperate state of emergency for change. For too long our political leaders have played on our fears and exploited our differences for their own personal and partisan gain.

They have waged wars in the name of peace;
Spewed hatred and bigotry in the name of love;
Slashed critical services for the poor and the infirm in the name of compassion;

In talking with concerned citizens, the agreement is that we need change.

Citizens see taxpayer dollars being used for questionable purposes, and wish for greater fiscal responsibility in government.

They see poverty, and wish to expand opportunities for people to become self-sufficient.

They see their children getting frustrated in school and losing hope in life, and wish to provide them a better future.

They see important decisions being made with too little input from the citizens who will be affected by those decisions, and wish for more openness and participation in the decision-making process.

It's tempting sometimes to just resign ourselves to the idea that there's little we can do to change the way things are. But if we don't work towards and demand change, who will? It's time to take our destiny, our future into our own hands. We can no longer depend upon the status quo. Toledo has been run by the good 'ole boys network for too long. They have given the citizens of Toledo rights, but not access. It's time for us to cancel their agendas and take a seat at their board meetings with the message that enough is enough!

This is the right time for change. This is the right time to make a difference. And this is why I am considering becoming a candidate for city council. It's the right time, right choice!

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Aren't clergymen such as Bishop Ward exempt from paying taxes, as are their churches?

If so, then stay out of politics or pay your fair share.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Members of the clergy pay personal income, property, and sales taxes like everyone else, Jeepmaker.

Thanks for the info.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

...is against the U.S. Constitution, right? It could still be permitted under the constitutions of the various states, or am I incorrect? If that were permitted then Toledo could tax the churches within its borders.

Old South End Broadway

aren't taxed, but they're also not supposed to use the pulpit for political speeches, endorsements or campaigns.

Which, IMHO, after what "campaigning from the pulpit" I've seen during this recent presidential campaign, this rule has been violated often.

Im not real big on titles. Can you explain where the title "bishop" came from?

Was it some canonical thing from any particular church?

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