Letters to the Editor 04-21-17

The backbone of politics should never be viewed as an entitlement program for long-term incumbent public servants to be re-elected based solely upon decades of public service and embedded political connections.
Ron Monday? I have never met Mr. Monday, who is seeking re-election, this time as Findlay City Council president.
As far as I can ascertain, Monday has been a public servant for decades and is part of the Findlay Republican establishment.
Oftentimes, that is a double-edged sword.
Voters deserve more than a rear-view glance. Voters need to be respected and pursued every election.
I have only seen scattered Monday lawn signs pop up during the past weekend. I assume the limited political signs are paid via Monday’s political fund.
On the other side of the spectrum, Findlay has another more visible local Republican candidate, Thomas A. Ross.
Ross is also a candidate for Findlay City Council president.
Ross, who is personally funding his political campaign, has imploded the Findlay landscape with his political statement; goes door-to-door to meet and greet voters and ask for input. He has met with those individuals responsible for protecting and serving.
This shows both commitment and determination in challenging the status quo of an entrenched politician by reaching out to voters in every neighborhood.
Ross requested if his campaign could place a political sign on the lawn. Wow! I’m not a Republican, but I said yes solely based upon his personal interaction.
Ross should be commended for challenging incumbency and entitlement.
He brings a fresh approach to the usual lackluster local political campaigns.
Ross is attempting to infuse voters to take a chance on him. If Ross can swing voters to view Findlay, not on his terms, but on their terms, then the City of Findlay will have a new voice speaking for all residents.
As an independent voter without ties to any political party or individual, I find that the way to an independent’s vote is through personalized outreach. Ross deserves the opportunity to lead the City of Findlay.
Nancy C. Abrams

As a Findlay councilman from 2008-2015, I was fortunate to serve with some excellent council people.
The one who absolutely impressed me the most was Ron Monday.
Ron is as dedicated to Findlay as a person could be. His 50-plus years as a public servant to this community says it all.
What impresses me most about Ron is his integrity, and his never-ending quest to learn about both sides of an issue before he makes a decision on which side to take, or how to vote.
He hears all opinions, relates those back to other information he knows from those many years of public service, and then makes his decision.
He respects you even if you disagreed with him, and when the final decision is made — whether it went his way or not, he does not hold a grudge, or say an unkind word.
He is always ready to move on to the next issue. There is never a question of what side he will take — he will always take the side that he feels would be in the best interest of the community.
Ron’s experience, dedication and integrity will serve him well as president of City Council.
We need someone in that position who understands not only how council functions, but also the related historical knowledge, to continue to move important efforts forward.
The council president’s role is not to add their opinion or do anything to impact the outcome of the meetings, unless there is a tie that needs to be broken.
On the other hand, my experience with Tom Ross, and his occasional appearances at meetings, is that I doubt his primary interest is in serving others and getting others involved in the community.
My thought is Tom is primarily looking for a soapbox to preach from, so that he can share his views on various issues and ideas. That is not appropriate for the council president.
The president should run the meeting, and stay out of the way, unless and until their input is necessary.
If you agree that dedication, experience, and integrity are important, then join me in voting for Ron Monday.
Randy Van Dyne

In response to Larry Richardson (letter, April 20): Liberals, including politicians, are Christians also.
Liberals are for social justice, care for the poor and the oppressed. Liberals encourage universal health care, welfare provision, subsidized education and take actions on behalf of the oppressed. That isn’t socialism — that is compassion.
It seems Richardson can hold two opposite beliefs at the same time.
He believes lies about the Clintons and Planned Parenthood coming from the media, yet refuses to believe facts about Trump coming from the media.
I doubt if Richardson’s letter to the editor encouraged anyone to go knocking on church doors, excited to become members.
Don Iliff


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