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Head Shed near Harvard School

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2017/03/30/Neighbors-troubled-by-new-site-of-Head-She.html

I guess I probably wouldnt like it either, however, my guess is that after it opens I think people will see the real affect on kids in the neighborhood: nothing. There probably are a thousand more threatening/negatively influencing things that a kid encounters on a daily basis than walking past a head shop in 2017.

The bigger gripe Id have is.....I guess I just wouldnt want a head shop in the neighborhood, simply because of the connotation.

On a related note: Ive always liked that little stretch of commercial space on Glendale. Always thought itd be a good place for a saloon or small businesses with storefronts.

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In high school I had what I considered a fairly comprehensive mental map of places that would sell me things I was too young to buy. The Shed was never on that list.

My evidence is anecdotal, but this business made more of an effort to keep from selling their wares to minors than any I can remember. A short bike ride could net us cigarettes, booze, rolling papers, etc. But a lot of weird stuff got made turned into homemade pipes because The Shed on Monroe wasn't having it.

posted by Columbusguy on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:46:35 pm     #   1 person liked this

We have health food stores selling pot and magic mushrooms yet neighbors are upset at the opening of a place that sells the same smoking accessories I can buy at the local Quickie Mart. I've read the Sheds also sell adult oriented novelties and sex toys, but they probably won't be having any sidewalk sales for such wares.

The complaining neighbors had every opportunity to buy the building and use it for whatever purpose they deem appropriate.

I agree with you that the store will not have any affect on the neighborhood or the kids in it. It's soon to be a non-issue.

posted by jimavolt on Mar 30, 2017 at 01:19:52 pm     #   3 people liked this

Residents are worried about the business moving into the area close to the school, yet have no problems sending their kids to the failing, unsafe school system. Makes sense.

posted by dell_diva on Mar 30, 2017 at 01:29:16 pm     #   12 people liked this

From the Blade story:

The Head Shed, a local business with a 43-year history as a leading “counterculture” shop, is opening a fifth location in South Toledo.

Three of The Head Shed’s other locations are in the Toledo area, and have not received excessive criminal complaints.

A quote by Toledo city councilman Rob Ludeman:

"It’s not a use that I think is appropriate but, governmentally, I’m not sure what can be done,"

Located opposite from the proposed Head Shed location and on the same side of the street as Harvard Elementary is Wixey Bakery.

Wixey Bakery is more conveniently located to the children than the proposed Head Shed store.

Excerpts from a January 2017 Toledo Blade op-ed

But on the right, Mr. Oostra said, is metro Toledo: poverty and mental health problems, 70 percent of adults overweight, and the highest infant mortality rate in Ohio.

Where's the concern about Toledo's obesity problem?

If Toledo city council truly cared about the children's futures, then council would force the closure of all fatty food places.

posted by jr on Mar 30, 2017 at 02:37:57 pm     #   3 people liked this

No question I am at greater risk of being unhealthy and also of jaywalking on Glendale in traffic at 7AM because of Wixey.

posted by justread on Mar 30, 2017 at 03:20:55 pm     #  

This is the neighborhood where I grew up. How many shady-ass carryouts were in the old Lark's building after they closed the grocery store? I know for a fact that the late 1990s/early 2000s carryout was the go-to for high schoolers looking to get booze without being checked for an ID or having a terrible fake that could be purchased on a high school budget. The Shed is harmless, especially when it's next door to seedy places that sell cases to 16 year-old kids. Neighbors didn't give a shit about those places being directly across from the Harvard driveway.

Is there a carryout still at the old Lark's? The only family remaining in the Toledo area doesn't live in the old neighborhood, so I haven't been by that intersection in a few years.

posted by clt212 on Mar 30, 2017 at 03:29:19 pm     #  

Is the Christies Candy store where Lark's used to be?

posted by justread on Mar 30, 2017 at 03:45:02 pm     #   1 person liked this

dell_diva posted at 01:29:16 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

Residents are worried about the business moving into the area close to the school, yet have no problems sending their kids to the failing, unsafe school system. Makes sense.

Is that a generalization, or a dig at Harvard Elementary?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 30, 2017 at 04:25:59 pm     #   1 person liked this

This is my neighborhood. Lark's IGA building has been empty since the party store/restaurant moved out 10 years ago. It would make a great pizza shop. Christie's is east of that building and The Shed is just west of the old Lark's.
I don't think the Shed will have a negative effect on the neighborhood. However, those patrons of the Shed might enjoy having a soft-serve, bakery and candy store nearby. Kind of a natural affiliation.
Harvard Elementary is doing just fine, by the way.

posted by Toledostrong on Mar 30, 2017 at 04:50:20 pm     #  

Aunt Martha's Munchies? Invasion of the stoner hoards. Can envision Chee & Chong VW buses billowing smoke all down Glendale to Broadway. It will all end with one big cat nap and the aphids will take over the planet.

posted by Mariner on Mar 30, 2017 at 04:57:42 pm     #  

ahmahler posted at 04:25:59 PM on Mar 30, 2017:
dell_diva posted at 01:29:16 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

Residents are worried about the business moving into the area close to the school, yet have no problems sending their kids to the failing, unsafe school system. Makes sense.

Is that a generalization, or a dig at Harvard Elementary?

Is it a generalization if it's a fact?

posted by dell_diva on Mar 30, 2017 at 05:05:11 pm     #  

With "Medical" Marijuana in the pipeline don't be surprised to see an influx of Glass Shops. They'll eventually exceed the Vape shops.

posted by mk123 on Mar 30, 2017 at 05:10:59 pm     #  

dell_diva posted at 05:05:11 PM on Mar 30, 2017:
ahmahler posted at 04:25:59 PM on Mar 30, 2017:
dell_diva posted at 01:29:16 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

Residents are worried about the business moving into the area close to the school, yet have no problems sending their kids to the failing, unsafe school system. Makes sense.

Is that a generalization, or a dig at Harvard Elementary?

Is it a generalization if it's a fact?

All generalizations are false. You didn't clarify- is that a overall assessment of the state of the educational system or specifically towards Harvard Elementary?

posted by ahmahler on Mar 30, 2017 at 05:44:19 pm     #  

"Objection!" Bench rules sustained. Misdirect from sex implement and drug paraphernalia shop to critique of TPS. Witness should refrain from answering.

posted by Mariner on Mar 30, 2017 at 06:52:14 pm     #   7 people liked this

Ohio Department of Education

2015 - 2016 Report Cards

Harvard Elementary School

  • Achievement = D
    • Performance Index : 55.3% = D
    • Indicators Met : 0.0% = F
  • Annual Measurable Objectives : 0.0% = F
  • K-3 Literacy Improvement : 18.4% = F
  • Progress = B
    • Overall = C
    • Gifted = NR
    • Lowest 20% in Achievement = A
    • Students with Disabilities = A


Elmhurst Elementary

  • Achievement = C
    • Performance Index : 79.8% = C
    • Indicators Met : 64.7% = D
  • Annual Measurable Objectives : 70.0% = C
  • K-3 Literacy Improvement : 35.8% = D
  • Progress = A
    • Overall = A
    • Gifted = A
    • Lowest 20% in Achievement = A
    • Students with Disabilities = A


Obviously, you need to pour through many years of report card data to see trends.

The new report card system showed lower scores than the previous system for school districts and individual school buildings.

In past years under the old grading system, Elmhurst Elementary normally received the highest grade available, which was "Excellent." Now it received a "C" in Achievement.

From the Sep 16, 2016 Blade story

In the six new graded areas, TPS received five Fs and one A.

TPS is one of 30 Ohio districts to get an F in achievement, which reflects how many students passed state tests and how well they performed. Most districts that fail in that category are in urban areas.

Many school districts’ grades fell on the 2015 report card, reflecting the state’s move to more rigorous exams.

posted by jr on Mar 30, 2017 at 07:01:22 pm     #   2 people liked this

Those 2015-2016 reports were brutal for many... after the 2014-2015 were totally dismissed. Are we teaching to test? I would argue that we look at standardized evaluations as an end all be all for a district. Reality lies in how you send your kids to school and parent once they return. I know quite a few people whose kids have gone to Harvard Elementary. They have no complaints. A district is as good as the parents. Let's not blame educators or head shops.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 30, 2017 at 10:34:13 pm     #  

Funny story. I knew I guy who worked at the Shed on Monroe St. in the 80s. As a middle aged man, he is a teacher and I think the DECA coordinator for a better performing school system than Toledo in a different city. Might be a counselor, too.

So the guy was literally part of the problem, now he molds the youth elsewhere.

Mind bottling.

posted by justread on Mar 31, 2017 at 05:19:04 am     #  

Amahler...I want you to write this down. On something other than booze, we are agreeing!

The standardized tests are good in theory. However in practice, they are awful and have been to the detriment of education.

I even question the statistical validity of them especially in regards to measuring student growth.

posted by Dappling2 on Mar 31, 2017 at 09:27:36 am     #  

justread posted at 03:45:02 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

Is the Christies Candy store where Lark's used to be?

No. Christie's is next door to the old Lark's.

posted by clt212 on Mar 31, 2017 at 09:37:39 am     #  

Justread I trace the denigration of lower educational institutions back to the Viet Nam War era when those who wanted to avoid military induction went the route of Cpl. Klinger and became gay, found God and joined a clergy, any clergy, went across the border to Canada, or became teachers which was a draft deferment at the time. Very few really wanted to go to the rice paddies and kill slope heads while being shot at by snipers in the dark in the jungle camping outside with no benefit of marshmellows to roast. So those sanctuary educators deemed valuable to the future of the country by virtue of their theoretical higher gene potential were sparred any unpleasantness and propagated and flourished to instruct future generations how to end run authority and live a life where you are the sole focus of being. Ironic when younger people today are stopped for traffic by police and they turn it into a dangerous high speed pursuit. Ironic that all schools require police to monitor violence in every school. Ironic authority has become disregarded. The blame has always been placed on the parents. Not so sure about that in an evolutionary sense.

posted by Mariner on Mar 31, 2017 at 09:49:55 am     #   1 person liked this

Mariner posted at 09:49:55 AM on Mar 31, 2017:

Justread I trace the denigration of lower educational institutions back to the Viet Nam War era when those who wanted to avoid military induction went the route of Cpl. Klinger and became gay, found God and joined a clergy, any clergy, went across the border to Canada, or became teachers which was a draft deferment at the time. Very few really wanted to go to the rice paddies and kill slope heads while being shot at by snipers in the dark in the jungle camping outside with no benefit of marshmellows to roast. So those sanctuary educators deemed valuable to the future of the country by virtue of their theoretical higher gene potential were sparred any unpleasantness and propagated and flourished to instruct future generations how to end run authority and live a life where you are the sole focus of being. Ironic when younger people today are stopped for traffic by police and they turn it into a dangerous high speed pursuit. Ironic that all schools require police to monitor violence in every school. Ironic authority has become disregarded. The blame has always been placed on the parents. Not so sure about that in an evolutionary sense.

The Head Shed was founded in 1974.
So it could be the root cause of all of this.

posted by justread on Mar 31, 2017 at 10:12:53 am     #   1 person liked this

Dappling-you might be surprised.

Mariner-thank you, please try again.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 31, 2017 at 10:23:31 am     #  

AAAAAND Mariner wins with the single most offensive post I've seen on toledo talk in quite some time.

posted by endcycle on Mar 31, 2017 at 10:27:09 am     #  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hn9xAaKUbw

After much searching, I was able to find a Youtube clip of Mariner speaking at a local university about his Vietnam experiences.

posted by Dappling2 on Mar 31, 2017 at 11:42:26 am     #   1 person liked this

Amahler...you turned me on to a brand of Malbec wine. When my cardiologist said, "Drink a glass or two of wine a day," I went with that wine and advice and never looked back!

posted by Dappling2 on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:03:46 pm     #   1 person liked this

Now that everyone is sitting up straight with the exception of Dappling whose is slouched a bit, s'ok doctors orders and all that, how about directing ourselves to the root of local educational poor performance: the collective bargaining unit. Have we and are we still getting snowed?

The clip was good Dappling but we need the Slim Pickens one in here too just as we need him the most.

posted by Mariner on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:13:41 pm     #  

endcycle posted at 10:27:09 AM on Mar 31, 2017:

AAAAAND Mariner wins with the single most offensive post I've seen on toledo talk in quite some time.

Yea, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:14:06 pm     #   5 people liked this

Mariner posted at 12:13:41 PM on Mar 31, 2017:

Now that everyone is sitting up straight with the exception of Dappling whose is slouched a bit, s'ok doctors orders and all that, how about directing ourselves to the root of local educational poor performance: the collective bargaining unit. Have we and are we still getting snowed?

The clip was good Dappling but we need the Slim Pickens one in here too just as we need him the most.

If we didn't have collective bargaining units, where in the world would we get politicians?

posted by justread on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:40:11 pm     #   4 people liked this

justread posted at 12:40:11 PM on Mar 31, 2017:
Mariner posted at 12:13:41 PM on Mar 31, 2017:

Now that everyone is sitting up straight with the exception of Dappling whose is slouched a bit, s'ok doctors orders and all that, how about directing ourselves to the root of local educational poor performance: the collective bargaining unit. Have we and are we still getting snowed?

The clip was good Dappling but we need the Slim Pickens one in here too just as we need him the most.

If we didn't have collective bargaining units, where in the world would we get politicians?

Politicians? Oh, they'd still hatch from the green slime that gathers on the shores of the Maumee.

posted by Foodie on Mar 31, 2017 at 01:34:47 pm     #   1 person liked this

endcycle posted at 10:27:09 AM on Mar 31, 2017:

AAAAAND Mariner wins with the single most offensive post I've seen on toledo talk in quite some time.

Which post?

posted by madjack on Mar 31, 2017 at 08:59:47 pm     #  

My grandmother used to teach at Harvard Elementary. Third grade, I think. Back then, when dirt was a brand new thing, one fire breathing dragon aged woman was in charge of a roomful of 30 students, at least a third of whom wanted to be outside playing. The classroom was orderly, the students learned, and in 30 years of teaching she only paddled three students; a group of boys who richly deserved it. None of those kids got out of her class without learning to read, and that's the way it was.

I have good memories of Lark's grocery store. I think there was a drugstore next door that had a decent book rack. The area was a nice place, and probably still is.

But like the man said, that was then and this is now.

Now people are worried about the Head Shed, a retail store that scrupulously keeps kids out and does a brisk business. I kind of think that the real concern should be the quality of education at Harvard Elementary and the level of crime in the area.

posted by madjack on Mar 31, 2017 at 09:11:52 pm     #  

Isn't there an adult oriented business selling nefarious novelties across the street from Notre Dame? Hasn't anyone protested that?

posted by JoeyGee on Apr 01, 2017 at 06:35:28 pm     #   1 person liked this

JoeyGee posted at 06:35:28 PM on Apr 01, 2017:

Isn't there an adult oriented business selling nefarious novelties across the street from Notre Dame? Hasn't anyone protested that?

Cirilla's is across the street from Notre Dame - and girls walk over to Tim Horton's all the time, which is adjacent parking to Cirilla's. Not sure when it opened, but I don't remember anyone protesting. Certainly not as much as they whined over Kroger.

posted by MsArcher on Apr 01, 2017 at 08:16:11 pm     #   2 people liked this

MsArcher posted at 08:16:11 PM on Apr 01, 2017:
JoeyGee posted at 06:35:28 PM on Apr 01, 2017:

Isn't there an adult oriented business selling nefarious novelties across the street from Notre Dame? Hasn't anyone protested that?

Cirilla's is across the street from Notre Dame - and girls walk over to Tim Horton's all the time, which is adjacent parking to Cirilla's. Not sure when it opened, but I don't remember anyone protesting. Certainly not as much as they whined over Kroger.

No one who votes (and who might object) knows it's there or what it sells. That's why there haven't been many objections.

There used to be a swinger's club over on Jackman and Alexis. It took up half the second floor of a two story building. Down on the ground floor was a retail store selling children's clothing, among other stores on the ground floor. I think it was called The Bottle Club (right, McCaskey?) and it was there for years until the fertilizer hit the turbine blades. The Blade ran a big exposé on it, the two elderly Christian ladies who owned the clothing store found out and about had a collective heart attack, and that was it. The health department came in and shut the whole thing down - right after it was standing room only for two weeks.

I think all the businesses except the convenience store moved out, breaking their leases in the process and daring the landlord to take 'em to court. The convenience store was run by a bunch of Indians, and they didn't care.

So, I don't know. Probably the HS girls could teach the owners of Cirialla's a few things about preferences and practical application.

posted by madjack on Apr 01, 2017 at 10:23:47 pm     #  

I used to work at Lark's when I was in Highschool well over 20 years ago.

The thing that strikes me is, they sold beer. So there was alcohol being sold basically across the street from Harvard elementary for a number of years. I don't recall them taking issue with that?

Would the be ok with a restaurant opening up with a liquor license? Where is the line drawn?

posted by upso on Apr 01, 2017 at 10:39:16 pm     #   1 person liked this

Applebees. You draw the line before Applebees, wherever that is.

posted by ahmahler on Apr 02, 2017 at 01:25:56 am     #   2 people liked this

upso posted at 10:39:16 PM on Apr 01, 2017:

I used to work at Lark's when I was in Highschool well over 20 years ago.

The thing that strikes me is, they sold beer. So there was alcohol being sold basically across the street from Harvard elementary for a number of years. I don't recall them taking issue with that?

Would the be ok with a restaurant opening up with a liquor license? Where is the line drawn?

<huffing, puffing, gasping, panting> I cannot believe this. Why aren't the children being put first in this situation?

Children should not have to be exposed to such vile filth and perversion such as alcohol or tobacco products--known family destroyers and health hazards--within such close proximity of a school!!! And I am OUTRAGED that this sort of moral filth is allowed within our fine community.

Oh...excuse me....

<wife whispers in my ear>

<**SMACK-PUNCH-SHOVE**> I TOLD YOU TO GET IN THAT KITCHEN AND MAKE MY DINNER, YA DUMB WHORE. AND WHY IS THIS KID SO F**KING DIRTY, HUH???

<deep breath>

Anyway, exposure to these sorts of deplorable products and paraphernalia in storefronts in my neighborhood should be outlawed. Outlawed!!!

(those with two functioning brain cells will see what I just did there...)

posted by oldhometown on Apr 02, 2017 at 05:28:54 pm     #   6 people liked this

Yahbutt OHT yah got it all wrong. It's the billiard rooms causing all the uproar. It's called pool, it rhymes with fool and we gots trouble right here in river city.

posted by Mariner on Apr 03, 2017 at 08:25:12 am     #   1 person liked this

I was surprised today's Blade editorial supports this:
http://www.toledoblade.com/Editorials/2017/04/03/Toledo-Blade-editorial-Just-keep-walking.html

posted by classylady on Apr 03, 2017 at 08:57:08 pm     #  

It looks like the students will cross the street before they get to the Head Shed. There is no crosswalk onto their property from the Trail as the only crosswalk is farther south. They have a good small business mix in that small space with Wixeys , Lickedy Split , Christies , Barrows Jewelry , barber shop , etc. I believe the only empty space would be the old Larks. With a little foot traffic it might make sense to put a Mexican restaurant there.

posted by marving on Apr 03, 2017 at 09:25:03 pm     #  

"I was surprised today's Blade editorial supports this ..."

Is the Blade editorial board qualified to discuss the business landscape in the Toledo area?

Toledo Newspaper Guild ratifies new contract with Toledo Blade [Dec 13, 2016].

Guild president Nolan Rosenkrans said that the contract provided benefits for members and was the first non-concessionary contract reached with The Blade in more than a decade.

But, he said, the deal still is not good enough for employees. Guild negotiators did not reach agreement with the company at the table; instead the company essentially said, "Take it, or leave it."

posted by jr on Apr 03, 2017 at 09:29:08 pm     #  

The Art of the Deal....

posted by Molsonator on Apr 04, 2017 at 06:06:32 pm     #  

jimavolt posted at 01:19:52 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

We have health food stores selling pot and magic mushrooms yet neighbors are upset at the opening of a place that sells the same smoking accessories I can buy at the local Quickie Mart. I've read the Sheds also sell adult oriented novelties and sex toys, but they probably won't be having any sidewalk sales for such wares.

The complaining neighbors had every opportunity to buy the building and use it for whatever purpose they deem appropriate.

I agree with you that the store will not have any affect on the neighborhood or the kids in it. It's soon to be a non-issue.

What health food stores in particular? You know, I wouldn't want to accidentally walk into one or anything.

posted by oriontank on Apr 06, 2017 at 01:43:37 pm     #  

oriontank posted at 01:43:37 PM on Apr 06, 2017:
jimavolt posted at 01:19:52 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

We have health food stores selling pot and magic mushrooms yet neighbors are upset at the opening of a place that sells the same smoking accessories I can buy at the local Quickie Mart. I've read the Sheds also sell adult oriented novelties and sex toys, but they probably won't be having any sidewalk sales for such wares.

The complaining neighbors had every opportunity to buy the building and use it for whatever purpose they deem appropriate.

I agree with you that the store will not have any affect on the neighborhood or the kids in it. It's soon to be a non-issue.

What health food stores in particular? You know, I wouldn't want to accidentally walk into one or anything.

http://www.wtol.com/story/34976309/natural-healer-charged-with-drug-trafficking

posted by clt212 on Apr 06, 2017 at 04:39:55 pm     #  

upso posted at 10:39:16 PM on Apr 01, 2017:

I used to work at Lark's when I was in Highschool well over 20 years ago.

The thing that strikes me is, they sold beer. So there was alcohol being sold basically across the street from Harvard elementary for a number of years. I don't recall them taking issue with that?

Would the be ok with a restaurant opening up with a liquor license? Where is the line drawn?

And when Lark's closed, the replacement carryout actively sold to high school kids. The places in S. Toledo that didn't check IDs when I was in high school were that carryout and the "ICE COLD BEER" place on the Trail.

But did parents say a word during that? No.

posted by clt212 on Apr 06, 2017 at 04:42:53 pm     #  

And neither did the Ohio Department of Safety. Nose around and find out who was in charge at that time and Failed to do his job. Another south end location was the BP at Glendale and Detroit. Kids bought at will for fact. All this was brought to the authority having jurisdiction and they did nothing. Too busy siting the TPD local beer hall.

posted by Mariner on Apr 06, 2017 at 04:49:46 pm     #  

oriontank posted at 01:43:37 PM on Apr 06, 2017:
jimavolt posted at 01:19:52 PM on Mar 30, 2017:

We have health food stores selling pot and magic mushrooms yet neighbors are upset at the opening of a place that sells the same smoking accessories I can buy at the local Quickie Mart. I've read the Sheds also sell adult oriented novelties and sex toys, but they probably won't be having any sidewalk sales for such wares.

The complaining neighbors had every opportunity to buy the building and use it for whatever purpose they deem appropriate.

I agree with you that the store will not have any affect on the neighborhood or the kids in it. It's soon to be a non-issue.

What health food stores in particular? You know, I wouldn't want to accidentally walk into one or anything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KovhRkeHG4c

posted by TrilbyGuy on Apr 06, 2017 at 05:24:19 pm     #  

From the WTOL story :

Charmaine Bassett is the owner of Anyana Kai, a Natural Healing Center. Her website states she is a member of the Oklevueha Native American Church.

At the Lucas County Courthouse, Charmaine Bassestt was called to the stand by the judge and it wasn't but a matter of minutes before she was taken out by courtroom security.

"I stand on common law,” Charmaine Bassett said outside of the courtroom. “I stand on natural law. I stand under God's Law only. It would go against my spirit, my God-given right to life as a living woman to go into their jurisdiction. I don't belong there. It's for corporations only."

"I mean I'm federally protected. Our church is federally protected,” Bassett said. “But you know what? Because they have the guns and the dogs, all of these abusive powers, they're trying to tell me I can't practice my God-given right."

I'm a fan of Charmaine Bassett.

According to court documents, she is charged with aggravated possession of drugs, including psychedelic mushrooms, and trafficking. Both of those charges are a second-degree felony.

Her third charge is for trafficking marijuana in the vicinity of a school, a fourth-degree felony.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Toledo's illegal refuse fee tax, which is obviously one of my favorite topics to drone on about.

Over the past 10 years, this illegal tax has robbed Toledoans of tens of millions of dollars. The theft produced nearly $9 million in 2015, and the crime was forecast to steal over $11 million in 2016.

$20 million stolen from Toledoans over the past two years to fund Toledo government's incompetence. Since April 2007, it's probably over $50 million that have been taken from us.

We could have spent some of that money, our money, at Toledo businesses. Toledo government can be bad for the local economy.

It's legal for local government to commit robbery because goobermint has the guns, dogs, and maybe a drone.

But when a citizen, a small business owner, sells shrooms and grass for health reasons, oh man, look out. The government reigns down.

I'll take more Charmaine Bassetts over the thugs on city council who support criminal activity disguised as a revenue stream to fund fictional needs.

But voters keep supporting the thugs.

What about filing a lawsuit against Toledo government? That was tried last decade. You can guess how far that progressed.

#F*ckingUpsideDown (fun little game)

posted by jr on Apr 06, 2017 at 07:10:32 pm     #   4 people liked this

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Toledo's illegal refuse fee tax, which is obviously one of my favorite topics to drone on about.

I may or may not have nominated you for a Jefferson Award for this. In any event, thank you and God bless you.

posted by justread on Apr 06, 2017 at 07:23:35 pm     #   2 people liked this

jr posted at 07:10:32 PM on Apr 06, 2017:

From the WTOL story :

Charmaine Bassett is the owner of Anyana Kai, a Natural Healing Center. Her website states she is a member of the Oklevueha Native American Church.

At the Lucas County Courthouse, Charmaine Bassestt was called to the stand by the judge and it wasn't but a matter of minutes before she was taken out by courtroom security.

"I stand on common law,” Charmaine Bassett said outside of the courtroom. “I stand on natural law. I stand under God's Law only. It would go against my spirit, my God-given right to life as a living woman to go into their jurisdiction. I don't belong there. It's for corporations only."

"I mean I'm federally protected. Our church is federally protected,” Bassett said. “But you know what? Because they have the guns and the dogs, all of these abusive powers, they're trying to tell me I can't practice my God-given right."

I'm a fan of Charmaine Bassett.

According to court documents, she is charged with aggravated possession of drugs, including psychedelic mushrooms, and trafficking. Both of those charges are a second-degree felony.

Her third charge is for trafficking marijuana in the vicinity of a school, a fourth-degree felony.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Toledo's illegal refuse fee tax, which is obviously one of my favorite topics to drone on about.

Over the past 10 years, this illegal tax has robbed Toledoans of tens of millions of dollars. The theft produced nearly $9 million in 2015, and the crime was forecast to steal over $11 million in 2016.

$20 million stolen from Toledoans over the past two years to fund Toledo government's incompetence. Since April 2007, it's probably over $50 million that have been taken from us.

We could have spent some of that money, our money, at Toledo businesses. Toledo government can be bad for the local economy.


It's legal for local government to commit robbery because goobermint has the guns, dogs, and maybe a drone.

But when a citizen, a small business owner, sells shrooms and grass for health reasons, oh man, look out. The government reigns down.

I'll take more Charmaine Bassetts over the thugs on city council who support criminal activity disguised as a revenue stream to fund fictional needs.

But voters keep supporting the thugs.

What about filing a lawsuit against Toledo government? That was tried last decade. You can guess how far that progressed.

#F*ckingUpsideDown (fun little game)

JR, please let me like this at least 5 times myself. Just this once. Please?

posted by JoeyGee on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:32:23 pm     #   1 person liked this