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The Marines Battle in Toledo Update

Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee followed up on the story of the Marines that were kicked out of Toledo by the city's mayor. It seems the city council has revolted against the mayor on behalf of the Marines. They passed a resolution today that they hope will make amends with the Marines:

Toledo City Council yesterday attempted to quell the controversy surrounding Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's order to cancel a Marine Corps warfare training exercise downtown with a unanimous vote of apology.

Without discussion, the 12-member council approved a resolution apologizing to Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the mayor's action Friday afternoon.

Mr. Finkbeiner, who has refused to apologize and has defended his decision, yesterday declined to say whether he would sign the resolution or if he believed the controversy would hinder the city's attempt to renew the 0.75 percent income tax on the March 4 ballot.

Bob learned that in addition to the apology, the resolution also includes the following:

In addition, the resolution will offer to pay the Marines for the lost training costs, and offers to pick up a free night's stay for each of the 200 Marines anywhere in the city, and will provide passes to area restaurants and events.

Toledo has some wonderful locally owned restaurants that I hope these Marines get the chance to visit. I personally like Mancy's Italian, Georgio's, and, of course, Tony Packo's.


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Comments (13)

Hey, I have an idea. Let's ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Hey, I have an idea. Let's hold a vote to impeach Stinkbeiner.

Praise and honor for the To... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Praise and honor for the Toledo Twelve. God bless them everyone.

Great choice, Toledo, since... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Great choice, Toledo, since you stuck your foot in your collective mouth up to the knee on this one.

I seriously don't see what ... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

I seriously don't see what the big deal is unless you already have a problem with the military to begin with. This mayor is obviously an anti-military lib. I hope he gets booted at election time. Unfortunately elections don't always take care of problems. We know that up here in MI. Our Governor kept this state in a one-state recession and then got re-elected saying she wouldn't raise taxes. Once she won re-election guess what she did? OMG a democrat raised taxes?? No one saw that coming i suppose.

The worst thing about it is that the population here is so ignorant that most people here don't even care, just as long as their monthly checks keep rolling in. It's pretty hard to stick it to the man when the man has just put a 100 foot pole between himself and your state.

Tell ya what...go to your y... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Tell ya what...go to your your local city council and DEMAND that military troops conduct maneuvers in your downtown area.

There has been simulated urban training down in Louisiana for years. Why does a MI outfit have to train in OH as opposed to say the established area or say...Detroit.

Maybe just maybe..troop exercises in an American City does cause reasonable concern.
But as I said..anyone disagreeing, volunteer your downtown area for military exercises.


Looks like they learned in ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Looks like they learned in toledo what happens when you try to evict the marines i hope they not only appoligise but make amends to the families of theor marines as well

Screw you Toledo... (Below threshold)
US Vet:

Screw you Toledo

Nogo - they did some traini... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Nogo - they did some training down here about 5 years back, came out to the plant and used some of the unoccupied buildings, as well as a motel complex scheduled for demolition, and did operations in the city. Our daily, which is somehwat leftist, covered it and the tone was that they were proud Atlanta was chosen.

Nobody had the vapors about it, oddly enough. Maybe because we understand which side they're on, and that WE have nothing to fear from them?

Tony Packo's is great, brin... (Below threshold)
civildisobedience Author Profile Page:

Tony Packo's is great, bring the antacids. Funny, they have the whole MASH theme going on there, back when liberals could still be anti-war without being anti-American and anti-military. Now they are just another declared enemy. Jealous biatches.

Nogo, why don't you change ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Nogo, why don't you change your nic to
perpetual headache?
The Marines, and any of the other branches
of the service can use my farm for training
anytime. The concern should be the day we don't
have them to defend and protect this country,
even the idiots.

I thank all the reporters t... (Below threshold)
linda Tarricone:

I thank all the reporters that got the word out about this. Usually people do the right thing when the light is shining on them. Lets keep the light shining.

Personally, I would love to... (Below threshold)
the Brain:

Personally, I would love to have the Marines come and train here in Detroit. I would even volunteer to be a hostage/terrorist if they needed some extras for the event. The MILES laser tag gear they use for some of this stuff is really cool.

LOL, what I was thinking is... (Below threshold)
epador:

LOL, what I was thinking is that they should ask Ann Arbor for permission to perform urban maneuvers. It would be interesting to see what kind of reaction little Berkley would show...




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