This is in response to the July 2 editorial “Dining downtown.” As the wife of one of the food truck owners, I want to clarify a few points.
First, we are not asking for any subsidies from Akron. Yes, there were low-interest loans made available in Cleveland, but that is not what we are looking for in Akron.
We are simply asking for a permit process similar to the city of Cleveland, which would allow us to operate on the streets of Akron, preferably all of Akron, not just downtown.
In addition, we are not looking to undercut existing restaurants. In fact, when you take everything into consideration, our overhead is not as low as the brick-and-mortar restaurants may believe.
We have to buy fuel for the truck, fuel for the generator, propane to cook, the same food service license as restaurants, business and vehicle insurance and, in many cases, pay fees to park and for vending permits in multiple locations.
Because we have limited storage, we cannot buy in quantity, as restaurants do, thus spending more for our supplies.
We are interested in stimulating the Downtown Akron Partnership’s revitalization process in the areas where we park, not diminishing it.
In the end, most food truck owners are testing their concepts to one day open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. In Cleveland, for example, there are at least five restaurants that are the direct result of food trucks expanding into brick-and-mortar businesses.
We have seen firsthand the business that food trucks can bring to the city streets. This prosperity benefits not just the truck owners, but the area restaurants and businesses.
What better way to draw area residents, and also those from neighboring communities, to downtown, than by offering them a service that is fresh and different?
Trust broken in Medina
I have always voted for school levies, but my trust in the Medina school board was broken in March.
I have watched many things change in our schools over the past several years.
Sacrifices were made because I thought there was no other way, but I was patient and confident the next time a levy was on the ballot. We could get it to pass, and things would get better.
If the state refused to do its job, our community would educate itself and see that it had to pass a levy for the betterment of our children.
The last levy was so close. Then the controversy over the superintendent’s contract came to light, and those in charge, those we trusted with our money, lied, denied and blamed each other.
I was literally sick. My kids, and other kids, went without little things like full-time art and gym and busing and went without big things like electives, reading intervention, nurses and counselors.
I volunteered at the schools because I knew the teachers and administration needed the help.
I was duped. The community was duped by somebody at the top who made out in a big way at the expense of my children, my family, my friends and my community.
Our schools were being run by a board not willing to question, to say no, to investigate to ensure there were checks and balances.
I don’t care what threats are made now, schools closing, kids having to attend several different schools during the years.
I have one demand. I don’t want any more of my tax dollars in the hands of the people whom I trusted.
As long as the board’s leaders are in office, I will vote against a levy. If they want me to vote for a levy, and they really care about the kids, then they should put their huge egos aside, get off their high horses and resign.
They should show us they can be different people and, for once, do what the majority wants, step down and stop making decisions that affect the future well-being of our children.
Fair suspension at Metro
I applaud Richard Enty, executive director of Metro Regional Transit Authority, for admitting his violation of a ban on texting while in a Metro vehicle.
Metro drivers have been given time off for talking on their cell phones while driving or just being on the bus talking on their cell phone. Texting while operating a Metro bus is almost a termination offense.
How can Metro management give out punishment to the drivers with the executive director violating the laws that pertain to all drivers?
I wonder how many drivers were suspended without pay with Enty’s approval, even though he has been texting while driving for quite sometime.
The board did its job for giving Enty five days off without pay, which is five days of vacation. Let’s hope that Enty learned a lesson from his suspension and sent a message to all Metro drivers