BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PARK
What is so difficult to understand about the words “FIRE LANE” and, next to the painted area, the signs posted “NO PARKING?” It appears that some feel these areas are reserved for them.
Parking in these areas is not only dangerous but also illegal. Maybe a literacy exam should be included when issuing a driver’s license.
DON’T LOOK AT THE DEMS
Twice last week (May 14 & 15) you published political cartoons suggesting Democrats are trying to drown or throttle the economy by continuing strict social distancing measures.
I would like to remind whoever selected these cartoons of two points:
1. We are in Ohio.
2. MIke DeWine, the governor of Ohio, is a Republican.
UNITY VS. DIVISIVENESS
In the May 15 edition of The Courier, the opinion page included two columns of vastly contrasting styles.
Mayor Christina Muryn of Findlay wrote an encouraging letter about personal responsibility, personal sacrifice and unity in our community. She encouraged readers to take responsibility for themselves, recognizing that actions have an impact on neighbors and community members.
She encouraged sacrifice — giving up something for the sake of others and for the community good. She encouraged unity (working together as a community) during a time when opinions are offered and felt “across the spectrum” regarding the coronavirus, medical progress, economic uncertainty, etc. Kudos to Mayor Muryn for focusing on these three notions in a spirit of community.
The same page also included a divisive opinion article from national Creators.com writer Froma Harrop. Harrop chose to attack President Trump, using terminology like “pathetic performance,” “cratered the economy,” “fomenting more craziness,” “casual talk of accepting many more deaths,” and “tragedy unleashed.”
She cited poll results that favored her political preference without identifying the polls. I prefer the encouraging letter from the mayor. Harrop’s letter should be disregarded as partisan hackery, which is unproductive.
ALL ELECTIONS MATTER
When someone talks about being a citizen of the United States and the importance of a fair, democratic election, do you immediately think about the presidential election? How many of us show up for all the other elections?
I will admit I am no voting all-star, but as time goes on, and I see my country as well as my local, regional and state government and industry change (and in some cases stay the same), I wonder, who is directing this show?
We all know how lucky we are to live in such a great, albeit not perfect, country. But how many of us take the time to shape what the future of this country is going to look like? Regional, district, board and state elections are just as important to the construction of our future as national elections, if not more. Voting down ballot and on off-election years should be a priority on all of our lists because in the end, if we only show up to a few elections, how can we expect our elected officials to work with other officials who may have been elected on platforms important to only a minority of voters?
I am sure many of you are thinking that this is a strange time to bring this up considering the election is only months away and is shaping up to be a high turnout. Well, recently I received mail regarding the board of trustee elections for my electric cooperative and I wondered how many people vote for these? How well does our energy co-op board actually reflect the community’s views or does it reflect those of just a few avid voters?
I ask you all, where applicable, do your research and cast your vote for a trustee. And as the smoke settles after the presidential election, no matter how the chips fall, keep in mind there are many more elections that construct our future, and we need to be part of all of them to ensure a stable, safe, and sustaining society.