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    Tuesday, August 14, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    Moan, talkback, repeat.

    How shortsighted and inept Cleveland Plus Organization is to leave out Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands. After all, we’re closer to Cleveland in Sandusky than Canton.” — Sandusky

    Looking at the map, Canton is further from Cleveland than Sandusky. But Canton is clearly in northeastern Ohio while Sandusky seems to be in the northwest. Looking at the Cleveland+ website, this organization promotes northeastern Ohio as a region. Interestingly, the companion business website includes a map that reveals that Richland, Ashland and Carroll counties are included. But not Erie County, where Sandusky is located.

    Is Sandusky and Erie County part of this region? I guess it depends on whose map you look at. Wikipedia describes Sandusky as merely being in "northern Ohio." The Connecticut Western Reserve includes Sandusky, as shown on this map. But Bowling Green State University, a northwestern Ohio college, has a regional campus in Erie County -- as opposed to Kent State University, which has branch campuses throughout northeastern Ohio. I point this out because both schools were founded at the same time by the state of Ohio to service northwestern and northeastern Ohio respectively. And I always felt it was funny whenever anyone tried to say that Cedar Point is a Cleveland attraction.

    I have no beef with Sandusky, and if Sandusky would prefer to cast its lot with Cleveland, I don't see a problem with that. But I guess the question is, if they are not a part of Cleveland+, whose shortsightedness is that, if anyone's? Was it up to the organizers of Cleveland+ top reach out to Sandusky, or was it up to Sandusky and Erie County to reach out to Cleveland+ and the various regional councils and commercial alliances that preceded it?

    “While Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals, and we are blessed to have it in our city, I do believe that they should provide free parking.” — Shaker Heights

    Not for better care, not for better health insurance, not for reasonable healthcare costs, but just free parking. How small some dreams are.

    “I would certainly like to know what the moron in the white pickup truck in Streetsboro was thinking when he pulled out in front of people going 50 mph, came to a dead stop, then when someone blew the horn, he gave them the finger. Where’s the logic?” — no city

    When "someone" blew the horn? Wonder who that someone was, hmmm? This little tale reminds me of an old bumpersticker that still brings a smile to my face: Horn Broken, Watch for Finger.

    “Why did it take so long to get Gene Hickerson in the Hall of Fame? The guy’s alive, but if they waited any longer, he might not still be with us.” — Euclid

    Enjoy it. You won't see another Brown inducted into the Hall of Fame for a loooooong time.

    “I don’t understand why ODOT doesn’t start one project and finish it, instead of having like 15 going all at once.” — no city

    Seriously? Bridges and roads don't fix themselves, and some take years to do. And certain projects are certainly much larger than others, such as the innerbelt project. Granted, bringing that project up is a whole nother thing, given all the concern and controversy over the proposal.

    “I’d like to know when Charter One will spend the money to replace their key pads at their ATMs. It’s impossible to try and figure out your password, or anything else.” — Parma Heights

    Um, how bad can they be? Have the numbers worn off the keys or something?

    “I’d like to know who the rocket scientist was who closed down one lane of Route 14 through Ravenna during rush hour for paving purposes.” — Palmyra Township

    What rocket scientist would reopen a half-paved road just for rush hour? Having a lane closed stinks, I'm sure, but really.

    “If local health care facilities insist on hiring foreign health care providers, I must insist that they speak comprehensible English.” — Strongsville

    Why limit it there? We should insist the same from our politicians.

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    Blogger anne said ... (12:59 PM, August 14, 2007) : 

    I love how the Streetsboro guy expects drivers to behave logically. As if pulling out in front of cars is logical to start with, and then taking the horn honking like a man instead of flipping the bird would also be logical.

     

    Blogger Audient said ... (3:26 PM, August 14, 2007) : 

    how about the people going 50mph? what if they were going 50 in a school zone?

     

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