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Sunday, August 30, 2009

James Hartung, Lloyd Jacobs: Controversial Fat Cats

Ohioans, specifically Toledo and Lucas County taxpayers, are being figuratively raped financially, yet once again by a couple of local fat cats.

James Hartung and Lloyd Jacobs, two prominant names in the Toledo, Ohio community are once again the center of controversy as you may read in the linked Blade articles below:

Fired leader suing port authority for $157,577 by Erica Blake
University of Toledo bonuses stir controversy by Meghan Gilbert

Neither Hartung nor Jacobs are strangers to readers of Roland Hansen Commentary as you may see by clicking on the following links to my previous commentaries concerning James Hartung and Lloyd Jacobs.

I guess my only comment today is:
Why do most people have such short memories, momentary reactionary verbal and political backlashes, and a total lack of committed corrective follow-through?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Keith Wilkowski for Mayor of Toledo Campaign Has New Web Site

I recently received an e-mail informing me of a new and improved campaign web site that has been launched on behalf of the Keith Wilkowski for Mayor of Toledo campaign.

The previous web site design has been given a face lift and now uses white behind the text to make it easer to read. There are also some new added features, such as a Media Center, an interactive map that gives directions to the campaign headquarters, Google Analytics providing the ability to track hits, visits, popular pages and more.

Click on over to take a look at the new and improved Keith Wilkowski, Democrat For Mayor web site.

The new look for the Wilkowski for Mayor web site was provided by Wilkowki campaign volunteer Nick Cron, President of NJCMedia.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Is Ben Konop A Liar?

I read an article in The Blade in which Toledo mayoral candidate Ben Konop is reported to have said he has knocked on the 10,000th door in his primary campaign efforts. Another part of the story states: "The 10,000 addresses include homes and apartments visited by members of his campaign staff." The article also reports that others have taken exception to Konop's claim of having knocked on more doors than any of the other Toledo mayoral candidates. Then, there is the admission by Ben Konop that half of the home visits (or more) were met with no personal face-to-face contact with the residents of those homes.

Read the article Konop declares he's knocked on the most doors; rivals disagree by Blade staff writer JC Reindl for yourself and then answer the question: What are we to believe? Is Ben Konop telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth OR is Ben Konop a liar?

This isn't the first time that the veracity of Ben Konop has come under scrutiny. Apparently, some people do believe Ben Konop is a liar.

Click over to read the SwampBubbles message thread Ben Konop Is A Liar.

Publius over at the Law of Reason wrote Ben Konop - A Liar In Liar's Clothing. Go ahead, click on the title to read it in its entirety.

Maxwell Austin can be heard calling Ben Konop a liar in the YouTube piece Toledo Mayoral Candidate Ben Konop Heckled at Press Conference.

I ask you:
Is Ben Konop a liar?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lindsay Webb: Buys Citizen Action and Community Involvement

Do you recall reading the previous Roland Hansen Commentary Lindsay Webb: Pushes to Downsize Toledo City Council? If not, please refer to and read it now in order to better understand this new Roland Hansen Commentary regarding Lindsay Webb, the Toledo City Council District 6 representative.

It now appears to me that the citizen action and community involvement that has been spearheaded by Lindsay Webb to effectuate a specific change to the size and structure of Toledo City Council is not really a grass-roots volunteer effort. It was upon reading The Blade article Webb is top money donor to 'Nine is Fine' that I have concluded that Lindsay Webb is attempting to buy citizen action and community involvement as opposed to garnering voluntary citizen action and support for her efforts to overthrow the present Toledo City Council.

Oh well, so much for the idea that the councilwoman has strong community support for her ideas!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Acknowledged by Keith Wilkowksi, Toledo Mayor Candidate

A couple months ago on June 18, 2009, I wrote a commentary entitled Shunned by Keith Wilkowski, Toledo Mayor Candidate.

Very soon after having published that blog entry, or to be more precise on June 21, 2009, I received an e-mail that opened with "Hello Roland" and contained not only an acknowledgement of the contents of the blog entry but also contained some personal communication, and then closed with "Best regards, Keith."

Rather than rush to any new thoughts, I patiently awaited as events continued to develop. In the almost two months since the aforementioned blog entry, I have continued to receive regular updates from the Wilkowski for Mayor Committee by e-mail and by telephone.

That is all well and good, but the real icing on the cake came tonight when I was attending an event with my son, Adam Hansen, the creator of, at which Keith Wilkowski was also in attendance. Keith sought me out, greeted me, and we had a very easy, cordial, friendly, personal, and political business conversation.

No other candidate for Mayor of the City of Toledo has contacted me in any way, shape, or form. Not one, nada, nil, zilch, none other than Keith Wilkowski. That tells me something.

I am pleased as punch to now write Acknowledged by Keith Wilkowksi, Toledo Mayor Candidate.

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.