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ith relatively few exceptions, we have supported the legislative eff orts of Toledo City Council President Joe McNamara and Councilman Tom Waniewski. So when an issue such as extending domestic partner benefits to City of Toledo employees sharply divides the two public servants, it merits a close look. As Toledo Free Press Staff Writer Sarah Marie Thompson reported April 27, Toledo Mayor Mike Bell has announced the introduction of legislation that will provide benefits to domestic partners of city employees. If Council approves it, “the legislation will offer the same health, dental and vision benefits to domestic partners of city employees that are offered to married couples and their children. Eligibility will be granted to same-sex and heterosexual couples who meet the criteria for domestic partnership as outlined in the Toledo Municipal Code. Employees will be required to obtain a certificate recognizing their partnership through the city’s Domestic Partner Registry.” with Councilman Steve Steel Thomas F.POUNDS andMcNamara, David Mann, President of EqualityToledo Community Action, spoke in support of the legislation. But at a meeting May 1, councilmen Waniewski, Rob Ludeman and D. Michael Collins opposed the legislation, citing reasons ranging from muddy financial estimates to recently completed union negotiations. While the councilmen are correct in raising questions about the specifi cs of the proposal, they are focusing on short-term concerns at the expense of a long-term benefi t. From a purely business and pragmatic point of view, offering domestic partner benefits makes sense. It is a recruitment tool and undoubtedly an inevitable element of retaining quality employees. As the legislation states, “Currently, 21 states and over 200 local governments, at least 98 Fortune 100 companies, 442 Fortune 500 companies, and approximately 9,000 other private companies, non-profit organizations and unions provide health insurance and other benefits to their employees’ domestic partners. In Toledo, these employers include the University of Toledo, Lucas County, Owens Corning and the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, the cities of Cleveland, Columbus, and Franklin County off er their employees domestic partner benefits and at least 14 Ohio public and private universities and colleges offer these benefits.” Yes, there are questions that should be raised and nothing should be approved without scrutiny. But extending domestic partner benefits makes sense and we urge Council to approve the mayor’s proposal. However, it is distressing to see men as learned as McNamara and Waniewski become entangled in personal rhetoric that stems more from emotion than intellect. McNamara did not use the word “homophobia” to describe the opposition but he implied it, and Waniewski and Collins were correct in objecting to that implication. Bell’s proposal should be considered as a business incentive, not a social issue, and on those merits, it should be implemented. ✯ Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at

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(Cannon booms) ’m Jerry Anderson.” Anderson: “And this just in, before the games even “And I’m Lee Conklin. Welcome to WTOLWTVGWUPWNWO’s coverage of the 2015 Glass begin we have an early exit, as Councilman Phil Copeland has been disqualified for not showing up to compete.” City Hunger Games!” Conklin: “Not really a surprise, Jerry, Anderson: “Indeed, Lee, and this is the but there may be more news as Councilman third annual contest, which was initiated George Sarantou just stole Copeland’s supply in 2012 by Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief of nightlock berries to make baklava. If he Michael Miller, just before his tragic death in eats those berries, he’ll be out before the that incident at the Tim Hortons drive-thru.” games begin!” Conklin: “Th at was a glaze-covered Anderson: “Ah, but look, Lee, George tragedy, but his legacy lives on in this adaptais offering those nightlock baklava desserts tion of the Hunger Games, in which Toledo’s to Lucas County Commissioners Carol leaders face off in a battle to the death, all for Contrada and Pete Gerken. They may see our entertainment.” it as a sign of alliance, but, oh, oh, there Anderson: “Now, we should stress that the competitors are actually using avatars, so Michael S. MILLER it is, both commissioners took a bite and are now writhing in agony on the ground, there will be no true harm or injury to the foaming at the mouth.” actual people involved.” Conklin: “Let’s get a close-up shot of that for the viewers Conklin: “That’s right, Jerry. To remind viewers of our premise, we have 24 participants from districts in at home.” Anderson: “Three contestants gone and we haven’t Northwest Ohio. They will compete in an atmospherecontrolled dome with weapons supplied by sponsors, heard the opening bell yet!” Conklin: “Speaking of Bell, the mayor looks ready for in a battle to the death. The sole winner in this live, televised tournament will receive a Tony Packo’s gift combat in his Chinese brigandine, practicing his wushu basket, stock in First Solar, an autographed Crystal moves. (Trumpets blare) And the 2015 Glass City Hunger Bowersox CD and absolute ruling power over the en- games have officially begun!” Anderson: “The 21 remaining combatants are racing slaved citizens of our region until the 2016 Glass City toward the cornucopia, which contains weapons, water and Hunger Games.” Anderson: “Minor problems in the dome today as food items … Oh! Councilman D. Michael Collins just imthe solar panels that power the lighting are flickering, paled Lindsay Webb with the sharp edge of a metal ‘tornado but everything seems to be working now. We’ve already shelter’ sign!” Conklin: “Yes, Jerry, it looks like Webb’s avatar is going seen the parade and interviewed our combatants, so we’re just seconds away from the battle. Let’s go down to bleed to death on the fi eld, which is ironic when you to the field and hear from Chrys Peterson and Diane think about the depleted blood supply in Northwest Ohio Larson, who were genetically fused into one anchor as the Red Cross union strike enters its fourth year.” Anderson: “On the other side of the field, Counafter our recent media merger.” Conklin: “Great story of corporate synergy there, Jerry, cilman Joe McNamara and Sen. Edna Brown are going at especially when you remember that they used elements of it, punching and kicking and throwing down in a ballot Shaun Hegarty to give Chrys and Diane that ginger glow.” box rematch!” Conklin: “It’s the kind of bloody battle that makes these Chrys/Diane: “We’re here before the big battle begins, with Councilman Tom Waniewski and 2014 Hunger games draw the big ratings, Jerry, and look at that! Brown Games champion, State Rep. Michael Ashford. Michael, just knocked McNamara to the ground, but he is still taking swings and trying to get the best of her.” how do you rate the competition this year?” Anderson: “He’s a scrapper, no question. Brown is Ashford: “I respect the competition, especially Vice President Joe the Plumber, who knows how to use so many moving in for the kill, but she better watch out, because of these tools of destruction. I am hoping he exits early but sneaking up behind her is Rep. Marcy Kaptur.” Conklin: “Oh! 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A4 ■ TOLEDO FREE PRESS ■ MILLER CONTINUED FROM A3 Conklin: “And look, more than 50 of McNamara’s ninja pins have flown across the field, mowing down politicians like a tornado cutting through a trailer park! Down goes Teresa Fedor! Tyrone Riley falls! Down goes Steve Steel! Sherrod Brown is out!” Anderson: “A stunning development! Mike Craig is down! Bob Latta falls! Paula HicksHudson is down! Waniewski staggers near Sarantou, but as they head for shelter for weapons — it looks like Sarantou was reaching for a rhino horn — Rob Ludeman takes them both out with a Danberry Realty sign! It’s a GOP meltdown! What a mess — it’s too bad avatars don’t qualify for domestic partner benefits and health care.” Conklin: “And the Gamekeeper has released a wild card! There’s a lanky towheaded Tracker Jacker wildly dancing and brandishing a blade, but no one seems to be paying attention to him. His blade just doesn’t seem to be intimidating anyone. Oh — the Tracker Jacker just fell and impaled himself.”

Anderson: “Lee, I see an alliance of Adam Martinez, Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Rob Portman and Anita Lopez trying to make a break for the woods, but Ashford was waiting in a tree with a crossbow and he’s picking them off one by one!” Conklin: “Let’s go to Chrys/Diane, reporting from the field.” Chrys/Diane: “It’s a bloodbath down here, as a camouflaged Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter just rose out of the woods and started racing through the field, cracking heads with his bare hands! He took Ashford’s crossbow and pushed him out of the tree! Now he’s shooting arrows like a demented Cupid! McNamara is out! Edna Brown is out! He’s taken out all the survivors! Bernie Quilter may be our winner!” Conklin: “But wait, we only count 22 avatar bodies on the field. Someone is missing … Look! As Quilter steps around the bodies, Mike Bell rides into the arena on a motorcycle and runs Quilter through with chopsticks! It looks like Bell will win the 2015 Glass City Hunger Games!” (Solar panel lights flicker and go out, plunging the arena into darkness) Conklin: “We’ll have to wait for the lights to

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come back on to interview the 2015 champion.” (Lights flicker and turn on) Anderson: “That’s better! Now we can talk to Bell about his stunning victory! But wait! D. Michael Collins has pulled himself from the carnage and is challenging Bell!” Conklin: “It’s a life-and-death battle for a Tony Packo’s gift basket, stock in First Solar, an autographed Crystal Bowersox CD and absolute control over us all! Collins is swinging and lunging with his tornado shelter sign, but Bell’s Changquan practice is paying off.” Anderson: “Collins just won’t go away, he’s making his Marine legacy proud, but Bell is brandishing a qiang. He must have ice water in his veins, because he is approaching Collins like Clint Eastwood in an old Western movie!” Conklin: “Bell is just brushing aside Collins’ strikes! He’s taken the qiang and … oh!” Bell (facing Collins): “Ask not for whom the Bell tolls, *****! I toll for thee.” Anderson: “Oh my! Collins is down! Bell is the 2015 Hunger Games champion! Let’s cut to Chrys/Diane.” Chrys/Diane: “Mike, congratulations! That

was a great strategy, staying above the fray until the last minute!” Bell: “Thanks, Chrys/Diane! I credit my Harley and the teachings of Wushu Master Liu Xiao Ling. As my first act, I’m going to free all the citizens of Northwest Ohio and restore respect and cooperation into our political process. Hey, you two don’t look comfortable sewn together like that. Want me to put you out of your misery?” Chrys/Diane: “Would you, please?” (Bell raises the qiang) Chrys/Diane: “This is Chrys Petersen … and Diane Larson … signing off.” Conklin: “Well, Jerry, it looks like the 2015 Glass City Hunger Games are going to bring long-awaited freedom to Northwest Ohio.” Anderson: “At least for one year, Lee. At least for one year.” (Solar panel lights flicker) ✯ Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Email him at Cover illustration by Don Lee.


Veterans deserve more respect from Kaptur N ot long ago, my opponent in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District race, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, used her Congressional website to take Republicans to task for not being “sensitive” about “the plight of unemployed returning veterans.” She was angry that the House of Representatives had rejected her proposed amendment to the 2013 budget. The amendment would have established a Veterans Job Corps, which she claims “would employ at least 20,000 veterans over five years in projects to preserve and restore America’s national parks, state parks, and other public lands.” This idea may sound good on paper. But it ignores several important questions that involve sensitivity, common sense and responsible government. No. 1: Who was being more sensitive, thoughtful and responsible here? House Republicans who want to reduce out-of-control federal spending, borrowing and deficits — and reduce the size and intrusiveness of a federal bureaucracy that has become a massive legal and regulatory drag on our economy and job creation? Or an out of touch Democrat politician who is determined to keep borrowing, spending and growing our government — and who rejects our veterans’ military backgrounds and wants to turn

them into federally employed land- percent. Our economic growth needs to get back to 4 or 5 percent a year, scapers and groundskeepers? Is Kaptur suggesting that the every year. For that to happen, military training and government needs to stop hands-on experience borrowing and spending our veterans acquired the money the private during their time in sersector needs — the money vice isn’t good enough? private businesses would Or that these jobs are the invest in new equipment, best they should expect? new hires and new ideas Or does she just not refar better than governspect their service and Samuel training? WURZELBACHER ment ever can. Government also needs to stop Kaptur and her camtaxing and regulating paign staff certainly don’t respect my own military training. everything in sight, dragging our That’s obvious from the way they economy down, far too often for no call me a “faux” plumber. Are all our health or environmental benefit. Congress and the federal buother veterans “fake” in their jobs too? Kaptur’s campaign has denied reaucracy also need to stop wasting my military experience several times taxpayer money on worthless before, each time proving that she fake-energy wind, solar and algae and her staff don’t respect veterans schemes — and start letting companies drill again for oil and gas that and our military experience. This lack of respect goes a power our economy and create real long way toward explaining why jobs and revenues. Just over the past few years, oil Kaptur is so willing to turn this nation’s soldiers into landscapers and natural gas “fracking” on state and groundskeepers, when instead and federal lands created 600,000 they could be transitioning to pro- jobs! It generated real energy that we ductive civilian lives in trades for can use, and billions of dollars in revwhich they have already received enue! And here Kaptur is upset that training. Heck, a few might even the House rejected her proposal to borrow more money to create a lousy make pretty good plumbers. No. 2: What this nation needs 20,000 menial jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor — and what our veterans need, so that they can find good jobs — is an Statistics, “young male veterans” beeconomy that is growing. Last year, tween the ages of 18 and 24 had an growth didn’t even reach a lousy 2 unemployment rate of 29.1 percent

last year. Non-veteran males in the same age group had “only” a 17.6 percent unemployment rate — which is also intolerable, insensitive and unnecessary. It’s clear that America is in a crisis — which almost everyone outside of Washington, D.C., realizes. Kaptur, along with most other Washington politicians and bureaucrats, however, is isolated and insulated from this crisis. Both they and we should all be asking: Why are veterans, with all their training and experience, so much worse off than non-veterans, after having served and sacrificed so much for their country? And how much longer can we tolerate this destructive situation? Yes, Congress has tried repeatedly (and failed repeatedly), to “fix” the unemployment problem. But little has been accomplished beyond partisan bickering and political grandstanding. While our political “heroes” keep talking about unemployment, America’s real heroes continue returning home to live it. We need to focus on getting excessive government out of the way, so that the private sector can create jobs for our veterans and the millions of other Americans who so desperately want to work again. A soldier understands one thing above all others: results. Congress, as history continues to prove, doesn’t understand this concept. Worse, too many politicians keep coming up

with crazy ideas that they think will get them votes — when what they will really do is make sure the problems remain unsolved. They obviously have no clue what they’re doing. Veterans deserve better than a 29 percent unemployment rate. Veterans deserve better than politicians who don’t respect what they went through and what they learned from military life. Veterans deserve respect, and an appreciation for what they’ve done for their country. Most of all, veterans deserve to be represented in Washington by people who understand and respect what they did, what they do, what they know and what they have to offer their country when their military service is over. ✯

Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is a Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. Wurzelbacher rose to national fame as “Joe the Plumber” when he challenged then-candidate Barack Obama on his plans to increase taxes for the middle class. Since 2008, Wurzelbacher has spoken nationally in support of bluecollar workers, encouraging voters to get engaged in the political process. Learn more at www. Editor’s Note: Rep. Marcy Kaptur has also been invited to submit guest columns to Toledo Free Press.


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This is a story about a woman who did not get help. She did not ask for help. Some hypothesize that she did not want help. No one around her was required to help. Not the neighbors. Not the apartment complex management. Not the maintenance staff. Carlene McNeil spent the last weeks of her life holed up in her apartment at Pelham Manor — a rental housing complex that caters to low-income individuals who are 62 years old or older — with no working light bulbs. A broken toilet seat. Trash heaped all over the floor, some of it stained with blood. No sheets on her mattress. Her 5-foot-9-inch frame had withered to 85 pounds. Each room at Pelham Manor has a pull cord for emergencies. McNeil did not pull that cord. The management encourages residents to hang a sign on their doorknob at night. Someone will check on them if the sign still hangs by 11 a.m. the next day, according to the tenant handbook. McNeil did not use that sign. The neighbors noticed newspapers piling up at her doorstep. They noticed that she looked ill when they saw her in the laundry room. They visited the front desk multiple times asking the staff to check on her. But the staff could not, said Eileen Gates, director of Pelham Manor. They could call to ask if she was all right. They did once and she said she was fine. They tried again a couple of days later and left a message. They tried a third time before they went to her room and forced themselves inside to find her dead at age 79 on March 6.

Standards A social worker at the complex, located at 2700 Pelham Road, typically meets with each resident in her office to educate them about services. A nurse stops by every Monday to check blood sugar and pressure and to make referrals. But if a resident doesn’t ask for help, there’s not much the management can do, Gates said. Privacy is the primary concern. “They don’t want to feel like they’re living in a nursing home,” Gates said. The staff can enter apartments if they suspect trash is building up, she said. Policy states that the staff may also conduct unannounced inspections to respond to complaints

of “strong odors, evidence of rodent or insect infestation, appearance of water, or other cues that signal unsanitary or unsafe conditions.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designates the site as an approved Section 8 facility, meaning that many of its residents are HUD subsidized and the apartment complex must adhere to a set of standards. The owner of the property is responsible for enforcing the terms of the lease regarding “decent, safe and sanitary” housing. But the owners are not responsible for problems within a resident’s unit that are not reported to management between inspections. Section 8 sites are inspected every one to three years. Pelham Manor has passed all of its inspections going back several years, said Laura Feldman, spokeswoman for Region 5 of HUD, which includes Toledo. “We’d never expect someone to live in anything not sanitary,” Gates said. “But we could have evicted [McNeil] because of her housekeeping.” She said McNeil did not make maintenance requests and would seldom let anyone enter her apartment. Even when the maintenance staff brought bedbug-sniffing dogs to each unit, McNeil refused to let them in, Gates said. The only time anyone from the management could enter her apartment was during annual inspections. The few times the maintenance worker saw the interior of McNeil’s apartment, he mentioned to the office how dirty her space had become but Gates said she thought he was exaggerating. She had a “really strange living style,” Gates said, pointing out that McNeil had no furniture and slept on a pad on a floor for much of her time at Pelham Manor. She didn’t have a bed for years.

Self-neglect McNeil’s neighbor Charon Adams questioned where the line should be drawn. “The privacy rule is fine with healthy, young residents,” Adams said. Adams had noticed something amiss with her neighbor. McNeil had stopped taking the bus to go shopping and had stopped leaving her apartment. She had attended a group once every three weeks in which members would gather to educate each other about history, art, music, education or science. She stopped going to those, too. But even when she was healthier, when her friends would come visit her,

she’d either meet them in the laundry room or ask them to wait outside for her, said her friend Genie Waggoner, who participates in the group. This case is not all that unusual, said Emilie Owens, vice president of nutrition and wellness at the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio. When older adults begin to have problems, their reaction is often to conceal it. If unable to maintain cleanliness in their dwelling, they might become ashamed and reclusive so others remain unaware. Hoarding can even become a source of comfort for some older adults who do not have close family or friends, Owens said. “They accumulate lots of stuff and that becomes what they have a relationship with,” Owens said. Or, Owens said, older adults who have spouses may cover for each other. For example, if grandma falls ill, grandpa might agree to lie to family members about her well-being. But for the peers and family who see through these attempts, there is Adult Protective Services (APS). Selfneglect is the most reported type of elder abuse or neglect in the county. The county agency took 448 suspicion of self-neglect calls from July 2010 through June 2011, compared to 105 calls reporting abuse by others, 121 reporting exploitation by caregivers and 171 regarding neglect by others. About half of the self-neglect calls come in from neighbors, peers, family members or church friends, while the other half come from people who are mandated by law to report if they witness the problem, such as police officers or social workers, said Barbara Van Wormer, senior services coordinator for APS. Within three days of receiving a call, an agent visits the person in question at his or her home. If that person won’t allow the agent to enter, APS can obtain a court permit. Then, the agent must assess whether the individual has the capacity to make decisions and the ability to carry them out. If not, APS must link that person to services that will help. This could be as minimal as coordinating with an in-home care provider to visit regularly to clean or cook. Or, APS might deem that the individual needs to move into a nursing home. If the individual resists, APS works with court to obtain a mandate. “The question is at what point is it OK for the government to say it’s not OK to live the way you’re living anymore?” Van Wormer said. She said 189 of the self-neglect calls from 2010 — 2011 were vali-


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dated. Most of the adults APS investigates are between 72 and 83 years old. And most are women. Typical signs that should evoke concern include whether the older adult is losing weight, withdrawing from hobbies or interests, appearing less well-kept than usual or emitting strange odors, she said.

Independence and privacy Gates said she hasn’t had to report to APS because most of the residents at Pelham Manor have family who intervene if necessary. And although the coroner’s report described McNeil as “emaciated,” Gates said the resident’s appearance was impeccable. “I’ve heard stories where they had no idea that the person was sick or having problems until after the person passes away and then they find bandages or pads and whatever it is to make what was happening to them a secret,” Owens said. What is the crux of this behavior? “People think, no matter what, they have to manage things on their own,” Owens said. “Everyone has this

irrational fear of nursing facilities — they would rather live like that instead of going to one.” She cited a perception among older adults that moving into an assisted living facility is somehow giving in, or that asking for help is a sign of failure to “age successfully.” Some older adults who are healthy and take care of themselves sometimes shun those who cannot, she said. Refusing to admit to frailties is an attempt to reject that sense of failure, she said. Even if that older adult is showing the signs, peers are often hesitant to say anything. These reactions — whether you’re the neighbor or the older adult concealing your troubles — are rooted in common American values. “We fought the Revolutionary War about independence — independence is extremely important in our culture,” Owens said. “And unfortunately sometimes it is the wrong thing in terms of protecting people. But you can’t protect someone from their own choices.” ■ SELF-NEGLECT CONTINUES ON A7



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An independent woman Waggoner, McNeil’s niece Julie McNeil and McNeil’s lifelong friend Bob Box said they thought someone at Pelham Manor should have kept a closer eye on McNeil. Julie contacted Toledo Free Press in March, asking that her aunt’s story be shared. Julie and her aunt had only recently began talking to each other again, after years of growing distant. But the pair had been close when Julie was a child, so she flew in from her New Hampshire home to take care of her aunt’s business after death. She was mortified. “Even if they’re not legally responsible — that’s not what I care about. The issue is how the heck did this happen?” Julie said. “I mean, at what point are you starving to death? She was obviously in that process. Wouldn’t you think that you’d keep an eye out for that stuff ?” Julie said the management should have noticed her aunt’s mail piling up for weeks, or the fact that she weighed 85 pounds. Julie insists her aunt must have looked unhealthy. But McNeil clung to her pride, Julie said. She remembers being 18 years old, sitting in McNeil’s dining room with her feet propped up on the chairs. Julie said her aunt “opened a whole new world for her” because she was the first person who told her that she could disagree with a book, or that she could question people and have her own opinions. She and McNeil would read the Sunday New York Times together and discuss world events. Raised in the 1930s in Toledo, McNeil attended Scott High School. She continued her education at the University of Toledo and moved to New York City shortly after she graduated. There,

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Council debates domestic partner benefits proposal By Sarah Marie Thompson TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Toledo City Council spent a large portion of its May 1 meeting debating proposed legislation that would provide domestic partner benefits to City of Toledo employees. In an April 27 news conference, Mayor Mike Bell introduced the legislation, citing issues of fairness and equality as the reason for the proposal. “We talked about human resource hiring practices and how we need to be fair to everyone, we talked about affirmative action and how we need to be fair to everyone, but yet there are portions of our business actions that we currently have in place, that aren’t

necessarily fair to everyone,� Bell said. Council members who support the legislation, like Bell, also cited fairness and equality as the main reasons for their support. Council President Joe McNamara said this is a simple matter of promoting civil rights. “I feel like there is somewhat of a smoke screen being used around this issue, and I guess there are a lot of different perspectives on how you look at the matter. But from the way I look at it, there are employees of the City of Toledo that are actively being discriminated against because they choose to be in a relationship with someone of the same gender,� McNamara said. Councilman Steve Steel also argued for extending the rights. The City of Toledo would not be

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A12 ■ TOLEDO FREE PRESS ■ BENEFITS CONTINUED FROM A10 Councilman Rob Ludeman cited recent collective bargaining deals as a reason he is against the proposal. “I find it sad and ironic that within 30 days of the finalization of the last bargaining hearing that now magically there appear some funds or some way to include another group of people in the benefits that were reduced by the bargaining units because we didn’t have the funds to run the city. I feel that is a bit of a slap in the face for those who bargain in good faith and good conscience,” Ludeman said. Councilman Tom Waniewski concurred with Ludeman, arguing that same-sex marriage is not recognized by the State of Ohio and therefore domestic partner benefits should not be offered in Toledo.

“This is not a smoke screen, and those of us who are against this legislation are not trying to put up a smoke screen. So please don’t confuse democracy with what our current laws are and what our obligations are to all tax-paying citizens,” Waniewski said. Although the benefits would be considered taxable income for employees, Councilman D. Michael Collins questioned the cost. The estimated cost to the City of Toledo could be as low as $52,000, or as high as $500,000, according to Public Information Officer Jen Sorgenfrei. The figures presented to counicl were rough estimates derived from the cost to other Ohio cities that provide the benefits. Council was clear on defining that eligibility will be granted to same-sex

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To enroll, a notarized application form and fee must be submitted to the clerk of council. After the application is submitted, the couple receives a certificate acknowledging the partnership. As of 2012, an estimated 2,796 people work for the City of Toledo, which has a population of 287,208, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Bell said he expects roughly 2 per-

cent of those employed by the City of Toledo to partake in the program. After roughly 40 minutes of debate, Council decided to send the issue to committee. The issue will be heard at the Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance committee meeting, chaired by Councilman George Sarantou, at 4 p.m. May 30. ✯

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For Schyler Young, the 13-year-old daughter of Scott and Stacey Young, life is a wonderful adventure. Schyler is a huge Mud Hens fan, and although she is developmentally and cognitively delayed with vision and hearing problems, nothing stands in the way of her rooting for the Hens. “She can sit right up in front of the TV, with her face to the screen, and she can listen to the whole game,” her father said. “It makes her happy. It’s a bright light in her life.” And thanks to the Miracle League of Northwest Ohio, Schyler also enjoys playing baseball. Schyler is one of 70-plus special needs children who play an eight-week season at a baseball field about 500 yards behind Northwood Fire Department Station No. 1 in Northwood.

Take Me Out to the Ball Park Schyler’s baseball season was celebrated a few weeks ago when, on April 26, ProMedica hosted its fourth annual sports night, “Take Me Out to the Ball Park.” At the evening fundraiser attended by an estimated 270 people, former Detroit Tigers left fielder Willie Horton spoke about his life and the role baseball played in his development. “He talked about our organization a little bit and how worthwhile a project he thought it was,” said Jeff Barton, Miracle League of Northwest Ohio president. “He knows the role baseball played in his life. He knows the type of development sports plays in a child’s life.” Healthy lifelong development is important to ProMedica and the Miracle League organizations, said Janet Krzyminski, executive director of the Wildwood Orthopedic and Spine Hospital Foundation. One of ProMedica’s goals with the fundraiser was to “find a partner charity that met our mission, which is to promote health and well-being,” Krzyminski said. “[Our support of the Miracle League of Northwest Ohio] is not a one-time thing. We have made a commitment to work with the children who are served by the Miracle League. “Throughout the year, our employees will volunteer their time. This partnership helps our philanthropic mission, which is to promote volunteerism among our employees.”

The Miracle League The Miracle League of Northwest Ohio was established in 2005, when Barton was moved by the birth of his and his wife Lisa’s first child, Vincent, 6. At that time, Barton was working at a home for adults with mental retardation, where he said he witnessed the frustration of the parents of special needs adults who didn’t have many extracurricular activities in which they could participate. “I knew many of them growing up were never a part of a team, never played sports because they never had that opportunity,” Barton said. “So when my son was born, a healthy, typical kid, I started to think, ‘What if he was special needs?’ I would want him to have something to participate in, and one of those things I thought I’d want him to be involved in is baseball. It’s something I grew up with. “When you have a special needs child, it’s almost like having a fulltime job in itself, just in the care of that child. I didn’t think that just because I didn’t have a special needs child should prevent me from moving forward with this idea. Barton convinced his wife and some of their friends to join him in the project. “I had the time to pursue something like this,” Barton said. “Many of my friends who have special needs children say they would have done this a long time ago if they just had the time to devote to it. “And in many cases, they simply don’t. My wife and I were blessed with two healthy boys, and so we decided to do something for kids that want to play baseball that may not have the opportunity to do so.” The children in the program come from the Greater Toledo area, Oak Harbor, Findlay, Tiffin and Southeast Michigan. The special needs children in the program have both physical and cognitive disabilities. “Special needs can be a broad term,” Barton said. “What I tell people is, ‘Hey, if they’re, for whatever reason, not being included in typical leagues in their hometowns, they can come to the Miracle League and play. We don’t exclude anybody.” Participation in the baseball league is not limited to any one group of people. Barton’s children also play in the Miracle League. ■ MIRACLE CONTINUES ON A15


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■ MIRACLE CONTINUED FROM A14 “I think it’s important for them to grow up around people that are different or are perceived to be different,” Barton said. “It’s good for them. They have a blast doing it anyway, so it’s a league for everybody. Inclusion is a big message with our league.” Scott Young said he appreciates

the volunteers who work with his daughter, especially baseball players from high schools like St. John’s Jesuit who volunteer their time and talents. Other volunteers involve themselves in fundraisers like the 5K run/ walk, which generates about $4,000 a year, and the golf outing, scheduled for June 8, which raises around $10,000 a year.

Although fundraising is an important activity of the Miracle League, the organization has been able to operate on a budget of just under $10,000 a year. Barton said it’s most important to focus on the special needs children. “It’s just about being a kid. A lot of kids grow up wanting to play sports, wanting to be included, wanting to be seen for their abilities. And that’s

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what this league allows them to do,” he said. “Rather than for these kids to be seen for their disabilities or their special needs, this league is a chance for them to come out and show people what they can do, and for a lot of them, it’s a thrill. “What I tell people is, ‘Just remember what it’s like when you were a kid growing up playing in sports leagues. Think how different you’d be today if you didn’t have those opportunities.’ “I talk to the friends I grew up with, and I say, ‘You remember when we played baseball or football. They cherish those moments. And that’s what we’re trying to provide to these kids — just some memories of something they did in their childhood that they can look back on fondly.” Barton is adamant that the Miracle League’s success is directly tied to ProMedica’s ongoing support. “ProMedica has been a great sup-

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porter of the Miracle League. I approached them in 2007. When we initially met with them, I had no money. I had no major sponsors,” Barton said. “I was just some guy trying to get this field built. But I knew I had to get some major supporters involved, and ProMedica took a risk with us. “When we got ProMedica’s support, things just seemed to fall into place. When they came on board with us, it gave us the legitimacy that we needed. They’ve been so great to work with, and we’re lucky to have them.” ProMedica officials reported that the “Take Me Out to the Ball Park” event raised about $90,000 through sponsorships, ticket purchases, silent and live auction proceeds and vendor community partnerships. The foundation’s board of directors will meet in late May to decide how much money ProMedica will donate to the Miracle League. ✯



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Mike Langenderfer, owner of The Countertop Shop, credits his business’ best year ever, in 2011, with one simple decision. “We took a look at the recession and decided not to participate,” Langenderfer said. The shop’s success story is being featured in the June issue of Stone World, a trade magazine on stone usage. The store increased sales from 2010 to 2011 by 29 percent, something Langenderfer credits to the business’ superior customer service. “That’s pretty much how we’ve grown the business. We harp about customer service. One in a 100 times, [a phone call] will ever go to voicemail,” he said. The Countertop Shop is largely a family affair. Langenderfer’s wife Karen runs the administration, accounting and payroll while daughter Melissa orchestrates operations, scheduling and purchasing. Son Nick participates in the sales part of the operation. This isn’t the family’s first foray into business. In the late ’80s, the couple had a small sign company and later a cabinet company. In 2001, the Langenderfers bought a small countertop business and slowly began to phase out the cabinet side of the business by 2003. Langenderfer found that countertops were a unique business. “Countertops are not a need item. They’re a want. When people come in to buy a countertop, they’re here because they want to buy a countertop. They’ve already thought about it,” the owner said. The store offers an assortment of fabrication options from laminate to natural stone for wholesale, commercial and residential use. About 50 percent of business comes from remodeling, 25 percent from new homes and another 25 percent from light commercial work. Despite the store’s recent successes, 2009 was a different picture. The Countertop Shop had been a major retailer’s go-to place for custom countertops in the area, but in 2009, that company began having countertops


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for the state made in Columbus. This resulted in a 25 percent loss of revenue for The Countertop Shop. In spite of the tough times and through persistence and customer service, the store largely rebounded. Langenderfer credits some of that to his flexibility with clients. “We try to be as flexible as possible and work with the customer,” he said, adding that means long days and working weekends.

The shop also carries superior brands. “Part of it is we offer the name brand counters,” Langenderfer said, adding however, “We’re in the business to sell countertops, we’re not in the business to sell a brand.” Even with 2011 being its best year ever, the store is already ahead of where it was financially last year at this time. “Our business has skyrocketed in the last couple months.

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ecently, I was asked when one should take a profit on a holding. Although this is a fairly simple question there are several answers that might be applicable depending on your circumstances or goals. There is an old saying, and I don’t know who to attribute it to, but the saying goes, “You never go broke taking a profit.� If you have a decent profit on a particular holding there is nothing wrong with locking in that profit and realizing the gains. Of course, there are tax consequences to take into consideration, which I will not go into here, but are important nonetheless. Studying the technicals and the fundamentals are what come into play when deciding the timing on when to take a profit. Last week we talked about the price to earnings, or P/E ratio and the importance of this number when evaluating the price of a holding. As the price of a stock moves up, the price in relation to the earnings becomes greater and hence more expensive. If the P/E ratio is creeping up and the forward financials indicate

a slowing in the earnings, or even flat earnings, you might want to take the profit. Another strategy for those unsure whether to sell or not is to sell off a partial position and keep the remainder. This is like having your cake and eating it too, but it does provide a compromise on whether to sell today. Often we take the profit off the holding Gary L. and invest it into another holding. This helps to diversify a portfolio and spread the risk further. Options are a little more complicated method of locking in the profit of a holding. You can simply purchase a “put� at a set price that will lock in the profit. The purchase price of the “put� can reduce the overall profit you make on the holding but it does give you flexibility in the timing and pricing of a sale. (Many of the option strategies employed are “cashless�

meaning there is no out-of-pocket cost to the investors). Most investment advisers don’t invest or use options since they are complicated and require diligence in using them, but they are very useful and offer a tremendous amount of protection. A contrarian attitude of when to sell is when everyone else is buying. If the volume starts to pick RATHBUN up significantly it may be time to get out and take the gain. Generally, once the media starts to sing the praises of a company and how well it has done recently, it’s time to get out and into something else. Finally, a good indicator of when to get out is if the insiders are selling. If the CEO or other top executives are selling their shares they probably know something you don’t and you might want to follow their lead. This is public information and readily available for anyone who knows where to look.


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It wasn’t too long ago that Eric Church was playing bars and clubs. That’s when he started wearing that black cap and those sunglasses. “The band, it was kind of a joke, they started calling me ‘Chief ’ because I’ve got those mirrored, kind of police shades, and it became a nickname that stuck,” he said. “They didn’t know that was my grandpa’s nickname; he was chief of police for 35 years in the town I grew up in. “And I just loved how without them knowing it, it was always his nickname and it became my nickname naturally. And it was fitting when it came time to title this record. It paid homage to the live show, but it also paid homage to what he meant to me.” While he has several pairs of shades, there’s only one hat. “There’s just something about the hat. I found it at a truck stop, and I’ve never seen another one. I’ve thought if I lose the hat, the career’s over,” the country singer joked during a call from Nashville. Church’s career has skyrocketed since his third disc, “Chief,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 last year. “It’s like all of a sudden somebody flipped a switch and you’re headlining and in our case filling out arenas,” he said. “It’s been overwhelming at times to see the number of people out there and think about what we came from and how fast we got to where we are in the last year’s time.” Church will bring his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour to Huntington Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert May 10. Brantley Gilbert, who sings “Country Must Be


Country Wide,” will open. Remaining tickets range from $32.75 to $40.50. “Drink in My Hand,” the second single from “Chief,” became the North Carolina native’s first No. 1 song. “It’s amazing how few people can see the stage from my vantage point; from my vantage point, I get to see the crowd — they get to see me, but I get to see them, and there are certain songs that they’re amazingly coordinated with their beers. They’ll go left, they’ll go right, it’s almost synchronized, and sometimes it’s humorous to see,” Church said. “We came off stage and one of the songwriters in the group said, ‘Why don’t we just put a drink in their hand?’ and the song was born basically from just watching the crowd.” “Springsteen” is based on the country star’s first amphitheater concert. “I was around 15, 16 years old, and you know it’s the first time you don’t go to a concert with your parents. You spread a blanket up on the lawn, you buy the cheap tickets, you’re involved with whatever buddies are up there, you’re not old enough to drink beer so you’re borrowing beer from the people on the lawn,” he recalled. “There was a big group of us, but there was a girl I had my eye on, and it ended up being a night that we hung out, we talked and got to know each other. And we didn’t last very long, but till this day when I hear that artist’s songs, I think about her. “And for me, it was not Bruce Springsteen; I’ll never say who my artist is because I want everybody to have their own artist. I picked Springsteen as the palette for the song because of how Bruce defined an era. Chances are from 1980 to 1989, Bruce was probably your guy in America, and I love the way he built his career. I love his songwriting.” The 35-year-old also loves oldschool country — and rock. “You couldn’t be a child of the ’80s like I was and not listen to rock n’ roll — AC/DC, Metallica, even stuff like Iron Maiden, Pantera,” he said. So it’s fitting Church will play Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival in June. “I’m excited and a little bit apprehensive, ” he said. “We’re the only country act in there. It’s a great honor; I’m flattered to do it. I just hope they don’t kill me.” The country outlaw is used to going his own way. “I was proud with ‘Homeboy’ when ‘Chief ’ debuted No. 1 in the world. ‘Homeboy’ was a pretty deep song; it wasn’t by any stretch an easy radio hit, and we decided for that reason it was

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A+ SELF STORAGE AT 1324 W. ALEXIS TOLEDO, OH 43612 WILL OFFER FOR PUBLIC SALE AT 3:30PM ON MAY 29, 2012 THE FOLLOWING UNITS: Unit 120, Zakia Wappner 824 Woodland Toledo, oh. 43607: End Tables, Entertainment Stand, Plants; Unit 621, Brenda Pitchford 5685 Lakeview Newport, MI 48166: TV, Vacuum, Storage Tubs; Unit 722, Devon M. Cumberland 334 Winthrop St. Toledo Ohio 43620: Dresser, Boxes, Storage Tubs; Unit 815, Paul Gauthier 5956 Roseland AVE Monroe, Mi 48161: Chest of Drawers, Boxes, Bags; Unit 843, Mindy Baker 126 Pasadena Blvd. Toledo oh 43612: TV; Unit 1005, Michelle Carter 1333 Brooke Park Dr. Apt. #3 Tol. Ohio 43612: Dining Room Table, Bicycle, Boxes; Unit 1104, Timothy A. Smith 409 Burbank Dr Toledo OH 43607: End Table, TV, Sofa; Unit 1306, Andrea Welch 5338 Sandra Toledo OH 43613: TV, Boxes, Toys; Unit 1504, Sylvester Jones 1106 Waverly St. Toledo, OH. 43607: Tv’s, Bicycles, Storage Tubs; Unit 1714, Michele Tomczak 1933 Alexes Rd. Toledo, OH 43612: Sofa, Loveseat, TV; Unit 1903, Koren A. Gibson 1322 Brookepark #6 Toledo OH 43612: Fire Place Mantel; Unit 1914, Khadijah Cook-Worden 519 New York St Apt #2 Toledo, OH 43611: Car Seat, Exersaucer, Boxes. Cash and Removal. Call ahead to confirm: 419-476-1400

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INTERESTED BIDDERS: PURCHASING BUILDING DEMOLITION PROJECT Sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Education of the Toledo Public School District until 1:00 p.m. on May 23, 2012 at the Toledo Public Schools Treasurers’ Room 3, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43608, for all labor, material and supervision necessary for the demolition of the Purchasing Building as more fully described in the drawings and specifications for the project prepared by Macpherson Architects and will be opened publicly and read immediately thereafter. Bid Documents for the project may be examined at the F.W. Dodge plan room in Columbus, Builders Exchange in Toledo, University of Toledo – Capacity Building, E.O.P.A. – Hamilton Building, Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Plan Room in Ann Arbor, Construction Association of Michigan, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Construction News. Bidders may obtain copies of the documents starting May 4, 2012 which can be purchased from Becker Impressions, 4646 Angola Road, Toledo, Ohio 43615, phone: (419) 385-5303. Drawings may be obtained on CDROM for no cost with the purchase of the specifications.

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Toledo Free Press – May 6, 2012  
Toledo Free Press – May 6, 2012  

This edition features artwork for “Glass City Hunger Games,” a satire by Michael S. Miller (see page 3). Death raises questions of elderly s...