Oddly enough, many Chiefs' of Police Departments are advocating SECOND AMENDMENT rights for residents of larger cities!
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.
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?
"Talk-radio gasbags"? The folks at WPOS? The Juice? Not WGTE? I wish Kushma would have been more precise in his name-calling. We're left with no solid idea about whom he's talking. He does admit that he asked the question that drew out the 9/11 response, but didn't mention how he phrased it.
Prior to last weekend, probably most of us had never seen nor heard of Edward Moore, director of Toledo's Department of Public Utilities. We found out all too well the important role that this man plays in making our lives comfortable. We put a lot of trust in the person who holds that position.
Well, there is an interesting story behind Moore. During the Bell administration, Moore was the director of the City's Department of Public Service. When Collins became mayor, he replaced Moore with William Franklin. Replacing Moore, who is African American, added to the heat that Collins took for not appointing enough minorities to high-level positions. In a December 16, 2013, Blade article, Collins explained that he had nothing against Moore, but he needed to have "people in positions that I have confidence in."
Collins' choice for the director of Public Utilities, Robin Whitney, served for four months before leaving to take a job with ProMedica.
So what does Collins do? He appoints the person who he previously did not have enough confidence in to retain in the Public Service position, as the new director of Public Utilities.
And there's more.
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.
The key members appointed are listed below:
Chief of Staff - Robert Reinbolt
Assistant Chief of Staff - Joel Mazur
Executive Assistant/PIO - Lisa Ward
Department of Finance - George Sarantou
Department of Inspection - Chris Zervos
Department of Business Development – Matt Sapara
Fire & Rescue - Luis Santiago
Department of Law - Adam Loukx
Department of Neighborhoods - Tom Kroma
Police Department - William Moton
Department of Public Service - William Franklin
Department of Public Utilities - Robin Whitney
Health Department - Dr. David Grossman
We all know Einstein defined "insanity" as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results--Albert would love Toledo's next mayor, Mike Collins.
Yep, Collins has included Jack Ford and Carty Finkbeiner on his transition team. What--Donna Owens wasn't available too?!
From my viewpoint, during the campaign Collins came across as the clueless old uncle who comes to the family reunions and inquires about long-gone relatives. You know--the kind who still expects a secretary to take dictation. He was an old-school bumbler compared to Bell being an articulate realist. Collins selecting Ford and Finkbeiner as advisors sure supports this stereotype.
So glue down the coffee cups at 1 Government Center, lock-up your deaf relatives, and inflate your bicycle tires--Carty is back! And Jack Ford--what a dynamo he is!
Only three days after the Election rumors are everywhere that Carty will be Collins' Chief of Staff. If that happens, hold on folks the ride for the next four years will be facinating.
Note to any person who supports small government and new business development--move out of Toledo as soon as possible (assuming there are still people like that living in the City)!
With the election of D. Michael Collins as the new mayor, Toledo's final decline into a union-controlled, anti-business wasteland has begun. If you live in Toledo but don't belong to a union, your opinions and well-being will be ignored.
If you ever thought of opening a business in Toledo, I have two words for you "Michigan" and "Indiana." I can say this with conviction after hearing Collins this morning on WSPD state that making Ohio a right-to-work state would be a travesty. He added that every Toledoan has an uncle, dad, or grandfather who benefitted from being a member of a union. Yeah--and I have an ancestor who used to make stagecoach wheels--just about as pertinent in today's world as unions.
WNWO had a great piece last night on the Mayor's race in Toledo. Lopez stumbled through and the Youtube video of it is being watched all over the state.
I don't normally go to lib blogs like this, but they're attacking one of their own. Get the popcorn!
"The latest scandal to break involve 7 of her top political advisers (who also happen to work in her Auditor’s Office). They were all given huge raises totaling $131,147.73 out of the county budget. And most of these were right after these advisers worked on her 2010 election. Coincidence... I don’t think so. That’s an average raise of over $18,000! A politician who is using her elected office as a way to dole out cushy jobs to her political staff is not someone we can afford to promote to the Mayor’s office.
For pictures, and the full blog, click on the above link!
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!
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.
What’s the buzz all about? Toledo jobs! It starts with the question; why can’t shoes be fun?
Stikii answers that question with the world’s first interactive children’s shoe. The two month old company, Stikii, has qualified to participate in the national WalMart “Get on the shelf” Contest.
A newly formed committee headed by honorary chairman, Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, Bonnie Hunter (Toledo Blade)and local celebrity boxing star, 9 year old Bam-Bam, are all pushing for Stikii to become a winner! They know that when Stikii wins; Toledo wins and Ohio wins!
Mayor Bell take note...Rahm Emmanual is doing what he has to to get his city back in the black. This is great!!
According to Council President Wilma Brown- " I have a comment to tell you why I'm going to vote no on this. It's because the kids in the central city that would be going to Smith pool won't be able to go to some of the others because they are not welcome. We got quite a few complaints about our kids going to another pool. So if you can't find money for Smith pool I will be voting no."
Bloomberg is at it again,coning mayors across the country into standing with him to ban gun shows and gun ownership. His Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), is in full swing but Two Supreme Court decisions, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago have declared such local initiatives unconstitutional. Oh and the NRA and the gun industry's trade group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), have announced they will have a combined war chest of $225 million compared to Bloomberg;s 4 million..