E-mail to Commissioner Dennis Miller Jr.

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Dear Commissioner Dennis Miller:

I am sorry that we have never had the opportunity to meet, but I wanted to take a moment to urge you to very carefully read the above captioned report. I hope you take the time to do that and question if this was indeed a fair and impartial investigation of the facts, or whether it followed the dictates of an agenda.

I also wanted to mention to you that I met a man at the city commission meeting on Thursday who shared with me his thoughts about this issue and others. He also mentioned he's lived in his home in the 1500 block of Shelby Street for 67 years and said there are eight vacant houses surrounding his home. I drove to his neighborhood earlier today, and sadly, it appears the information he gave me is exactly correct.

I wonder if the more than $40,000 spent so far on the Murman investigation and related expenses would have been better spent to protect our neighborhoods and secure our city's future.

Please feel free to call me anytime. There are a great many other concerns I have regarding this issue, and it would be nice to meet and talk with you about them. Thank you for taking the time to consider my request.

Sincerely,

Matt Westhover

Managing editor

Sandusky Register

Ofc. 419-609-5866

Comments

Anonymous

Tom, you have been on the county commission much to long. It is time to retire you and bring in the new. We need some change and new ideas. You have gained way too much power over the years you have been commissioner and it is time to go.

Anonymous

Mike, If elected, what do you intend to do to improve Erie County? What are your goals? Where do you stand on the nursing home and the jail situation? How about those ankle bracelets and getting this program up and running?

Anonymous

;-)

Annie

Another song! :o)

Rick Studer

ED… It’s truly frustrating trying to communicate with you, I’ll give you that. My last post contained at least 3 topics for discussion; did you ignore them or just not get it? I can’t tell.

I write too many words? I’m sorry about your attention span, perhaps if you got a longer view of things you might develop some ideas, really, have you actually put forth any in these post. I can’t find any. You’re just as critical as me in your writing style, only not as creative.

As for Mr ED, actually I’ve never seen it, a talking jackass didn’t appear interesting, too many real ones to watch. I didn’t think the analogy was clever, I thought it would irritate you, and it seems to have served its purpose since you mentioned it. Do you own me? You can’t really believe you could offend me now did you?

As for the arena of ideas I think you’ve failed Rush and Bill miserably, but its good to know you’re on their side.

Remember, Ignorance is Bliss, (for your tombstone)

Rick

P.S. Hope this was short and sweet, like you… Bye, Bye Ed

Anonymous

An amazing and uplifting story from such a wonderful and talented young lady. You are an inspiration to many people who may have had a less than perfect day. Think of how nice it would be to see more smiles than frowns! Thanks for being such a great role model..we need more young people like you in our world!

enough

How much more time do you need? After this many years, you still need more time?

Anonymous

Idiot? You must be a Matt lover...or maybe you are Matt. Either way I had to hear all the time how Matt had a crush on her, so he deserves to be reminded about the MORON he backed for so long.....youre pathetic!

Taxpayer

Good! I have LOTS of QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

you have accommplished nothing and have a little knowledge about nothing. The taxpayers are tired of seeing your Beach Boy look on a 50+ yr old. Take your sorry show back to repairing a TV. We're tired of helping you pay your child support with a high paid part time job for doing NOTHING!

Anonymous

you better understand the scope of the job as a Commissioner. You have little to zero involvement in schools! Sounds like you spent more time on your public relations than on your understanding of the position you are seeking! What will you do with the mess at Job & Family Services? That place has been a MESS that has continued to be covered up and daily people of this county are hurt by their lack of understanding of their jobs and customer service to citizens. You present no details!! Come on Clara, where's the beef?

libertarian

Just your typical collection of collectivist thugs.

Anonymous

To: RE Oh GAWD wrote on Aug 20, 2008 7:34 PM:

Oh how wrong you are my fellow little blogger! I am NOT a Matt lover nor am I Matt (I could give a rats a$$ about him).

I am just a blogger who is SICK AND TIRED of hearing about the Nuesse crap!

By the way have you noticed the most recent article on this which was posted Monday ("Depositions begin in Nuesse civil service case") has only 55 comments so far. GOOD! That just shows others are getting tired of this as well. Keep her fired, away from Sandusky and let's move on to other, more interesting stories.

I don't even bother to read the articles or the comments on that topic anymore.

ENOUGH OF NUESSE ALREADY! ! ! ! !

Now since you had me completely wrong, how about an apology?.............

:)

Anonymous

Word from within the county employees is that he is hardly ever in the office. He has taken a part time job and made it into almost a NO TIME job.

Much the same way Clerk of Courts Barbra Johnson has been doing her last 20 years in office. They are both robbing the tax payers by collecting their salaries and not doing any work!

They both need to go! !

Anonymous

Let's see if the democrates in Erie County can see how Ferrell and Johnson are not doing their job and actually vote for the BETTER CANDIDATE instead of voting down the party line.

Anonymous

When you get out into the real world you'll realize why most people don't smile.

the Dude

What a great blog! It is truly an inspiration to us all and the highlight of my day! Thanks so much Michelle!

tk

Well, Tom, after 20 years your job should have been done if you had actually been doing anything. Like the groundhog that comes out of its hole once a year, you come out of yours once every four years when you run for re-election. I hope the voters have wised up and will send you packing. I am a life long Democrat but I have zero intention of voting for you no matter what you write on here because what you say means zilch.

mimi

Nice blog Michelle! You put a smile on my face.

Anonymous

well... wrote on Aug 16, 2008 7:24 AM:

" Aren't they really saying that clothes ARE important by trying to make them NOT important? "

NOW, THAT IS THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! I JUST WANTED TO GIVE PROPS = )
BY THE WAY, THE OLD EXPRESSION OF, "CLOTHES MAKE THE PERSON" IS OLD & STUPID. PEOPLE MAKE THE CLOTHES, BUY & SELL THEM, WEAR THEM AND WELL CLOTHES ARE JUST FABRIC, PRINTS & TEXTILES THAT DIFFERENT PEOPLE CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY. SOME PEOPLE ARE ALL ABOUT THE STYLE BUT I AM MORE OF A COMFORT KIND OF PERSON. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT I DON'T HAVE STYLE. IT JUST MEANS THAT I'D RATHER BE COMFORTABLE THAN FASHIONABLE.

Anonymous

Great blog, Michelle!
Smiling, like laughter, is contagious. I don't think many people realize the effect that their attitude, good or bad, has on others. Have you ever been in a really great mood and then someone with a negative attitude comes around? Either you can cheer them up with your optimism or sometimes they will bring you down to keep them company in their misery.
Sure, we can all think of something that's depressing and sure some people are more succeptible to depression... but who wouldn't rather think of their 'personal Hannah' rather than doting on things they can not change? In doing so, we may be creating changes ourselves! We might change the way someone percieves us or life in general; we may even influence change in others; best of all, we could possibly lift someone up who is feeling down, simply by sharing our own happiness!
Smiling is a great method of 'Paying It Forward' and I thank you for doing just that today = )

Anonymous

What's you name tough guy?

CM

what a positive blog. yes, a smile goes a long way. whenever you smile at someone, watch them smile back most of the time.
i believe most people don't take the time to appreciate the little things in life..the good things. i know bad things happen to good people, that's life. you have a choice to either dwell on the negative or "smile" about the positive.
let me tell you working in the service industry can be a hard job at times. i make it a goal to put a smile on someone that looks like they need one. the thrill and MY pay-off is that they leave with that smile. don't get me wrong it doesn't work all the time, but when it does it's worth it.
so SMILE, and try to focus on the positive.

CM

i agree, i love the humor. most of the blogs here are boring, negative, ignorant and just plain stupid.
so, thanks for making me smile..
i wish i had a goofy neighbor. well, mine is goofy but not funny--LOL

Anonymous

Where's your list of things that have "backfired" tough guy?? You wouldn't have enough guts to say those things in a public forum now would you?? You probably don't even vote!!! Or you are one of Westerhold's hacks.

This whole thing stinks and if I was candidate for commissioner I wouldn't even do it. Just the Register's way of degrading certain candidates.

libertarian

Smiles go a long way. Nice and positive article.

Anonymous

This dude is history! He has done NOTHING!

Anonymous

I am not voting for this guy. He was not a good commissioner. Everything he has done has back fired.

Anonymous

WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR US?

Anonymous

Give Hoefarts a blog. Please!

Anonymous

have a letter? This is sounds more like gossip than news.

Anonymous

why don't you name something that Tom did in the past 20 yrs that actually did not cost more than he said; or for that fact, that he even did anything to lead Erie Co anywhere but DOWN!!

Anonymous

"Redfern, who is state rep for this district, is stepping aside at the end of his term"

I thought Redfern stepped aside a couple of years ago. Where has Redfern been? We have been without a real rep for years.

Anonymous

I would vote for Mickey before voting for this clown.

the Dude

Michelle, you have one very fine blog. I truly enjoy looking at your blog.

Anonymous

Thank you for your question. I hope to accomplish the following, economic development of Erie County by
-retaining our present industry
-expanding our present industry
Both, retention and expansion, will require me to be "in the know" with the industrial, commercial, and business leaders. I will meet with these leaders to find out how Erie County can retain or expand their companies.
-securing new industry, commercial, and businesses by working closely with Erie County Economic Development Corporation and Erie Regional Planning. For example, securing 10 manufacturers that employ 50 people each will be just as valuable as one that would employ 500. I will encourage regional partnerships that most definitely will have regional benefits. A prime example is the NASA Plum Brook project. The Orion project will create high paying tech jobs. However, numerous other jobs will also be created, e.g., construction, clerical, accounting, mechanical, and on and on. This is a MUST for Erie County. I will work deligently with all governmental agencies to see this happen. Other areas that revolve around economic development are alternative energy and the health industry. Green is not a fad. Green is the future. I will work to see if Erie County can be a manufacturing site for alternative energy. Route 4 continues to be the medical corridor of the county (plus some on Rt.101). Long ago I learned that people judge the quality of 3 items before moving to an area. They judge the schools, the library, and the hospitals. Erie County is blessed to have the Rt. 4 corridor, both for the jobs and the quality of life care.
-encourage the continued growth of the tourism industry. The 2005 impact study showed the Erie County benefited 1.75 billion dollars. Lake Erie is the draw and shopping is the main activity once the tourists arrive. I will work with that industry to continue to draw those tourists' dollars. I am committed to help make this county a better place to live.

Again, thank you for your question.

Anonymous

Personally I am glad Chris Redfern is stepping down, I have heard things about him that make me sick!! Some great family man....huh!! Anyone who runs against him in the past needs to dig deep into his personal life and I guarantee they would find some really interesting dirt!! He's a joke!!!

Anonymous

I see Michelle is sporting a nice great big smile in her pic. NOT! Looks like old fashioned Red Baron goggles sniffin' a stinkfinger with a grimmace!

Wow

re: hancrack me up

dude, you have a lot of problems. did you notice that all of the comments are positive ones? you single handedly found something thing to be negative about. do you go out of your way to be unhappy??? or did mommy forget to hug you and your just subconciously a manic depresent who has nothing better to do then comment on a teenagers blog at 5:40 in the morning? you are exactly the type of person michelle was talking about who is "dwelling on every little rain drop on your parade"
get a life and stop poisioning the smiles of those around you.

freespirittraveler

Everything I`ve heard about this guy is bad.I haven`t heard of anything this guy got done the way he said he would do it.He is a joke.

freespirittraveler

You got my vote Mike. I`ve been waiting for someone like you to come out of the woodwork.

freespirittraveler

You got my vote.

freespirittraveler

I hope if you get the job that you do what you say you will.

Anonymous

http://www.thenews-messenger.com...

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern violated Ohio elections law by using campaign materials to purposely mislead voters, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Anonymous

Skeezer : sex scandals and elected officials/skelitons in the closet tommy.

libertarian

Like Edwards, Redfern has nice hair. Also like Edwards he is a typical socialist/collectivist government thug. He has advocated for and helped pass many laws that violate people's rights. Murray has done the same in Sandusky and will continue to do the same in Columbus. All are slick and corrupt lawyers (is there any other kind?). Shame on them all!

Anonymous

Do you get wireless at the marina? Or do you occasionally come into town and mill around with the common folk?

Anonymous

Journalism seems to have evolved from news reporting to news commentary in many cases. All major news on TV is pretty much that way. I too disagree with commentary geared to swaying the reader or observer. But, that is just the way it is. If I had my wish, The No Spin Zone would just spin a way and disappear, but that just isn't going to happen.

Anonymous

Jpke is that you people have no idea what you are talking about. Ferrell was always the minority commissioner until Mongahan got elected in 2006. If anybody did nothing it was McKeen and her Republican buddies Butcher and Sparky. They were the majority for most of Ferrell's terms. Oh wait McKeen did get her hair done every week does that count???

Anonymous

Redfern is for Redfern. He didn't like David Giese, former Erie County DEM chief. Now he has problems with current chair, Amy Grubbe. Both are good people. Could it be that Redfern is the problem, not everyone else? He's probably the main reason McCain will carry Ohio.

Anonymous

Skeezer

Anonymous

Look at the years that Ferrell has been in office with all Dems! Way back to the corruption of Bill Scheid..what a crook he was and what a do nothing the Dems have been. Tommy was in the majority almost all his years except the past term! And, hey Tommy...that picture is even worse than the other one! All that alcohol is showing!

reader

gee whiz....a landscaped welcome sign out on 250.....if they're here to see it, they obviously found out enough about our area's attractions to travel here. Money would be better spent advertising to get them here.

Maybe the county should fund another $100,000 study of the matter.

I would be very willing to undertake the project.

hello

Just what has Redfern done?? Is he hoping for Obama to win so he will get some appointment - ambassador or something?

Anonymous

I'm not voting for you because number one your son is a liar and it might come natural and number two your a realtor. Enough said.

willie

I'm a true blue democrat and will be voting republican(PRINTY)

Anonymous

Sleaze

willie

Hey Mr. Shenigo...if you are a friend of Tommy Ferrell Jr...I'm not voting for you...and i'm a Democrat

lou

Who's kid did Mr. Shenigo wife hit on Hull Rd...curious

willie

Mr. Shenigo...who's kid did your wife hit on Hull Rd.

Anonymous

www.mikeprinty.com

To begin answering the question of what I feel we must accomplish, let me first share my thoughts about how the best elected officials accomplish great results.

When we go through difficult times, we tend to make a mistake; we look for a leader who seems to have, at hand, the solutions for our problems. We want this person to have the answers that will make hard and complex problems seem simple.

Today’s problems do not have simple answers. Rather than look for a solo performer, we need to support leaders that have the courage to face our problems for which there are no simple and painless answers. We need leaders that will challenge all involved people to have a greater understanding of the problems, to generate a creative list of solutions and then help choose the best available options. We have to revitalize our sense of citizenship and involvement to solve current day problems. We need to move forward with a consensus and incredible support for the chosen solutions.

This is to say that I do have thoughts about what I would like to achieve, but I must also be prepared to work with others to create the list of solutions and help choose the best options.

1. I would like to be the consistent and strong influence that causes Erie County to live within its income level and insure that we support the priority, the effective and statutory services.

2. I want to insure that our county establishes a solid and truly effective economic development organization with an action plan that includes:

a. Real and tangible regional collaboration between all governments and economic development organizations within the county.
b. The education of all people within in the County so they are familiar with the key elements of economic development and to request that they support our program by telling the Erie County story to all visitors to the County.
c. Target industry teams that talk to Erie County businesses and identify the trends and companies that can represent economic growth in Erie County.
d. To launch an effective strategy for the development of a new airport that will support the development of NASA.
e. A plan to take advantage of our wind resource to become a hub for wind.

3. I would like all cities, villages and townships within the county to feel they have recognition and support from county government.

4. I want us to courageously face long standing problems, such as jail over crowding, and find the best solution possible.
5. I want to be the strong and consistent influence that will drive us to become a leader in energy conservation and recycling.
6. I would like to help create the result where all populations in the county place great value in education, technology and the performing arts.

Anonymous

WELCOME TO ERIE COUNTY AKA LIL DETROIT

HOME OF THE BLUE STREAKS
HOME OF DIEING INDUSTRY
HOME OF HIGHEST TAXES
HOME OF THE GOB'S
HOME OF BAXTER GATE
HOME OF NUESSE GATE
HOME OF THE MURRAT

Anonymous

Hey NICKEY BOY, WANNA PLAY IP TAG?

Anonymous

The SR deletes posts that are informative, but may be a little hurtful. The SR can leaves disgusting posts that people leave when someone dies or is assaulted, but attack a politician because he is a liar and they delete it. Chris Redfern is a liar and he does not belong in politics. Or maybe he does...I dunno...I hope one of his platforms is not family...because he is certainly not real concerned about that. I hope he does step down for good, it could be nothing but good news for us all!!

Anonymous

His commission buddy Bill has the plans hidden in Groton Township.

Anonymous

I wrote 3 days ago and asked all 4 candidates questions. I was not negative or nasty (as most of these comments by others have been, especially on Ferrell’s blog) in my questions. They were thought out questions which I think were important questions in order to know the candidates stance on how they will operate as a commissioner.

So far, the only candidates to respond to me are Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy. Thank you to the both of you. I might not agree with everything they wrote, but at least he replied! Is it that the other candidates don’t think they have to respond?

Look at it this way boys, you are going for an elected position (a job) which the tax payers (your potential employers) will decide if you get “hired” or not. Consider any questions from your “potential employers” as “interview questions.” If you choose not to answer them, then that only goes to show that you won’t listen to your “employers” once you get in office. So why should anyone vote for you? As of now, I know I will NOT be voting for Ferrell, or Shenigo because of their attitude towards the tax payers. We have enough of this kind of crap already at the state and federal level! It’s about time tax payers stand up to this kind of nonsense.

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WORK FOR US AND ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO US! ! ! If they don’t understand that, then they should not get elected, and if they are already in office, then they should be voted out. I WANT ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT LISTEN TO WHAT WE, THE TAX PAYERS WANT, NOT WHAT THEY THINK IS BEST FOR US. What do you think we are, children? GET OVER YOUR STINKIN’ EGOS AND GET TO WORK YOU LAZY *&^! ! ! ! ! !

If you can’t do that, then don’t run for office! ! ! Why bother?

Anonymous

I wrote 3 days ago and asked all 4 candidates questions. I was not negative or nasty (as most of these comments by others have been, especially on Ferrell’s blog) in my questions. They were thought out questions which I think were important questions in order to know the candidates stance on how they will operate as a commissioner.

So far, the only candidates to respond to me are Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy. Thank you gentlemen. I might not agree with everything they wrote, but at least they replied! Is it that the other candidates don’t think they have to respond?

Look at it this way boys, you are going for an elected position (a job) which the tax payers (your potential employers) will decide if you get “hired” or not. Consider any questions from your “potential employers” as “interview questions.” If you choose not to answer them, then that only goes to show that you won’t listen to your “employers” once you get in office. So why should anyone vote for you? As of now, I know I will NOT be voting for Ferrell or Shenigo because of their attitude towards the tax payers. We have enough of this kind of crap already at the state and federal level! It’s about time tax payers stand up to this kind of nonsense.

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WORK FOR US AND ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO US! ! ! If they don’t understand that, then they should not get elected, and if they are already in office, then they should be voted out. I WANT ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT LISTEN TO WHAT WE, THE TAX PAYERS WANT, NOT WHAT THEY THINK IS BEST FOR US. What do you think we are, children? GET OVER YOUR STINKIN’ EGOS AND GET TO WORK YOU LAZY *&^! ! ! ! ! !

If you can’t do that, then don’t run for office! ! ! Why bother?

Anonymous

I wrote 3 days ago and asked all 4 candidates questions. I was not negative or nasty (as most of these comments by others have been, especially on Ferrell’s blog) in my questions. They were thought out questions which I think were important questions in order to know the candidates stance on how they will operate as a commissioner.

So far, the only candidates to respond to me are Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy. Thank you gentlemen. I might not agree with everything they wrote, but at least they replied! Is it that the other candidates don’t think they have to respond?

Look at it this way boys, you are going for an elected position (a job) which the tax payers (your potential employers) will decide if you get “hired” or not. Consider any questions from your “potential employers” as “interview questions.” If you choose not to answer them, then that only goes to show that you won’t listen to your “employers” once you get in office. So why should anyone vote for you? As of now, I know I will NOT be voting for Ferrell or Shenigo because of their attitude towards the tax payers. We have enough of this kind of crap already at the state and federal level! It’s about time tax payers stand up to this kind of nonsense.

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WORK FOR US AND ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO US! ! ! If they don’t understand that, then they should not get elected, and if they are already in office, then they should be voted out. I WANT ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT LISTEN TO WHAT WE, THE TAX PAYERS WANT, NOT WHAT THEY THINK IS BEST FOR US. What do you think we are, children? GET OVER YOUR STINKIN’ EGOS AND GET TO WORK YOU LAZY *&^! ! ! ! ! !

If you can’t do that, then don’t run for office! ! ! Why bother?

Anonymous

I wrote 3 days ago and asked all 4 candidates questions. I was not negative or nasty (as most of these comments by others have been, especially on Ferrell’s blog) in my questions. They were thought out questions which I think were important questions in order to know the candidates stance on how they will operate as a commissioner.

So far, the only candidates to respond to me are Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy. Thank you gentlemen. I might not agree with everything they wrote, but at least they replied! Is it that the other candidates don’t think they have to respond?

Look at it this way boys, you are going for an elected position (a job) which the tax payers (your potential employers) will decide if you get “hired” or not. Consider any questions from your “potential employers” as “interview questions.” If you choose not to answer them, then that only goes to show that you won’t listen to your “employers” once you get in office. So why should anyone vote for you? As of now, I know I will NOT be voting for Ferrell or Shenigo because of their attitude towards the tax payers. We have enough of this kind of crap already at the state and federal level! It’s about time tax payers stand up to this kind of nonsense.

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WORK FOR US AND ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO US! ! ! If they don’t understand that, then they should not get elected, and if they are already in office, then they should be voted out. I WANT ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT LISTEN TO WHAT WE, THE TAX PAYERS WANT, NOT WHAT THEY THINK IS BEST FOR US. What do you think we are, children? GET OVER YOUR STINKIN’ EGOS AND GET TO WORK YOU LAZY *&^! ! ! ! ! !

If you can’t do that, then don’t run for office! ! ! Why bother?

Anonymous

Please do not give others credit for my comments dip$&!t.

Anonymous

My bad D O U C H B A G!!

Anonymous

Grubbe has split the Democratic Party. A Party Chair is suppose to be a leader and chair the meetings. Grubbe has played politics while being Chair. From the message on the pastor's answering machine, (what a disgrace), calling people liars, showing herself out in public, and using people to her advantage, Grubbe has to go. I hope Redfern does the right thing and appoints someone else to Chair the Democratic Party. I think that would make alot of the Democrats happy.

Anonymous

I have the "Redfern Letter" but Matt cannot have it.

http://cache.daylife.com/imagese...

Anonymous

Redfern can't appoint any one! The DEM central committee determinds who the chair will be. Most DEM county chair people throughout Ohio can't stand Redfern's arrogant personality. It's not Grubbe, just as it wasn't Giese. The problem is Redfern is the biggest wanna be in the universe

Anonymous

Redfern wanted Amy Grubbe to be Erie County Chair, because he didn't like David Giese. He wanted all the power, of which Giese wasn't ready to give up. Be careful what you wish for Chris!

Anonymous

My BAD D O U C H B A G !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

As a Republican, THANK YOU Chris Redfern, you are a huge help to us!

Anonymous

Maybe Tom doesn't have a landscaper friend?

Anonymous

Couldn't have said it any better. Thank you.

Winston Smith

Sen. Obama has campaigned on a premise of changing Washington politics and then he picks a three decades long insider for his running mate?

His campaign strategy appears increasingly confused almost daily.

I would have thought that a former or current governor would have been a better choice. He should at least have chosen someone who has some experience with running a state administration.

Kinda of the reverse of the 2004 Democratic candidates where Edwards was a one term Senator and Kerry was the long-time insider.

Anonymous

Your questions are what other people want to know but obviously just don't know how to word it or whatever. A lot of people CARE but they just don't fully understand politics nor do they understand what's going on in this County at their expense. Please continue to do the taxpayers a favor by asking these questions that deserve an answer. Thank you. (Maybe you should run for commissioner---I'm serious)

Joe JACKSON

I do not see what some of these posts have to do with improving the e-paper! I would like the see the paper improved so I could read it! As it is, it is too small to read on my computer and when I try to enlarge it it is blurred. This does not happen on other e-papers I read. Like one of the psots said, he does not like actuall paper "laying around". I do hope some improvement can be made so I can view it. I have subscribed to it several times and could not view it! I do not understand what the MILLA posts got to do with improving the quality of the e-paper!!

reader

Senator Biden is a great choice for VP. He's an honest, decent man with the wisdom and experience to make a great veep.

Anonymous

Printy has my vote. This dude needs to go.

Anonymous

Still waiting on the answer how you stand on the Erie County home of which you did not answer the question. How about the ankle bracelet program?

Anonymous

If elected are you REALLY going to listen to the concerns of ALL citizens? Where do you stand on the nursing home issue? How do you plan on bringing good paying jobs into this County when so many have left?

Anonymous

Hey Cap'n, I'll give you my IP address (assuming you tell me how I can figure it out). What are you going to do after I reveal it? C'mon, big boy, please illumunate all of us...what are you going to do with another's IP address? Just curious. Thanks.

Anonymous

Joe, How do you feel about the situation with the Erie County home and solving the jail crisis? Are you for using the ankle bracelet program?

Anonymous

After Obama loses Ohio, and the Republicans take back the Erie County county commission, you won't have Chrisy boy to kick around. He's gone! The real Democrats will see to that!

Perhaps he and his buddy Ferrell can both get jobs for the first time in their lives.

Anonymous

You say that jobs, schools, seniors and the business community all deserve attention. We already know that so could you please elaborate? I also noticed that you did not promise to address any concerns of the citizens. Don't you feel this is important? You say you want our children to be able to afford to come home to live, work and raise their families here. I don't see this happening. People can not afford to live, work and raise families in a County that has become nothing but a tourist community full of waterparks and minumum wage jobs. What exactly are your plans to try and remedy this situation? What are your views on the nursing home issue? How do you stand on the jail issue? What are your views on the horrific amount of foreclosures in Erie County and why it took so long for the Common Pleas Court to try and remedy it? Your blog admits to the problems in this community but does not elaborate on any proposed remedies you might have.

Anonymous

More typical blogging by yourself as in the past. Your profile is easy to follow. Typical of a person like yourself that feels the need to call others names from the comfort of their mobile home. Since that seems to be the extent of your anger , from lack of man grapes I would suppose you need to rest your fingers from pounding the keys sooo hard to let your frustrations out and make your remedial replies.
If someone has to explain about an IP address you need to take windows 101 starter class. You are obviously just a blog surfer from someone showing you the basics and now you feel you are a web master, but you're true to form when all else fails you stoop to name calling. On the lighter side, your wife has explained to me as I have stated to you before, she is a blast coming down here on the boat, and she was the one that figured out who you are. In closing you can name call all you want, since that is the extent of your manly hood, ACORDING TO HER, but whatever you do, keep arguing with your wife so she will continue to come to the marina and entertain me and the rest of us down here. If she is a little late getting home, no need to worry she is in GOOD HANDS..

Anonymous

Glad to see Grubbe and Redfern are getting what they deserve, too bad the party is the one that will suffer but to all of you who supported the dirty politics against Giese who served as a loyal Chair for over 20 years you can blame yourselves!

reader

Hey Matt,

Why can't I find online the Saturday morning front page story about city manager Kline bringing in an agreement for the Marina District project ?????

As far as this blog, if you have something to share with us about Redfern, tell us what it is....don't just drop a hint .....sounds like a gossipy rumor.

Anonymous

You say your job is not done yet. You may feel your job is not done but like it or not I think Erie County is about on its last leg. There is nothing in this county anymore except Cedar Point and the waterparks. I don't believe you commissioners even TRIED to keep the good paying jobs that left this area---all you were concerned about were your own visions and your stupid condos for the rich and one can now look around Sandusky and see the results of this negligence. You also say that every tax dollar counts and we must count every dollar yet the citizens of this County have watched their tax dollars squandered and wasted for YEARS and now its back to WANTING MORE LEVIES PASSED! I'm not voting for you. If you couldn't do anything in 20 years you never will.

Anonymous

How do you feel about the nursing home issue? How do you feel about addressing the concerns of ALL citizens when asked? As a realtor what do you think of all the foreclosures in Erie County and who caused this mess? In Cuyahoga County and Ottawa County bank officials, realtors and title company employees have been indicted in mortgage scams that have been going on for years. Do you think there might be a possiblity that this is happening in Erie County? What is the time frame on these new jobs that you hope to create in Erie County?

Anonymous

Matt,
This is a very interesting topic. I found a better link than was previously posted about Chris Redfern.

http://www.portclintonnewsherald...

According to the news article, "We find that there was clear and convincing evidence that the chairman of the ODP knowingly, and with the intent to affect the outcome of political campaigns, used titles of offices not currently held to imply that candidates on the distributed flyer currently held the office of which was seeking,"

Also in the article, "Redfern, a state representative from Catawba Island, and the Democratic party should not face criminal charges or reprimands, according to the Thursday ruling from the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus."

I thought that election fraud was a crime in Ohio. Maybe I am wrong but what was that incident in Cleveland several months ago concerning a couple of poll workers when Mr. Baxter was assigned as a special prosecutor? Most people usually vote for incumbents by nature. Now I am wondering if the wrong people were voted in due to Redfern's violations of voting laws. Whatever happened to honesty and integrity? Where are all those "legal experts" at that seem to know the O.R.C.? Did they all run for cover? Something really stinks here.

Anonymous

COLUMBUS -- An appeals court has upheld a state agency's decision that the Ohio Democratic Party and Chairman Chris Redfern violated Ohio elections law by illegally misrepresenting candidates on campaign material.

Anonymous

Dude, you are a realtor. One of the lowest forms of life on earth. Only an idiot would vote for a realtor.

Anonymous

Obama is a magnificent reader but he can't speak. Biden plagiarizes and has a rapid-fire mouth.

Great ticket to failure.

Personally, I've heard that many hard core Dems ain't gonna vote for 'em.

Crackhead

well it's too bad. i had my heart set on ron paul. then huckabee. now we're stuck with two more dingbats. biden? what a crock. this is so fixed. 300 million American citizens, and these idiots are what we get to choose from? i have great ticket for november. it's the idiot ticket and the two names on it are--- mccain/obama.
i'm writing my own name in. i will not stop voting. this makes me sick...

Anonymous

Um, okay.

Anonymous

3599.36 Election falsification.
No person, either orally or in writing, on oath lawfully administered or in a statement made under penalty of election falsification, shall knowingly state a falsehood as to a material matter relating to an election in a proceeding before a court, tribunal, or election official, or in a matter in relation to which an oath or statement under penalty of election falsification is authorized by law, including a statement required for verifying or filing any declaration of candidacy, declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, nominating petition, or other petition presented to or filed with the secretary of state, a board of elections, or any other public office for the purpose of becoming a candidate for any elective office, including the office of a political party, for the purpose of submitting a question or issue to the electors at an election, or for the purpose of forming a political party.

Whoever violates this section is guilty of election falsification, a felony of the fifth degree.

Every paper, card, or other document relating to any election matter that calls for a statement to be made under penalty of election falsification shall be accompanied by the following statement in bold face capital letters: “Whoever commits election falsification is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.”

Effective Date: 12-09-1997

Anonymous

It is so dissappointing to see Biden selected ahead of Hillary Clinton....and I will not vote for the Obama-Biden ticket.

dave

Kinda of funny... 8 years ago Democrates hammered Bush for picking Cheney. Now Mr. unexperienced (145 days as a Sen.) picks a 30+ Washington vet. Unreal!

Anonymous

More typical blogging by yourself as in the past. Your profile is easy to follow. Typical of a person like yourself that feels the need to call others names from the comfort of their mobile home. Since that seems to be the extent of your anger , from lack of man grapes I would suppose you need to rest your fingers from pounding the keys sooo hard to let your frustrations out and make your remedial replies.
If someone has to explain about an IP address you need to take windows 101 starter class. You are obviously just a blog, surfer from someone showing you the basics and now you feel you are a web master, but you're true to form when all else fails you stoop to name calling. On the lighter side, your wife has explained to me as I have stated to you before, she is a blast coming down here on the boat, and she was the one that figured out who you are. In closing you can name call all you want, since that is the extent of your manly hood, but whatever you do, keep arguing with your wife so she will continue to come to the marina and entertain me and the rest of us down here. If she is a little late getting home, no need to worry she is in GOOD HANDS..

Anonymous

Will Obama Biden Loser make bringing Osama bin Laden to justice a priority?

Anonymous

quit making stuff up and become a real journalist. Just my thoughts

Anonymous

You might be a frustrated Democrat, but you sure don't know what has been going on within the Democratic Party. Grubbe has shown her Xss on more than one occasion. Most of the Central Committee doesn't feel she represnts them, due to the manner in which she has handled some issues. If the Democratic Party doesn't find someone else for Chair, it will be forever the political Plum Brook Country Club headed by "political junky" Grubbe. Grubbe hasn't got a clue on the principles of being a Chair. As far as Redfern goes, he'll be gone after this election. Maybe the Democratic Central Committee will send Grubbe with him!

Anonymous

Your job IS DONE. Go away silently. Please.

Anonymous

Hillary has been had by Obama. He used her to further his goal. Hillary thought she might win points if she jump on Obama's band wagon only to get doubled cross. Is this who you want for president? Obams needed her votes and the Hillary people are not going to put up with the double cross. Both Mcann and Obama are stinkers. I don't know which is worse to have as president. I absolutely refuse to hold my nose and vote. I am sickened as to the polictical games that were played. We had better people running and they were knocked out even before the games started.

Anonymous

I think the fact that you are a realtor might be a PLUS. Realtors should know the LAWS of real estate and maybe you can enlighten others in this County that DON'T.......

Anonymous

I would like to know the same thing. Front page news and we can't blog on the Marina District. Not fair Matt. You put a kitty cat story up to blog. Something as important as this you don't allow us to blog on Marina District being rammed down our throats with a vote before the public can look at the agreement when it was promised we could take 30 days. Now, we get a vote and then it sets for 30 days and another vote. Who cares about public input when you have already casted a vote. Two years in the making and now it is rush, rush and no chance to really look it over before the vote. Some one is pulling a fast one.

Anonymous

WHO ARE THE SILENT PARTNERS INVOLVED WITH THE MARINA DISTRICT? NAMES PLEASE......

Pat

I'm glad that you have been blessed with a great family, a satifying job and good friends but what does that have to do with your plans for Erie County if elected? Please answer the questions. Thank you.

Anonymous

Murray did not have his own tent. He was under the big tent w/ the Party.

Please, don't write if you don't have a clue.....

Anonymous

I like your very true statement that our communities were not progressing as they should. So what is your opinion on the reason WHY our communities have not progressed?

Anonymous

To: Hey Booger post on Aug 23, 2008 8:23 PM:

Dude, you're wrong. Aint nothin wrong with realators. For some reason you're getting them confused with lawyers! :)

Anonymous

To: Pat post on Aug 24, 2008 2:06 PM

AND

Pat Shenigo post on Aug 23, 2008 4:26 PM:

You might as well forget about Mr. Shenigo answering any of your questions. I've been waiting for 4 days now (and counting) for he and Ferrell to answer mine and they have yet to do so (see my previous post on Aug 23, 2008 8:37 AM). I'll bet they logs on to these blogs at least daily to read them. They would be foolish not to do so. The bottom line is that they don't want to be held to any sort of accountability.

I'm a registered democrate and I find it interesting that the two republican candidates responded to my questions, but we have yet to hear from the two democratic candidates.

It is sad that as a democrate, I will be forced to vote republican for both commissioner races, the Clerk of Courts race (Barb Johnson definitely needs to be voted out for not doing her job over the past 20 years as well), and Enderle. The dems just haven't had good candidates lately.

I have always voted for the BEST candidate. I NEVER, EVER vote party line.

Now if Ferrell and Shenigo respond to voters questions, i just may change my entire stance on all of this, but as of now why should I?

Anonymous

We might as well forget about Mr. Shenigo and Mr. Ferrell answering any of our questions. I've been waiting for 4 days now (and counting) for them to answer mine and they have yet to do so (see my previous post on Aug 23, 2008 8:37 AM). I'll bet they logs on to these blogs at least daily to read them. They would be foolish not to do so. The bottom line is that they don't want to be held to any sort of accountability.

I'm a registered democrate and I find it interesting that the two republican candidates responded to my questions, but we have yet to hear from the two democratic candidates.

It is sad that as a democrate, I will be forced to vote republican for both commissioner races, the Clerk of Courts race (Barb Johnson definitely needs to be voted out for not doing her job over the past 20 years as well), and Enderle. The dems just haven't had good candidates lately.

I have always voted for the BEST candidate. I NEVER, EVER vote party line.

Now if Ferrell and Shenigo respond to voters questions, i just may change my entire stance on all of this, but as of now why should I? "

Anonymous

Go ahead and waste your vote on Ralph Nader, you might as well vote for yourself you might get the same amount of votes. As far as the political games that were played, have you been living under a rock your entire life or is this the first election of any kind you have followed. Politics has been and always will be a dirty game, and I for one couldnt be happier.
By the way I guess we will see if Barry Obama keeps his word and doesnt go negative in the remainder of the campaign...I seriously doubt it.

Anonymous

crackhead could probably do a blog, but '007' may not since he spends his summers on his Tiara.

Anonymous

Come on McCain, make the smart move and pick Sarah Palin!!!

witness

Waddington and Grubee had lunch last week at the Lunch Box and were seen at Waddingtons Sister in laws place today (Sunday)

Anonymous

Way to go Obama, you had my vote but not anymore. Who else is on the ballot? I guess I will be "none of the above"

Anonymous

I will answer these questions with several postings.

Community forums, public meetings and organizational meetings are often poorly attended by the public. I have no illusion that all citizens will comment during the events of government. I feel this low level of citizen involvement often times holds us back from accomplishing great results.

I would like to reverse the current trend of low citizen involvement and revitalize the public’s interest, support and participation in accomplishing results.

The value of this goal has been validated many times by looking at the hard work and the accomplishments of citizens that are currently active in the county.

Anonymous

Who is wasting their vote? I compare the two choices like choosing to eat a dog feces sandwich or a cat feces sandwich. I decline both choices. I vote NO to both McCain or Obama. Enjoy your sandwich.

Winston Smith

Voting for Nader: I don't agree with your choice but I likewise don't agree with the naysayers that you're wasting your vote. Vote your conscious.

I've voted Libertarian since 1992 and will in no uncertain terms be casting my vote in Nov. for Bob Barr.

I'd love to see the 'minor party' candidates on the dais during the debates asking the 'tough questions' of the 'major party' candidates.

Anonymous

Tell us all about your loss of subscriptions in the last 2-3 years. I would love to see how many you have lost. This paper is one sided and bias. This paper stinks. Your reporters are nothing more than recently graduated, cheap kids, learning the trade so they can go work at a real paper. Truth is, they are fools if they list this paper on their resume.

Anonymous

should Ferrell respond to this bunch of crap. The Register should monitor his blog like they are obviously monitoring the two R blogs.

Anonymous

What is the time frame vision for the creation of these thousands of high paying Tech jobs? What are your views on the Nursing Home issue?

Anonymous

You say you feel the backbone of any community is water and sewer infrastructure....I don't know if that's true or not but I do know these high water and sewer bills in Huron sure are breaking the backbone of my bank account.

Anonymous

I believe an individal's ethics and morals are of the utmost importance no matter what their profession. I believe this to be especially true when one holds a public office. Do you agree?

Anonymous

I really would like to know where you stand on the nursing home issue. Thank you.

Tom

If you are not going to answer any of the questions that have been asked at least have the decency to explain why.

Anonymous

If you are not going to answer any of the questions why in the heck would you expect me to vote for you?

Anonymous

To Why post on Aug 24, 2008 8:55 PM:

"Most" of the questions posed to Ferrell are good questions that the tax payers have a right to know. Just because you want your boy in office while not realizing he is serving US and needs to answer those questions is no reason for him to ignore us.

Don't get the questions confused with the outright nasty, crude, and offensive comments.

Point out some "crappy" questions that he shouldn't answer and why you think he shouldn't answer them.

Anonymous

To Why post on Aug 24, 2008 8:55 PM:

One more thing.

Let me ask YOU a question: If Ferrell is not going to answer any of the questions why in the heck would you expect me (or anyone else) to vote for him?

Refer to my previous post on Aug 23, 2008 8:40 AM. I think that about says it all.

Please

Geise? Are you kidding? he was the worst Dem. chair Erie County ever had. He got what he deserved. He is a clone to Redfern.He beat his wife, abused his children. 3 DUI's and stole from the party.Also violated elections laws by stealing candidates signs in a drunking stupor. Pleaseeeee !

Anonymous

I grew up with Chris Redfern, was 3 years behind him in high school. After all those years, I can honestly say the best job he ever did was reading the morning announcements. After that, it all went down hill.

Anonymous

Is a vote for NADA!

A Waste. You should write in Hillary if you are going to do that.

Anonymous

You can always man up and call him or come to the candidate nites forums that will be held in fall by the KofC and the Chamber instead of being chicken and posting this anonoymous baloney. Let's see who's asking the questions as well as who is answering them. Wouldn't that be a little bit fairer process than this???

Anonymous

Too many parents succumb and allow their children to manipulate them. Our job is to instill in our children values, teach them about respect and responsibility and guide them through the maze of societal craziness into adulthood.

Anonymous

To who to vote for post on Aug 25, 2008 9:31 AM:

1) Your quote: " You can always man up and call him or come to the candidate nites forums that will be held in fall by the KofC and the Chamber..."
My Answer: Yes, you are correct, I could call him but then why doesn't he just answer my questions here for EVERYONE to see? Printy and Hayberger did. As for the "Candidate Nights," those are highly improbable for me due to my work schedule. I'll say again, there was NOTHING mean, nasty, or crude in my questions that originally posted on Aug 20, 2008 2:17 PM. They are thought out and legit questions. I posed the same questions to all 4 candidates. Why won't he answer them?

2) Your quote: "...instead of being chicken and posting this anonoymous baloney."
My Answer: Just like you have just done? Who are you? Tom himself? Also, the legit questions people are asking are not baloney. And if you think so, and you are indeed Tom, then that speaks volumes about your character and how you will treat the tax payers (remember, your employers).

So if re-elected and I have a legit concern or complaint, or even a possible solution to a problem and I express that to Tom, is he going to blow me off as if it were "Baloney?"

3) Your quote: "Let's see who's asking the questions as well as who is answering them."
My Answer: What difference does it make who is asking the questions? Again 2 out of 4 candidates answered my questions. Why not Tom & Pat (gee, that kind of sounds like a morning radio show) :)

4) Your quote: "Wouldn't that be a little bit fairer process than this??? "
My Answer: Didn't each candidate agree to this "forum." If they did, I'm sure they knew what they were getting into. They should "MAN UP" and ignore the BS nasty, mean, and crude comments, and get down to answering the voters legit questions. Or are they not man enough to do it?

Anonymous

Five days and counting and Tom & Pat still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here.

Anonymous

Five days and counting and Tom & Pat still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here.

Anonymous

There's no such thing as a wasted vote. That is a falsehood.

The only votes that could ever truly be considered wasted are the ones not cast by eligible citizens who fail to exercise their right-to-vote.

Anonymous

www.mikeprinty.com

In regards to the Erie County Care Facility, a few comments may be helpful.
1. By personal observation and by comments from employees the care facility is doing a fine job in caring for the residents. The employees are doing a good job.
2. The care facility has traditionally contributed positively to the county’s general fund at about $200,000 per year.
3. Medicare and Medicaid payments have been capped and remained level for the past three years.

The county commissioners have put a care facility levy up for vote in November. This puts all of us to the task of researching the funding of the care facility and deciding for ourselves if the levy is the right solution.

The employees and the administration of the care facility are offering information in support of the levy that all voters should review.

There is a much larger issue of great significance. That is, the county’s overall expenses are exceeding the funding. Given current circumstances, the county’s cushion of money will be eliminated. We are required, by statute, to balance the budget. We simply cannot ask the voters to pay more taxes to cover the shortfall. Priority budgeting including cost reduction, consolidation and other cost control measures will have to be the answer. The work will requires insight, deliberation, and cooperation between all county departments and elected county officials.

This is the type of work I have done successfully throughout my entire business career. I am eady to use my experience to accomplish this necessary work.

Anonymous

I just learned that my previous post has a mistake. Medicare payments have not been capped. I am sorry for the mistake.

Tom

There are questions here that are NOT nasty or offensive. So why aren't they being answered? I think its way past time for you commissioners and a LOT of people in Erie County to be ACCOUNTABLE to the people that ELECT YOU.

ERNesbitt

"Because I said so," actually means, "You are a child, and I am not going to negotiate with you." To many parents try to negotiate with their children. I'm sorry, but a seven year old does not have the same capacity for rational thought that an adult has... no matter how immature the adult. When parents stoop to negotiating with their children, they teach them that if the complain loud enough, and waste enough people's time, they'll eventually get what they want.

The saying I heard growing up was, "This is not a democracy, it's a dictatorship." I didn't get a vote, it wasn't up to me.

Parents forget that they are not raising children, they are raising future adults. If you don't correct the behavior when they are kids, they will act that way as adults.

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