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Now that Toledo Public Schools is the latest governmental unit to avoid budgetary catastrophe with a short-term financial fix, the board of education, Lucas County Commissioners, and the Bell administration all are talking long-term, lasting change. There needs to be less talk and more action.

As Toledo City Council gets set to debate a proposed resolution opposing Arizona’s controversial immigration law, another piece of proposed legislation that would ban interfering with civil rights and prohibit racial profiling is entering that same arena.

On the surface, the concept presented by TPS Board President Vasquez for an independent review of TPS seems appropriate and needed. 

Editor's Note-- Please pardon me if this appears a little self-indulgent.  I wrote this column four years ago for a blogsite and the Toledo Free Press. It's as relevant today as it was then. My father turns 79 years young Tuesday, the same week as Father's Day. He and my mom also mark 54 years of marriage next week. Happy birthday and Father's Day, Dad-- and thank you for all the lessons you have taught and showed me.

Read the live coverage of the Lucas GOP Central Committee Meeting

In 1981 when MTV debuted, they played "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles as a way to show how things were about to change with the new video music format.

The ongoing dialogue about “transformational change” at all levels of local government leave this author wondering if we need to revive a long-defunct community resource to help lead these discussions to a new level of activity: The Corporation for Effective Government (CEG).

While Lucas County Commissioners debate competing plans to change the form of county government, county auditor Anita Lopez has proposed sweeping reform of her own that could potentially affect all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

TARTA's sales tax efforts had its tires flattened by a no vote among Sylvania Township Trustees. But the transit agency's member communities could give its leaders a road map to reform by voting anyway on the tax proposal.

The two competing plans to pursue a possible new form of Lucas County government are certainly good fodder for political debate and discussion. But let’s just wait one more month before deciding on a course of action. Rest assured there are good reasons why.

I have not served in the armed forces, but today is a day which we can all take a moment to express our appreciation for those who did serve and gave their life for our country.

New data released Monday shows that the administration’smortgage modification program continues to be plagued by delays and disappointment for hundreds of thousands of homeowners.

Toledoans will see their recently-increased monthly trash fee drop to $10. But there's a concept in the works which could eventually eliminate it entirely.

Toledo City Councilman Mike Collins calls it a simple matter of fairness. That’s why he’ll introduce legislation later today to restore the city-funded 10 percent pension pickup for non-union municipal employees who also were affected by council’s declaration of exigent circumstances in late March.

Members of the Toledo Police Patrolmans Association Monday ratified a tentative deal reached with the Bell administration that restores their city-funded pension pickup for the remainder of the year and ends a declaration of “exigent circumstances” approved by city council in late March.

Toledo's mayor suggests letting voters decide in November whether to continue expensive pickups for unionized municipal employees. But a local labor attorney says such a referendum violates state law.

Voters seeking property tax relief later this year with a proposal to switch TARTA to a sales tax in November may find themselves paying the freight on both fronts in 2011.

They laugh with us, cry with us, always there for us.

They're always proud of us, always worry for us, always sacrifice for us.

There are other ways of looking at the state of Northwest Ohio’s economy other than the latest monthly unemployment figures or where Toledo ranks in the latest national survey on job creation or some other benchmark.

Toledo’s two unions representing police officers are united men and women in blue who have chosen to battle the Bell  administration over “exigent circumstances.”

Toledo city workers represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local #7 will vote Monday on a new tentative agreement.

The federal government’s official head count is always labeled as important—but the 2010 Census may have more at stake for Northwest Ohio than people realize.

The Port of Toledo is about to put to work $35 million worth of state and federal money, in hopes of one day putting more people to work by shipping cargo via rail, truck, and ship.

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell is seeking a cure to the police department’s “blue flu” before it becomes an epidemic.