Fifty years ago, Sandusky had an abundance of jobs and a low crime rate.
Statistics from the 2005 FBI Uniform Crime Report show Sandusky having a much higher violent crime rate per capita than similar-sized cities in Ohio and in many cases higher than larger cities.
Jobs in Sandusky are becoming scarcer. Driving through Sandusky, seeing the abandoned factories is a constant reminder of the industry we once had.
Now, because of NAFTA and Ohio's taxes, fewer jobs mean less income tax to operate city services, such as police services. Of course, fewer police to fight crime means higher crime. Higher crime means people and businesses will not locate to Sandusky ... which means fewer jobs.
Had our city leaders of 50 years ago foreseen these problems they might have planned accordingly for today. Our responsibilities as citizens are not just for our generation, but also for all generations to come. There is no one answer and improving Sandusky will take years, maybe decades, one step at a time.
There is a group of motivated Sandusky residents and even a few non-Sandusky residents that want to bring Sandusky back, called Citizens for Sandusky's Future. The ultimate goal is to have a flourishing city again. At this moment, we are supporting the Marina District, as well as other important issues pertaining to our city.
We need positive thinking, Sandusky-loving citizens who have positive ideas to join us. If you are interested in Sandusky and would like more information about our group join us for a meeting or visit citizensfor sanduskysfuture.com.