The term “politician” is very close to being the most despised word in the lexicon.
These folks sell their souls to the party, use people for their self-aggrandizement and use straw men to confuse a portion of an already ignorant society. They have budgets that would employ scores of the unemployed and spend their time in office maintaining incumbency. That means the status quo will remain.
They then tell voters that we need their experience in Washington (or wherever), so we must re-elect them.
Then we find out that the experience they are speaking of is honing the art of political speech and political outrage, none of which is beneficial to those who put them in office.
Now, after decades of legislation and rules that favor the perpetuation of “a career of public service,” they are sorry that they couldn’t be more productive in the hostile environment of lawmaking and regret that they didn’t figure out a way to wring the last dollar out of us for their personal use or for the work of the people, however that is construed.
The term explains their contempt for us. They would never include themselves with common people. They only lower themselves to shake our hands and kiss our babies when they are running for office or a camera is present.
Paul T. Moore
Not about money
Mayor Plusquellic was right to defend LeBron James, but wrong to put the knock on Dan Gilbert (“Mayor defends LeBron on show,” July 4).
There are no reported instances of a top player not being acquired by Gilbert because of finances. He did everything in his power to surround LeBron with good players.
There is a widespread myth that LeBron “couldn’t” win a championship in Cleveland. All but forgotten is that the Cavs had the league’s best regular-season record in each of his last two seasons there.
It’s not uncommon for the team with the best record to fall short of the title. But a team that consistently wins 60 or more games each season will usually win a title sooner or later.
LeBron would have gotten (and deserved) more credit for the first-ever Cavs title than for multiples elsewhere. Of course, he could still prove the point.
Richard V. Levin
I read the June 26 letter about bald eagles returning to Ohio (“Where eagles have returned”). That account warmed my heart, because I have not seen them in Ohio since my son, Eric, died in 1984 at 14 years of age. The eagle was his favorite bird, and I wear an eagle necklace in his memory.
He has a big smile on his face knowing that the bald eagle has come back to Ohio. I thought that they were extinct in Ohio. I hope I see them again one day, too.
Go to the source
According to your reporter, neither the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio nor the Ohio attorney general is able to trace the source of those irritating natural gas robocalls (“Annoying robocalls raise red flags,” June 30). Um, couldn’t someone check with the National Security Agency?