Lorain- an Open Letter

February 26, 2010 at 11:50 am 13 comments


To whom is may concern:

Over the past year I have traveled for pleasure, rest, and for hope. I have been to England, Scotland, France, Germany and Houston ,Texas. All of these places have their positives and negatives. Because of the “obscenity” returning to our lives just a year ago I have not been able to write about my observations in great detail.

The one thing that I have observed, as I have kept in touch with Lorain through the internet and on line media coverage with the comments, is how much energy is being put into pointing out what is wrong and the blame game from all sides.

Of course there are problems in Lorain and actually the bottom line is Lorain’s problems can be solved with “money” for the most part. It will not take an act of God or an act of War. Just financial responsibility and getting Lorain back in the black and getting back to a healthy starting point.

I can tell you that a couple of million dollars in the grand scheme of things is nothing but not having it available means that people’s livelihoods that depend on the few 10’s of thousands they receive yearly are in jeopardy because it isn’t there. We jump on the “get rid of healthcare benefits” bandwagon for our fellow citizens which makes me shudder having seen first hand what can happen to people without enough healthcare. You are in some cases handing out a death sentence to someone- I have seen it happen!

Our safety is at risk, our reputation as a place to live, our future. So what can be done?

If I had a couple of extra millions I would gladly pay Lorain’s debt- because Lorain has been a wonderful place for me and her people some of the best I have ever met anywhere ( even the ones I disagree with at times)- Lorainites have come through for me time and time again and continue to do so ! But you can’t take that to the bank.

These past months have found the usual he said she said blame game, the pontificators of causes and those that continue to cry Lorain is dead and dying and a dump.

Lorain isn’t dead and dying, Lorain is in need of the talents and hard work and pulling together of all her citizens.

Every single Council person , outgoing and incoming, every single police officer, firefighter, union member , utilities employee, city hall employee, administration, businessman/woman, educator, religious community member , media – all have an individual strength and talent they can bring to the table .

Don’t discount the ability of anyone there are no weak links in the chain in Lorain every single person in this city has something to contribute to her success.

We don’t need to reinvent the wheel or nickle and dime the taxpayers. What we need is to draw upon the strength of our citizens, even the ones we are politically or personally at odds with – we need your ideas, expertise and “follow through” to solve what is quite simply a “money problem” and not an insurmountable money problem.

Lorain is not well what can you do to make her healthy ( quickly not 10 years from now NOW!!! within the next few weeks )- as legislators- administrators- educators- citizens-

1. How do we come up with a few million dollars without going to the public trough for more taxes?

2. What can you do as an individual to help ?

3. We have had “Save the Lighthouse” fundraisers can it work for Lorain?

4. Can we put aside our personal / professional likes and dislikes and come together for our home and our neighbors?

Can we as a community “Embrace Lorain” and forgive her faults and give her a chance? Can YOU? WILL YOU ???


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dennis Lamont  |  February 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Heaven knows, I’m trying !!!!!!!!!

  • 2. thatwoman  |  February 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I know Dennis I saw your letter on Lorain County dot com was it published in the MJ ( I may have missed it in my parallel world ?

  • 3. Carolyn  |  February 27, 2010 at 3:57 am

    You have convinced me that you should run for a city office or maybe your old volunteer job but this time the paid position as Executive director of the Lorain Growth. We need to do something not just have a high-priced study and then no action.

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Oh those damned studies…… I know what you mean… The thing that Lorain needs is people who put aside agendas and put Lorain’s wellbeing first.. leaving the politics and agendas etc out of it ( which probably will never happen… to paraphrase Kennedy .

    Our Lorain – right or wrong- poor or prosperous- Our Lorain…..

  • 5. Dennis Lamont  |  February 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    If you receive a copy of the Chronicle please read Mr. Young’s article on wishing for March. As usual he manages to knock the streetcar but adds to this downtown Lorain. Many thanks to the folks that are working their hearts downtown to make a difference …too bad the view from Elyria is clouded over.

    Contrary to Mr. Young’s version of what our President sees, his and his administrations views can be found at;
    They know what works, even if Andy doesn’t

    Dennis Lamont
    Lorain Street Railway

  • 6. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Maybe instead of Down town Dennis we should re name it UP town may change the perception Loraine

  • 7. Kalin  |  March 2, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for the chuckle. I loved the quote: “Oh those damned studies”

    Without having to come up with a few million, what if paid an expert to study the studies. There’s got to be something useful there.

    That gives me an idea. I’m not quite ready to commit to it, but I’ll let you know if I can do it.

  • 8. Dennis Lamont  |  March 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    STUDIES ..gotta love ’em
    In my particular field of interest I do a lot of research because thing are changing so fast (in the streetcar business yet). You can download almost 50 studies on Streetcar Proposals that are all tweaked PPT presentations of the same thing. Not that the reasons and the successes are not real but I sure hope the folks that paid for these thing the umptedeenth time around got a discount.

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Studies I am tired of studies- time to take the exam- remember this one :


    an update of the staubach study of TWO years ago…….Sigh….. what happened to the DO WE HAVE LPACC??? YET
    Do they meet ( I admit to being out of the loop) are they involved as a group with the Health Campus idea


    Of course you know studies are great “employers” so can they be classed as an industry — 🙂

  • 10. Dennis Lamont  |  March 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I have admit I have no info on that.
    The High School is going to change the way we look at the area from the loop to 21st and beyond, and how it could become a social center for the city … looking forward to the meeting on Thursday!

  • 11. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I did make the following comment on the Journals article because to me as I mentioned to one or two people in an email
    As a lay person, and most of the people in Lorain are lay persons … it is to like going to my Rich Uncle and saying

    I want to build a dwelling . I need some money.

    and the rich uncle says :

    What type of dwelling?

    well it could be a cottage, it could be a condo or maybe a hotel

    Well how much land do you need

    well that would depend upon what the dwelling turns out to be, I would need more for the hotel because it would need a parking lot , the condo only a driveway , the cottage could be beachfront and a boat dock

    When will you need this money

    As soon as possible we need to get this dwelling started

    So the Rich Uncle says

    come back to me when you know how much money , what type of dwelling , and all the ifs are dealt with because I lent you brother money for a car and he is still walking!

    Here is the comment I put under the article

    ” What is the projected cost associated with each site “before” we build it and they will come – not after the fact and choice of location.

    Sorry Rick but the cost should also factor ( since taxpayers will be paying for it ultimately) on the location decision also the time lines involved ( although you will have the tool ( eminent domain) to acquire properties – since it is NOT for “private development” you will still have some issues and also you will have to add staff or hire people who deal with relocations of those affected… so what is the projected time line to acquire those properties and the “cost”.

    The costs of moving those power lines and again time line and purchasing the tracks etc. is not going to be cheap but how does that stack up against the costing and time lines of the other areas?

    One of the top recommendations in the Staubach report was “time lines and can you afford it – remember 🙂
    Public input on a wish list is just going through the motions to tell people look we have gone through the process

    “HAVE A TIME LINE for completion, a plan and how it will be financed” (Staubach report)


    I think we have to base the location on those factors as well . Just some thoughts that popped into my head scanning the article….. Loraine “

  • 12. Dennis Lamont  |  March 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    If I remember it is about 6 million to shift the lines around so that they no longer travel from the old plant substation through Black River Landing. The CSX track is a big unknown as is where the commuter rail station and parking will go.

  • 13. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    There seems to be a lot of ifs and confusion – hopefully things will be clearer at the forum 🙂

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