Let's offer Blogtown's heartiest congratulations to Robert "Heshy" Bucholz who won his race to become an election judge in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia this past week.
What makes Mr. Bucholz unique is that he is the first person from the Whig party to win an election in some 160 years. (And you think Cleveland sports teams are in a dry spell).
Personally, I'd love to see more Whig candidates running for office. This country has waited far too long to find someone who can carry on Millard Fillmore's legacy.
On another topic: So Spencer Township decided to say adios to TARTA. Oh, but don't worry, they'll have a replacement up and running soon.
You're check's in the mail too.
If TARTA'S schedule was a little more convenient, I'd ride it more often. Oh sure, marble has more padding than bus seats, but there are a lot of advantages to taking the bus. In the morning, I can get a
start on the day by reading the paper or looking up news stories online.
Suburbanites gripe: "Hey, if bus service is so important, how's come I never see anybody riding it?" Their observations are based on false anecdotal information. The only time burb dwellers see a Tarta bus is
when it's either at the beginning or end of it's route when ridership is at its lowest.
Where I get on out in the burbs, there aren't too many people on board, but by the time we get downtown it can be close to standing room only.
Bring back the Whigs!
Since the old Republican Party is no more and has essentially been taken over by a fringe group and has elected to become a right-wing party, we need a centrist and moderate party that believes in things
like limited government, and paying our bills, and living within our means, and working with others who may see things slightly differently from them.
That old-style Republicanism could bee the new Whigism.
It would have something going for it: reasonableness.
A New Whig could live with national health insurance -- like Ike and Taft and Nixon could. Even though the right-wing Republicans cannot live with Obamacare and cannot work with others.
Maybe the New Whigs can bring back limits, moderation, and fiscal hawkishness.
We need that strain of politics in our system, and we have lost it.
As for TARTA. I think it's a great system. It is undervalued, economical, and misunderstood -- like many Toledo assets.
THE LAST WORD:
The town owes a debt of thanks to Mayor Mike Bell. No politician is a man for all seasons. But Mr. Bell did stabilize the city's finances in a season when no else would or could.