Admiration, gratitude

for George H.W. Bush

I would like to remember and thank President George H.W. Bush.

Late one evening, when I was asked by the then Geauga County Republican chairman to run for office, I thought: Who would ever want to be in politics? But I told them I would think about it. Later that week, I received an invitation from the White House to have dinner with President George and Barbara Bush.

After the dinner, President Bush came to me and gently put his hand on my back. He said, “Wouldn’t you want to do something for your country? You have four degrees, you seem to care about people, and this is the year of the woman. Wouldn’t you like to run for office?” He was so very kind and thoughtful during our discussion that I soon said “yes.”

When I returned home, I told my husband, Tim, (even though I knew nothing of politics) that I would be running for state representative. The rest is history. I loved serving the people as a representative and, for the past 18 years, as an appellate judge.

I thank President George H.W. Bush for his foresight and kind encouragement. He was a charismatic and gentle man.

Judge Diane V. Grendell

11th District Ohio Court

of Appeals, Warren

 

Ohio’s unforgivable error

While looking at the Dec. 1 “GM Disassembly Line” editorial cartoon by Matt Wuerker of Politico, the timing of the GM announcement about plant closures hit me. Obviously, Republicans would not have wanted this corporation versus labor conflict surfacing before the election. Don’t tell me this is not political.

Only Republicans consider large corporations to be people. And the film “Roger and Me” should have convinced everyone that corporations are more beholden to the executives and security holders than the workers.

Ohio made unforgivable mistakes in not electing Richard Cordray governor and Kathleen Clyde secretary of state. An earlier GM announcement might have shifted the consistent 5 percent of Ohio voters who voted Republican for unfounded reasons. These are the people I hold responsible for Ohio trailing the rest of the country in so many important categories.

Historically, Ohio has been the perfect melting pot for creating famous people. We had better return to electing the best candidates, especially when there is such a huge difference in capabilities and the need for change is so obvious.

James L. Greener, Ravenna

 

Fix Electoral College

I have always been taught that when you have a problem, you trace it back to its source and make changes there.

As I see it, we have a big problem in the White House today. So if we trace it back to its source, we come to the Electoral College. Unless we make some changes there, or better yet, drop it entirely, we are likely to have similar problems in years to come.

Gail Penn, Sheffield Village

 

Random acts of kindness

After listening to Tom Knoll’s wonderful Polsky award acceptance speech about civility in October, I’ve used his suggestion to “perform just one random act of kindness a day” to help me filter through the acrimonious infighting in today’s no-holds-barred, eye-for-an-eye, all-out effort to be right and “great again” — at the expense of downgrading any opposing values.

Realizing that taking an eye for an eye makes us both blind, I’m finding that making the effort to “do the right thing, rather than prove myself right” is helping me realize the wonderful value of working with my fellow man in minimizing life’s challenges and maximizing life’s opportunities — a very inexpensive way to a high-yielding and healthy life.

So try paying it forward to help yourself to be great, or at least better.

Mike Wojno, Akron