Lest we Forget – Lorain Administration Forgot –

November 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm 6 comments

Well I  finally  am angry  enough  to  write , because that is what it takes to  get my  fingers flying across a key  board.  This was not the Remembrance Day  post I  had planned .

Lorain’s  tangible history  is almost extinct. I  have given up  for the most part  because the interest in tangible history  is not a priority  in Lorain. If it is not maintained, knocked down , bastardized  or moved about , it becomes  a photo  in file at the Lorain Historical Society  on 10th  street.

Tomorrow is Armistice Day  , all over the world  but Lorain Ohio, the administration under Mayor  Ritenauer, Safety  Service Director Dan Given and Chief of Staff Phil  Dore decided in their “wisdom” that a little park ” was not worth  the upkeep and had no  historical significance” . Now to  fill in readers NOT  from Lorain but elsewhere in the country  and world that come to  this blog.

In April 1922 this town decided to  honor the Great War’s war dead and injured  they  put their heart , soul, money  and pride into  a little V shaped park , commissioned a statue  and the town gave due honors :

Photos courtesy  of Dan Brady

Please access Dan Brady’s blog for the “historical research ” and story  about the little park that became Victory   Park https://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/05/ninety-years-of-miss-victory.html

Photo  Dan Brady

Apparently  this little  tiny  memorial park demands too  much  upkeep and was lumped in with  other “vacant and overgrown lots in their mind.

 “The city’s position is that we own hundreds of parcels all over that we’ve acquired over time,” Given said. “Why are we sitting on these things, maintaining them, cleaning up junk when we can actually make it productive?”

Photo Lorain 365

So  the wheels started going round and round and talks were ongoing between “Veterans Groups” not with  any  transparency  apparently  because I  live with  a veteran and I  had to  tell him what was happening .

Ironically   it was to  me  “that woman” to  whom Dan Given and the city  came to  get the information about the “historical significance” to  that V  and the statuary . I  duly  got them all the historical significance and the who is who and how a city  remembered  in 1922 and for the past 96 years.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/victory-no-longer-empty-handed-v-for-volunteers/

How annoying then to  read from the Morning Journal www. morningjournal.com  today   the Chief of Staff  of the City  of Lorain quote :

He said the city also went out of its way to ensure the property had no historical significance for WWI and found none.

“It just so happened, that whoever funded the statue, put it there,” Dore said.

 

 

Did this man read any of the information given objectively  or did they  just cut and paste  to  fit what  the intended purpose to  do  away  with  a “nuisance” hand it over to  someone else.

I  can taste my  anger at the moment. They  reached out to  Veterans groups  after the DAV post  reached out to  them but not the community  that  Mayor Ritenauer  was concerned about . The agenda for Monday  Night’s City  Council meeting  slipped this item in

Item G- ord – authorizing the Safety /Service Director to  advertise for bids for the sale of two  parcels no  longer needed for municipal purposes.

The city  council then went into executive session to  discuss this   with  council members – of course not only can’t the community at large   attend this session but Council  members in their wisdom just voted on the matter when they  came back  to  the floor.

Dissenting Votes,

 

 

 

Mary  Springkowski, Greg Argenti  and Josh Thornsberry. the rest could not apparently  decide to  send this to  at least a committee so  the “community  could have its say?

NO! in their impeccable timing of the Administration and Dore and Given one week before NOVEMBER  the 11th they  decided this little park  ” Dore:  had no historical significance for WWI and found none. LOOK AGAIN PHIL!!!!!!

Well I  beg to  differ, there are still relatives of the American Legion Commander instrumental in organizing  those honors ( see the article from 1922)  who  take pride in the Historical Worth  of that little Park. Once the city   sells it to  whomever the Veteran Organizations decide that park can be torn down ,statues moved to  monument row at Lakeview Park where they  are totally  out of context.  or destroyed  . We Only  have “their word” this won’t happen in the future and forgive me but that isn’t good enough

The plan isn’t to go in and disrupt the entire community and move monuments,” he said. “But when we have veterans groups that their sole purpose is to honor the people who lead us in war with their bravery, it’s our obligation to listen to them.”

Been down that road before : Once bitten twice shy!!!!!! and so  glad Mr. Given when YOU  were on City  Council you  didn’t “listen to  the Vets Council” when they  wanted to  give away  the 200 year old park on 4th  to  make way  for “Condos”

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/veterans-memorial-park-thanks-for-the-memories/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/veterans-memorial-park-faulty-memory/

The mayor said ‘hey, I don’t want a nasty storm over this whole issue. If it’s good for the community, it’s good for the community,’” Given said

quotes from www. morningjournal.com   article Lorain Clarifies Victory  Park Plans .

 Well maybe if the “Community” had been informed though   discussion   there would not be the blog post, the social media  outrage at this “deal”

 

Never has so much blather been uttered by  so  few to  cause outrage to  so  many!!!!

There is a “shame in this ” that shouldn’t be forgotten. Oh  it will be forgotten yesterdays news!!! Lorain  and her “non historical worth  will move on” BUT as long as there is an internet  and this blog is archived  ” the “memory” of this debacle of decisions” will live on!

NOTE: I  welcome any  op ed for the city administration…. and this situation has earned the not so  coveted  Notorious Opponents of Exactitude Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry filed under: a Cow -elle opinion, hell is other people, history, notorious opponents of exactitude. Tags: , , , , .

Nov. 3rd- tale of two – grief- Chris Ritchey Not forgotten- a reminder- and a Victory -Lorain

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave  |  November 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    A VERY sad state of affairs!

  • 2. Matt N.  |  November 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I’m definitely sharing. Thank you for compiling this post. So sad. And angering.

  • 3. thatwoman  |  November 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    It is sad and quite frankly I believe Mayor Ritenauer was given bad advice/ intel on this situation and now finds himself at odds with those of us that care about Lorain’s tangible history and feel this park does a have a history that is worthy of a community.

  • 4. Canadian Air Force Vet  |  November 10, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    This is truly a Disgraceful Act of the highest degree towards those Vets, not just in Lorrain, but around The World who fought for the Freedom of which most of the world is thankful.
    Can’t believe this would ever be allowed to happen.
    Vets must be turning over in their graves!
    Enough said! What a Bullshit Council!!!!!

  • 5. Canadian Air Force Vet  |  November 12, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Nice to see the turnaround by council.

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