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privatizing city services would put toledo on the right track

A recent comment I made to a story on Swampbubbles where I indicated that one way Toledo could afford to boost its police force (and thus help rid itself of the gangs and losers who have brought the City to the brink of Detroitism) is to privatize as many City services as possible.

It's a simple concept--get government out of the employment business. Other than covering the safety and judicial needs of its citizens, a City shouldn't have people on its payroll who perform services that the government could contract out. These services include maintaining City property (cutting lawns, etc.), clearing snow, fixing streets, etc.

My comment was met by one Swampbubbles contributor with the response, "prove that this would save money." Well, here's some proof.

toledoans are in deep denial about Jeep

There's a popular riddle that goes like this: A young boy and his father are in a car accident. The father dies at the scene. The boy is transported to the hospital and taken immediately into surgery, but the surgeon steps out of the operating room and says, "I can't operate on this boy--he's my son!" Who's the surgeon?

It's likely that in today's society more people would come up with the answer compared to 30 or more years ago. Of course, the surgeon is the boy's mother.

Just as this riddle requires thinking outside of the stereotypical box, Toledoans need to get a grip on the reality of Jeep leaving Toledo. Many of the arguments for why Jeep will/should stay in Toledo are gullible--at best.

Toledo has the skilled workers needed to produce Jeeps--Why would a state-of-the-art production facility making aluminum unibody Jeeps need production line workers?

Toledo is Jeep and Jeep is Toledo--Do people honestly think this means anything to Fiat?

Todd Grayson: Corporate Toadie, Koch-Sucker, Republican A-hole

Like most Republicans, Todd Grayson doesn't know when to shut his mouth (or shut off his computer and smartphone) when it comes to things like domestic violence and womens' rights.

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/clip/10563830/councilman-grayson-says-his-r...

Toledo is going down for the count

I try to stay west of Talmadge Road as much as possible. But a family member was in town and from her days in Toledo, she was familiar with the layout of the Kroger store on Monroe and Secor. So I took her over and waited in the car, Wow--talk about your sociological experience!

First, I see this interesting fellow in a pimped-out Mercedes (gold trim, fancy rims) pull up to a spot in the far reaches of the lot. Sure enough--a woman who looked like she would be more at home on a section of Monroe Street in the heart of downtown--gets out of her car. The Mercedes dude, wearing his rust-colored zoot suit (with matching shoes), gets out of his car. They embrace, she gets into his car--and off they go into the night. I felt the need to immerse myself in a vat of antibacterial soap.

Then there was the beggar at the traffic light exiting the parking lot. Her sign said she was a mother of two and "anything would be appreciated." My friend was shocked to see this. People weren't begging on street corners when she left Toledo 8 years ago (yeah, and Obama wasn't President then either).

As we left, there was a homeless man with all his worldly belongs strapped to his back walking down Monroe headed for Secor.

Get ready for a really safe summer in Toledo

I woke up this morning (feeling a little stiff from doing yard work--but then I read "Treatments to Ease Morning Stiffness" at http://www.consumerhealthdigest.com) and saw on The Blade website (not a paying member) about Toledo City Council approving money to open another pool. I don't have any idea--nor do I care--where the pool is located; but I do know that opening a pool should be near the bottom of the list of Toledo expenditures.

Government should not be in the business of maintaining pools. It should be employing as many police as are necessary to keep the City safe--pools don't stop crime!

the blade offers lame and tired "solutions" to Toledo blight

In its series on blight in Toledo, The Blade offered up such solutions as encouraging more downtown residential opportunities--wow, we've never tried that. Clueless.

If The Blade can come up with a list of solutions, we all might as well give it a try. Here are my suggestions:

1. Turn the blighted areas and known gang territories into police states. Assign a cop to every 4 blocks in the deteriorating neighborhoods. Arrest thugs for every reason you can come up with--jaywalking, littering, etc. Blight occurs because either the people who own the houses don't keep them up or the people who would keep them up have moved because they don't want to live among the crime and the losers who commit the crime. You have to make it uncomfortable enough for the thugs to motivate them to move out.

2. How do you afford to employ the needed police suggested in #1? Privatize all city and county services. When government workers' contracts expire, don't renew them. Hire private companies for everything. This eliminates many direct costs like health insurance, vacation/sick time, and retirement benefits.

Larry Sykes issues public apology over racial profiling accusations

Toledo Councilman Larry Sykes issued a public apology today to the two city police officers who stopped him last month and then were pulled into an internal affairs investigation on potential racial profiling.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/05/14/Sykes-issues-public-apolo...

OK, HERE WE GO AGAIN TOLEDO!

OK, TOLEDO, HERE WE GO AGAIN: Bob Vasquez, sitting school board member, is officially running for the vacant seat on Toledo city council. If he wins and knowing the voting history of Toledoans, he probably will, he will then join Ford, Steel and Sykes who were on the school board and ran TPS into the ground. I guess they will finish off Toledo.

Toledo Democrats endorse candidate for city council who comes from a law-breaking organization

So the Lucas County Democrat Party is endorsing Matt Cherry for the City Council spot vacated by incoming mayor Michael Collins. Cherry is a business representative for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 33. You remember that stellar organization--don't you?

That's the group whose members were caught stealing Romney campaign signs from private property and businesses in Lucas and Wood Counties. One can't say that these lawbreakers weren't prepared. When the Perrysburg police caught them, along with the stolen goods they found drills and other tools they used to steal 4 feet by 8 feet signs.

Two of the four men arrested held administrative positions in Local 33. Corey Beaubien is the Marketing Representative (ironic) and Chris Monaghan is a fellow business representative of Cherry. Not only does Monaghan remain in his position, it appears that Beaubien was promoted to his position after his arrest!

toledo city council gives $20,000 of our money to the african american legacy project--something's fishy

When I heard that the Toledo City Council voted to give $20,000 of taxpayer dollars to the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio, I had two initial thoughts: 1) Who? and 2) what a misuse of public dollars.

So, I did a little research into the African American Legacy Project of Northwest of Ohio. It's EIN is 30-0281674. That number assists in locating such information as IRS forms. Interestingly, information was difficult to find on this organization, which is unusual for non-profits. I did discover it was founded in 2005.

I also located a IRS 990 form for 2006 and 2009. I've provided the links at the end of this article, but I'm not certain the links will be available to people who do not have a Guidestar.org account (this website provides information on charitable organizations). Please give it a try.

What was interesting is that in 2006 the organization's total contributions were $24,476 and only $7,467 in 2009. That makes a $20,000 contribution from City Council look even more suspicious. And it gets better.

D. MICHAEL COLLINS' WIFE OWNS A $279,000 HOME--IN SYLVANIA!

Let's see. Toledo has had a woman mayor, African-American mayors, and a crazy mayor who served disjointed terms, but has it ever had a mayor whose spouse preferred not to live in the city?

I was doing a little research on Toledo's mayoral candidates and found that D. Michael Collins' wife, Sandra Drabik, owns a home in Sylvania that had a purchase price of $279,000 in 2001. When I looked her up on the White Pages site, it lists that Sylvania home as her address and gave a 882 phone number.

Drabik, who is listed as the treasurer for the Committee to Elect D. Michael Collins, is an attorney who worked at the University of Toledo and was making $177,484 when she retired in 2006.

One can hardly blame someone who was making that level of salary for not wanting to live in Toledo.

Ron Johns: Toledo’s Youngest Candidate Joins the Race

Today Toledo’s youngest city council candidate, 21 year old Ron Johns joins the race by taking the next step in getting on the ballot by turning in his gathered petitions.

Ron is a fiscally conservative Republican with libertarian values. He believes that government’s role is not to take care of people but to ensure their freedom to take care of themselves. He is a proponent of limited government

ROBERT A.McCLOSKEY-FELON, GIMMERAT, TYPICAL DEMONRAT-GETS HIS $92,000 LEGAL BILL PAID FOR BY EQUALLY CRIMINAL SCUM !!!

Robert A. McCloskey-Gimmerat -Demonrat felon, unionized robot, bribe taker, has had his $92,000 criminal legal expenses OK'd, to be paid for with hard working real American's tax dollars, by net worth killing fellow travelers in the Strange World of Gimmerat Job Killing Governance ?!
McCloskey-was a darling of the dimwits at the union halls, vomit eaters at the yellow blade, and the usual mooch class Little Detroit crowd, of imbeciles wandering around life eating their boogers, thinking that no one witnesses this deranged habit.

Sylvania Proposes the highest Hotel/Motel tax--in the country

Wyndham Hotels, parent company of the Wingate hotel in downtown Sylvania, took out a full-page advertisement in the Sylvania Advantage to publicize a recent action by the Sylvania City Council.

The ad points out that when the Toledo Convention Center was created, Lucas County Commissioners gave cities the opportunity to petition the County to retain 3% of the 8% hotel/motel tax that would be used to pay for the Convention Center. Toledo, Oregon and Maumee petitioned the County--Sylvania did not.

When the Wingate was opened, Sylvania did apply to retain the 3%, but was denied. Then, using typical politician "logic," the Sylvania City Council proposed that Wingate customers pay an additional 3% (over-and-above the County occupancy tax, which has now increased to 10%). Opposition to this proposal resulted in Sylvania putting a five-year moratorium on the additional tax. That moratorium has ended; and at the December 2012 meeting, the Sylvania City Council voted to impose the 3% additional tax.

Here are the taxes Wingate customers will be looking at:

10% (County tax) + 3% (Sylvania additional tax) + 6.75% (Sales tax) = 19.75% Total

The ad points out that this would be the highest total tax for a guest room--in the U.S.A.!

Isn't It Great News? Jack Ford...

Will soon be back on Toledo City Council! The word is he will be appointed to the seat being vacated by Phil Copeland. Mr. Ford can bring back to city council the experience and leadership this city needs. This could be a sign that Mayor Bell is either considering stepping down or Mr. Ford will challenge him next year. That would be great if Jack Ford would get back into city government and thereby block Carty Finkbeiner's likely try for mayor next year. If Jack Ford runs, I will support him.

McNamara & taxes

Whenever I see a photo of Joe McNamara in the Blade I know it's because he's trying to raise my taxes in some form or another. Can anyone list a single instance where this guy has ever come out against taxes, fees, or surcharges?

Stikii Helps”Stomp” Out Shoe Tax - (Reduce Imported Footwear's 37% duty)

http://blog.stikii.com/2012/05/stikii-helpsstomp-out-shoe-tax/

Have you ever wondered why a pair of shoes that seems to cost the manufacturer so little to produce, costs YOU, the consumer, so much to purchase? There are various “hidden” costs placed on shoes sold in the United States, for example:

A pair of shoes costs a footwear producer $20.00 to manufacture at their plant.

There are $7.40 in duties/tariffs/taxes placed on the product BEFORE it even comes to a U.S. shelf~

Stikii: A Perfect Fit – Every Time!

http://blog.stikii.com/2012/04/a-perfect-fit-every-time/

Hello friends and fans! Are you interested in learning a bit about Stikii’s latest and greatest innovation? We’re pretty sure you are. One of the many new things that we have developed to make our customers shoe-wearing experience more enjoyable is the creation of the “Stikii Size Chart”. The piece is fun, vibrantly colored and serves a very practical and useful purpose!

If the Stikii shoes fit, your child might just become famous!

Is your kid special, does he or she like performing, modeling, singing or acting? Does your child like to be on camera or take pictures? Is your little one-not-so-little? Are they outgoing, easy to get along with, a natural leader? If they are NONE of those things, are they just plain CUTE AND ADORABLE? Would they like free Stikii shoes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to get your children involved with the Stikii Kids Club contest.

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