In each neighborhood, there are three sorts of people that have the most effective tales: Cops, firefighters and reporters. Why? As a result of every has a cache of off-off-record tales involving public officers.
Although the good and overwhelming majority of public servants are accountable, hardworking and honorable folks, Stark County, similar to in every single place else, has sometimes borne the brunt of the incompetent, the corrupt and do-littles — from the treasurer who gambled away shoeboxes of public cash to the sheriff who lobbied to purchase a machine gun, to your backyard selection situations of drunken driving, infidelity and gold-bricking.
However it’s no simple factor coping with the general public and taxpayers, who’re changing into more and more cynical and strident of their calls for and expectations of presidency.
Take, for instance, the present slate of Stark County Commissioners Richard Regula, Janet Creighton and Invoice Smith, who take a prudent and pragmatic strategy to governance.
No whacky schemes, no lacking tens of millions, no “Sport of Thrones” interpersonal conflicts.
“Regular as she goes” does not make for lots of on-line clicks, however within the case of governing, it is an excellent factor.
So, the concept that the commissioners, all of whom are Republicans, would be ambivalent a few questionable voting system, calls for that you just droop your disbelief.
You win some…
The problem arose final week as a petition circulated way of the neighborhood asking that any plans the commissioners to buy Dominion voting machines be tabled; clearly a response to former President Donald Trump dropping the election.
There’s a cussed and steadfast refusal to imagine that such a factor may very well be doable, although, this too is a curious anomaly. It runs counter to a tradition which we educate youngsters that you just win some, you lose some. However we all know why. Social media, specifically Fb, has offered a gradual IV drip of propaganda, misinformation, aggrievement and victimhood.
Final week, former Fox Information political editor Chris Stirewalt wrote within the Los Angeles Occasions:
“… People now take into account any information that may counsel that they’re in error or that their aspect has been defeated as an assault on them personally. The lie that Trump gained the 2020 election wasn’t practically as a lot aimed on the opposing celebration because it was on the information retailers that said the apparent, undeniable fact.”
Since Dominion Voting Programs assumed possession and upkeep of the county’s voting machines (which had been manufactured the Diebold Co.) greater than a decade in the past, audits have uncovered no vital issues.
In different phrases, it is the identical system used when Trump was elected in 2016, the single-biggest political upset in American historical past.
The argument that Dominion machines are actually in some way suspect has turn into a part of the nationwide, post-election narrative, however it flies within the face of native outcomes which Trump gained Stark County, and native Republicans ran the desk, tossing out 4 well-known Democratic incumbents.
If anybody must be yowling in regards to the outcomes, it is the 4 individuals who had sufficient expertise and name-recognition to win in a romp.
So as to imagine that Dominion is a part of some nefarious plot to profit Democrats and different numerous and varied infidels, you may must ignore that the director of the Stark County Board of Elections is a Republican, too. You have no means seen so many Boy Scouts because the individuals who work in that workplace. They’re the explanation our elections go off just about and not using a hitch.
You will additionally must faux that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, one other Republican, did not simply publicly declare that regardless of a pandemic and a tsunami of misinformation, the 2020 election was the most secure ever; one which Trump gained the state eight factors.
A rising star who will maintain nationwide workplace sometime, LaRose must be a mope to uphold a plot created to usurp his personal celebration.
Now, do voters have a proper to query public officers? Completely. In any case, it is their cash. In an age of willful ignorance, when some folks barely know George Washington from George Jefferson, engaged voters deserve credit score.
However that engagement nonetheless must be rooted in truth.
Charita M. Goshay is a Canton Repository employees author and a member of the editorial board.