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The University of Toledo has announced that Scott Scarborough will become the new provost. As taxpayers whose money is used to support UT, you might be interested in knowing that in 2007, Scarborough was suspended from his position as executive vice president of DePaul University in Chicago, for reasons that were never made public by the private institution. A DePaul spokesman stated that Scarborough's suspension was "something we investigated thoroughly." Scarborough subsequently resigned from DePaul. The cause of the suspension must have been serious because he was not given any severance pay (which typically would have been given to a high-ranking university official).

Apparently, UT's President Lloyd Jacobs believes that another university's suspended employee is good enough to hold the highest academic position at his institution. With decision-making prowess like this, is it any wonder that UT is projected to have a significant decrease in enrollment this fall (rumored to be between 4-8 percent).

Here's a hint that Jacobs might want to follow in the future when hiring a provost--do a simple search at to see if the candidate has a successful teaching record (afterall, he will be making tenure and promotion recommendations for faculty). Scarborough's student evaluations are atrocious with comments like "This professor was awful," "The worst professor and class I have encountered," and "The professor is drop dead lazy." Not the ideal person to oversee the academic activities of a university.

African American Parents' Association

Let me tell you about the African American Parents' Association: AAPA is an organization made up of parents, students and community members who have a vested interest in the Toledo Public School System. Our mission is to empower parents and their student in knowing, and exercising their rights to a free and appropriate education, which is a property right guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. We are unashamedly for children and inform parents that they need to 1. Know the rules, 2. Know the law, 3. Know your rights, 4. Know how to advocate for your child.

‘I don't want presents this year. I want to donate 101 pairs of shoes to kids that don't have shoes!

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (5/18/12) – For their birthdays, most 6-year-olds want presents and cake. Not 6-year-old Jasmine “Jazzy” Larkins (pictured on far right beside her mother, and older sister Lilly). Jazzy has requested something much different for her 7th birthday this year on June 9th.

Mitt Romney's Bain Capital and GST Steel

GST Steel: Bankruptcy and bailouts

Discipline Question

Just read the Blade editorial concerning discipline in schools. The article points out disparity along racial lines. It does mention socio economics as a factor. Would be curious to see a comparison of school discipline statistics with toledo crime statistics. Would be interesting to view both data sets side by side and see if any correlations exist.

Teachers' pay should be "what the market will bear."

10% wage reductions at the Michigan district. I don't ever recall reading about any district retroactively taking teachers' pay. However, it is a glimpse of hope that what these people have been stealing from the rest of us, may finally be waning.

Of course, they are indoctrinating their students to believe teachers should be paid more. I doubt any of these kids realize the money paid to teachers has been stolen from their own parents' paychecks.

Stikii: 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.

The UT Controversy You Haven't Heard About

At this time of year, most of us dread having to gather the materials together to prepare and submit our tax returns. Key to this process is receiving a W-2 from your employer—typically a simple step. Unfortunately, this has not been the case at The University of Toledo.

UT employees received their W-2s at the end of January; but in February, employees began receiving emails informing them that they had been given inaccurate W-2s and that corrected forms would soon be distributed. UT’s administration said that the issue was related to the imputed income from the employee group life insurance and initial reports said that it only affected faculty. It seemed like David Dabney, UT’s vice president of finance, had a handle on the situation; but then things took a turn for the worse that leaves one wondering how Toledo’s second largest employer could be filled with such ineptitude.

2nd Amendment rights reinforced by SCOTUS

In two decisions the SCOTUS has strengthened the 2nd Amendment. This one ruled that the University of Coloraldo was not covered under the Concealled Carry Act and thus college students can carry away.

Also Maryland's concealled carry law which requires "a good reason" to concealled carry was struck down by a Federal judge.



A part-time tutor has complained about a public school activity that used that dreaded name of Jesus. Since so many are offended by Jesus...I can only assume they will not be hypocrites and WILL NOT accept ANY time off for Christmas from their employers.

You know JESUS is the only truth...becomes its the only name that offends.

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

For those of you who are historically illiterate...and believe that our early leaders wanted a secular society without God...take a look at Abraham Lincoln's acknowlegment of God Almighty and His blessing throughout his proclamation...

Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

WGTE Townhall: American Graduate

WGTE will present a live Town Hall program "American Graduate - Finding Solutions for Toledo's Kids" on Thursday, November 17th at 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Bill Harris, the Town Hall will discuss ways to improve student education in our region. The United Way and Toledo Public Schools will be on hand to introduce a variety of innovative ideas that are being implemented right here in the Toledo area.

Matt Damon Stands For Teachers


As a conservative...I am sick of "my side" making our teachers out to be the bad guy. How shameful. I'm not typically a Matt Damon fan and don't care for most of his politics...but he got this one right. Shame on conservatives.

All Democrats running for school board? Has not been that way for years

For the first time in years there is no endorsed Republican running for Toledo school board. I thought there were swarms of people ready to do Jon Stainbrook's bidding at his beck and call? Or is it a sign things are worse than ever? At least for this race, that is the case.

Live Stream: WGTE Town Hall: Alternative Energy

On Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., WGTE TV will host an important Town Hall event to discuss the developing field of alternative energy and its importance and viability as a mainstream energy source. Experts on wind, biomass and solar energy will join students and private industry officials to discuss the benefits and challenges of alternative energy sources.

Letter to the superintendent about Lisa Sobecki

Sent via e-mail:
Mr. Pecko, Further to my request for permission to document the interior of the skills center, I bring to your attention a matter that was sent to me.

The source is well known and respected.

Live Stream: Toledo Public Schools Board Meeting | 5/24/2011

May 24, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., Toledo Public Schools Board will hold it’s regularly scheduled board meeting. WGTE Public Media will stream the public meeting live on the Knowledge Stream Website (

Citizens may attend the meeting virtually and provide feedback by posting comments live during the event.

What: Live, online streaming of TPS Board Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.


Toledo Public School meetings are also made available to view following the event at .

Live Stream: Sinusitis Seminar | Flower Hospital MOB Auditorium | May 11, 2011

Sinusitis affects more than 37 million Americans each year. Are you one of them? Learn how to relieve your sinus symptoms at this free seminar, Wednesday, May 11, 6-8 p.m. ProMedica Physicians will discuss sinus problems and answer your questions.

Featured speakers include:
Frederick A. Bunge, MD
Maher Abu-Hamdan, MD
Daniel F. Boxwell, DO
Allan M. Rubin, MD, PhD
Steve Hunyadi, Jr., MD
William A. Johnson, IV, MD

The seminar will be held at the Flower Hospital MOB Auditorium and is open to all community members. Seating is limited. To reserve yours, please call 419-824-1399.

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