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Lafe Tolliver Unplugged: Weeping and crying all night long

Oh....you have got to read this. Lafe Tolliver does not leave you guessing how he feels. Go Lafe!

Weeping and crying all night long

Let

Please keep an eye out for orange cat

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Please keep an eye out for a missing orange tabby cat - About 6 days ago, our 13 year old male, orange tabby cat disappeared without a trace. He is very healthy, feisty, playful, and a creature of habit - never wandered far from home; came home every night/day. We live in the Point/Shoreland area, between Suder & Shoreland (we live on Tulane).

time for a political payback

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http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070314/BREAKINGN...

i'm sure the teachers union is high-fiving each other this evening. according to the new gov, the voucher program should go away.

it should make for an interesting fight with our state legislature.

Gun Law Changes

Ohio ends 'plain sight' handgun provision

Municipalities can't toughen restrictions

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070314/NEWS24/70...

The Ohio legislature passed the gun-law change by overriding a veto by then-Gov. Bob Taft, the only such override during Mr. Taft's eight years in office.

Interesting Detroit Article

STATE OF THE CITY | A PLEA TO DETROITERS
Kilpatrick tells Detroit: 'Nobody's coming to save us'

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070314/NEWS01/703140319
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Particularly considering the dialogue we are having about Toledo's future in 5 - 10 years.

A Real i-open(er)

In doing a little surfing I came across this site and it's most interesting!

I wonder if our esteemed city leadership is aware that there are others in this world who are interested in TRUE economic development and are willing to explore new ways to accomplish this.

Check it out and pen your thoughts.

http://www.i-open.org/weblog/greatlakestransformation.html

We now have city ambulance

Did anyone see we now have a city ambulance service? What is "continuity of care" and why is it important?

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070314/NEWS16/70...

2007 Candidates

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Dear 2007 candidates. It is time for you to be heard. Feel free to post your press releases and opinions of the issues that matter to you here. Any and all candidates in Northwest Ohio are welcome to participate. National candidates are welcome too, but we just may be a blip on their radar. Create an account and you are ready to post your items.

Chris Myers Declares Candidacy for Toledo Public Schools Board

Chris Myers Declares Candidacy for Toledo Public Schools Board

Toledo, Ohio. Chris Myers announces that he will hold a press conference to announce that he is a candidate for the Board of Education, Toledo Public Schools, for the election in November 2007.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Time: 1:15 p.m.

Place: One Government Center

Market Melt Down

Am I the only one who does not feel too sorry for lending institutions who lend money to people who have no collateral and then seem amazed when they cannot make their payments.

Is the Mayor picking another fight?

Carty comes out swinging at the Blade. Has all of Toledo now jumped on the bandwagon of negativity - at least in the mayor's mind?

Read his letter in Blade - Mayor: Blade story derisive, inflammatory

Toledo's Future & TPS - Toledo in 5 or 10 years (from ToledoTalk)

Has anyone thought about this? With a constant decrease in population and jobs, what does the future of the city hold?

What is going on with the negotiations with Harner?

Let me tell you a little tale that I hope does not come true.

New TPS boss may hit salary ceiling

From the story in the local daily:

David McClellan, president of the Toledo Association of Administrative Personnel, told The Blade that an agreement between the school system and its unions prohibits the board from paying Mr. Harner more than former superintendent Eugene Sanders until union members get a raise.

Fox News Debate Cancelled

Fox News chair biased and alleges Barack Obama is a terrorist just because of name. Nevada debate is called off. Glad Fox's true colors are showing.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/10/debate.canceled/index.html

Do we really want Socialized medicine

I recently read on Maggie Thurber

More Toledoans Lose Jobs...

Gaurdian Alarm...which has a local office but corporately is from Detroit...bought APC and/or CPS Security.

The interesting thing is The Blade owns APC/CPS...Gaurdian Alarm fired ALL current employees at the Downtown Toledo monitoring center and moved all monitoring operations to its Detroit headquarters.

Reminder: Scalia at UT on Tuesday

College of Law to welcome U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on March 13, 2007

The University of Toledo College of Law is honored to welcome United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as part of its Centennial Speaker Series. He will give a public talk on March 13, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Doermann Theater on The University of Toledo campus.

Harner: Look for me in the TPS classrooms

The Toledo Journal has another good article on the prospective superintendent candidate. A good read for those interested and yes I am happy they choose Harner. He is refreshing and something the district will need right now. Now the district needs 5 solid board members who's interest is the district and accountability.

Barnett decides public doesn

MOUs are important because they are the meat and potatoes of how your money is spent. When you get the budget you see the large categories, but the MOUs are actual spending decisions. An interesting read and you only have 1 week to read it.

(Edit - oops shoddy copy and paste - moved this paragraph to the beginning)
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Should Carty have fired Perlean Griffin?

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Yes
48% (31 votes)
No
29% (19 votes)
I don't know
23% (15 votes)
Total votes: 65
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