Interesting response from City Hall to the news that a West Akron house Mayor Don Plusquellic co-owned has gone into foreclosure.
Bad enough the mayor believes a financial institution should track him down and ask why payments aren’t being made, rather than him taking responsibility to ensure they are.
He made that clear during a Monday news conference. But he didn’t stop there. Plusquellic then quoted Akron Planning Director Marco Sommerville as saying to him:
“If this is how they treat the mayor, what do you think they do to average people?”
Wow. I didn’t realize mayors are supposed to get special treatment from financial institutions.
I was under the impression that city leaders are regular human beings, trying to do their jobs and live their lives like the rest of us.
In Akron, apparently, they are royalty, expecting — and deserving of — preferential treatment.
I wonder how far down the chain this special treatment is supposed to extend?
To planning directors?
Watching a 14-wheel, 400-ton steam locomotive roll into downtown Akron is entertaining enough. Add the equivalent of a silent-film comedy sketch and a good time is had by all.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has been hosting a visitor from Indiana this month: Nickel Plate 765, the largest operating steam locomotive east of the Mississippi. It will make its final local run Sunday.
The engine, built in 1944 in Lima and now owned by the Fort Wayne Historical Society, has been involved in a number of runs through the valley, some of them themed, such as a murder mystery and a dinner with actors playing Civil War leaders.
Last week, the black beast was chugging into town when it unexpectedly stopped near Luigi’s Restaurant in the shadow of the Y-Bridge.
Among the onlookers were reader David Post and his son. They were trying to figure out why the train would stop at that particular location, rather than at a depot. Soon they had their answer.
Two members of the locomotive’s Indiana-based crew came dashing out of Luigi’s lugging big boxes of pizza. They handed them up to their comrades in the cab and climbed back onboard.
The crew had phoned ahead, eager to indulge in an Akron classic.
“There must have been 50 to 100 people there, and everybody was laughing,” Post reports.
Tony Ciriello, whose family has owned and operated Luigi’s since 1949, says that takeout order wasn’t even close to the most bizarre in the restaurant’s history. That category is dominated by the days when the circus train used to stop.
He cites photos on the restaurant’s wall showing his grandfather with monkeys — including a monkey sitting at the Luigi’s bar drinking a Budweiser.
I’m beginning to wonder about the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal. How could he turn down this kind of offer?
Well, OK, the name of the proposed syndicated column might have thrown him off track. “Hot Off the Throne” could be misinterpreted as writings inspired by trips to the restroom.
But that’s not the type of throne his prospective columnist had in mind.
“Your newspaper has been chosen as one of the largest 274 newspapers in the United States to receive these 13 Prophetic Messages from Father God and from Jesus Christ for the weekly syndicated newspaper column called, ‘Hot Off the Throne,’ ” began the letter, written by a woman in Tennessee.
Not sure why she stopped at 274 newspapers, rather than rounding it off at 275. But she does seem to have a special thing for numbers.
“All of the even-numbered messages are from Father God and all the odd-numbered messages are from Jesus Christ.
“They are to be published weekly beginning the first week of October 2013 and continue through the last week of December 2013 for 13 weeks.”
Even when a person serves as a direct conduit for both God and J.C., she apparently needs a cut of the action — in this case, $35. She justifies the charge by quoting a version of Deuteronomy: “It is God who gives you the power to get wealth ... ”
In one sense, this woman would be a perfect fit as a newspaper columnist. She added:
“Please do not omit a word, add a word or change a word in these messages. Please print them EXACTLY as given.”
Right on, sister.
Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.