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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Take Back Toledo Should Take Back Lucas County

Take Back Toledo has failed in its efforts to recall the Mayor of Toledo, whose term expires the end of 2009 and who is not seeking re-election.

Quite frankly, my own personal perspective of those who organized the Take Back Toledo group and who comprised its leadership has always been that their underlying motivations were more about a personal vendetta directed toward the incumbent Mayor than an effort to truly improve our local government. None-the-less, they did show that they could initiate civic action and mobilize people.

Now that the mayoral recall effort is history, I have a suggestion to put all that energy into another cause in the effort to improve the quality of local government here in Toledo, Ohio and throughout all of Lucas County in what I consider a more proactive role.

I think those who made such a concerted effort to Take Back Toledo should channel those same energies to Take Back Lucas County.

For further information and explanation of that to which I make reference, I draw your attention to the following previous Roland Hansen Commentary entries to which all you need do is click and read:
Reinventing Ohio's Lucas County Government
Lucas County Government

I challenge the Take Back Toledo group to prove me wrong about their underlying motivations in their foray into Toledo area governmental politics. Put up or shut up. Prove me wrong by taking a proactive role in putting together and leading an organized effort to reform and restructure the government of Lucas County, Ohio. I dare you. I double dare you.


Judy said...

Well I double dog dare them! Are they all bark and no bite?

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...

Amigo Roland,

Although you and I may disagree with TBT's motivations, we do agree on what should be an updated plan for them in the future.

Like any good oncological surgeon worth his salt would tell you, it is better to take out a little more, when practical, that to miss some of the cancerous cells.

Not pointing any fingers, but Lucas County as a whole could stand the scrutiny of TBT's leadership; for it is indeed leadership with experience that can help us all.

Roland Hansen said...

You tell 'em, Judy!

Amigo Dave,
While we may respectfully disagree from time to time, there is never any question of our mutual objectives.

Wherever there is injustice, you will find us.
Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there.
Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find...
The Three Amigos!

---- ref: ¡Three Amigos!

Oh, and while I am at it, I should have included this in my opening commentary:
I dare the 9 is Fine group to join in the cause of improving Lucas County Government.