Roast the Ohio Department of Transportation for demanding Milan must pay for repairs to a portion of U.S. 250 that runs through the village. "One power of local self-government is the care and maintenance of roads within the jurisdiction of a city or village, including state and U.S. routes," ODOT legal council Cola Perkins wrote in a letter to the village. Milan sent the $55,000 bill for temporary repairs to ODOT, but ODOT sent it back. ODOT says Milan received more than enough money to pay for the repairs from vehicle gas tax funds. Milan said it cannot afford the repairs. There's got to be a way to work this out, and we think ODOT should step to the plate and make the first move to get this issue resolved.
Toast the efforts of Chip Heyl and Sue McCreery on their combined efforts to write the book "Crossen Combat Chronicles," detailing the war efforts of McCreery's father, Lt. Col. John R. Crossen. The two, along with Sue's husband, Ron, spent 2,000 hours researching the life of Crossen and the 135th Field Artillery Battalion, which Crossen commanded. Efforts like this help keep a piece of American history alive and they should be proud of their efforts.
Roast Cleveland Cavaliers great LeBron James. As most of you all know, James is the best thing to happen to this town since the invention of the pirogue. But James just doesn't get it. First it was the New York Yankees baseball cap incident during the playoffs. Then, he gets caught driving his car 101 mph and acts like it's no big deal (tell that to your kid the next time he gets a speeding ticket). Then he introduces his New York Yankee pinstripe NIKE basketball shoes. You're killing us, LeBron.
Toast Pleasant Elementary Principal Janice Smith and everybody with the Norwalk City Schools involved in the "showers for success" program designed to help third- and fourth-graders help prepare for the Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Tests slated for April. Pleasant, League and Maplehurst elementary schools will begin after-school Achievement Club on Feb. 11 to help students prepare for standardized testing. Like them or not, standardized tests are here to stay and we applaud the schools and teachers for being ready when they come.