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Anyone haing problems with Buckeye Express today?

I don't know if this is weather-related, but my Buckeye-Express Internet connection has been lousy all day. It will work for about two minutes, then PHHHHT. Down for 20 minutes.

Then you call, wait on hold for an eternity, only to have a rep tell you that they are "working on it," and that it is system-wide in nature.

Getting Ready for the Blizzard of 2007?

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Everyone ready for the Blizzard of 2007? Care to make a prediction?

School boards hard to contact

I saw a reference to this on http://www.TalkingTPS.com. I think it is great the Cinci Enquirer is doing this investigation and they are taking a stand on board being accessible to the public at meetings and virtually. These stories sound oh, so familiar.

2 new sites to encourage open government

February 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Myers, is announcing the creation of two new Web sites for the Toledo area to encourage openness and promote tech friendly citizen government.

In the spirit of http://www.ideasfortps.com, http://www.ideasfortoledo.com, and http://www.tpssearch.com, Chris is announcing the http://www.GreatOpenSwamp.com and http://www.Governmentfor.Us .

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP...

I live in the back part of a sub-division which is near a main commerical road. The back lot of one of the businesses has four trailers with people living in them which come right up to our back yard fences. The people living there collect large appliances and old cars and strip them.

Changing Toledo City Government

A new citizens based organization is formed to advance changes in Toledo city government. Changes include, reducing the size of council and making it more representative of Toledo, changing the appointment process, reviewing the form of government - strong mayor v. city manager, and transparency measures. www.toledocobra.org is packed with information on the movement and changes it seeks.

Barack Obama announces his campaign - was anyone actually surprised?

What do you think about Barack Obama's announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2008? Is there anything to the Illinois senator beyond the surface charm?

tax day = election day?

New & notable legislation:

Democratic Presidential Candidates

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Hillary Clinton
16% (9 votes)
Barack Obama
36% (20 votes)
Joe Biden
5% (3 votes)
Chris Dodd
0% (0 votes)
John Edwards
20% (11 votes)
Dennis Kucinich
9% (5 votes)
Bill Richardson
9% (5 votes)
Tom Vilsack
5% (3 votes)
Total votes: 56

Putin Says U.S. Is Undermining Global Stability

MUNICH, Feb. 10

Ad on Toledo's official Web site sparks debate

The city of Toledo, already accused of competing with the private sector in its quest for revenue, is now in the advertising business.

Paid advertising started showing up this week on the city's Web site, www.ci.toledo.oh.us.
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DEMOCRATS PAYOFF UNIONS

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2851505 >Democrats want to pay back the unions for their long-term support.

They're trying to do that by making it easier for unions to organize workers.

new study on second hand smoke & lung cancer

I know this will stir up some of the militant smokers here but I think it deserves to be noted especially with the new Ohio smoking ban.

Nanny State, Part #66-You'll love this one

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_re_us/driven_to_distraction

You'll notice that part that says, "Emboldened by other Bans". It's really beginning to get sickening, folks. And Texas is rapidly becoming the #1 Nanny state of the south.

Egregious Governmental Abuse in Sylvania, Part 2

As usual, I

Campaign protection costs

Came across this blurb from the Wall Street Journal about Bush's 2008 budget.

"It calls for $53.6 million to protect 2008 presidental candidates."

Just wondering what people think of this...

Should the City of Toledo have an ambulance service?

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Yes
24% (11 votes)
No
69% (31 votes)
I don't know
7% (3 votes)
Total votes: 45

Archive of past issues of 'TheMentalBlock.org' grows

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http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://thementalblock.net

Scroll down, paper page links are at the bottom - many are operational. There are several issues available now......interesting to look back....

For the Teachers

The Toledo Journal has an interesting article in this week's edition titled "For the Teachers" - http://thetoledojournal.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=75952&sID=4

In the article there is information on the cost of the retroactive payment due teachers. The supporting documentation can be found at http://www.tpsinfo.com/finances/tps_retroactive_payment_2007.pdf

Put down that Ipod-Nanny State, Part #65

Just when you feel there's nothing else the nazi busybodies can try to outlaw, they surprise you.

Another ban proposal:

Report: New York State Senator Wants to Ban iPods From Crosswalks
Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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