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

Regarding the nursing home issue. My most pressing concern is the quality of care given to the residents of the nursing home. I have visited the home many times and have observed the professional care given to the residents. It is obvious to me that the workers do care about their clients. Now, it is up to the voters of Erie County to decide if they wish to continue this fine facility as it stands today. Surely many citizens can also verify this from their own experiences with their family members or other relatives. If the levy fails, then all parties involved will need to put their heads together to see what can be done to continue the professional care given by the staff of the Erie County Care Facility.

Anonymous

WE on the northcoast should have the democratic convention. The locals had their party at the round house at put-in-bay with Murrat the heir apparent but we must branch out. I know marc dann would bring the pajamas, pizza, and the girls, but picture bill clinton on the porch of the round house rating the women walking by and giving out cigars, thank god they put up the plastic windows. Hilary can probably hang out at club x. Harry reid and obama with his good friend the crooked investor, can discuss shady land deals with the two put-in-bay prominent business owners who were taken off the island friday night in handcuffs, oops just gave sr a news scoop.Finally robert "sheets" byrd from w.va. could dress up in his old imperial dragon of the KKK robe and run around sandusky's state patrol baracks. The dems could have so much fun here why even nancy pelosi's husband could get a grant through his wife and refubish the Keller building with his multi million dollar construction company. So lets scrap the marina project and work for getting the dnc convention, it would be a hoot.

Anonymous

These four people agreed to this so why are YOU telling one of the bloggers to man up and call him? That was not the original plan here....I've got some very legitimate questions. Why isn't he answering them? And if he doesn't why should I vote for him?

Anonymous

Something doesn't smell right when it appears like some of them are pleading the 5th......

Anonymous

There are plenty of hotel rooms available, but the Republicans have booked all the public toilet stalls....

Anonymous

I appreciate the fact that you at least answered but why are the employees of the facility offering information in support of the levy when its not the employees that are the problem?

Anonymous

Larry only needs one stall,but can you imagine the glee in ted kennedy's eye when he sees all this water and sandusky bay bridge. YOU mentioned larry craig, I brought up seven or eight dumbocrats, so bring it own big guy, cause I got a million of them

Anonymous

Regarding foreclosures. The high rate of foreclosures is very complex. Many variables have contributed to the problem, such as, loss of jobs. What is going on Erie County in regards to foreclosures mimics many parts of the state. Erie County did not get to where it is today, in regards to unemployment, overnight, therefore the creation of new jobs will not take place overnight also. It will take perseverance by all to turn this county around. I want to be in the leadership role to help make that happen. Yes, ethics and morals are necessary to gain the trust of the people I will serve in this leadership capacity.

The Truth

The last time the dnc had their convention in denver was 100 years ago and their platform was not to allow women or blacks to vote. Huh?

Anonymous

How about gay corzine from new jersey, he could have fun at club x. Elliot spizer from New York would love the tea house. Shall I go on?

Pat

What are your views on the issues regarding the Erie County Care Facility? Do you feel its fair to the taxpayers to burden them with MORE TAXES especially with the economy the way it is? Can you give me three good reasons why I should vote for you? If I have a concern are you going to respect it? Do you promise to address any or all of my concerns?

Anonymous

the two businessmen arrested on PIB were mark mathys(pronounced matisse) and paul jeris each charged with one felony count of intimidating witnesses and stalking over a land deal. I guess ed fitzgerald(mr. ed's) wasn,t with them. It's in today's port clinton newspaper. It also has a sandusky connection

Anonymous

After reading the comments made about the nursing home I don't think the day to day personal CARE of the residents is or was ever the problem. But there ARE problems that DO effect both the elderly residents and the taxpayers and these problems are serious.

Anonymous

for those younger readers that might not relate to the kennedy joke, google mary jo kopechne

Anonymous

Do you think there's a possibility that there are property scams going on in Erie County involving attorneys, realtors, title companies and maybe others?

Anonymous

Who are the investors in the Marina District project? Thank you.

Anonymous

According to a Morning Journal article this past weekend, Erie County is in the top 3 of the list of all Ohio counties for the number of motorcycle fatalities this year.

Anonymous

Website Article about illegal election material was removed from web even though there were articles in Port Clinton, Fremont and Lorain papers. What gives?

Melanie

When growing up my sister and I were told to do things often. Once we answered, "I will." Thinking this would give us time. One day my dad got angry and said, "You keep saying I will. I know it means 'Up Yours'!" Now it didn't mean that at first, but after he said it we realized that's pretty good, and accurate. It's meant that ever since.

I wonder how "Because I said so" got it's beginning.

Anonymous

The credibility of the writer is called into question when Erie Co has seen a spike in motorcycle fatalities this year compared to the last 3 years....and then there are motorcycle death statistics over the last 3 years for the Huron, Lorain and Ottawa Co. that were conveniently overlooked or perhaps the writer is just is not up to speed on how to conduct an interview with the OHP!

Anonymous

How many muscles does it take to make a smirk instead of smile?

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

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

pick your nose, like you are in your photo?

Anonymous

When are the Ohio politicos gonna have the guts to pass a mandatory helmet law?

Motorists have far more protection in a car and yet are required to wear a seat belt. Makes no sense.

Anonymous

It's a liberal biased Sandusky Registers duty to suppress

Anonymous

Just look at the news service they use, the AP, the one accused of doctoring photos from Iraq. Bad reporting and photojournalism. By the way, did you see on the drudge report about fox news reporters getting harassed at the dnc

The Truth

look at the tired old blogs they are holding on to, and won't put the redfern story up

Anonymous

Why are you sniffing your finger in that picture? You don't know where it's been.

Anonymous

Re: ankle bracelets. I am hoping this method will help to ease the pressure of overcrowding at the county jail. Properly used for non-violent offenders will provide more space for the violent offenders.

Anonymous

For you to realize you can't write a decent article and need to get a life?

Anonymous

Ladies and Gentlemen: It's time for the Pat & Tom Comedy Show starring non other than Pat Shanigo and Tom Ferrell as the two comedians who think they don't have to answer the questions that the voters put to them! So sit back, relax, and watch these 2 just put on one of the biggest comedy shows in political history!

The Pat & Tom show is brought to you in part by the Sandusky Marian District Project, the Erie County Sewer & Water Dept., and the Orion project.

As long as we have Pat & Tom around, we'll have a comedy show!

Take it away boys...................guys.............where are you (chirping crickets).........Pat?................Tom........... Where are you guys?

Anonymous

Ladies and Gentlemen: It's time for the Pat & Tom Comedy Show starring non other than Pat Shanigo and Tom Ferrell as the two comedians who think they don't have to answer the questions that the voters put to them! So sit back, relax, and watch these 2 just put on one of the biggest comedy shows in political history!

The Pat & Tom show is brought to you in part by the Sandusky Marian District Project, the Erie County Sewer & Water Dept., and the Orion project.

As long as we have Pat & Tom around, we'll have a comedy show!

Take it away boys...................guys.............where are you (chirping crickets).........Pat?................Tom........... Where are you guys?

Anonymous

No they didn't. If you put it in the search box it comes up. It's just not on the front page anymore. Big deal.

Anonymous

Maybe they agreed to this and then went on vacation? Gee, they at least could have taken their laptops with them, don't you think?

Joe

I do not believe that all the foreclosures in this County are due to job loss. Do you know of any other contributing factors in Erie County that leads to foreclosures? Do you think that's there's a possibility that there are property scams going on in Erie County involving attorneys, realtors, title companies and others?

Anonymous

To re Pat and Tom post on Aug 25, 2008 9:53 PM:

In response to your question, the answer is NAAAWWWWW (that's NO in Tom & Pat language).

You see, they think they are soooo good and so saavy that they can just stick it to the voters. After all they are office seeking democrates who think they know what is best for us, and that we have nooooo idea what we are talking about.

As they see it and as office seeking dems, they are way, way, way above us LOWWWWLY voters/tax payers. They don't need to be held accountable to us - NO WAY and NOW HOW.

But I am looking forward to more of the Pat & Tom Show. This is getting good. And if you go over to Ferrell's blog, you will read where someone is actually defending Mr. Ferrell and his lack of response to voter's questions. I think that person is Tom Ferrell himself, but then that's only an educated guess on my part because I have learned MUCH about Mr. Ferrell and how he operates over the past several days from several county employees.

Anonymous

No they didn't. If you put it in the search box it comes up. It's just not on the front page anymore. Big deal.

Anonymous

YOu're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile". This is a rip off of a copyrighted song.

Anonymous

nose pick

Anonymous

you'd like to be behind Chris.

Anonymous

Is an attorney by the name of Dennis O"Toole involved in any way with the Marina District? I'm still waiting to hear your views on the nursing home and jail issues. Thank you.

Anonymous

When you say Medicaid has been capped does this mean that Medicaid set a certain limit in 2005 and will not go over this amount? What is the limit they have set? Also, how much is the facility charging each month for the residents that are paying out of pocket? I'm glad you corrected your mistake about Medicare payments. Medicare and Medicaid are not the same.

tinayak

Wasn't this junk already on here for a few days? I didn't think anything could be worse, until I read the first few sentences and felt like I was in the movie Groundhog Day. One of my biggest pet peeves is people looking at me and saying, "Smile." I smile when I feel like it, not just for the sake of smiling. Then, when I do smile, it actually means something. Unlike the garbage you write.

Anonymous

Regarding the ECCF. What is the amount of the cap that Medicaid set for each resident of the ECCF in 2005? How does this compare to the residents that are paying out of pocket? Does Medicaid cover medicine for the residents? If so, is the medicine seperate or is this included in the monthly bill? Does Medicaid pay for any surgeries and hospital stays for the resident or does Medicare and the resident's private insurance cover this?

Anonymous

Did you pay a visit to the Erie County Care Facility with Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy?

Pat

Regarding the EFFC. Did you accompany Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy when they visited the Care Facility?

Anonymous

I grew up with it..learned to NEVER question it...When we were told to do something, it meant, DO IT NOW...NOT LATER or "in a minute".!!
Raised our kids that way...I agree.. DO NOT negotiate with your children!! You have a responsibility to raise respectable, decent, empathetic adults, Not be their BFF or Buddy! I told our kids just that. During the "horrible" 14's (as I call it) when they would rebel and threaten to runaway...I would pack a suitcase and set it at the bottom of the staircase. I would tell them to watch out for the coyotes and HoBO's(we live in the country). That would be the end of it. I know it is hard, but stick to your guns. Even when other parents are telling you to let up, DON'T! Only you care for your child as much as they deserve and you only get one shot.

Anonymous

I truly hope when you return to school that you are loaded down to the max with homework. Your blogs have no substance, most are copied from music, or others that have made famous sayings and you continue to write your views on subjects that no one gives a rats a$$ about.
You need to go back to MYSPACE and get your cell phone out and text all your friends, (if you still have any)and play in the arena, that better suits your mentality.

Anonymous

Six days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

Six days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

How about the blog regarding Amy Grubbe, and the Plumbrook Country Club gang of Republicans who took over the Erie County Democratic Party. It appeared on Sunday, (8/24). It was removed almost instantly after it appeared. Why?

Anonymous

Helmets are only the answer below 20MPH and then only for head trauma. It is unlikely that a helmet law would be making any difference.

1. Autos cause most motorcycle-auto involved incidences.
2. The Left turning car who doesn't see the bike is the real killer and in most cases that accident causes death by massive internal injuries that a helmet won't prevent.
3. A Helmet keeps you alive long enough to be a wheel-chair bound survivor. Not everyone is driven by the desire to live at all costs

Seat belts keep car drivers behind the wheel and possibly in control of the auto, therefore it is in my interest to keep you in control of your car and out of my lane. A helmet does nothing to protect me from your actions and thus is a pointless intrusion on the helmet-less rider's rights.

FYI, I have ridden motorcycles for 42 years this summer and have had a license for 40 continuous years as of August 29th [issued 08/29/68]. There has not been a period of more than 2 years that i didn't own a street bike and when I didn't ride street I was dirt riding or racing.
I wear a helmet every time I ride anywhere. I have been on the street once in the last decade without a helmet on, at a rally, on a big cruiser, with a bikini clad GF on the back at speed under 30mph. I still felt uncomfortable. But I have NO RIGHT to tell everyone to be me, do I?

What you do have a right to do is make training a requirement. Skills are what keep you alive. Accident avoidance is better than trying to gear-up for impact survival. Make graduated license a requirement. For the first year no one needs more than 1000 cc or 85RWHP for over 21. Under 21 600cc or 70 RWHP. Yes I know the are 1000cc 160HP bikes and 130HP 600s - my limit scheme is an either or system but the HP limit trumps displacement

Anonymous

I know who I'm NOT voting for, and I decided that way back when they invited Shenigo to become a part of this POLITICAL PARTY-FIASCO! Seems these two don't feel the need to answer questions from those they're seeking to represent? What foolishness, or should I say arrogance! Seems to be contagious around here? Listen up Erie County Democratic Party Leaders/Reps., the people are TIRED, tired of the same-old-same-old, tired of hearing promises made w/no results, tired of our tax-paying monies being used for fodder, yours, that is, TIRED of all the jobs that are/have left Erie County leaving us w/a huge UN-EMPLOYMENT RATE, TIRED of all the behind-the-back-closed-door dealings going on, TIRED of putting our TRUST into and voting for those who don't even have the decency to answer legit questions! Why do you think, according to the experts, voters are having a hard time TRUSTING those they've voted for, and are more than willing to jump party-lines? You're not answering questions for two reasons....1. You don't know/have the answer,or 2. You're not allowed to answer, especially if the questions/answers aren't scripted.

Anonymous

Six days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

I don't THINK fraud is going on with property here in Erie County, I KNOW it is. The fraud involves attorneys, financial insitutions, title companies and I also believe REALTORS are involved. I also know that people are being CHEATED out of their given RIGHTS because of this FRAUD. I also would like to mention that the fraud committed on ONE property was STARTED when ERIE COUNTY allowed an attorney and two morons to CRIMINALLY DEFRAUD an elderly, incompetent resident of the ECCF and as a result CHEATED a 4th beneficiary to the property. Do you think this is a serious issue?

me

chris and amy are the same. i do not like either one of them. they both are.

girl

the democrates are keeping silent until after the election, well I hope not one democrate get into office. there is not one good democrate here in erie county because chris, amy dennis kevin all of them make the other democrates look bad

Anonymous

I'm with you. I've been watching this blog waiting for some questions to be answered and I will vote Republican (even tho I am registered Democrat). Like you said, this person is Tired of the democratic party and their antics. That goes for Murray too. After watching him last night at the meeting, he can't even do his job on the city level.

Anonymous

Picture in your mind a prehistoric cave kitchen with a cave mom talking to her 3-year old cave kid.

Please don't sit on the cupboard door.
Why?
Because it wasn't designed to hold a kids weight.
Why?
I don't know. Maybe it didn't occur to the designers that a kid would make a seat out of it.
Why?
Maybe the designers didn't think about kids that often.
Why?
Perhaps they don't have kids.
Why?
I don't know. Some people have other priorities in life.
Why?
Well, kids take up a lot of time.
Why?
For one, they ask a lot of questions.
Why?
Just do me a favor and don't sit on the cupboard door.
Why?
...because I said so.

Anonymous

www.mikeprinty.com

Regarding specific questions about the Erie County Care Facility; there is a unique way to have your questions answered very well.

The care facility is having an infornmational event tonight, Tuesday (8/26) from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

You can also buy a spagetti dinner while you are there. I am sure that the director and other employees will be there to answer questions.

The Truth

the port clinton paper is running the redfern voter fraud article. Every body that wants to post go there, they also have the article about the pib businessmen being arested. You get better news out of that paper

J

Wow, michelle! You must be doing pretty good! You can typically judge success by how many jealous haters you have, and your blogs are full of them!
HEY HATERS!
Keep it up! She must have hit pretty close to the mark to get you guys all riled up like that!

Anonymous

Yes, I believe that this article was previously posted. What's up with that????

Anonymous

www.mikeprinty.com

In regards to why Erie County has not made the progress it could have; I suspect there are many reasons for this. From my perspective, I feel that that many of the leaders in our communities have not been progressive or visionary enough.

It takes a lot of courage for a community to go into an unknown future. It seems more appealing to try to return to the successful days of the past.

I know that we really don't have the opportunity to go back, to the great days of the past. We really have to start looking ahead to the great days of the future. We have the ability, geography, and people to make a bright future for ourselves.

We (all of us) just need to collectively develop a positive attitude about this and be willing to do the hard work necessary to find the right path and make the bright future become a reality.

I would like my enthusiasm, energy and dedication to give people the courage to move forward rather than look back to the great days of the past.

Anonymous

Why does everyone keep saying Michelle is picking her nose? You obviously need glasses. Her finger is far from her nose. It is so sad that grown people have nothing better to do than pick (no pun intended) on young teenagers who are trying to actually do something with their life.
I see nothing wrong with this blog. I, too, try to smile at everyone I pass. It can make a difference in someone's life. I think her article is very realistic. And did you stop to think that maybe it isn't her fault that the article ran twice? Why did you read it again if you already knew what it said? Grow up people.

Anonymous

what do you think about redfern guilty of election fraud and the Sandusky Registers refusal to run it when all other neighboring papers running it

My thoughts

" what do you think about redfern guilty of election fraud and the Sandusky Registers refusal to run it when all other neighboring papers running it "

I think it's a darn shame. Why don't you tell me what he did and how he should be punished. I would quit buying the paper and reading the online edition if it bothered me as much as it bothers you-- I would just go away on a vacation and not let another crooked politician cause you so much strife.

Anonymous

Hey Tom, list ten things that you have accomplished in your 20 years as a commissioner. I bet you can't.

Anonymous

OK Mr. Ferrell, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. Since there is alot of garbage between the good questions that voters have asked, I will take the time to compile all these questions into one blog comment thread so that you don't have to go from comment - to - comments seeking out the questions. It is MY public service to YOU. That's ok, you can thank me later.

Here we go:

From: Who to vote for wrote on Aug 20, 2008 2:17 PM (by the way, that's me):
1) Please elaborate on what is your vision for Erie County.

2) If re-elected as a county commissioner, what do you hope to accomplish while serving the people of Erie County? "

From: Mr. Ferrell wrote on Aug 24, 2008 9:40 PM:
3) 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?

From: TOM wrote on Aug 25, 2008 12:01 AM:
4) If you are not going to answer any of the questions that have been asked at least have the decency to explain why.

From: Tom wrote on Aug 25, 2008 12:02 PM:
5) 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.

From: Mr. Ferrell wrote on Aug 25, 2008 3:11 PM:
6) Who are the investors in the Marina District project? Thank you.

From: Dear Mr. Ferrell wrote on Aug 25, 2008 10:52 PM:
7) Is an attorney by the name of Dennis O"Toole involved in any way with the Marina District? I'm still waiting to hear your views on the nursing home and jail issues. Thank you.

From: Mr. Ferrell wrote on Aug 26, 2008 12:18 AM:
8) Did you pay a visit to the Erie County Care Facility with Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy?

Well, there you have it Mr. Ferrell. I went through and posted all the the questions voters have posed to you so far. So all you have to do is go down each question (1-8) to answer them.

It doesn't get any easier than this.

Anonymous

" OK Mr. Shenigo, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. Since there is alot of garbage between the good questions that voters have asked, I will take the time to compile all these questions into one blog comment thread so that you don't have to go from comment - to - comment seeking out the questions. This is MY public service to YOU. That's ok, you can thank me later.

Here we go:

From: Who to vote for wrote on Aug 20, 2008 2:22 PM: (by the way, that's me):
1) You said in your blog that, "Jobs, Schools, Seniors, the Business community…all deserve attention.
Please elaborate and tell us how these areas need attention (I'm assuming you mean in terms of improvements) and what you plan to do as a commissioner in these areas to improve them.
Also, if elected as a county commissioner, is there anything else that you hope to accomplish while serving the people of Erie County?

From: Pat Shenigo wrote on Aug 23, 2008 4:26 PM:
2) You say that jobs, schools, seniors and the business community all deserve attention. We already know that so could you please elaborate?
3) I also noticed that you did not promise to address any concerns of the citizens. Don't you feel this is important?
4) 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?
5) What are your views on the nursing home issue?
6) How do you stand on the jail issue? 7) 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.

From: Pat wrote on Aug 24, 2008 2:06 PM:
8) 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.

From: PAT wrote on Aug 25, 2008 2:09 PM:
9) What are your views on the issues regarding the Erie County Care Facility?
10) Do you feel its fair to the taxpayers to burden them with MORE TAXES especially with the economy the way it is?
11) Can you give me three good reasons why I should vote for you?
12) If I have a concern are you going to respect it?
13) Do you promise to address any or all of my concerns?

From: PAT wrote on Aug 26, 2008 12:22 AM:
14) Regarding the EFFC. Did you accompany Mr. Hayberger and Mr. Printy when they visited the Care Facility?

Well, there you have it Mr. Shenigo. I went through and posted all the the questions voters have posed to you so far (Aug. 20 @ 2:22pm - Aug 26 @ 12:22 AM). So all you have to do is go down each question (1-14) to answer them.

It doesn't get any easier than this.

I'm a life long democrate and I really want to vote for you. However, because you refuse to answer these voters questions, I have no choice but to vote for the republican candidate. Come on Mr. Shenigo, don't make the democratic party look bad!

Anonymous

By the way, Mr. Ferrell,

I'm a life long democrate and I really want to vote for you. However, because you refuse to answer these voters questions, I have no choice but to vote for the republican candidate. Come on Mr. Ferrell, don't make the democratic party look bad!

Anonymous

Mr. Ferrell: Are you a beer man or a hard liquor man?

Anonymous

Redfern is in Denver helping to run a lemonade stand with his cohorts. Sounds to me as if Redfern has little patience. Figures that he never gave a dam* about our area and Ohio while jobs just continue to dry up. At least Redfern will always have a job as long as people keep electing the bloke.

Did Redfern call Matt up again and tell him that he was "trying to be cute" again? I can't wait to read about the letter. Maybe the letter was about asking to help run the lemonade stand.

http://blog.cleveland.com/opener...

Anonymous

Dave Geise, what a joke. He was the Democrat chair when nobody wanted it. Now that it means something, He was booted. Geise could not be trusted and has no morals.I wish he would stop writing the blogs about himself. If you want the truth about him, run the record search on the sandusky, huron and vermillion courts. Geise What a Joke.

Anonymous

I read that blog too. Then just like that it was gone. Maybe the SR is trying to protect Grubbe. She must have her claws into them too.

Anonymous

Questions not answered. Tom, you probably don't know this blog exist.

Anonymous

Geise couldn't be trusted and had no morals. Do you know the Democratic Chair Grubbe?? Giese couldn't hold a candle to Grubbe and her unethical ways.

Anonymous

bet she smiles at everyone--she a teenybopper, she prolly gives them the finger.

I can't stand it when someone tells me to smile!!

Anonymous

Seven days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

Seven days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

No reason to get so da$% defensive, just asking a question. I would figure it was much more the SR's "fault" than Michelle's anyhow. I don't really hate what she writes, she has a lot of courage to put herself out there. However, it's out there, so people are going to comment on it one way or another. At least she's not writing, "grow up people'" and assuming ignorance because questions have been raised or an opinion isn't the same as hers. That would be a much more teenager-like thing to do rather than try to get her thoughts in print. Believe me, I didn't read the entire entry twice. It only annoyed me twice since, as I agree with a few other posters, I too hate it when people tell me to smile. I smile when I feel there's a reason to smile. I'm allowed to say that. It doesn't mean that I hate Michelle, I don't know her. I read things on here and there is a forum to comment on it, so I do. I think it's funny that her writing and the comments about it pi@# people off. If she didn't want people to share their views, she probably shouldn't have started writing this. She obviously isn't as bothered by comments as you since she hasn't commented about or changed her picture. People are also allowed to attempt to be funny on here, because of course it is obvious that she isn't picking her nose, thanks for pointing that out, captain obvious. Why read the comments if they bother you so much? Just enjoy, or not, Michelle's writing. If you choose to read the negative, questioning, funny, or want-to-be funny comments, those comments have just as much right to be there as your attempt to scold people.

Anonymous

Huh...the only positive difference YOU can make in someone's life is to STAY OUT OF IT!

I agree with "dig deep", it looks like picking, but maybe you are correct "ignorance", maybe she isn't picking, maybe she is eating?

Anonymous

Michelle, I don't know WHO your friends and acquaintances are, but I see hundreds of people smiling everyday. However, it is not people your age that is for sure I notice.

The thuglife tone that so many of your friends have adopted is a dead end. Tattoos all over your faces, necks and limbs are ultimately going to bite you in the behind in future career choices. I see that everyday with people trying to find jobs. Employers are polite and nod and take your applications, BUT I can tell you this, THEY ARE NEVER GOING TO HIRE YOU! Good luck.

Worrying about whether the public smiles should be way down on your list of concerns. You should be encouraging your peer group to GET AN EDUCATION and not mutilate their bodies to attempt to look tough.

This is nothing new to your generation even though, like all young people, they think that they invented everything because it is new to them. WRONG!

You laugh at older people and dismiss them as worthless, but honey we did nore than you know and are proud of the miles we have traveled. SO when you dismiss older people and worry about why your people don't smile, take a look at home.

From what I have gathered from your writings, you are no angel since you have felt the need to apologize for school actions on your part.

Good advice?
Don't say anything that you wish you hadn't.
However, say what you want and hold your ground if it has worth.
In other words,
pick your battles wisely!

Anonymous

Re: scam. I do not have any knowledge of a scam involving attorneys, realtors, and title companies. Suggestion, if you have evidence of such, then present your material to the proper authority.

Anonymous

to "another stupid analogy":
Get a life!
It sounds too me like you were a big loser in high school and haved blocked out any memories of being a teenager. You sound as if you totally dispise teens.Your not even talking about anything relevant.Since when can you not get a job due to tattoos?
I know plenty of (very) successful people who have tattoos! One of them being myself.
I would much rather hire somebody to work for my company that has tattoos rather than someone so negative as yourself. It's more about your attitude, work experience, work ethics and how you carry yourself. Granted, some do require no "visible" tattoos, but most don't.
This girl seems to have a good head on her shoulders along with still enjoying her youth.Quit being so negative!

Anonymous

RE: concerns on ECCF. This is the information I found out about Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid is paid an average amount for all residents. The reimbursements are based on the average of those residents. Presently, the rate is $144.00. It has been frozen at that amount for the last 3 years. The semi-private rate is $150.00. Medicaid pays 75%, Medicare pays 10%, and private pays 15%. Medicaid does pay medicine for residents and is included in the monthly payments. Medicaid does pay surgeries, however, secondary coverage may also be billed. Please call the ECCF administrator for more details.

Anonymous

Re: scam I did present my evidence to the Court and its a matter of public record that the Court ignored it. As a Realtor I'm sure you know that according to OHIO LAW if an administrator of an estate is aware of any fraudulent transfers on property then BEFORE THE PROPERTY CAN BE SOLD an action is to be commenced in the Common Pleas Court of the County in which the property is situated to acknowledge the fraud so the property can be sold with a CLEAR TITLE.
As one of three owners to inherited property I made numerous complaints to the Common Pleas and Probate Court that the other TWO OWNERS were parties to a fraudulent transfer of half the property (a matter of public record) that intentionally cheated a 4th person. I requested that the fraud be acknowledged and the property be put back into the CORRECT Estate of my mother's.
My complaints were IGNORED and the Court ruled in favor of the ATTORNEYS that wanted the property to be sold at a Sheriff's Sale, NOT because of bank foreclosure, but because of DEFECTS IN THE TITLE caused by the illegal transfer.
An Erie County Realtor bought the property at a SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNT. (one would think a Realtor of all people would have enough sense to do a title search prior to bidding on property ) His Erie County attorneys are now WHINING that the poor realtor can't obtain title insurance because of CLOUDS over the title caused by the complaints made PRIOR to the Sheriff's Sale. (???) Yet the Title Search Report shows that the reason the poor realtor was REFUSED title insurance was because first and foremost--an INVALID TRANSFER of one of the owners half to the property, (a POA falsely stated to be on file in Erie County with NO POA on file) second--an incorrect Preliminary Judicial Report that did not reveal the INVALID TRANSFER and third--a 4TH beneficiary to the property was DEFRAUDED AND HAS A LEGITIMATE CLAIM AGAINST THE PROPERTY.
What's your opinion on the DISHONEST ETHICS of this?

Tom

In relation to the ECCF. It's important to make sure that the elderly residents of the ECCF are receiving excellent day to day care but what about financial abuse of the elderly and incompetent at this facility? Do you feel this is an important issue? What about attorneys and financial instituions assisting in Mecicaid fraud? Do you consider this to be an important issue?

Anonymous

CORRECTION: INSTITUTIONS

Anonymous

when I was 17 I smiled alot too. What's not to smile about? No worries, no responsibilities, living at home with Mommy and Daddy, 3 squares a day, a generous allowance, etc., etc., etc. Did you ever stop to think maybe not everyone you meet has it as good as you do? Walk a mile in my shoes, then smile.

Joe

re: concerns on the ECCF. You say the present amount is $144.00 a day for each resident and Medicaid has frozen it at that amount for the last 3 years. Medicaid (which is basically like welfare for the poor, correct?) pays 75%, Medicare (that EVERYBODY pays into and then receives when we are old enough to retire) pays only 10% and private pay is 15%. (which is obviously the residents Social Security checks?) So what is it at the facility that went up so DRASTICALLY (since Medicaid put the freeze on) that Erie County now finds it necessary to seek more money from the taxpayers?

Anonymous

If the residents at the facility have excellent insurance of their own why is MEDICAID the primary payor for medicine and surgeries? Also, how does the price of the day to day care paid by Medicaid at the Erie County facility compare to other area private nursing home facilities?

Anonymous

If they haven't answered by now then I don't believe they ever will.

Anonymous

re spaghetti dinner My questions are not for the employees at the facility. And as for the director---he supposedly doesn't know anything either-----unless he's fiegning ignorance...........

Anonymous

First honey, it is TO me, not TOO me and it is YOU'RE, not YOUR. In other words, it is YOU ARE. It is a contraction. Learn it.

I said nothing about hating teens. I don't hate teens at all. Like W.C. Fields said when asked how he liked children, his reply, "Par boiled."

I am not negative and if you think for one minute that employers don't use tattoos as a reason for NOT hiring, then you are an ignorant idiot.

Go take a hike Pollyanna. Or is that being negative? Silly me...lalalala...

Melanie

If you take the time to read the majority of the comments on this website you will see how negative and nasty people have become. Which makes this blog very appropriate. Everyone can take the time to bash someone else for any reason they can come up with. Very few people are, 'doing unto others as you would have done unto you'. Everyone whines about the bad things that are happening to them, and dish out bad things on others in return. Give someone a smile and you will probably get a smile back. Offer to help a neighber with a project you see them working and they will probably offer to help you on a big project in the future. Go around telling everyone you don't give a crap about anyone but yourself and no one's going to give a crap about you.

CM

well said Melanie!!!!

reader

Mr. Ferrell,

I read your comment in the Register about how upset you are about comments made regarding the $ 100,000 study on combining dispatch.

Can you explain why the outside study was needed? The city and township conducted a study with citizen volunteers and participation by safety services department members. I assume this was accomplished at little cost to the taxpayers.

I look forward to reading your response. Thank you.

Anonymous

I have a feeling that most of the hateful responses to Michelle's blog are from jealous teens.

After the cat killing and tire slashings in recent news, a 15-year-old girl writing about smiling shouldn't really cause an adult to react with such venom. I'd much rather see young people expressing themselves in positive ways like writing, even if I find the subject matter uninteresting.

If you are an adult bashing her writing skills, please let us know which newspaper published YOU when you were 15. This is a learning experience for her, and any criticism you have should be constructive, not demeaning and insensitive.

A reasonable adult should applaud the effort this young lady is making. At least she's not out killing cats or slashing tires.

{Before I'm accused of being a friend or family member, I don't know Michelle or her family. I only know of her from visiting this website.}

Anonymous

You are right Melanie, I DON'T give a crap about you! But when I do, I will think of you.

Anonymous

You said, "...I don't know Melanie OR her family."
It should be "...I don't know Melanie NOR her family."

It is "either/or" and "neither/nor".

Anonymous

Thank you for the correction.

Anonymous

By the way, I didn't SAY "...I don't know Melanie or her family", I WROTE it. As a matter of fact, that isn't what I wrote, either/or. Melanie was not the subject. I was writing about Michelle's blog. Now go reread my post and see if you missed any other errors.

Anonymous

My aren't YOU the testy one! You must not like adults who correct you. Do you have an authority issue/problem? It sounds like you do. Were you abused in English class as a child or something?
You need to calm down and check your grammar.
I took your advice though and reread your blog and I found nothing.
REALLY, I mean it, I found nothing.
Have a nice day when you finish Adult Ed.

Morgan Addingto...

Really, come on now i am a 13 year old kid and i was just wandering what kind of so called adults argue back and forth on the computer about grammer.
By the way nice Blog! :)

17Smile:)

Anonymous

Ok, just wondering who going to correct the spelling and grammar in Morgan's post? Wow, that just made me smile and it only used 17 muscles.

Anonymous

For what its worth about two and half weeks ago I had to go to the Recorder's office. While there I overheard some lady questioning a recorder employee about a power of attorney. She was showing the employee something in a big book. I couldn't hear what the employee said but I then overheard the lady leaving a message on her cell phone. I heard her telling somebody that the property she was searching (she gave the name but I didn't catch it) was transferred under a power of attorney but there was no power of attorney on file. This could not have been the same property that's mentioned here so it must have been yet another property. How is Erie County getting away with this?

Anonymous

Eight days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

Eight days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

Why is the County Home not filled to capacity? Fix that problem or downsize, don't ask me for more of my money until that problem is addressed.

Anonymous

Joe, you are retired. Will you push for a large reduction of commisioner copensation? We need to know commisioners are there for more than a check. Compensation should be in line with what city commisioners or local school board members earn.
Until then, NO on every county tax request!

What do you say? My vote is right here for you, you don't need the $50,000 plus, will you work to dramatically reduce commissioner compensation and show voters you are there for the right reasons?

Anonymous

Will you push for a large reduction of commisioner copensation? We need to know commisioners are there for more than a check. Compensation should be in line with what city commisioners or local school board members earn.
Until then, NO on every county tax request!

What do you say? My vote is right here for you, you don't need the $50,000 plus, will you work to dramatically reduce commissioner compensation and show voters you are there for the right reasons?

Anonymous

Will you push for a large reduction of commissioner compensation? We need to know commissioners are there for more than a check. Compensation should be in line with what city commissioners or local school board members earn.
Until then, NO on every county tax request!

What do you say? My vote is right here for you, you don't need the $50,000 plus, will you work to dramatically reduce commissioner compensation and show voters you are there for the right reasons?

Anonymous

Will you push for a large reduction of commissioner compensation? We need to know commissioners are there for more than a check. Compensation should be in line with what city commissioners or local school board members earn.
Until then, NO on every county tax request!

What do you say? My vote is right here for you, will you work to dramatically reduce commissioner compensation and show voters you are there for the right reasons?

Anonymous

that the county commissioner pay is set at the state level (state legislature - Ohio Law) not at the county level.

Therefore, I believe that every county commissioner in every county gets the same pay.

If someone knows for sure to the contrary, please correct me.

Anonymous

that the county commissioner pay is set at the state level (state legislature - Ohio Law) not at the county level.

Therefore, I believe that every county commissioner in every county gets the same pay.

If someone knows for sure to the contrary, please correct me.

Anonymous

that the county commissioner pay is set at the state level (state legislature - Ohio Law) not at the county level.

Therefore, I believe that every county commissioner in every county gets the same pay.

If someone knows for sure to the contrary, please correct me.

Anonymous

that the county commissioner pay is set at the state level (state legislature - Ohio Law) not at the county level.

Therefore, I believe that every county commissioner in every county gets the same pay.

If someone knows for sure to the contrary, please correct me.

Anonymous

Yeah, smile when you leave a tiny kitten outside to die you idiot.

Anonymous

you leaving Westerhold? I think Sandusky and Erie County has had enough of your silliness. Call up Kimmie and just start driving into the sunset will you please??

Anonymous

Could it be Fdrell doesn't know anything about computers?

Anonymous

TO: Maybe why he hasnt answered post on Aug 28, 2008 1:18 PM:

I DON'T THINK SO!

Why would he agree to this forum if he doesn't know anything about computers?

HE ISN'T ANSWERING VOTERS QUESTIONS because he thinks he doesn't have to.

HE ISN'T ANSWERING VOTERS QUESTIONS because he thinks that he does not need to be held accountable for what he has or has not done while in office.

HE ISN'T ANSWERING VOTERS QUESTIONS because he wants to stick it to the voters/tax payers.

HE ISN'T ANSWERING VOTERS QUESTIONS because he never has and never will listen to the voters/tax payers.

HE ISN'T ANSWERING VOTERS QUESTIONS because he thinks he is such a high and mighty politician and we the voters/tax payers are just lowly dirt that have no idea what is best for us or what we need.

HE ISN'T ANSWERING VOTERS QUESTIONS because he has a pre-conceived notion of what HE thinks is best for us. After all, he is the person of power and we are just the ever so LOWWWWLY tax payers.

Get the picture? He has NO intention of answering any of our questions. Therefore, I think we the voters should have NO intentions of voting for him and putting him back in as County Commissioners.

It works both ways.

Anonymous

Who the heck is setting the appraisals for property here in Erie County and why are there ATTORNEYS for the SCHOOLS at the hearings whenever somebody files a complaint on these outrageous appraisals that Erie County is coming up with?

Anonymous

RE: ECCF
Considering that Ohio Medicaid does not require the property of a ECCF resident to be transferred over to the spouse for Medicaid eligibility, this obviously is an Erie County law. Could you please state the number of this law and the person or persons in Erie County who signed this law into effect? Also, what is the name of the financial institution that the ECCF uses to deposit all monies, such as Medicaid and Medicare payments, that are paid to the facility? Thank you for what I'm sure will be your prompt reply.

Anonymous

For those who detest Westerhold; the quickest way to ensure his demise is to NOT respond to his editorials or blogjw. As for Redfern...folks this is politics as usual. Blindly vote "party line" and you get whatever comes down the pike!

Anonymous

Nine days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

Nine days and counting and Pat & Tom still haven't answered any of the legit questions on here asked by the voters/tax payers (their potential employers).....(sigh)..........

Anonymous

You are correct. What a racket!
Nothing to stop our "leaders" from pulling themselves away from the public feed bag and donating money back to the county. How about merit pay for these career hacks.

Anonymous

doesn't have any thing to do with the appraisals that are set in this county. Call the Audtior's office about that and call the School Board and ask them why they send attorneys to the hearings about values. And ask the new property owners why they pay what they do for property because that is what the Schools are doing is forcing the Auditor of the county to set the value at the sale price.
Talk to the right people and quit blameing Ferrell for everything. Are you related to Marie Hildebrandt or are you her. Geesh!!!!

Anonymous

Don’t blame the game for teaching your children about sex, drugs and alcohol. Especially not when the game was never meant to be played by them in the first place.

The game may be rated M but it was without a doubt meant for kids. The companies know who their customer base is.

Anonymous

This is the kind of question that any candidate would like to avoid. I do, however, want to have the reputation that I will take questions as they are asked. I will answer this question as well and as sincerely as I know how.

I cannot accept you’re idea, as a way of demonstrating to voters that I am seeking the job as a County Commissioner for the right reason. I am just not in the position to do what you suggest. Further, your suggestion does not fit the reality of life for most people. If elected to office, earning an income will be necessary for me.

I truly want to be one of your County Commissioners and I am certain that I seek the office for the right reason. That is, to be sure that the County spends money wisely, to foster economic growth for the benefit of our people and businesses, and to help our citizens be prepared for the future.

Anonymous

How can the schools force the Auditor of a county to set the value? And why are the ATTORNEYS for Erie County also at these hearings? Intimidation tactic maybe? Erie County is REAL GOOD for that one-----everybody is suppose to be SCARED of these big bad attorneys. And who ARE the attorneys for Erie County anyway and who's paying them---the taxpayers? And who are YOU---Mr. Ferrell's spokesperson? If so, then answer the rest of the questions!

Unbelievable

Well, Matt, did you think the commissioners were going to tell you the truth? All the more to recall these guys. Did you sign any of the recall petitions yet? The commission has us all so brainwashed so they think. They insult our intelligence. Shame of the commission for not sharing what needs to be improved upon. They get an "A" for covering everything up. The commissioners are about to get their evaluations with a recall petition and just in time.

Anonymous

schools force the Auditor to set the values based on what the property owners pay for the property. They are no Erie County Lawyers at these meetings. So why don't you calm down and find out what you are talking about before you go on a rampage.

And who are you, the rep for the Register or Ms. Hildebrandt??

Anonymous

He should have gotten an A for firing Nuesse! I applaud his guts for doing the right thing, even if it was not what Westerhold wanted.

Anonymous

You do not know anything. Probably other juveniles like yourself answered the questions.

TC

You are right Michelle- parental responsibility is key. Parents need to be active in the life of their kids. Don't blame the game or the computer-- parents: get yer fuzzy little backsides home with your kids and monitor their activities.

Anonymous

I believe that the SR would be the LAST place I would go to tell ANYTHING. They have such a hard time being "truthful" when it comes to city issues and it's officials. Matt, you never cease to amaze me, I would definitely hope that you have something to back up that mouth of yours.

Anonymous

RECALL THEM ALL!!!

Anonymous

I know you only put out and "editorial" about once every 2 months or so and I know the only thing that you get any reaction on is the Nuesse thing, but I thought you were supposed to be some kind of profesional journalist Matt. Are you telling me that in ALL of Erie County there is nothing else that is of any interest to the citizens???? Nuesse is the one who caused all this by her actions and she got exactly what she deserved....so the money spent by the city is because of her the rest is just smoke and mirrors by her attorney. By the way, who is now footing the bill for her attorney? Are you helping out Matt? Is Baily doing this one for free, because he feels defending a has been two bit chief, is going to "put him on the map"? I feel sad for you Matt, it is time to go home, take down all your Nuesse posters and move on, itll be for your own good....this isnt healthy

Anonymous

It is truly amazing how everything returns to normal during an election period....all is quiet concerning the Nuesse saga and now all of the GOB evaluations are hunky dory....wow....all is well now that the MD project railroad is being built and the city will lose a prime piece of waterfront realestate that will be priceless to future generations.

All of the charter employees are in trouble and the city commissioners know it but it is not politically acceptable to have Murray on the carpet when up for election.

This whole MD and corrupt city commissioner behavior is repulsive.

Keep up the pressure Matt and have some courage to explore who is behind the MD development project....time for some real investigative reporting...before Murray hijacks the election playing like all is well under his watch.

Anonymous

"very busy on economic development opportunities in our community"....specifically what part did you play in this Mr. Ferrell? Name the companies you had any "direct" hand in over the past 20 years. Bet you can't name one!

Anonymous

Parents are completely repsonsible for their children and guiding them into making the right choices when they are not around when they are older with more freedom.
If you expose your children to these things, they become familiar with them and accept them as being ok. If you forbid it and keep an eye on what they are doing, teach them right and wrong, talk to your children, know what is going on in their lives, etc. then they will grow to make smarter decisions in the future.
When you become a parent, you are taking on responsibility for that child until they are 18.
Too many parents are lazy nowadays and let their kids get away with everything, play in the streets, swear, fight, steal, smoke, drink, do drugs...as young as 10 and 11 years old. Why? Because they don't care what they are doing, they just want them out of their hair.
I'm happy to see that you, Michelle, seem to have been raised properly and can think positiely for yourself at such a young age, reguardless of what some of these no-lifes on here have to say.

Anonymous

that was supposed to be "until thay are older with more freedom"

Anonymous

I too would like to know who the attorneys are for Erie County. When I asked the Recorder a legitimate question once she told me "on the advice of the attorneys for Erie County she couldn't answer my question". (?????) That seems to be the standard answer for EVERYTHING in Erie County. So WHO are these attorneys for Erie County?

Anonymous

How does Erie County have the right to transfer ownership of property belonging to an elderly, incompetent resident of the ECCF?

Anonymous

I fail to see where Kim Nuesse caused all this. And as for Nuesse being a two-bit chief----I think Erie County has got some two-bit commissioners, a two-bit commissioner president and more.... I also think there's a two-bit prosecutor and other two-bits that have been sharing Erie County tax dollars with Cuyahoga County and Lorain County for a loooooong time......

Anonymous

CORRECTION: two-bit CITY commissioners and a two-bit commissioner president...

Anonymous

The SCHOOLS force the auditor to set the values...... Give me a break. Why don't you just admit its the ATTORNEYS for the schools that are behind this---and at the same time admit that the ATTORNEYS aren't FORCING the auditor to do anything......their all in it together.

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