I certainly hope voters won’t be bamboozled by Bruce Kilby and his ridiculous claims to be “fighting for us.” In truth, the only thing he has ever fought for is attention and headlines. One look at his record shows that he has had little or no impact on this city in any positive respect; his legislative record is laughable and practically nonexistent.
Like the Republicans in Washington, D.C., Kilby’s only purpose has ever been to say “no” to anything the administration proposes.
His long record of loose talk and empty promises is well known — he has even admitted saying things that aren’t true on the floor of the City Council. He’s dismissed it as just “campaign rhetoric,” but it reveals his true character.
Kilby likes to claim that City Hall is afraid of him, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Perhaps it is true that nobody likes him, but it’s not for the reason he thinks. In reality, the rest of our elected leaders, who have demonstrated at least some level of effectiveness, are simply tired of his act.
I would imagine it’s just no fun working alongside someone who shows so little professionalism, total disregard for the truth and plain incompetence.
Kilby has been riding his little scooter around town in an attempt to get attention, while claiming that “the sky is falling.”
Meanwhile, his constituents have continued to suffer. During his tenure on the council, crime in his ward, just like the number of strip clubs, has continued to increase as headline-chasing took first priority over the quiet-but-necessary work of legislating and governing.
Kilby can’t talk about his accomplishments on the council because he doesn’t have anything to talk about.
His chest-pounding on behalf of Akron’s “hard-working people” would be a lot more believable if he was actually one of them. His do-nothing record on council shows he’s never broken a sweat.
He claims to care about Akron’s taxpayers, but he had no problem backing a recall election that cost the citizens of Akron hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, the people of Akron took a back seat to the desires of Kilby’s long-time puppet masters, Warner Mendenhall and Ernie Tarle.
If anyone thinks Kilby is going to fix Akron’s sewer problem, as he claims, they need to look at his record. He hasn’t even been able to address small problems in his own ward.
If idle talk got the job done, he’s your man. Smart people know better; I hope there will be enough of them on Tuesday to send this guy packing for good.
This is my response to the Sept. 1 letter, “No fun,” demanding an apology to the community for my self-funded “Fun Raiser” event.
It is unfortunate the writer chose to misinterpret the intent of this community event, planned to coincide with Highland Square’s Square Fest.
The event was personally sponsored to provide the community with an opportunity to attend a critically acclaimed movie with historical significance. The movie, The Butler, had been scheduled by the Highland Theatre for the weekend of my event.
The use of the word “fun” (not “fund”) was clearly a play on words. Unlike most political candidates who hold fundraisers to support their campaigns, I have chosen to self-fund my campaign for the Ward 1 seat on the City Council. The event consisted of making the movie available to the community free of charge.
I greeted those in attendance at the door. No speeches were given, and no party or celebration was held.
As a former senior city planning manager and a longtime resident, I have a great sense of this city and our neighborhood. There was no intent to offend members of the community by offering a free viewing of the movie. My intent was to give back to the community. No apology is offered.
When a judge crosses the line
I have no interest in what Judge Oldfield of the Akron Municipal Court was doing in the back seat of Catherine Loya’s car.
But I have grave concerns about Oldfield’s judicial arrogance, integrity and belief that she was above the law she swore to uphold.
If this relationship predated February 2012, Oldfield unethically allowed Loya to appear in her courtroom, with opposing counsel unaware of the relationship. Did Oldfield tip the scales of justice to reward her?
After the arrest, Oldfield knew Loya would provide evidence in Oldfield’s disciplinary hearing in Columbus. Isn’t it tampering with a witness when Oldfield allowed Loya to stay at her home and gave her rides to work?
Did they discuss a quid pro quo whereby Loya alters her testimony to exonerate Oldfield? Did Oldfield promise to reward Loya with a lucrative job at a friendly law firm?
Oldfield still allowed Loya to appear in her court 45 more times. Did Oldfield unethically show Loya favoritism to influence her testimony?
Many judges and lawyers have personal friendships, and many lawyers contribute the maximum to a judge’s re-election campaign.
But when a judge repeatedly shows unethical favoritism to a lawyer or law firm based on friendships or contributions, that judge crosses the ethical line.
Judges who repeatedly look the other way when their attorney friends act unethically also cross the line. These judges undermine the American legal system.
Conversely, there are judges who will report a close friend to the bar association for unethical conduct precisely because that judge steadfastly puts the integrity of the court ahead of personal friendship or campaign contributions.
This self-serving, destructive judge and the others involved in the extended, ill-fated cover-up tragically undermined the integrity of all Summit County courts, the legal profession and gravely damaged a sacred public trust. Shame on them all.
David M. McGrew
Gem of a councilman
The city of Akron has an absolute gem running at-large for the Akron City Council. Jeff Fusco has experience as a ward councilman as well as a councilman at-large.
He works quietly behind the scenes, effectively targeting the meth house operators, trying to keep local post offices open, supporting neighborhood nights out against crime and working in Washington, D.C., on our behalf. As a past Akron deputy service director, he has an intimate knowledge about the city that no other candidate has. To keep this city shining, we must re-elect Jeff Fusco.
Paul and Sharon Connor
One generation to the next
When I read the Beacon Journal’s Sept. 3 feature “Young adults say cultural changes pervade society,” by staff writer Kim Hone-McMahan, I thought I was reading The Onion. As a 23-year-old journalist, I can’t fathom how that cleared the editor’s desk.
The article followed one small focus group of special snowflakes from the “Me” Generation as they opened up about such novel horrors as infidelity and alcohol on dates, and even defined the radical new concept of “friends with benefits.” For some reason, Hone-McMahan chose “Someday we will see people kill each other on TV” as her opening quote.
I’ve only lived for a couple of decades, but I’ve managed to glean that Hone-McMahan’s headline could have graced newspapers in the 1700s or stone tablets before Jesus.
Didn’t boomers’ parents feel the same way about rock ’n’ roll? About blacks kissing whites? About gays having the audacity to out themselves? I’m not surprised or angry that the elderly in this country feel this way, regardless of how easily they could stumble out of high school or college and find the American Dream.
I would expect them to miss the good old days and caress their bootstraps in a daze of moral superiority. My generation will do the same thing as we watch “Death Match 2045.”
Right attitude, right approach
At a time when political cynicism is at an all-time high, when the average person perceives government as being the exclusive province of well-heeled lobbyists and the wealthy, the voters of Akron’s Ward 5 have a unique opportunity to elect someone with the ability to help change this negative perception.
That person is Tara Mosley-Samples. I have followed politics very closely my entire life, and she is precisely what citizens need at City Hall.
Several years ago, as an active trial lawyer, my office had a need for additional clerical staff. Mosley-Samples was hired as a temporary.
Before taking her coat off, she immediately commenced her work assignments and remained focused until the task was completed. This was not just a solitary, impress-the-boss occurrence; Mosley-Samples approached every day in the office with similar diligence and persistence.
I have little doubt that this same attitude and approach would be applied if she is elected as the Ward 5 representative.
On Tuesday, I strongly urge voters in that ward to cast their ballots for Mosley-Samples to improve the quality of city government in Akron.
Brian J. Williams