This year was a great year for the political process and an amazing year for Findlay Democrats.
I am so humbled by the amount of support that has been given to myself and the local Democrat group. To those of you who stood by myself and the other Democratic candidates this year, do not fret that we were unable to unseat the incumbents on City Council.
What I would like to say to you is this:
1. Change takes time and we are moving forward in the right direction. Please be patient and consistent with this process.
2. Stay active. Attend a City Council meeting. Do you have a concern you want to voice? Get on the agenda and voice it! Keep talking about your city and what you want.
Throughout the campaign, people shared similar comments. Much of it sounding like “I’ve never been really active in politics or the community, but now is the time!” Ever thought you may like to give politics a try? Get out there and do it. If not you, who? If not now, when? You’d be amazed and humbled how many people will support you!
In January, I sat at a local coffee shop after putting out a plea that I needed 50-plus signatures to run in the City Council race. People were so excited and wanted to support. I got well over the 50 signatures from people I knew and didn’t know.
After 11 months, I received 2,000 odd votes. This is not something to disregard. I think, perhaps, we are just getting started!
Heidi Mercer

Michael Janton (letter, Nov. 7) challenged my view (Nov. 3) of the need for more cooperation, beyond the local level, as not being practical in today’s national political climate.
While local cooperation is clearly easier, not cooperating at the national and international levels of government is far more dangerous.
It is widely considered a good idea to get our direction right before picking up speed.
We adapt biologically much slower than socially, and we adapt much slower socially than we do in our tool making. The latter includes our tools to automate jobs, but also to make war.
We routinely talk about the need to prepare for war, less so for the need to prepare for peace, by actively cooperating with allies including trading partners.
We have elected a warrior president who rightfully recognized the plight of workers being left behind by automation, while not fully appreciating the need for Kennedy- and Reagan-cool deliberation, when it comes to thinking about war. The generals he selected fortunately seem more deliberative than our leader.
We are fearful of the strong-armed leaders of the world, so we elect one of our own, who likes to speak loudly about having the big stick, with impulse control issues.
Everyone knows he has a big stick and that he is not the only one to have one.
The president likes his generals, not to mention Eisenhower, who warned us about the military industrial complex.
Generals are good at efficiency, doing things right. They need direction from civilians on doing the right thing, who have actual governing experience in being accountable to the voters, unlike their role as generals.
The president is increasing our military budget as commander-in-chief by tens of billions, while as our diplomat-in-chief he is substantially cutting funds to our State Department.
Our challenge now is to give pause and re-think our direction while actively supporting our lone ranger diplomat, Rex Tillerson.
Tom Murphy

I recently had an uplifting experience at my office.
Among all of the events that we hear every day about shootings, weather-related events and the local “facelift,” Girl Scout Troop 20094 paused in their activities to collect school books for children in the Houston area.
The hurricane tore apart Houston’s schools, destroying school books and general reading material. Troop 20094 collected books to help the students in the affected area have some books to read.
These books were not all new, but still valuable to keep the young minds active rather than reverting to the handheld electronic devices which we all have around the house or office.
My secretary answered the national call to gather books for the kids in that area.
The troop amassed 146 pounds of books which were shipped last week to the Houston area where they will join others from across the county in keeping the young people there reading.
The local Masonic groups: lodge, chapter, council and commandery paid for the shipping costs so the girls would not have to.
We can all feel proud that charity to others unknown to us, have benefitted from our urge to help others.
David Roth