Time to follow up on some previous columns.
Gets his chance
In February, I told you about a fellow named Patrick Carrigan, who had fought his way back from a self-made hell on earth.
The Cuyahoga Falls resident seemingly has led two different lives. The first one, which lasted until he was 36, included multiple busts for meth-making, a bunch of DUIs, a bunch of arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct, four years in prison and a car crash in which he almost killed his young son.
That life began to die the day he was standing on Akron’s Y-Bridge, seriously thinking about jumping 250 feet to his death.
“I couldn’t stand living,” he said, “and I didn’t want to die.”
During the past five years, though, Carrigan has stayed off drugs and alcohol, gotten married, bought a house, regained custody of his son and earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Akron.
Among his academic achievements: two research papers, Soil Magnetics as a Proxy for Pollution Associated with Railroad Tracks and Chemistry of Acid Mine Drainage at Three Sites.
When we first talked, Carrigan had gotten a number of attractive job offers in his field, but each offer evaporated once his potential employer ran a background check. He was working as a welder and happy to be employed, but he pined for a job in which he could use his geology degree.
At long last, someone has given him a chance.
Carrigan has been hired as a testing technician by Air Compliance Testing Inc., headquartered in Brecksville. He started about a month ago.
The company, which also has an office in Gainesville, Fla., does work for industrial, commercial and government institutions. It conducts more than 500 stack-testing and emissions-measuring projects a year.
Carrigan is thrilled.
“I guess hard work and determination pay off,” he says.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity this company has offered me. They took a chance on me, and I won’t let them down.”
Checked in with a Goodyear Facebook page to see whether there was any news about the Name the Blimp Contest, which was closed to voting May 9.
I learned “The Goodyear Name the Blimp Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone for your votes.
“The name that has been selected for the new Goodyear blimp, and the winner of the Name the Blimp Contest, will be officially announced later this year and will be posted here. Please check back here on that date!”
Um ... that date would be when?
Goodyear spokesman Doug Grassian is only slightly more specific, telling me the announcement will be made “in the coming weeks.”
Jason Dodson, chief of staff for Summit County Executive Russ Pry, says he did not claim Summit County would have one of the lowest sales tax rates in the state even if a proposed hike from 6.75 to 7 percent is approved by voters.
Dodson says he was talking only about the portion of the overall rate that is controlled by county government.
The state gets 5.75 percent of every county’s sales tax. In Summit, Metro RTA gets a whopping 0.5 percent, the same amount that currently goes to the county. If the county boosts its own rate to 0.75 percent, that would keep Summit among the five lowest counties in terms of the rate going directly to the county.
On the other hand, can your wallet tell the difference? If this passes — a proposal that would raise $20 million more per year, about one-third of it going to a downtown Akron arena and most of the rest going to public-safety projects — Summit’s overall sales tax will be higher than 25 percent of the counties in Ohio. It will be higher or the same as 42 percent.
Clearly, lowness is in the eye of the beholder.
Not bloody likely
OK, OK. I had a bad typo in a recent column.
I wrote about a 79-year-old man, David Post, who started delivering the Beacon Journal in “1933.”
As half a million readers pointed out, that would have made him T-minus 2 years old when he was allegedly delivering papers.
I’ve heard of precocious kids before, but none of them in utero.