Sweet frigging fancy Moses. The Blade actually did publish another story in today's "paper" about EconCat88.
By my calculations, the total word count for the two stories is now: 2,877 words. I smell a poohlitzer.
EconCat88, you are the new Seneca County courthouse. This is why you should not agree to do the interview, at least not now. Your legend can grow by dragging this out.
If you do agree to the interview, months from now, ask the Blade reporter this question:
Why do you seek that wackadoo Carty Finkbeiner for comment, regarding anything related to Toledo, especially the so-called negative aspects of the city?
Consider the irony there. The interviewed about someone else's alleged
Since I'm not from here, I don't have the overly sensitive, defensive attitude that so many Toledoans possess. I moved to northwest Ohio to be close to Lake Erie. But I prefer to live in the city because I don't like driving, and I like being close to the action. Some of that "action" could be bad at times, but I take the bad with the good. I enjoy the close proximity to many businesses, orgs, parks, etc.
While living 30-plus minutes away on my own small, private nature preserve sounds appealing, I'd feel too isolated, despite being surrounded by nature. Besides, I get to enjoy nature of all kinds in the city. I don't want to be too far away from all the many types of food places and events.
I grew up in a small town in the hills of eastern Ohio, and the closest "big" city was Pittsburgh, an hour and forty minutes away. Nothing against small rural towns, but living in a mid-sized city works better for me.
But please, Toledoans, get some new material. It's so damn comical and annoying when people trot out the same positives over and over and over, like we don't know these things exist:
- baseball stadium
- art museum
- science center
- blah, blah, blah.
Newsflash. Other cities of similar size and larger contain those amenities too.
This whole story about some YouTube videos that contain fewer views than the number of people who voted in Toledo's trivial mayoral election earlier this month (49,538 voters) is laughable. The videos or comments don't affect anything. Good and bad. If these videos are a problem, then this is definitely a charmed area.
The story here or the bigger issue here is the Blade's interest, which, as some have stated above, is now creepy.
A Facebook comment by Dock Treece posted on yesterday's Blade story:
And when someone offers to use their own money to make things better guess what they run up against....
Point out the obvious, get attacked.
Attempt to improve the area, face obstacles.
August 2011 TT comment :
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From District 5 Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski's August 2011 e-mail newsletter:
Parents and students from Start got together and let me help them paint the bleachers at Bowman Park. We were applying a primer to the first base side stands. Sherwin Williams donated 36 gallons of paint. Thanks to the unions for giving us the clearnace and allowing us to paint these worn and neglected bleachers.
Permission is needed from the unions for something benign like improving neglected bleachers.
Aug 8, 2011 Toledo Blade story titled Flowers vanishing from Toledo because of wilted economy
The fountain is near Walbridge Park,
and the South Toledo neighbors
who serve on the park's advisory board agreed to pitch in. Last year, they purchased and planted perennials and weeded, with help from city workers.
This year, with the crisis not over, it was volunteers or nothing. A half-dozen neighbors spent about 40 hours spreading mulch and weeding the 3,100-square-foot circle, before becoming overwhelmed.
With their annual July 4th celebration coming up at the fountain, they spent $1,000 of the board's funds and hired a landscaper to weed and trim. Unionized city workers took note of the landscaper. They filed a labor grievance.
We're told to be involved. These are not huge, complex projects. Concerned citizens want to improve a tiny part of their city, and they have to deal with unions. Why? This is archaic. This is not progressing.
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Are things any better now, over two years later? Why all the obstacles to making small improvements to the city? These are not building renovations. It's painting bleachers and landscaping. How can anything larger ever get completed in a reasonable amount of time?
City officials will encourage citizens to be involved, but city officials don't do enough to remove the barriers for citizens to improve their city. If anything, city officials probably erect more barriers.
Will it be better under Collins? Not according to the Blade's editorial cartoonist, Kirk.