LaRose’s disturbing pick

Regarding the Jan. 26 letter ‘‘LaRose’s poor record,’’ the writer nailed it. It is our civic duty to be skeptical and questioning when political rhetoric does not match legislative vote records and real policy outcomes.

The role of Ohio secretary of state is powerful and should be independent, separate from partisan interests. The office is the linchpin in overseeing fair and safe elections, protecting individual voting franchises and protecting personal information from scamming.

Secretaries of state function in a two-party system, but since a party’s power is determined through elections, party politics inevitably affect the role. Policies created must adhere to legal guidelines, but there is room for latitude. Where are the checks and balances over the policies? How can they be challenged effectively in a legislature ruled by a supermajority?

Secretary of State Frank LaRose appointed former Speaker Jo Ann Davidson and former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to his transition team. Why appoint Blackwell with his background of bungling and far-right ideology?

In 2006, Blackwell’s office released 1.2 million full Social Security numbers onto the website. A month later, his office inadvertently distributed voter lists with the Social Security numbers of 5.7 million voters. In spite of guaranteed protections.

Further, Blackwell served on the 2017 Trump administration’s bipartisan voter fraud commission, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission asked secretaries of state nationwide to provide voters’ personal information, including names, addresses and last four digits of Social Security numbers. Fortunately, it was decommissioned because states rebelled at the request.

The question of massive voter fraud continues to be debunked, but Blackwell serves as a voice for election fraud conspiracies. Voters should ask: Why this choice and how does it help guarantee voter protections and fair elections?

Pat Simons, Hudson

 

Cleanup does take time

Regarding the Jan. 27 article ‘‘Snow response questions pile up,’’ I find it refreshing that Mayor Dan Horrigan and his administration issued an apology — especially since I do not believe one was warranted.

We have lived on the same side street in Akron for over 20 years and found this year to be no different. It takes time to clear the side streets. I was actually surprised it got plowed when it did as the storm was so bad.

The notion that cleanup was more efficient under the former mayor is ridiculous. The difference today is the overwhelming negativity some choose to endorse. I prefer to live with positivity. I find it heartwarming to see neighbors working together and helping one another.

Susan Hagey, Akron

 

Surviving spiritual abuse

Bob Dyer’s articles about Ernest Angley of Grace Cathedral (Jan. 20-21) were extremely well done. I was born and raised in Grace Cathedral.

However, there’s so much more to this story. The abuse within Grace Cathedral goes beyond sexual and defamation of character. It’s emotional, mental and spiritual abuse. There’s not a single person who has come out of Grace Cathedral who will ever be healed of what happened before they take their dying breath.

In my book, ‘‘Demon Child to Child of God,’’ I write of nearly 20 years of abuse, not only by Angley, but other staff members as well.

Ginger Poore, New Franklin