Toast Ralph Seward, who retired at the end of last week after more than 30 years in the city's employment. Seward served as public works coordinator, helping the city stay ahead of the curve on Environmental Protection Agency mandates and important sewer and road projects. Seward was fair dealing with contractors and residents and his knowledge and skill will be missed.
Roast the city's failure to help Rob and Lisa Wilkerson revamp the old funeral home on Benedict Avenue. We agree with council member Skip Wilde who was frustrated that, because of a disdain for spot zoning, the city was passing on a chance to help bring some jobs into the local economy especially when other businesses, such as Epic Technologies, are cutting jobs. However, it appears this story will have a happy ending as the Wilkersons plan to take on an even more ambitious project elsewhere in the city a 10,000 square-foot strip mall.
Toast the return of baseball. Today is opening day and, based on the team's own expectations as well as national baseball writers, Indians fans have reason for optimism this year well, at least cautious optimism. No, well, how about a lack of open pessimism. Still, with a promising Indians team, the Cavs poised to make the playoffs and possibly go deep in the postseason and the Ohio State Buckeyes playing for a national championship tonight, this is one of those rare times when it's actually good to be an Ohio sports fan.
Roast the airline industry for its poor customer service. According to a new study released today, more passengers found themselves bumped, their flights delayed or their bags lost last year than in 2005 and those figures don't even include February's unfathomable weather-related delays that left JetBlue planes, among others, idling for hours on taxiways. So much for flying the friendly skies.