Saturday, February 09, 2008

Holy Toledo! It's Berkeley East!

Photo: Staff Sgt. Andre Davis talks to his commanding officer as he leaves the Madison Building after Mayor Carty Finkbeiner requested that the Marines leave the downtown location. ( THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH )

U.S. Marines have been booted from Toledo, Ohio. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner ordered the Marines out of town yesterday after they had maDe the four hour drive from their base in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A mayoral spokesman told the Toledo Blade, "The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people. He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area."

The 1st Battalion, 24th Marines have conducted urban combat training in Toledo several times between 2004 and 2006. Ambushes and mock gunfights with blank ammunition are part of the exercises carried out in downtown Toledo. Recalling the 2006 urban patrol exercise, Lance Corporal Brandon Bukrey-McCarty said the skills he learned were useful during the unit's 2006-2007 deployment to Fallujah, Iraq.

Maggie Thurber, radio talk show host, former public official, and Toledo resident, writes on her blog, Thurber's Thoughts, "Marines don't frighten me! They give me comfort and confidence that our nation is so well-protected by such dedicated individuals. Perhaps it's only Carty who is frightened."

Thurber adds an update from NBC24: After the last exercise, Mayor Finkbeiner informed then Police Chief Jack Smith, the Marines were no longer welcome to "[play] war in Toledo". Former Marine Smith told the Mayor that "if one young Marine’s life is saved because of training he or she received in Toledo, Ohio, then it was worth the inconvenience."

Smith further said that since that objections were the Mayor's alone, then Finkbeiner would have to communicate those objections to the Police. Consequently, the current Police Administration was not informed until just a few hours before the Marines arrived.

After all the coverage and bad press Berkeley, you would think other communities would take note that attacking the U.S. Marine Corp on the home court is not a bright idea.

If you want to contact Mayor Finkbeiner, here is his official email address: mayor.toledo@toledo.oh.gov. I would bet that as a politician, Finkbeinder will learn his lesson the hard way as Berkeley Mayor Bates did.

Asked what they would do now, Marine Major O'Neill said, "We're Marines. We'll adapt and overcome."



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6 comments:

Maggie Thurber said...

People should know that Toledoans are NOT happy with this decision by the mayor.

Thanks for the link!

Mike's America said...

Isn't Carty the Fink a Republican?

I grew up near Toledo. It's a weird town.

Maggie Thurber said...

Originally, Carty was a Republican, then an independent ... but he's been a Democrat for decades now...

Indigo Red said...

Thank you, Maggie, for pointing that out. Ohioans, in general, have always contributed to the strong backbone of the nation's defense. Toledo has welcomed he Marines many times and few have voiced any concerns and just like Berkeley, City officials will be getting an earful from the townsfolk as this story gains notice.

Obviously, Mayor Finkbeiner can be easily influenced given the wishy-washy nature of his polical affiliation history.

Anonymous said...

The mayor sucks

Indigo Red said...

Second that, Anon! Just goes to show that even retired Army Captains can go stupid in a hostile environment.