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01/27/07 Board Retreat Citizen Report

I am not HistoryMike, so don't expect perfect English.

Rules don't apply to me

Note: I release all photos on this page from copyright. Use and duplicate as you wish.

After today's retreat, when I left the building, I noticed one of our board members parked in a handicap spot (see photos). I guess rules don't apply to that board member. A lot more happened at the meeting, but that will be in a different report.

Can you guess which one it was? Yes, you were right Larry Sykes. Maybe he has a handicap sticker in his car, I did not see one. So take this as you want. I will tell you I have never seen him park in a handicap spot at board meetings.

Here's an Idea

Tester aims for Senate transparency online

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Whether it's a visit to the gym, a meeting with the founder of the Montana Meth Project, or an interview with Wolf Blitzer, staff for freshman Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, post his entire schedule online each workday -- a Senate first.

UT in talks to improve city schools

What is strange about this story?

Some city leaders have been meeting behind closed doors for at least a month to explore whether the University of Toledo could help guide the academically and financially struggling Toledo Public Schools.

Officials emphasized yesterday the intent is not to have the university take control from the district's elected school board, which formally learned about the meetings just yesterday - two days before they will interview seven people vying to become superintendent.

Dogs are Welcome, Smokers are Not

So....a state that told businesses they couldn't serve smokers are going to try to tell them they have to accept dogs. I don't make this stuff up, folks (sadly).

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003540267_dogbars25.html

Popularity of Web brands signals power shift

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A consumer poll on Friday exposed the worst kept secret in the business world: Internet companies are becoming more important to people than firms that operate in the real world.

Google retained its title as the world's most influential brand, and video-sharing site YouTube and online encyclopedia
Wikipedia were catapulted into the top five at the No. 3 and 4 spots, according to the annual survey by online branding magazine brandchannel.com.

China censorship damaged us, Google founders admit

Google's decision to censor its search engine in China was bad for the company, its founders admitted yesterday.

Google, launched in 1998 by two Stanford University dropouts, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, was accused of selling out and reneging on its "Don't be evil" motto when it launched in China in 2005. The company modified the version of its search engine in China to exclude controversial topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre or the Falun Gong movement, provoking a backlash in its core western markets.

Fire Chief Bell informs city that he is retiring

I know this is old, but what do you think about Mike Bell retiring? I met the gentleman a couple of times and was impressed. What do you think? Do you agree with Carty, he should be considered for TPS superintendent?

In the Blade:
Toledo Fire Chief Michael Bell said yesterday that he will retire March 22

Stockholm in the rearview mirror

Interesting column from Mr. Miller at the Toledo Free Press:

It's not accurate or fair to use the geographical terms

Karloffornia Strikes Again-Nanny State Marches On

Doesn't look like it's ever going to end, does it??

http://www.newsvantage.com/perl/p/wed/cr/Adry-cleaners-chemical-ban.Rzci...

What's the party affiliation?

The Blade (http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070124/NEWS09/70...) has a story about election workers being convicted in Cleveland for secretly reviewing pre-selected ballots before the recount in order to avoid a more costly, time-consuming hand count of all votes.

But they don't give the party affiliation of the workers. A rule in the Board of Elections is that any time a ballot is handled, there needs to be at least one Republican and one Democrat together, to ensure 1) that nothing goes wrong with the ballot and 2) to protect the sanctity of the process being fair.

Council might give cat funds to pet agency

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Toledo stopped enforcing its cat license ordinance years ago, but the law has remained in effect for 16 years, accumulating a fund of about $38,000.

City council now is considering an ordinance that would give that money to Humane Ohio, a nonprofit agency that spays and neuters cats..

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070124/NEWS16/70...

Different circus, same clowns

Did you read this?

A PROPOSED ballot issue on school funding - a constitutional amendment intended to bypass the Ohio General Assembly - is just one more devious attempt to direct a never-ending stream of taxpayer dollars straight into the pockets of the usual suspects.

By usual suspects, we mean the militant teachers' unions, school administrators, and school boards, all of which are behind a constitutional amendment with the deceptively bland title "Getting It Right for Ohio's Future."

Strickland wants to subsidize health coverage for children

COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday stopped short of promising that all Ohioans will have health insurance under his administration, but he said making sure all children are covered is doable.

"That is a goal that I believe is very achievable," he told an Ohio State University conference of health-care professionals, insurance companies, employers, and consumer groups. "I think that would be an incredibly positive first start, to make sure all the children in our state have access to coverage," he said.

Fifth Third will move into O-I's old home; downtown tower to be renamed

Downtown Toledo's signature office tower has a signature tenant coming: Fifth Third Bank will move its local headquarters into the 32-story One SeaGate structure this year.

The announcement yesterday means the bank will replace Owens-Illinois Inc. as the prime tenant and fill perhaps as much as half of the building's vacant space. O-I moved its global headquarters to Perrysburg last summer.

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No Surprise There...

Fox News is letting viewers vote by text message on how the President did tonight. The vote as of this post:
EXCELLENT - 85%
AVERAGE - 4%
POOR - 10%

Parenting. At it's finest....

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/23/D8MR41C02.html
Girl Kicked Off Plane After Tantrum

Jan 23 12:06 PM US/Eastern

By JIM ELLIS
AP Writer

Nancy Pelosi comes out solidly on the the Presidents' side

I was sitting through the State of the Union address tonight.

I was so happy to see Nancy Pelosi giving the President the lead for one after another standing ovation.

This is a great sign for healing, for our leadership to work together. I taped this - and I am so glad that I did. Nancy P. has crossed all boundaries and any aisle - in her support for the President.

I am so happy to see her solid support of the President.

TPS Candidate Resumes

The candidate resumes for TPS superintendent have been posted at talkingtps.com - here is the link

http://talkingtps.com/superintendent_search#comment

As I have said....here is our future. Barring real change....

I notice there is no "I'm just very sad" under the Post Feelings....there can be no argument that this is the track TPS is on..all the divisive 'who likes who' and who is getting a contract for what amount of money. The children lose. Big time. All the way around. Time for change???

I say - - oh hell yes.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070122/NEWS01/70122022

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