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Thursday, May 31, 2018

At Life's End

I am in the twilight of my life. I am not in the autumn of my life; I am in the winter of my life. Indeed, being in my 71st year, I am near the end of my life.

Unfortunately and regretfully, I spent the vast majority of the time in the early and middle adult years of my life trying to secure a better tomorrow for myself and family. I did so by means of working  two jobs and by spending innumerable hours performing volunteer work in community, civic, charitable, fraternal and other organizations.

In order to assure a secure financial future for my three children, including amassing sufficient savings for their college education, I was so financially prudent that we missed out on many enjoyable day to day activities that had a price tag attached to them. I spent a tremendous amount of time in volunteer work because I wanted my children to have a better world in which to live. I thought I could make a difference. As it turned out, the world is no better today than it was 20, 30, 40, or 50 years ago; and, I missed having quality, quantity time with my family.

Regrets -- I have more than a few!

That all being expressed, I wish to leave a message before I depart this world to all the people who always seem so busy trying to make for a better tomorrow that they do not take the time to enjoy today.

I say to them, "It is all well and good to plan and prepare for tomorrow, but make sure to seize a moment to live and enjoy each and every day. Spend time with family and friends, go to the zoo, visit the museum, picnic in the park, go for a bike ride, lay on the beach, go outside to breathe in the fresh air and look up to the sky with wonderment and awe, smell the roses. Do not put off for tomorrow what you can enjoy today."




Do not live a life in such a way that when you are in your end of days that you look back on your life with regret.

I say unto you as Robin Williams said, "Make your life spectacular."

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Third Ward in Toledo, Ohio Demands Attention from City and County Officials

The Third Ward in Toledo, Ohio is the geographical area of Toledo that is bounded by the Ohio/Michigan border on the north, Douglas Road on the west, Laskey Road on the south, and on the east by the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks that run roughly parallel just to the east of Detroit Avenue. The Third Ward is my home turf.



The area of Toledo known as North Towne lies within the Third Ward. Geographically, North Towne is the eastern half of the Third Ward.

The western half of Toledo Third Ward includes a large portion of the area of Toledo known as Whitmer-Trilby. Geographically, more than half of the Whitmer-Trilby area lies within Toledo Third Ward. 
Whitmer-Trilby lies to the west of North Towne.

The Third Ward of Toledo at one time was a nice blend of residential neighborhoods, retail and commercial districts, and well maintained industrial sites. BUT, not any more! 

The economic decline during the period of time of the Presidential administration of George W. Bush, the corporate greed of big business, and the total lack of resident citizen support from Toledo and Lucas County elected officials and governmental bureaucrats have all contributed to the blight that exists in Toledo's Third Ward today!

In the past several years, the Third Ward in Toledo, Ohio has been spiraling into an industrial wasteland replete with numerous auto junk yards and recycling scrap yards lining the length of Detroit Avenue within the Third Ward. 

We lost the once vibrant North Towne Mall shopping center and theater complex that was located north of Alexis Road west of Detroit Avenue east of Telegraph Road. It was razed to the ground with the exception of a stand-alone physical fitness center. A multi-structured residential apartment community remains on the immediately adjoining property at the north. Rather than advocating redevelopment of the former Mall property for mixed commercial, retail, residential use, the City of Toledo decided to stiff area residents with reckless disregard to the interests of nearby neighborhoods. In December of 2017, the City of Toledo administration and the clueless Toledo City Council in a resident-be-damned attitude decided to rezone that property for industrial use.

Not long before the City of Toledo rammed that zoning change down the throats of area residents, they had also rezoned the property on the south of Alexis Road west of Detroit Avenue east of Telegraph Road. For years, harness racing was the center of attention in what was known as Raceway Park. Before being used for harness racing, Raceway Park had been a car race track. Immediately south of this property is a neighborhood of homes consisting of three blocks on each of four streets, the neighborhood in which I was raised during my youth. Well, Raceway Park closed up and the lackluster city officials of Toledo decided the property should become a huge fenced in parking lot for Jeeps awaiting shipment out of the Toledo.

Picture, for a moment, this precise area north and south of Alexis Road between Detroit Avenue and Telegraph Road. We have retail, commercial, and restaurants running along Alexis Road itself. North of it, The City of Toledo has created an industrial wasteland to serve as a buffer between the north side of the Alexis Road businesses and the apartment communty to its north. Then on the south side of the Alexis Road business properties, the overseers for the City of Toledo have injected a gigantic parking lot with prison-looking solid fencing topped with barbed wire to buffer the tesidential neighborhood from the businesses. BUT WAIT -- don't stop there, ADD THIS to the picture. In a dictatorial move by the three-member Board of Lucas County Commissioners performed without the advice and consent of the citizenry, the Commissioners have purchased green space property on the southeast corner of Alexis and Detroit to build (are you ready?) a JAIL

Well, those concerns expressed above are just a few of the issues and are in just one area of the Third Ward in Toledo, Ohio. There are many issues in the Toledo Third Ward that are in need of attention, but have had an extremely low priority with the local governmental political hacks in Toledo and Lucas County.

One example is in regards to a so-called flea market on the northeast corner of Alexis Road and Lewis Avenue. The appropriate local governmental officials need to inspect Stormin Norman's Trading Post located in Alexis Park Shopping Center, 5860 Lewis Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43612. 
The structure itself is crumbling and the roof is leaking into the interior with black mold growing on the ceiling tiles that are falling out. The contents contained therein are literally piled all over the interior. Litter and trash are strewn throughout. Stormin Norman's poses a serious environmental health risk and fire hazard. This business enterprise should be condemned, vacated, and closed to occupancy.

The needs, wants, and desires of the residents of the Third Ward in Toledo, Ohio cannot be ignored anymore!

Clean up the junk yards and scrap yards along Detroit Avenue.

Have the owner(s) of Northwest Trailer Sales & Services located at 120 W Alexis Road clean up their area; the same for the retail and commercial corner on the northeast of Laskey and Lewis.

Require badly needed repairs to the crumbling buildings, walkways and parking lot be made by the owner(s) of the Alexis Park Shopping Center on the northeast corner of Alexis Road and Lewis Avenue.

Find re-use of the now vacant Dick's Sporting Goods Store at the southeast corner of Alexis and Lewis, the vacant K-Mart property in Ramco Plaza Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Alexis and Jackman, the vacant Banner Mattress Store at the southwest corner of Alexis and Douglas that abuts theThird Ward, the long abandoned buildings that once housed Cub Foods and other stores on the north side of Laskey across from Miracle Mile Shopping Center in the Laskey/Jackman area, the long abandoned row of retail stores in Consumer Square Shopping Center on the west side of Telegraph Road just north of Alexis Road, and the vacant retail store fronts in the shopping strip adjacent to the east of Lowe's at the northwest corner of Alexis and Lewis.

Enhance and improve facilities, equipment, services, and recreational opportunities in Greenwood Park and Northgate Park.

NO MORE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BLIGHT. 
NO MORE HEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES NEGLECT.
NO JAIL.

It is time the City of Toledo and for Lucas County to pay attention to the desires and needs of the Citizens of Toledo's Third Ward.

The following provides a description of the Toledo Third Ward Citizens Association.

The goals of Toledo Third Ward Citizens Association are:
* To preserve and strengthen the residential qualities of Toledo Ohio's third ward.
* To foster and promote the economic well-being of the residents and the businesses in Toledo Ohio's third ward.
* To advocate and support services and programs that will enhance Toledo Ohio's third ward.

Objectives of the Toledo Third Ward Citizens Association:
* To serve as an advocacy conduit for the residents of the third ward of Toledo. 
* To encourage the rehabilitation of aging and/or deteriorating housing structures within the third ward of Toledo.
* To support the development, renovation, and rehabilitation of existing neighborhood business and shopping districts and centers within the third ward of Toledo.
* To achieve stability in land use and actively oppose specific land use changes that would adversely affect the existing nature of a given neighborhood within the third ward of Toledo.
* To maintain appropriate green areas with proper development throughout the third ward of Toledo for park and recreation purposes.
* To upgrade major, secondary, and residential traffic arteries within the third ward of Toledo.
* To improve public services and facilities in the third ward of Toledo for health, safety, education, cultural, and socialization activities. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

60 Minutes: Sir Nicholas Winton "Saving the Children"

ATTRIBUTION: This entire blog entry has been obtained and reproduced from YouTube.

Shoah - The Memory of a Holocaust
Published on May 17, 2017
It is 1939 and Europe is on the brink of war. Hitler has invaded Czechoslovakia, threatening the lives of the Jewish population. Nicholas Winton, a young British stockbroker, decides he will do everything possible to save the lives of as many Jewish children as he can. This film, transmitting on Holocaust Memorial Day, tells the extraordinary story of how Nicholas Winton rescued 669 children from the clutches of the Nazis, bringing them by train to Britain.

In order to provide a degree of credibility with both the British and Nazi governments of the day, Nicholas single-handedly established the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia - Children's Section, using it to obtain passports and visas for the children. He then organised for each child to be adopted by families throughout the country and their safe passage across Europe and into Britain.

For nearly fifty years, Nicholas told no-one of his heroic deeds. His incredible story might never have come to light were it not for his wife who, fifty years later, found a suitcase in the attic containing a remarkable scrapbook full of documents and transport plans.

The story then emerged in 1988 when the BBC's That's Life programme reunited over two dozen of his 'children' with their rescuer for the first time in a highly emotional broadcast.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

American Political Conservatives Believe No Cost Is Too Much To Preserve The Second Amendment

I believe as the title of this Roland Hansen Commentary puts forth that American Political Conservatives believe no cost is too much to preserve the Second Amendment of the Constitution of United States of America.

The meme I place here says it all.

 

You may read some of my thoughts about the Second Amendment by opening these embedded links here and here and here.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Parental Abandonment

"Imagine rearing your children to adulthood only to lose them. If this thought provokes an emotional response in you while reading about it, you can only imagine what it is like to endure it.
The truth is that it happens in our society more than most people realize. You do not have to be a bad parent or an elderly parent to be abandoned by your adult children. I know many great parents to which it has happened and they are living their worst nightmare."
 
The above is the opening sentences in an opinion article from The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro, North Carolina that I read on the internet.

I strongly suggest that everyone read the entire opinion piece. To read the entire article, follow the embedded link contained within the title of the article:
The painful plight of abandoned parents
By Lorrie Baker Suggs
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at 12:01 AM

Now, go over to read the Roland Hansen Commentary that I posted back on Monday, February 23, 2015 entitled Call Your Parents and Grandparents. I agree with J. K. Simmons.





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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Judy Rosenberg Hansen for Washington Local Board of Education

It is time to bring respect and decorum back to the Washington Local Board of Education in Lucas County, Ohio. Too much controversy and unrest within the Washington Local Schools community has gone on for far too long. Because there is now a vacancy on the school board, an opportunity exists to bring honesty of purpose to replace the pandemonium that has plagued Washington Local Schools for the past three years. Judy Rosenberg Hansen would be an excellent choice to be on the five member Washington Local Board of Education.

If you recall, I had previously written about Patrick Hickey back on December 27, 2015 when I published the Roland Hansen Commentary entitled Patrick Hickey. Toledo, Ohio: Washington Local School District. Superintendent. Saga, Legacy, Scandal, Shame? and again on February 18, 2016 when I published the Roland Hansen Commentary entitled Toledo, Ohio: Washington Local Board of Education; Patrick Hickey, Superintendent; Washington Local School District. Embarrassment. Scandal. Shame.

It was not long after Patrick Hickey reluctantly and involuntarily vacated the Superintendent position of Lucas County, Ohio's Washington Local Schools in December 2015 that he proclaimed he would run for election to be one of the five members of the Washington Local Board of Education.

And in 2017, run for election he did! And won! More controversy ensued as Patrick Hickey had been banned from school property.
Read this:
Hickey elected to school board despite a ban from school property
Published: Thursday, November 9th 2017, 12:23 am EDT
Updated: Thursday, November 9th 2017, 12:48 am EDT
By Blair Caldwell, Reporter
And the controversy continued as Patrick Hickey attended his first school board meeting in January 2018 as a member of the Washington Local Board of Education.
Read this:
Patrick Hickey attends first school board meeting amidst school ban
by Toi Creel
If enough problems did not already exist, it was soon learned that Patrick Hickey was "under investigation in Michigan for an alleged sexual relationship with a teenager years ago."
ref:
Updated: Former FHS assistant principal under investigation in Michigan
Posted On Tue. Jan 30th, 2018    By: The Courier
Lo and behold, Patrick Hickey did not attend February 21, 2018 meeting of the Washington Local Board of Education.
ref:
Washington Local Schools holds meeting off school grounds, but Hickey doesn't attend
by Jay Hannah  Wednesday, February 21st 2018
Now, most recently, we have learned that charges have officially been filed against Patrick Hickey in Michigan's Lenawee County District Court, and that Patrick Hickey has resigned his elected position as a member of the Washington Local Board of Education.
ref:
Patrick Hickey Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct
posted by News Radio 1370 WSPD & 92.9-FM
Patrick Hickey announces resignation after being charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct
Published: Monday, March 19th 2018, 5:37 pm EDT

Updated:
Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 1:35 pm EDT

By WTOL Staff
The departure of Patrick Hickey from the Washington Local Board of Education creates a vacancy. As such, the remaining four elected Members of the Board are charged by state statutes of the Ohio Revised Code with the authority and responsibility to appoint a replacement to the seat formerly held by Patrick Hickey.

Judy Rosenberg Hansen would be an excellent replacement to this seat on the Washington Local School Board.

Judy Rosenberg Hansen's previous related experience includes having been elected to three 4-year terms for a total of 12 years on the Governing Board of Lucas County Educational Service Center, now known as the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West and formerly known as the Lucas County Board of Education. The Washington Local School District is one of the several school districts that lie within the service area and jurisdiction of the Educational Service Center to which Judy had been previously elected to its Governing Board and on which she also served some periods of time as its Vice President and President.

In addition to having served 12 years on the Governing Board of Lucas County Educational Service Center, Judy also served 8 years on the Penta Career Center Board of Education. Penta Career Center is a public vocational high school and adult education center, not unlike Washington Local Schools Whitmer Career and Technology Center.

During her years of service on the Governing Board of Lucas County Educational Service Center and on the Penta Career Center Board of Education, Judy Rosenberg Hansen was also an active member of the Ohio School Board Association, the National School Board Association, and the Association of Educational Service Agencies.

With integrity, honesty of purpose, dedication of service to public education, commitment to community, and a proven track record of experience, Judy Rosenberg Hansen would definitely be an excellent choice for, and an asset to, the Washington Local Board of Education.